The Yamaha FZ16 gets go faster bits from RaceConcepts!
The Yamaha FZ16 with it’s meaty 41mm front forks and a 140 section rear tire is one of the best package on Indian roads if you love the twisties but if the going gets straighter, the 153cc four stroke, two valver begins to run out of breath post 90 kph, actually slowing down rapidly to reach it’s top speed of just under 110 kph. While a nice and torquey 250cc engine from Yamaha India would be quite terrific to say the least, there isn’t anything on the horizon yet. So, what are your options then?
Say hello to RaceConcepts, a firm founded and run by an Indian motorcycle race engineer and tuner, Joel Joseph. Apart from building performance upgrade parts for a slew of motorcycles ranging from the Yamaha R15 to the TVS Apache RTRs, RaceConcepts has just commenced the serial production of a Big Bore kit for the Yamaha FZ16, upping the capacity almost by 20% to 180cc. The big bore kit is said to give the FZ16 a straight 15% gain to make for a much more exciting FZ16, er, FZ18.
Along with the Big Bore kit, a free flow muffler also adds about 10-15% more power to the stock FZ16 making for a potent package for FZ owners who want relaxed cruising at 100+ kph and a top speed close to perhaps a true 120+ kph with all the power gains. Also under development by RaceConcepts is a bigger carburetor kit to handle the extra fuel flow that the big bore kit demands. The 180cc Big Bore, custom free flow muffler and the carburetor should improve peak power and torque by about 30%, which is a very significant figure.
But all this won’t happen at the expense of fuel economy as Joel, like he does with his other performance kits, has essentially worked to improve the volumetric efficiency of the Yamaha FZ. So, you will actually get better mileage from the 180cc big bore Yamaha FZ. While performance and fuel economy figures remain to be tested in the real world, going by the history of Joel’s previous performance kit, expect to see a real cracker when the kit is made available to FZ owners across India shortly. Watch this space for further updates.