It’s been almost a decade now that we Indians have become familiar with the ‘streetfighter’ concept of motorcycles. And when we say the aforementioned term, there is one such name that instantly strikes the mind. Yamaha India launched the FZ16 back in the year 2008 that essentially made its rocking entry into the Indian two-wheeler market as a brawny and sturdy character possessing machine, unlike every other motorcycle. Furthermore, besides just a chubby rear tyre, the FZ had so much more to flaunt about that we Indians had never experienced in a mass market motorcycle.
Years passed and Yamaha got busy in bringing out different versions of the 150cc FZ at regular intervals. Little did the company know that the youngsters wanted something bigger as the expectations from the FZ umbrella were on a high. Thankfully, someone at Yamaha shared this emotion too and hence, the bigger Yamaha FZ25 was made to see the sunlight. However, this time, the company was a little late as there were already a handful of rivals standing on the battlefield ready to welcome the new ‘Lord of the Streets’.
So, can the new introduction of Yamaha FZ25 be an intelligent and worthy move on the part of the company or are these just plain thoughts? Read ahead to find out the correct answer!
Yamaha FZ25 – Design language and Styling
The Yamaha FZ25 essentially looks like the bigger and better version of the FZ16. Though Yamaha calls it a completely new motorcycle, there is a strong connect with the FZ family in terms of the overall design. Starting off with the headlamp section, the FZ25 earns a full LED unit that consists of three LEDs, two for low beam while the remaining one is for the high beam. The front fascia has a striking appearance and it indeed looks as if it has been lifted from a transformer movie. The well sculpted 14-litre fuel tank offers some broad shoulders to this motorcycle while the tank extensions further adds to the sporty touch.
The split step up seats on the FZ25 are wide and neatly designed, thereby keeping its premium appeal intact. The rear end of this motorcycle receives a split body grab rail for the convenience of the pillion. The tail lamp is all LED and looks completely different as it is highly appealing than the rest of the FZ members, for a change. The rear tyre hugger looks purposeful and blends well with the overall body styling. The stubby exhaust set up looks sporty and looks familiar as it takes its inspiration from the same Midship muffler that comes in the younger FZ models.
Yamaha FZ25 – Engine and Performance
Well, 20.69 bhp and 20 Nm, this is what the 249cc, single pod motor cranks out. But do not get fooled by these numbers as the performance simply cannot be judged with these in mind. The prime highlight of this engine is the torque that kicks in early and hence, makes it really peppy and joyful. As a result, post 3500 to 4000 rpm, the bike just progresses with ease as soon as you whack open the throttle, no matter what gear it is engaged in.
All thanks to this, the Yamaha FZ25 has a punchy low and mid range and you do not need to hassle with the five-speed gearbox. The clutch is light and gearshifts are smooth, thus making the bike a good companion for city rides. No liquid-cooling on this one but you do get an oil-cooler for the air-cooled mill that is further assisted with fuel injection. The end result is that the power does not drop off at the top end and the bike feels as powerful at its top speed without showing any signs of nervousness. So, the incredibly refined motor does comes across as a boon for city traffic as well as mile munching when you can easily cruise around 90kmph to 100kmph in your comfort zone.
Yamaha FZ25 – Ride and Handling
The Yamaha FZ25 shares its suspension with the lower spec FZ models. The front end has been bestowed with 41mm conventional telescopic forks while the rear gets a monoshock. The set up feels nicely damped to serve its purpose equally well on both, broken surfaces and free flowing tarmac. The motorcycle is bolted onto a diamond chassis that actually helps it maintain composure at triple digit speeds. The stopping power is delivered with the help of 282mm disc brake up front while on the rear, you get a 220mm disc unit. Sadly, no ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) is being offered, even as optional. While the brakes have a good feel, you will sense that the bite and the feedback could have been a little better.
Now, coming to the handling, the Yamaha FZ25 is not as sharp as a sports bike at corners but it still does handles around quite positively and hence, is easy to maneuver on busy streets. The riding position on the FZ25 is genuinely commendable as you sit upright and relaxed. The foot pegs are a bit front set and all this gives you a comfortable posture while sitting on this bike. This is the reason why spending long hours on the saddle won’t come across as a thing of worry. The bike has a total kerb weight of 148 kgs and its seat height of 795mm ensures that short heighted riders experience equal fun in comparison to the average height humans.
Yamaha FZ25 – Features
The Yamaha FZ25 has been developed keeping affordability in mind somewhere. However, that does not mean that the bike falls short of features. To start off with, one of the prime highlights of the Yamaha FZ25 is the full LED headlamp unit that offers good illumination at night. It is also enabled with Automatic Headlamp ON (AHO) facility and hence headlamp ON/OFF has been eliminated from the handlebar. The tail lamp is all LED too, which looks actually appealing.
The Yamaha FZ25 comes with a full digital instrument cluster that is a bit outdated in terms of appearance. The cockpit displays plenty of information to the rider as it comes with twin trip meters, a clock, average fuel economy, real time fuel economy along with basic data. However, it misses out on a gear position indicator. The bike further flaunts a dual disc set up with a 282mm unit up front along with a 220mm one at the rear. The split rear body grab rail and the split step up seats are other additional features that well compliment the overall package.
Yamaha FZ25 – Verdict
All said and done, the all-new Yamaha FZ25 retains the bold characteristics of the famed FZ16 besides gaining some muscles. With this motorcycle, instead of playing the performance card, Yamaha has decided to keep things simple and hence somehow managed to keep the cost down. The outcome is a happy-go-lucky, peppy machine that you can get involved with amidst the hustle and bustle of city everyday along with the weekend rides on the highways.
At INR 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Yamaha FZ25 is the most affordable quarter-litre motorcycle that you can buy in India at present. If you want a performance oriented motorcycle, there are multiple options that you can reach out to. However, if you belong to the other side of the riders for whom comfort and practicality come before anything else, Yamaha has a perfect pick for you in the form of FZ25. The only downside that we see in this motorcycle is the absence of an ABS that we would really love to see in the next update.
So, on a round up, can the Yamaha FZ25 actually be seen as an old wine in a new bottle? Yes, we believe so as it takes forward the USPs of the FZ series, wearing new skin and clothes. As they say, old wine gets better with time, isn’t it?