Yamaha XTZ150S Crosser BlueFlex (Ethanol) Launched in Brazil
by Sam Sims (Ultimate MotorCycling) …One of the biggest problems with Ethanol is it leans out a motorcycle’s air-fuel mixture, which can cause major damage. Many newer cars arrive with fuel-injection systems that can compensate for the leaning, known as “Flex-Fuel” or “Yellow-Cap” automobiles. These cars are able to run gasoline blended with Ethanol, such as the E15 (15% ethanol blend) offered in the states.
The positives for the blended-fuels use are simple – 1.) ethanol can be created in every country’s backyard, minimizing the need to import fuel, and 2.) the blended fuels reduce greenhouse gases.
Yamaha took notice, and released last year the YS150 Fazer BlueFlex street motorcycle in Brazilian markets. Like America’s Flex-Fuel cars, the BlueFlex motorcycles are compatible with gasoline, ethanol or both.
Yamaha says when fueled by gasoline, the XTZ150S, which has a “SUV Feel,” will produce 12 horsepower at 7500 rpm, and 9.2 ft.-lb. of torque at 6000 rpm. But when fueled with ethanol, the horsepower bumps to 12.2, and the torque 9.3. READ MORE