Yamaha FZ-16 / FZ-S / Fazer 150cc are basically the same bike / motorcycle with certain cosmetic changes. They are powered by a 153cc air cooled two valve engine producing a modest 14ps of power. The newer FZ-16 / FZ-S version 2 (FZ-Fi / FZ-F Fi) is powered by a newer 149cc fuel injected engine but with 13ps.
However although it lacked in power, but Yamaha compensated it with stunning muscular looks along with superb balance and handling. Thanks to its 140 section rear tyre, which was widest in India, at the time of its launch. Being radial and 140 section (140/60-17), the soft compound tyre offered comfort, exceptional balance and ride control.
What is the stock tyre size for Yamaha FZ-16 / Fazer / FZ-S ?
The default factory given stock tires are as follows,
- Front -> 100/80-R17
- Rear -> 140/60-R17
- The front tyre is MRF Zapper FX
- The rear tyre is MRF RevZ-S
What is the problem with stock tyre ?
There is nothing wrong with the given tyre, however in Indian road conditions, the soft compound rear tyre becomes really puncture prone.
The soft compound tires are really good in track or smooth highway, where it will offer excellent grip thus giving you superb cornering ability and braking performance but, when you bring them out in typical Indian roads, potholes, rough pavements, they do take their toll and these tyres tend to wear out really fast. Secondly, many (including us) have reported to find high number of puncture, mainly with the default MRF RevZ-S 140/60-R17 tyre.
New FZ16 V2 / FZ Fi
Not only us, it seems Yamaha too have taken this into account and replaced the tyre with little harder Revz-Y.
What are the tyre option available for Yamaha FZ16 / FZ-S and 150cc Fazer ?
Lets take a look at the options we found as, which tyre can be used as replacement for FZ before we go into the tyre replacement guide and review.
|MRF RevZ-S||140/60-R17||stock in FZ16 / FZ-S / Fazer||Rs. 3300/-|
|MRF RevZ-Y||140/60-R17||stock in FZ16 v2||N/A|
|MRF RevZ-C||150/60-R17||stock in KTM Duke 200||Rs. 3600/-|
|Contigo 140/70-R17||140/70-R17||stock in Honda CBR 250R||Rs. 3800/-|
|MRF Zapper Q||140/70-R17||After Market||Rs. 3300/-|
|Pirelli Sports Demon||140/70-R17||After Market||Rs. 7500/-|
|IRC Road Winner||140/70-R17||After Market||Rs. 3800/-|
Testing methodology and tyre selection
We selected tyres which were widely available as gone those days, when FZ was the only bike after P220 to have anything over 110 section tyre. We didn’t want to provide a 1000 or 2000 kms test report as we wanted to check the selected tyre in real world condition and see the end of it. Thus though our initial testing started in 2013, it took us year and a half to compile this article since some tyres lasted over 20k kms.
We did not do anything special, rather we made sure, participating riders stick to their daily routine. Routine included daily commute to their work or study and occasional longer trips and runs to test the performance in various weather and road conditions.
We tested with following points,
- Life Span
Testing and Review of MRF RevZ-S 140/60-R17
MRF RevZ-S 140/60-R17 is the default tyre given. It is priced at Rs. 3300/-.
The tyre is excellent in grip, ride quality, comfort and performance, like braking, cornering and handling. The only problem of its, is being soft compound, it gives in really soon when driven on typical Indian road conditions.
If you are riding in plain asphalt based smooth highway and most of the time you don’t encounter any stone chips and potholes or don’t go off roading, we have seen the tyre lasting a good 15k kms before you would feel the need of change. But if you are riding in such condition all the time, you would face a lot of puncture and tyre may give in within 8000 kms. In some cases, due to multiple punctures, people simply go for the change. Though a tubeless tyre can run fine with many punctures. Read our guide about How many puncture can a tubeless tire take / endure.
Availability is good, most of the MRF dealers will have the stock for this tyre.
Testing and Review of MRF RevZ-Y 140/60-R17
This is the default tyre given with the new FZ. Dubbed as FZ16 v2 or FZ Fi, comes with the new RevZ-Y.
We didn’t get the chance to test this one yet, and since the bike is launched just few weeks back so long term reports are still awaited.
Availability is uncertain as of now, but should be made available to general sell within couple of months.
Price is still unknown but should within the frame of the older one.
Testing and Review of MRF RevZ-C 150/60-R17
RevZ-C from MRF is another tyre based on the similar materiel. It is a soft compound tyre and it comes as default of KTM Duke 200. KTM is a much faster and aggressive bike hence no doubt this tyre is built very well to handle those aspect.
It excels in all the department but report is very similar to the stock tyre of FZ. This one too suffers when ridden in typical poor condition roads of India. Expect the life span to be same as RevZ-S. Although it is a 150 section (150/60-17) tyre, but it is a direct fit with FZ or Fazer.
Beware, it may effect your mileage a bit with upsize.
Availability is poor. You can only expect this one at larger dealership of MRF, only in those cities where you can find KTM showroom.
The tyre is priced at Rs. 3600/-. Price may vary depending on your location and stock of the dealer.
