Yamaha FZ25 Review: Best, Only If You Want It to Be
The Japanese automaker recently launched the FZ25 at a price tag of Rs 1.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and caught everyone’s attention.
Yamaha FZ25 Test Ride Review. (Image: Siddharth Safya/News18.com)
The 200cc-300cc segment in India has seen a growth unlike any other in the past few years. The automakers are heeding to the increased demand and so is Yamaha. The Japanese automaker recently launched the FZ25 at a price tag of Rs 1.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and caught everyone’s attention.
That was for good reason, though, as the company received its fair share of success with the FZ25’s younger sibling – the FZ 16, a bike that can be credited for starting the rage for the street-naked design language in the 150cc-200cc category and the FZ25 can be seen as its successor. The other big talking point was the price tag that it came with. But did Yamaha cut corners where they shouldn’t have in order to offer the FZ25 at this price?
Let’s find out.
The Yamaha FZ25 manages to have a familiar resemblance to the FZ 16 and yet, manages to look different as well. It’s got the same aggressive stance thanks to the small, butch LED headlight unit and the large fuel tank which are complimented with the large tank cowls. It gets the sporty-looking high low-head high-tail design but the tail is thankfully not as steep as the Yamaha R15, which means, you can actually sit a pillion on it.
While looks are subjective, for us, the minimal use of body graphics doesn’t make the bike look like it’s trying too hard to be noticed but rather, compliments it in a very subtle manner.
The fins under the rear seat, the split grab-rails and the beautifully integrated saree-guard inside the rear tyre hugger make it look bold and premium. The split seats are wide and comfortable and the rear seat also adds up as a good support for the rider’s lower back.
The instrument cluster has a nice and clean layout and makes for easy reading. The visibility is good even during daytime and it showcases almost everything you need to know.
The best part about the FZ25, something that FZ 16 owners will relate to, is the riding ergonomics. The handlebar is positioned well within the reach of the rider and the foot pegs are positioned in a relaxed position. As we mentioned earlier, the seat is comfortable and the overall seating posture is only slightly aggressive.
All of this combined, makes the FZ25 a charm to ride in everyday city traffic as well as makes it fit for long commutes as well. Add to that the mileage of about 30-35 km/l, which coupled with the 14-litre fuel tank, translates into a range of about 420-490 km which is impressive.
The engine is smooth and refined too. It is a 249cc air-cooled unit that pushes out 20.9 PS of power and 20 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. The power delivery is well spread out and the engine is tuned for strong mid-range power delivery which makes those quick bursts of speed fun as 0-100 km/h sprints are quick.
In terms of handling, since the bike weighs only 148 kilos (with oil and a full fuel tank), it feels very nimble and agile. The turning radius is small as well and the brakes offer good bite and feedback on the lever.
What’s Not So Cool?
While the motorcycle has been priced aggressively, it does miss out on Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) system which should have been offered at least as an option as it is a glaring chink in the FZ25’s armour.
The only other thing that left us wanting for more was the transmission. It is fairly quick through the upshifts and downshifts and is well spaced out as well. But, when you have to come to a standstill then finding neutrals can be quite a task and frustrating.
The Yamaha FZ25 competes against the likes of the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS and the sub-300cc KTM Dukes.
Here’s the thing. All of the competitors that Yamaha goes up against which are mentioned above claim to be “sporty” and “race-focused”. This has been the approach of auto manufacturers while making street-naked motorcycles in this segment for quite some time now and hence, it’s only natural to expect the Yamaha to be the same.
If you judge the FZ25 with the same set of expectations then it may not make it to your list. But reset your expectations and look at it from a fresh perspective and the bike begins to shine through.
It is practical, offers comfortable ergonomics, has enough grunt to give you the kicks during those quick overtakes and that engine is just so refined. Then, there’s the price which acts as a trump card for the FZ25 and it looks good too.
This then, is not be a mind-bending corner-hunting lap-record-breaking motorcycle that all other bikes in this segment claim to be. This, is a value for money everyday motorcycle that will deliver whenever you ask it to.
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