Yamaha have been teasing the bigger brother to the existing FZ for about a month now. They are aiming to garner a share of the highly lucrative 200-400cc class which is currently dominated by KTM in India. Given how the FZ-16 revived Yamaha’s fortunes in India when it first came out, the Yamaha FZ25 has some expectations already on it’s shoulders.
For the Yamaha FZ25, the company has continued to embody the muscular and bulging design philosophy that is the FZ series trademark, with a defined tank, stubby exhaust and mean tank shrouds among other design elements. It gets first in class LED lighting in front and rear, though the pilot light strangely remains the incandescent variety. A more sporty riding position courtesy of the rear-set pegs and lower bars is also offered.
The FZ25 is powered by a 249cc air and oil cooled single. Why Yamaha opted out of a proper liquid cooling system similar to that offered by the competition is not so puzzling. The engine runs very relaxed and refined and produces only about as much power as a standard 200cc motorcycle. Thereby foregoing the need for additional cooling and even a 4 valve setup. An argument can also be made that the engine will be more reliable. A five-speed gearbox paired with a wet type multi-plate clutch puts power to the ground. A sixth gear like some of the competition has again been given a miss, again to provide a proper torque spread due to the relaxed “not so high revving” engine. The fuel-injected motor chucks out a not so exciting 20.9 PS of power at 8,000rpm and a peak torque of 20 Nm at 6,000rpm. Featuring Yamaha’s trademark “Blue Core” technology, the 2-valve is claimed to return a fuel economy of 43 km/l. Yamaha have managed to keep the wet weight at 148 kg, a saving grace of sorts. But lets reserve our comments on the engine till we actually do a proper review.
The Yamaha FZ25 is damped by 41mm telescopic forks up front and a mono-shock at the rear. A 282mm front and 220mm rear disk are responsible for braking duties. ABS has not been offered. 140-section rear and 100-section front tubeless MRF Zapper tires fitted to new lightweight alloys promise the keep the rider out of the bushes. The reduced un-sprung mass and overall low weight should make the bike nimble and easy to handle.
The FZ25 gets a full LCD console that shows instant and average fuel economy, besides featuring a rev-counter, speedometer, fuel gauge and trip meter among others. The console also features a clock. Yamaha have also given the bike an Auto Headlamp On (AHO) feature. Yamaha has priced the FZ25 at Rs 1,19,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) which should mean 1,35,000 or so on-road. Colour options include Knight Black, Ballistic Blue and Warrior White. Check out our detailed Yamaha FZ25 image gallery for a better look at the bike.