India Yamaha Motor has recently introduced Yamaha Fazer in India, at a price point of Rs. 72,000 ex-showroom Delhi. This puts it in the same price bracket of the newly launched Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi and the old yet gold, Hero Honda Karizma.
While Yamaha Fazer’s 150cc air cooled engine produces 14ps of maximum power, new Pulsar 220 DTSi manages to churn out 21ps from its 220cc heart and Karizma produces 17ps from its 223cc mill.
While I wouldn’t like to question Yamaha’s wisdom behind the launch of the new Fazer and feel it would sell, primarily due to its looks. I can not help but wonder, whether it was the right thing to do. After all as a touring enthusiast (to whom Yamaha seems to be pitching this motorcycle to), if I am out looking for a good touring motorcycle and have 72k budget, I would no doubt be looking at the new Pulsar 220DTSi or the Karizma, as they seem more fitting for touring duties than a Fazer, irrespective of whether it is touring on the highway, hills or off the beaten trail.
While I have no doubt that Fazer would make a nice touring companion, I just do not see the wisdom of going in for a 150cc 14ps motorcycle, when I can get a 220cc 21ps motorcycle for the same price and that too when there isn’t going to be much difference in mileage either!
Of course if Yamaha was to bump up the engine capacity to 200 or 250cc, Yamaha Fazer would have made one of the best if not the best touring motorcycle in India…