Testing and Review of Contigo 140/70-R17
Continental Contigo 140/70-R17 is the default stock tyre given in Honda CBR 250R. This tyre is built for a much larger bike, and designed to handle braking from much higher speed compare to FZ or 153cc Fazer.
So no wonder this one performed very good in our testing. From every aspect, be it handling braking and cornering, we were very happy with it. Punctures were also significantly low compare to stock RevZ-S.
Having said that, I would still add, RevZ series felt better in sheer road grip.
Though being high profile (140/70-R17) but it is also a direct fit. Yes, occasionally with high load (triple carry perhaps) it does scrape the rear mud guard but till date, never caused any noticeable damage.
However, weight being in a little higher side, it does tends to offer lesser mileage if compared to MRF Zapper Q.
Availability is good since CBR 250R have reached interior parts of India.
Priced at Rs. 3800/-, this one is a nice purchase.
Testing and Review of MRF Zapper Q 140/70-R17
By far, it proved to be the toughest tyre to obtain. In middle of 2013, we started searching for it, but could not find it anywhere. We had seen visitors of this website posting about the unavailability in our R15 tyre upgrade guide. We became so desperate to get one that we went on to express our grief in MRF FaceBook page.
Though slow, but MRF customer relationship team came alive and special thanks to Mr. Srinivasan (MRF Chennai) and Mr. Jaison (MRF Kolkata) for taking the initiative and bringing one straight from their factory to sell us.
Though it is inferior in sheer road grip, when compared to RevZ series but MRF Zapper Q 140/70-R17 seemed to be the only tyre having the right blend of performance, durability and value for money aspect. Also it has the best wet road performance (apart from Pirelli Sports Demon). Specially in mud and slush. In rainy season, we have enjoyed our longer trips. It also out performed most in off roading.
Though being high profile (140/70-R17) but it is also a direct fit. Yes, occasionally with high load (triple carry perhaps) it does scrape the rear mud guard but till date, never caused any noticeable damage. Being higher in size do has its up sides also as this is the tyre in which we have seen a lot of mileage gain compare to stock or other tyres we tested.
Life span is very good, punctures are very rare and it can easily clock 20 to 25k in FZ before you feel the need for another change.
Priced at Rs. 3300/-, its a very good alter native to the stock one.
Availability is very poor. It would have wan our verdict if the availability was better.
Testing and Review of Pirelli Sports Demon 140/70-R17
If price is no bar, one can go with this tyre with eyes closed. Yes it will have puncture problem, all soft compound does, yes it is expensive, but it is the king when comes to performance, braking and handling. This tyre is made to support much higher performance bikes like Ninja 250 or 300 so in FZ, there is no question that it will out perform any other tyre.
However, with just rear changed to Pirelli, if kept the front as same, the bike didn’t feel that stable so it is always better to change in set and mind you, that may set your back at Rs. 10k to 12k for the both.
Availability is very poor and considering the counterfeit products flooding the market, be very careful and buy only from a really trusted seller. You can only find it in few larger cities or you may search online but then again, chance of getting cheated with a duplicate Chinese tyre is really high.
Expect a 12 to 15k kms of life span. Even less if ridden in poor Indian roads, little longer it always stayed in asphalt.
Testing and Review of IRC Road Winner 140/70-R17
We have skipped this one, since previously we have tested it with P220 DTS-i, R15 and P180 UG4. No doubt, being default of Ninja 250, this one also is really good in asphalt but in wet roads, we it gives horrible times.
It also gave us a lot of puncture issue and being imported, once again chance of finding a genuine instead of cheaper counterfeit product was high. Hence we skipped this one.
Though we dont recommend this one, but you can buy one if you have a trusted dealer with stock. However, be careful in wet road conditions.
With P220 DTS-i / R15 and P180, on average, we were able to clock 12 to 15k kms using this one.
So which tyre to choose or buy for FZ16 / FZS and Fazer ?
It was a testing for which we collected data for almost 1 and a half year before we went ahead to publish this FZ16 tyre review. We have elaborated the findings with pros and cons of every tyre, so its up to you to decide depending on your local road conditions and usage.
- Buy the stock tyre if roads are nice in your local area
- Buy the RevZ-C in if roads are nice and you plan a little upsize and if your budget permits. For us, Duke 200 tyre is a better buy over stock RevZ-S but only if you find one since availability of RevZ-C is limited.
Now in case your roads are typical Indian horror, in that case opt for either the CBR 250R’s Contigo 140/70-R17 or MRF Zapper Q 140/70-17. MRF Zapper Q is the most value for money so far we tested but it’s also the least available so, in case you dont find one, opt for Contigo 140/70-17.
And off course, if price no bar, get your self a set of Pirelli Sports Demon, A.K.A, PSD. (Once again, beware of the counterfeit, duplicate products. Buy only from known and trusted seller).
Point to Note
When you are changing a tyre, since FZ is having a tubeless type rim, make sure you always change it from any authorized tyre dealer who has the tyre changing machine or from Yamaha Authorized service center (they are also equipped with one).
This is to ensure that the rim sides are not damaged. If not taken care while tyre fitting, side profile of the rim may get damaged thus resulting in unfixable side leakage.
So always make sure when you are changing the tyre, you get it done from a train mechanic with automatic tyre changing machine.
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