Yamaha FZ 16 single

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by davide, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    I know you guys are going to laugh at me, but I bought a 160cc motorcycle to tour Central America and possibly South America.

    After running around the US on several big Ducatis and Triumphs for two decades, I decided to come down to Costa Rica (by bicycle!), then the mc fever kicked back in and left me wandering from dealer to dealer looking for a ride... So, on a whim I snagged this tiny moped and I am back feeling the wind in my face.

    She rides well, great chassis, decent front brake, adjustable rear monoshock, carburetion is spot on and the best part is that I am pushing 150 miles/gallon. Fuel capacity is about 3 gallons so it buzzes all day and even longer without the need to refuel.

    Anyway, here she is:

    Attached Files:

    #1
  2. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,688
    Location:
    Eureka, Ca.
    I'm not laughing. That's a cool little bike! :thumb
    #2
  3. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    Thanx! The stock seat is great and it even comes with a centerstand...!
    #3
  4. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    Btw, I meant 150 Kms/gallon. Still...
    #4
  5. Bubwheat

    Bubwheat Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,748
    ...cost? :ear
    #5
  6. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    About 1,750,000 Costa Rican Colones which amounts to about $3,500. Pricey for the US, but not here considered the very high import taxes (it comes from Yamaha Colombia)... I could have gone much cheaper with a Chinese knock off or other small displacement Jap bikes manufactured in Brasil, but this is a brand new project for Yamaha, applying the FZ technology to a very small package.
    This country is small, roads sketchy, traffic hectic, so speeds are much lower and the bike does the job. I had forgot how much fun a small engine can be...
    #6
  7. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    #7
  8. NICO

    NICO Save the USA

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    29,819
    Location:
    here, there and everywhere
    Why ya calling it a moped? Looks like a cool little bike to me. Would love to have something like that to tool around town on. :clap
    #8
  9. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    Well, a 160cc engine is usually found on mopeds... Heck I took a Vespa 300 across the US and back once and it had more juice than this one. Still, it is so liberating to just jump on and run around that I cannot stop smiling... Yamaha really nailed this package. I bet you anything that next year a 250 version will be offered, maybe fuel injected.
    #9
  10. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,917
    Location:
    WA/AZ, USA
    Not available in the U.S. of course.
    #10
  11. Carter Pewterschmidt

    Carter Pewterschmidt Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,137
    Location:
    Milwaukee
    We'll be getting such bikes once our gas prices go up for good. Give it a year or two.
    #11
  12. NICO

    NICO Save the USA

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    29,819
    Location:
    here, there and everywhere
    An entrepreneurial type would do well to have a small scooter sales and service shop in a metro area when the prices do get into the stratosphere. The big truck and SUV sales will tank soon enough. Everyone is gonna look at 75mpg scooters with envy. Some of those folks will helmet up and buy one.
    (Scooters are a gateway drug, BTW. Next thing you know, those poor addicted soles are spending their hard earned cash on real motorsickles. You know, the ones with a clutch. :lol3)
    #12
  13. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    An other great advantage of this particular bike vs. the rest of the class is the rear tire: a meaty 140/60/17R that allows for some decent lean angles. Without the "Big bike" components the engine would feel puny and the ride tentative. Instead, it is planted and feels fast, thanks to the seamless power delivery... It is totally inadequate for the American freeway, but around town or out in the countryside it works beautifully. This country is so hilly that roads are windy with super short straightaways connecting the curves...

    Attached Files:

    #13
  14. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    ... and some times bridges can be a little slick with moisture, so grabbing the front brake is not remmended...
    #14
  15. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    ... like this one:

    Attached Files:

    #15
  16. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    ... this one is better crossed on foot...

    Attached Files:

    #16
  17. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    ... here's a few monkeys checking out the scene...
    #17
  18. davide

    davide Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    400
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    ... and stealing lunch...

    Attached Files:

    #18