Yamaha popularised the term “street fighter” when they reaped grand success with the naked styled FZ16, almost 10 years ago. The company has been taking it slow by just concentrating on the FZ16 and its iterations with FZ-S and Fazer.
Meanwhile, the quarter-litre motorcycle segment is gaining a lot of attention thanks to some exciting launches and the volume it promises. Yamaha, who has been a spectator till now, has decided to join the bandwagon with the FZ25. Yamaha’s next big bike, the FZ25 is expected to replicate the same success that Yamaha enjoyed with FZ16 and the first impressions seem to be quite promising.
The overall styling of the new FZ25 retains the FZ characteristics but in a mature and sharper manner. FZ25 is the first bike in its segment to get full LED headlamps and these look mean and unique. The tank is large and muscular, with the extensions getting functional air vents. FZ25 strikes a typical FZ profile, while the split seats and grab rails complete the design. Saree guard and mud guard are neatly integrated and the LED tail lamp wraps the rear nicely.
The instrument cluster is fully digital and displays information like tachometer, speedometer, odometer, two tripmeters, real time and average fuel economy. Gear indicator and side stand indicator are absent from the display. The FZ25 comes with AHO (Auto Headlamp On) feature, which is compulsory on all bikes starting from 1st April, 2017. Yamaha bikes have become known for their build quality and the FZ25 doesn’t differ. The switches are of good quality and the layout is simple.
The FZ25 is powered by a 249cc single cylinder engine that comes with an oil cooler and fuel injection. The unit makes a maximum power of 20.9 PS at 8000 rpm and 20 Nm of maximum torque at 6000 rpm. The 5-speed gearbox makes the gear changes smooth and the clutch is light enough.
The engine is rev happy in typical Yamaha fashion and has great low and mid range response, reminiscent of the FZ16. Though outright performance is not as fierce as some of the rivals, the FZ25 builds its power linearly and will be easy to zip through the city traffic. But that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch on the highway either. Cruising in three digit speeds will be comfortable but going beyond 125 km/h will result in unwelcome vibrations and this is where a sixth gear is missed sorely.
The FZ25 handles the vibrations quite nicely up to about 120 km/h and beyond that, get ready to feel the bike.
Though the FZ25 was developed in Japan with a new double-down tube frame, the company has tuned it to suit Indian conditions. The bike feels light around the curves and has a comfortable seating position, despite getting a sportier position than FZ16. Lower positioned seats will suit both tall and short riders, while the foot pegs are not too sportily placed to aid for longer rides.
The 41 mm telescopic forks in the front and the rear mono-shock are set up to be stiff, but still hold a good balance of comfort and handling. Braking duties are kept effective with 282mm and 220mm discs front and rear respectively, but absence of ABS will turn away potential customers. The brakes feel not-so-confident initially but keep at it and the bike will shed speed confidently.
Overall, the FZ25 proves to be a great option in the 200-250cc segment, despite missing out on some important features. The FZ25 is priced at Rs.1.19 lakh ex-showroom Delhi and as Yamaha hopes, it will be an apt upgrade for the FZ16 customers and new comers for the brand, too.