249cc, Single Cylinder, Fuel Injected, Air Cooled,
100/80 17 M/C 52P (Tubeless)
140/70 17 M/C 66S (Tubeless)
Just when a few of us thought that Yamaha champ
FZ16 seemed to be losing steam, the company has brought in a new bike to set
the tracks ablaze. The strapping new champion is the FZ25.
Well sculpted and bold, this new mid-class
street fighter has captivated many ever since its launch earlier this year. I
landed in Goa to take a shot at it around some twisties and narrow streets. One
look at the spec sheet and I knew this bike would demonstrate gazelle like
agility. Boasting a kerb weight of just 148kgs, combined with 20Nm of torque
and 20.6bhp, the FZ25 has a good power to weight ratio. It comes built on diamond type tubular frame
which I found to be adequately rigid and a precision engineered suspension
setup that comprises of telescopic forks up front and a monocross swingarm in
The single cylinder, 249cc, fuel injected
motor puts out its peak power of 20.6bhp at 8000rpm and peak torque of 20Nm at
6000rpm. Catering to a smooth and powerful climb up the rev band, the low end
torque proves to be quite thrilling. Mated to a 5-speed constant mesh, the FZ25
goes through the first two gears quite fast and helps the bike climb up to the
100kmph mark quite easily. This motorcycle is quite happy cruising between
110-120kmph, but post 130kmph it does feel a wee bit sluggish. The meaty midrange also helps in speedy
overtakes and is quite handy while riding on highways. The combination of the
diamond type frame and suspension setup along with the light weight enables
this motorcycle to change its line very swiftly and in a sure footed manner. While
on some tight corners, you won't need to second guess your moves and can
throttle up while exiting with the tyres lending you more than adequate grip.
The suspension leans mildly to the stiffer side and is adept at tackling most
of the undulations you will face on Indian roads.
Yamaha has also bolted on disc brakes to
the front and rear wheels of the bike. While the front gets a 282mm disc, the
rear features a 220mm disc brake. The front disc comes with a 2 pot caliper,
while the rear gets a single pot version. The brakes are extremely efficient,
even while braking hard I did not get any major wheel lockup which caused a
tail out on the FZ25. Yes, ABS would have been a very welcomed addition to the
bike and could have been offered as an optional higher variant. That being
said, the braking setup on this bike even without ABS is pretty darn good.
To look at the FZ25 boasts of mean and
muscular angles, its full LED head lamp which features 3 LED bulbs (two for low
beam and one for high beam) lends this bike a very distinct appearance on road,
the bold and broad shrouds along with an arched tank gives the motorcycle its
unique character and macho appeal. A very compact and sharp rear bestows upon
the FZ25 an unmistakable Yamaha like character. The overall design of the FZ25
is voguish and carries a definite presence on road. The FZ25 has a rider seat
height set at 795mm which lends exceptional ergonomics for the rider and one can
easily cruise for 200-300kms without getting too worn out.
The FZ25 also features a very legible
digital instrument cluster which gets two trip meters along with a fuel average
consumption and current consumption display. Even the switch gear on the bike
has been laid out in an ergonomic fashion and is easy to operate. The bike
offers good build quality and is expected to be a hassle free motorcycle thanks
to Yamaha's engineering prowess. Be it city riding or on the highway the Yamaha
FZ25 will not let you down, what would have made things even more enticing
would have been the additions of a slipper clutch and ABS. The bike offers a
fuel efficiency of 43kms to a litre and comes in at a price point of just
Rs1.19 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), making it a lucrative option, not to be
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