Yamaha SZ

4.34 | 27 Review(s)
This Apr, 2016 Model has expired

In Philippines, Yamaha has discontinued the SZ and this Motorcycles model is out of production.

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Yamaha SZ Pros & Cons

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Things we like in SZ

Tractable engine

Comfortable ride

Pleasing ergonomics

Things we don't like in SZ

Narrow tires

Dated features

Quality issues

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Yamaha SZ Price

The SZ is priced at ₱73,400 .

Yamaha SZ Variants

There are 1 variants available of SZ: Standard.

Yamaha SZ Power-trains

The SZ is powered by a Air Cooled Carburetor 149.3 cc 1 Cylinder engine that gives 11.9hp of power at 7500 rpm and 12.8 Nm Torque at 6000 rpm. It comes with the option of a 5-Speed transmission gearbox. The SZ has a seat height of 800 mm.

Yamaha SZ Features

Features Chassis, Suspension & Brake include Telescopic Fork Front Suspension, Swing Arm Rear Suspension, Disc Front Brake, Drum Rear Brake, Side Wings, Diamond Body Frame Type and Dual Stepped Seat Type.
Features for Console include Analog Odometer, Analog Fuel Gauge, Tachometer and Analog Speedometer.

Yamaha SZ Competitors

The SZ Competitors are: Yamaha FZi, Kawasaki Rouser NS125FI, Yamaha YTX 125, Suzuki Gixxer FI and Honda TMX Supremo.

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SZ Videos

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Yamaha SZ Review 2024

Commuters are the bread and butter of motorcycle manufacturers in Asian markets. Yamaha has also populated their catalogues with affordable commuters. Arguably, however, they have not been the best at it. The Yamaha SZ was launched in 2010 in India in just such an attempt. In India, it was largely overshadowed by Bajaj and Hero motorcycles. Yamaha then tried to keep the bike refreshed by introducing many different variants that were supposed to cater to different segments of buyers. Most of these were often impossible to tell apart from. While this did not help its cause that much in India, it did seem to work in the Philippines. The SZ on sale in the country today is like the amalgamation of the best features of these many different versions. While this does make it a good bike, does it make it a good buy? In the Philippines, it is on sale for around Php 69,000. At this range, it competes against the smaller displacement Kawasaki Rouser 135 LS.

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Yamaha SZ Design

The SZ can be considered as the mild-mannered cousin of the FZ in more ways than one. If the FZ catered to the youth enthusiast rider, the SZ was aimed at a more mature audience. This and the constant updates it received over the years have now given it many small details. Yet, it is still a commuter motorcycle. Styling is not exactly its forte. There are three color options to choose from – Matte Green, Matte Black and Vivid Red Cocktail. The blacked out components and wheels, go well with the different color schemes. The bike gets a conventional headlight with a smoked mini visor at the front. The muscular arrow shaped tank with its extensions, 3D emblems and striking graphics is probably the most stylish part of the bike. The rear gets a split aluminum grab rail. Panels in the side also increase its style quotient. The long beefy silencer with a heat guard that makes it look like a minigun. At 1990 mm long, 750 mm wide and 1100 mm tall, the bike is compact enough for city traffic. The 165 mm of ground clearance makes for relaxed travelling over bad roads. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels with 2.75 41P front and 100/90 55P rear tyres. The bike is built to a cost and still comes with an analog instrument panel. There is the usual speedometer, odometer and fuel indicator along with a tachometer.

SZ Ride & Handling

For a commuter bike, good ergonomics cannot be compromised on. And for the most part, the SZ does a good job. The seating position is upright and handlebars are high. Combined with the footpeg position as well as the comfortable seat, the ride is relaxed and easy. The one glaring misstep is the seat height, which is 800 mm. This will not be appreciated by riders of short height. Otherwise the bike with its 1320 mm wheelbase yet slim profile is easy to maneuver around town and city traffic. The conventional suspension setup with telescopic front forks and dual shock absorbers in the rear, do a good job of absorbing bumps. Again this is a commuter with not very wide tires. So this is best suited for comfortable commuting and not much else.

