Yamaha FZ25 has launched in India inspired by the design language of MT-03; rivals Apache RTR 200 and Pulsar NS200
It has been over two years since Yamaha launched the second version of the popular FZ series for the domestic market. The FZ range does have a huge fan following across the country and is sort of dream series as much as Pulsar and Apache for the young potential customers seeking affordable sporty bikes in the volume segment.
With the growing expectations and performance levels for buyers opting to spend over one lakh rupees, the bike manufacturers have certainly responded as can be evident with the auspicious running of the Duke and RC series from KTM. However, Bajaj and TVS did not rest on their laurels as well as they spurred up their respective popular brands.
Launched in 2015, the Pulsar range has the RS200 fully-faired motorcycle as the flagship model now while TVS elected to boast its Apache series with the naked 200 4V motorcycle. Putting them aside, Yamaha was quite tight-lipped about an upmarket rival to both these bikes and if you suggested that the current market scenario was the right time for the Japanese brand to deliver, we would not have said no!
We have found the right metal finally! and it would put Yamaha in the fray as the 250cc version of the FZ has just been launched in India. Yamaha says it is the perfect bike for customers seeking to step up from the regular FZ series. It is made for the ‘new-generation machos’, that’s the youths and urban riders of India looking for a perfect platform to upgrade into premium naked bikes.
The age group Yamaha targets at is between 20 and 30. Said to offer “great acceleration”, it has the core character and bigger FZs’ DNA. Being a naked motorcycle, it is claimed to have light and agile handling on city while the Blue Core engine is mooted to return high fuel economy.
Without sacrificing cornering precision, exceptional ride quality is also ensured. The FZ25 will be rolled out of production from Yamaha’s local manufacturing facility which enables the aggressive price tag and is positioned in the premium space that saw a whopping 63 percent increase in volume in FY2016. It is essentially looking to achieve what FZ16 has done so far in overseas markets.
Said to deliver instant response for aggressive rider input, the seats are designed to render comfortable touring characteristic. It is easy to predict where Yamaha is going with the FZ25 as it focusses on every aspect of performance and riding and doesn’t want to leave out on general buyers. With impressive numbers on paper, our first will tell you whether it lives up to the claim. But before that, here’s everything you need to know about the Yamaha FZ25 naked streetfighter:
Yamaha FZ25 India Price
The Yamaha FZ25 is priced at Rs. 1.19.500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and fancies a market position right below the KTM Duke 200 and Bajaj Dominar 400 and right in the territory of Apache 200 and NS 200. It will be available from February across all Yamaha dealerships in the country.
With the ABS version of Dominar 400 costing just Rs. 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom), a shockingly impressive value for money, an optional ABS on the FZ25 would have done a pretty good job.
|Yamaha FZ25 Price :||Rs. 1,19,500|
Yamaha FZ25 Colours
Yamaha is offering the FZ25 in three colours options namely Ballistic Blue, Warrior White and Knight Black. At the launch floor, the gleaming Ballistic Blue shone out above the rest.
Yamaha FZ25 Dimensions
The naked bike measures a length of 2,015 mm, width of 770 mm, overall height of 1,075 mm and features 1,360 mm wheelbase. The seat height stands at 795 mm while the minimum ground clearance is at 160 mm. With wet weight of 148 kilos, the FZ25 is hung on telescopic front fork and mono shock rear suspension.
|Yamaha FZ25 Dimensions||Measurement Details|
|Overall Length||2,015 mm|
|Overall Width||770 mm|
|Overall Height||1,075 mm|
|Seat Height||795 mm|
|Ground Clearance||160 mm|
Yamaha FZ25 India Styling and Features
The rear end resembles that of the MT-03 but the slender headlamp styling does mimic the M15 while featuring a telescopic front suspension. The street-fighter rides on 100/80 section front and 140/70 section rear 17-inch tyres borrowed from its bigger siblings. With AHO (Auto Headlamp On) setup, the front and rear lights come equipped with full LED tech. The side profile comprises of edgier design elements like tank extensions while the exhaust system and seat setup look similar to the existing FZ16.
It does not have taller pillion seat and features an all-new powertrain never-before-seen in India. It gains an aerodynamically sculpted profile for better airflow being a naked bike. The 250cc street fighter is tuned to deliver a perfect ride combination between performance and long-distance cruising. The headlamp cluster gets an LED unit as well. The rear mono shock suspension and sporty exhaust bring it in line with modern equipment offerings of its potential rivals. However, it doesn’t get ABS even as option.
Built on diamond type lightweight frame, it gets exhaust inspired by the flagship MT-10 according to Yamaha. With a generous 1,360 mm wheelbase and 160 mm ground clearance, rider and pillion seat comfort along with long-distance cruising capability are emphasised. The all digital LCD instrument panel features instant fuel economy indicator, average fuel economy meter, etc and is a sure step-up from the budget FZ series. It gets lowly positioned handlebar and front-set footpegs – again reflecting its cruising abilities.
Yamaha FZ25 Tyre and Suspension
|Yamaha FZ25||Other Details|
|Turning Radius||2.5 m|
|Wet Weight||148 kg|
|Tyre Size||100/80-17M/C 52 P Tubeless front/140/70-17M/C66 S Tubeless rear|
|Suspension||Telescopic front fork/Mono shock rear|
|Shock absorber front and rear||Coil spring/Hydraulic damper|
Yamaha FZ25 Engine and Performance
The engine and platform are sourced from Yamaha’s sports bikes in Japan. The 249 cc air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke, SOHC, 2V, engine is tuned to produce a maximum power output of around 20.9 PS (20.6 hp) at 8,000 rpm and 20 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. The high-revving motor is coupled to a five-speed manual transmission dialled for faster gear shifting. Top speed could be in the region of 145 kmph.
|Engine||249 cc, single-cylinder, BlueCore, FI, four-stroke, air-cooled, 2V engine|
|Maximum Power||20.9 PS at 8,000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||20 Nm at 6,000 rpm|
|Transmission||Five-speed constant mesh|
|Brake/weight||282 mm 2 pot caliper front disc and 220 mm rear disc|
|Bore x Stroke||74.0 x 58.0 mm|
|Clutch/Lubrication||Wet multi-disc/Wet sump|
|Claimed Mileage||43 kmpl|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||14 litres|
Yamaha FZ25 India Rivals
We expect the naked FZ25 to rival against Apache RTR200 4V and NS200 while KTM Duke 200 and Bajaj Dominar 400 will give it a tough competition.