Yamaha has launched its naked sports bike FZ25 with a price tag of Rs 1,19,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi). This is the most powerful Made-in-India Yamaha. The power comes from a 249cc single-cylinder, air/oil-cooled, 2-valve engine that is borrowed from the Brazilian model of the Fazer 250. This fuel-injected engine churns out 20.9PS of power at 8,000 rpm and 20Nm of torque at just 6000 rpm. The motor is mated to a five-speed gearbox that is the workhorse in several other Yamaha offerings.
Several design elements have been taken from the existing FZ version 2.0 series, giving it the aggressive looks along with keeping it tied down with the FZ family. The bigger MT-03 also donated some design ideas making it look slightly premium than its younger siblings. It features double downtube frame, chiselled fuel tank, muscular tank shrouds and a low-slung, sharp headlamp. Like the Bajaj Dominar, this motorcycle also boasts Auto Headlamp on (AHO) feature. Yamaha’s “Blue Core” engine claims to provide an optimum balance between performance and fuel economy. The company reports that the FZ25 has a fuel economy of 43kmpl which is quite competitive in its segment.
The FZ25 receives 41mm telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock suspension at the rear. The bike gets new split-spoke alloys and also features a disc brake on both the front and the rear; the front disc being larger 282mm one. It misses on ABS even as an optional extra which might turn out to be the biggest disadvantage of this new model in the highly competitive segment. However, the company is working on an ABS equipped version as well. If we talk about the rivals, there is a wide range of competition, starting from the low-cost TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar 200 range to the more premium KTM 200 Duke.
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