Yamaha enters a strange, new motorcycle segment that’s still a tad fuzzy in India
While all eyes were on Yamaha brand ambassador John Abraham as he rode on to the stage on the newest offering from the brand, the FZ25 held its own, both as a spec-sheet champion and a promising 200-250cc class contender at an attractive price. While the bike shares plenty of cues with the FZ series, it’s a whole other beast, especially because of what’s underneath the familiar skin. The FZ25’s air-cooled 249cc four-stroke fuel injected engine churns out a maximum power of 20.9 PS, at 8,000 rpm while turning force tops at 20 Nm. Yamaha’s air-cooled four-stroke unit is also equipped with the Blue Core tech that’s a staple of most modern offerings from the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, which means it’s also expected to be fuel efficient.
The bike wears the FZ face with LED head lamps equipped with automatic headlights on (AHO), inside the familiar housing. Not much has changed from the regular FZ in terms of body work either and ABS is still not offered on the bikes. Braking duties are carried out by 282 mm discs on the front and 220mm discs at the rear. The instrument panel is an all-digital monochrome unit. All of this tips the scales at 148 kilos (kerb weight). The motorcycle is designed to be a “powerful, mid-class, street fighter” targetted at 20 to 30-year-old riders. At this time, it’s worth noting that the brand ambassador for Yamaha Motor India, John Abraham is a decade older than the upper limit of that age bracket.
It’s the third motorcycle in the Yamaha FZ range in India, after the FZ16 and the FZ-S. In a statement to the press at the launch of the new motorcycle, Roy Kurian, VP, Yamaha Motor India sales and marketing said, “The FZ25 is a refined mix of raw power along with superb control and balance, The bike has been personalised for street smart, new age macho riders with aspirations to move to a more powerful bike. Following the FZ legacy, the bike also inherits high level of riding performance and styling DNA worthy of its series. While the bike has been engineered for new age biking enthusiasts, its superior design and comfort makes it perfect for daily use as well.” The colour options available include ‘Ballistic Blue’, ‘Warrior White’, and ‘Knight Black’.
Rs 1.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Details:yamaha-motor-india.com
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