The all-new Yamaha FZ25 adds another performance bike for masses to Yamaha India's portfolio
Yamaha has finally launched its mysterious naked sports bike, the FZ25, at a price of Rs 1,19,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is a very important product for the Japanese manufacturer as it comes in one of the fastest growing motorcycle segments in the Indian two-wheeler space and carries the popular 'FZ' brand name forward. Moreover, the all-new bike is the most powerful Yamaha to be manufactured in India and adds another performance bike to Yamaha India's portfolio.
Taking design cues from the existing FZ version 2.0 series, the Yamaha FZ25 gets an aggressive appearance. A few bits have also been taken from the bigger MT-03, making it look meaner than its siblings. Bolted on a diamond-type, double downtube frame, the bike has a robust built along with a masculine appeal reflected on the chiselled fuel tank, muscular tank shrouds and a low-slung, sharp headlamp. Also, it will be the second made-in-India bike to get a LED headlamp unit after the recently-launched Bajaj Dominar 400. The bike will also get Auto Headlamp on (AHO) feature and an LCD instrument cluster that also shows instant and average fuel economies.
Powering the Yamaha FZ25 is a 249cc single-cylinder, air/oil-cooled, 2-valve engine that has been taken from the Brazilian model of the Fazer 250. The fuel-injected motor makes 20.9PS of power at 8,000rpm and 20Nm of torque at just 6,000rpm, and comes mated to a five-speed gearbox that works quite well like any other Yamaha motorcycle. The bike also receives an FZ series signature midship muffler that goes well with the styling as well. The "Blue Core" engine has been claimed to provide an optimum balance between acceleration performance, fuel economy and eco-friendliness to this 148kg motorcycle. As per the company, the bike delivers a fuel economy of 43kmpl which is quite impressive for a 250cc bike.
The FZ25 receives 41mm telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock suspension at the rear. The bike gets new split-spoke alloys and also features a disc brake on both the front and the rear; the front disc being larger 282mm one. It misses on ABS even as an optional extra which might turn out to be the biggest disadvantage of this new model in the highly competitive segment. However, the company is working on an ABS equipped version as well. If we talk about the rivals, there is a wide range of competition, starting from the low-cost TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar 200 range to the more premium KTM 200 Duke.