The Yamaha FZ X: A Unique Retro-Inspired Commuter

The Asian motorcycle market is known for its wide variety of unique and fascinating bikes that are often unseen in the western world. One such example is the Yamaha FZ X, a retro-inspired commuter bike that has been recently updated for the 2024 model-year in India.

The Yamaha FZ X is part of the FZ line of commuters in India, which is designed specifically to cater to the needs of Indian commuters. These bikes are not available anywhere else in the world. The FZ X is reminiscent of the FZ moniker from the past, which was used for bikes like the MT-07 and MT-09. However, the current FZ line is focused on compact, single-cylinder models that are exclusive to the Asian market.

The FZ X shares a visual resemblance with the XSR family of bikes, featuring a signature round headlight, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, and a single-piece saddle with a ribbed pattern. At first glance, it may be mistaken for its slightly more premium cousin, the XSR155. However, the FZ X is fundamentally different beneath its retro-inspired exterior.

In terms of performance, the FZ X is equipped with a 149cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected single-cylinder engine that delivers 12.2 horsepower and 13.3 Nm (9.8 pound-feet) of torque. While it may have less power, its simple construction makes it a reliable workhorse suitable for India's challenging road conditions. The FZ X features non-adjustable suspension, a steel frame, and front and rear disc brakes. With a weight of 139 kilograms (305.8 pounds) when wet, it also has a 10-liter fuel tank capacity.

Yamaha has equipped the FZ X with essential features for urban commuting. It includes a USB charging port for powering devices on the go, as well as basic safety features like single-channel ABS, a side-stand cutoff switch, and traction control.

For the 2024 model-year, the retro-inspired commuter is available in two new color options: Chrome and Metallic Black. The Chrome version stands out with its extensive use of chrome on the fuel tank and headlight bezel, along with gold-painted alloy wheels. On the other hand, the Metallic Black variant offers a more understated look, featuring an all-black finish from the tank to the minimalist bodywork and 17-inch alloy wheels. Other color choices include Matte Copper, Matte Black, and Dark Matte Blue. In India, the Yamaha FZ X starts at Rs 136,000, which is approximately $1,634 USD.