Believe it or not, you will surely face a dilemma if you are planning to buy a sub-200 cc naked motorcycle. The options are many, maybe a little too many. Suzuki Gixxer, Yamaha FZ, Honda Hornet 160R and many more. Out of these, that latter two have been exceedingly popular and gross a good number on the sales chart.
The Yamaha FZ is almost legendary and has been around for a long time now. In fact, it was one of the first naked motorcycles which came with a chunky fuel tank and rear wheel. On the other hand, the Honda Hornet is a relatively newer motorcycle but is best known for its powerful engine, much more than many in its segment.
So let us consider comparing the two motorcycles, the Yamaha FZ and the Honda Hornet and see which one would turn out to be the best buy for you.
The chunky body
The Yamaha FZ boasts a chunky body and very rightfully complemented the tagline it was retailed with, that is, “Lord of the street”. Every part of the FZ looks tough, be it the headlamp or the adjacent big fuel tank. It, however, has a very upright seating position with wide handlebars. Move towards the rear and you will find a unique-shaped tail light, as small as it could get, but standing out with its design. But don’t forget the 140 section rear tyre, which was the widest in India at the time of its launch.
And then comes the Honda Hornet 160, a motorcycle which isn’t just muscular, but enormous too. The motorcycle looks sane by no means. Instead, it looks like a beast. The front section wouldn’t have been chunky at all, but the presence of the big fuel tank cowl makes the difference. At the rear portion, another unique design pops out. After all, it’s not always that you get to see a motorcycle with an “X” shaped tail light.
Power and transmission
The earlier versions of the Yamaha FZ has a 153 cc engine with 14 bhp of power. However, the latest version is powered by a smaller 149 cc, fuel injected engine which makes a modest 13 bhp of power along with a peak torque of 12.8 Nm. The change driven transmission gets a 5-speed gearbox unit.
On the other hand, the Honda Hornet is big, muscular and powerful. It is powered by a 162 cc engine which produces a commanding highest power of 15.5