Yamaha FZ25: Road Test Review
- Jul 31, 2017
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India Yamaha Motor is the recipient of the prestigious India Design Mark (I Mark) award by the Indian Design Council. The acknowledgement has been awarded to Yamaha’s 250cc street naked, the Yamaha FZ25, for its engineering and design. Since 2012 Yamaha has been bagging design awards for most models in its product range. These include the YZF-R15 (2012), Cygnus Ray (2013), Cygnus Ray Z (2014), Cygnus Alpha and FZ (2015), Yamaha Fascino & Saluto 125 (2016), Cygnus Ray ZR and YZF R3 (2017) followed by the FZ25 winning the certification this year.
The India Design Council is an autonomous body of the Indian Government, established under the aegis of Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry. It is a national strategic body for multi-disciplinary design and is involved in the promotion of design to ultimately make India a design-enabled country. The India Design Council is spearheading the national design direction and is working with other government agencies, the design community, industry and education institutions to promote design in business, society and public services and developing design excellence.
It was in 2008 that Yamaha introduced the FZ series in India, which has got an overwhelming response from Indian customers. By 2017, with over 1 million owners of FZ-branded motorcycles in India, the all-new FZ25 was launched to expand the brand in India.
The Yamaha FZ25 gets sharp and sculpted styling with a riding posture that’s typical of street nakeds. Saddle height is 795mm. The party piece on the Yamaha FZ25 is the LED headlight. It also features a LED tail lamp and the stubby exhaust muffler, a design trait seen on the Yamaha FZ 2.0, has been beefed up to flow with the overall larger dimensions.
Another highlight is the LCD instrument console that displays speed, tachometer, fuel, two tripmeters and odometer. It also provides additional information like fuel reserve trip meter, clock, instant fuel economy and average fuel economy.
The Yamaha FZ25 is powered by a 249cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine. The motor produces 20.9PS of peak power at 8000rpm while 20Nm of peak torque is produced at 6000rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a 5-speed gearbox.
Mechanical components include 41mm telescopic front forks and a hydraulic monoshock unit at the rear. Braking is managed by a 282mm front disc and a 230mm rear disc brake, which is mounted on 17-inch wheels that come wrapped with 110/80-section front tyre and a chunky 140/70-section rear tyre. The FZ25 misses out on the safety net of ABS but will get one after the ABS mandate post-April 2019. The street-naked FZ25 tips the scale with a kerb weight of 148kg.
Commenting on the achievement, Roy Kurian, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales, said, "Yamaha is excited to be honoured by industry’s one of the most coveted recognition, ‘India Design Mark’. The brand always strives to bring the most innovative and stylish products to its consumers and this certification have further induced Yamaha’s zeal to cater to its patrons with exciting products that revs heart for its excellence in design, style and comfort.”
The Yamaha FZ25 is priced at Rs 1.19 lakh (ex-Delhi) and competes against the TVS Apache RTR 200 and the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200.
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