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Would the Yamaha GT150 Fazer make for the perfect no-frills neo-retro commuter?

Yamaha has updated this affordable retro-style naked bike in the Chinese market.

Yamaha GT150 Fazer

You may argue that Yamaha, with its XSR model series, has the finest neo-retro lineup among the major four Japanese manufacturers. The smallest of the group, the XSR155 is very well-liked in the Philippines and other areas of Asia and is available in a range of charming colorways. Meanwhile, the XSR700 and XSR900 have made a name for themselves as globally competitive performance models.

Despite this, Yamaha continues to provide neo-retro products beyond the XSR model line. Since the XSR has always been in the premium sector and commands a similarly high price, it doesn't matter what trim level it is in. Yamaha also offers the GT150 Fazer, a retro-style commuter that was recently revised for 2023. So far, the GT150 Fazer is exclusively sold in the Chinese market.

Yamaha GT150 Fazer

The Yamaha GT150 Fazer checks all the boxes for a no-frills, all-purpose city commuter. It is very reasonably priced, tiny, lightweight, and fuel-efficient. Retail price is just CNY 13,390, or around P108,000. Additionally, the bike's simple design will undoubtedly result in very minimal maintenance expenses. This makes its endearing neo-retro design actually simply an added benefit. A completely digital LCD instrument panel and an LED headlamp are examples of technological features. Even a 12V plug has been included by Yamaha so you can charge your devices while on the road.

The Yamaha GT150 Fazer lacks glitzy frills, in contrast to its more expensive stablemates. With a basic telescopic front fork and fixed dual rear shock absorbers, it keeps things simple. The bike also comes to a halt using the front and rear disc brakes, however ABS is not present. Its 149cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, single-cylinder engine provides a docile 12 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 8.7 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm sent to the rear wheel via a five-speed manual transmission. Nevertheless, these power figures are more than enough to get you around town in comfort. 

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