Finally i had a test ride of the FZ16 at Pacer Motors, Bangalore.Some of the observations from my side:
Macho'ish looks and that lovely exhaust steals the show.Enough to set pulses racing.
Engine Refinement: The bike felt as refined as the R15 but with a more throaty roar.Even at high revs it never felt strained.
Stability. At slower speeds the bike needs to be nudged more as compared to other bikes in its segment.But once speed builds up it is immensely flickable and with that monstrous 140 section tyre the bike was extremely stable.All in all a very good handling machine.
Power: Well this is the most tricky part. Power/Performance cravers would be disappointed, somewhat.But make no bones about it the bike sheer torque did keep me busy.I went to test ride the bike with to-enjoy-bent of mind and i was not expecting a fireworks a la RTR. The bike is definitely not as fast as the RTR but it's as fast as the UG3 or the Extreme. And yeah,this bike takes the cake when it comes to fun-to-ride factor(low and mid range).In this case, even the RTR would trail as it's more of a screamer at high revs.
The way the FZ made power at top gear at slow speeds did impress me.In city riding would be a breeze in this bike.
Display LCD:I really don't know what was the reason for the illegible tacho display which would require a lens to view during daytime!! You just won't notice it while riding.
Power at higher rpms did seem to taper off more rapidly.May be because the bike's engine character is more for city runabouts.
VFM:This is tricky question.Whoever prefers looks over performance should surely go for this bike and others should look elsewhere or should wait. My friend was not that impressed especially when pricing is taken into account.75k-on road is somewhat steep but hey you don't have any other product like this,Period!!
The bike is indeed a good product from Yamaha and it did impress me more than the R15!!