Yamaha SZ-R : Roadtest
Today's Indian two-wheeler bazaar has evolved significantly over the past decade and the change is catching up even more pace as aspirations rise and the market gets newer motorcycles. In such a competitive and dynamic market, equipment level plays a key role in drawing attention from the well-informed and may we say spoilt for choice, Indian buyer, who is chiefly looking for a feature-rich product at an affordable price-point. So while the Yamaha SZ-X was adjudged as the 2010 ET-ZigWheels Bike of the Year, we still continued our rantings to Yamaha about the SZ-X calling for a disc brake, at least as an optional fitment. And here it is - the top-of-the-line SZ-R variant in the SZ-series comes with a potent disc brake at the front, a tachometer and new aesthetically crafted tank shrouds in two-tone paint. Certainly then the SZ-R is much more appealing than the subdued and less expensive SZ-X but then it also has the equipment to match that extra premium it demands. Available in jazzy colours, the SZ-R packs in a lot more than what meets the eye.
Design language on the SZ-R is quite in line with the taste of the buyer with its sporty and streetfighter-like demeanor but without going overboard and scaring away the non-experimental consumers. The SZ-R is upmarket and bold in its appeal with its pronounced design lines with a well done mishmash of curves and edges. The new well-defined tank shrouds flaunting the SZ-R moniker are loud in their form but Yamaha has kept it subtle by painting them in a rather mild silver shade than a jazzy paint scheme. The large centre panels in silver, smoothly connect the tank to the short and stubby rear panels of the SZ-R that hold the split tail-light in place. Overall proportions and dimensions of the SZ-R are very well-executed giving it a placid feel of a commuter motorcycle yet the solid bearing of a punchy 150cc machine. Apart from some minor design changes, the SZ-R and the SZ-X share the same body panels and underpinnings.