Yamaha SZ Engine & Fuel Consumption

The engine is the same as can be found on the old FZ. Here though it has been detuned to increase mileage. It also misses out on fuel injection. Expecting liquid cooling would be hysterical. The 149 cc 2 valve SOHC engine produces 12.1 PS at just 7500 rpm. Torque of 12.8 Nm is similarly delivered at a low 6000 rpm. The engine is not the most refined unit. Some vibrations do make it to the handlebars and the foot pegs. But the engine performs as it should otherwise. Power delivery is quick and it does come with a 5 speed transmission. There is enough grunt to go over inclines with a pillion. The bike also comes with both a kick and an electric starter. The engine uses Yamaha’s Blu Core tech to increase mileage. That figure here happens to be 55 kmpl which is very commendable for a bike with 150 cc and no fuel injection.

SZ Braking & Safety

There is a drum brake on the rear and a hydraulic disc brake on the front. The brakes are good enough for their intended purpose.

Yamaha SZ Verdict

There have been instances of quality related issues which is expected from a Yamaha bike. For what you get, it might appear to be slightly pricey too.  Then there is the whole issue of the usability of a motorcycle as opposed to a scooter for commuting in stop and go traffic of the Philippines. If you want a commuter bike despite these caveats, then do give this bike a shot.

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  • Confident handling and punchy engine

    I have a job that requires me to travel everyday for around 50-odd kilometers and I needed a motorcycle that would easily stand up to this challenge....

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    Cesar Dec 30, 2022 for Yamaha SZ
  • Face challenges of riding through congested roads on this Yamaha bike

    I often see my friends depending on scooters for day-to-day commuting purpose. As per them, that acts as a perfect savior during peak office hours....

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    Jejoma Dec 06, 2022 for Yamaha SZ
  • Amazing Tourer!

    Honestly, Yamaha has never disappointed me. From the first time I bought an enduro bike till this recent model of SZ, it has gradually promoted its...

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    Phillip Sep 29, 2022 for Yamaha SZ
  • Dual-Purpose Motorcycle

    The Yamaha SZ is a dual-purpose motorcycle. Most individuals, including myself, utilize it for their everyday commute. However, it may be utilized...

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    beboy Jul 11, 2022 for Yamaha SZ
  • Yamaha bike that has its individualistic style to admire about

    I am quite pleased with the style signature of this bike which has a great similarity with its big sibling Yamaha FZ. Say the bike is well decked...

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    Kaylle May 27, 2022 for Yamaha SZ
  • The bike designed to give you an edge

    The Yamaha SZ is one of the highest selling bikes in the Philippines. This everyday commuter bike is probably the best designed, comes with the most...

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    Amihan Mar 14, 2022 for Yamaha SZ
  • The appealing everyday bike

    The Yamaha SZ is Yamaha's most affordable commuter offering in the 150cc segment. It is known for its comfortable ride, reliability, visual appeal,...

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    Alexsander Feb 28, 2022 for Yamaha SZ
  • Affordable And Great Value For Money

    I have been using my Yamaha SZ for about eight years now, and I have to admit that this ride is the best for practical use. Of course, I have used my...

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    Alexsander Jan 10, 2022 for Yamaha SZ
  • City bike with nice pickup

    The Yamaha SZ is actually a dual-purpose bike. Most people use it for daily commuting and so do I. But it can be used for casual racing once in a...

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    Phillip Dec 02, 2021 for Yamaha SZ
  • Affordable and fuel efficient

    The Yamaha SZ is the most affordable bike in its class. But that doesn’t mean it looks drab and dated. It has a balanced look of a daily commuter...

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    Aisaac Sep 23, 2021 for Yamaha SZ
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Yamaha SZ Questions & Answers (FAQs)

Get answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Yamaha SZ, including its features, specifications, performance, maintenance, and more.

How much is Yamaha SZ in Philippines?

The Yamaha SZ price in the Philippines starts at ₱73,400 for the base variant.

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Q. What is the the purpose of the switch at the left side of the handle bar which is L shaped?

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Vaibhav ChoudharyFeb 18, 2020
It is most probably the manual choke switch.
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