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YAMAHA FZ25: AFFORDABLE ASPIRATION

Since its launch in 2008, the Yamaha FZ-Series has been hugely popular for its combination of superb performance and street-inspired styling. The FZ-Series has been a great performer, and has maintained its leading popularity as a strong brand in the deluxe segment. Building on that reputation, Yamaha recently introduced the much-awaited FZ25 in the Nepalese market. One of the most anticipated bikes of 2017, Yamaha describes the new FZ25 as “a refined mix of raw power along with superb control and balance with aspiration to move towards a more powerful bike”. It was the bike many people were waiting for, including us. We finally got to swing a leg over Yamaha’s newest offering inaugurating their entry into the quarter liter segment.

STYLING

The FZ25 inherits Yamaha’s street-inspired styling DNA which is intended to boost versatility and comfort. It possesses heaps of charisma without having to resort to over-the-top frills. The streetfighter inspired styling features a nifty three-light type low-slung headlight with LED lamps, faux vents on its muscular tank extensions, a chiseled 14-litre fuel tank, a stout muffler, a mudguard that moves with the swingarm and an impressive LED taillight unit.

Sitting above the headlamp unit is an all-digital instrument cluster which displays a large speedometer, a horizontal tachometer, a fuel gauge, two trip meters, average fuel economy counter and a clock. There is no gear position indicator, which we believe should have been included. The styling of the FZ25 works together beautifully; everything from paint and finish to decals and build-quality look decently done for a relatively low priced bike.

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ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

The 249cc air-cooled 4-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC, fuel-injected engine delivers both smooth response and sporty power. Although 20.30 bhp at 8000 RPM and 20 NM at 6000 RPM from a 250cc seem low on paper, the bike definitely steals the show when it comes to real life performance.

Yamaha hasn’t just put mad power straight away but pulling away is joyous once you climb gears. The bike pulls crisply from 4,500 RPM upwards and escalates smoothly through the rev ranges, revving swiftly through the five-speed gearbox. The rev happy engine also gets a balancer to reduce vibration perceived by the riders.

Power delivery is linear, progressive and well spread. The engine is mainly tuned for the meaty mid-range. With plentiful torque on tap, the FZ25 provides a pretty decent flick to maneuver through almost anything. There are no fancy stuffs, yet we are easily impressed with the performance. Top speed is likely to be just over a respectable 140 kmph.

RIDE AND HANDLING

When it comes to handling, the FZ25 definitely lives up to the expectation of the FZ suffix. At 148kg (with oil and a full fuel tank), the bike is extremely lightweight, allowing it to perform competently with an engaging blend of effortless and reassuring stability. The bike offers the kind of character you can enjoy riding out nearly everywhere, and its suspensions setup and beefy tires make it a joy on the road. At the same time, the chassis offers the nimbleness and easy-to-use character for daily use as well as riding in a variety of scenarios.

The riding position of the FZ25 sees a flat handlebar with an upright position providing a solid view of the road while the foot pegs are slightly rearward. Comfort is ideal for both city and highway riding. The flatter seat comes with slip-resistant cover to ensure both a comfortable feeling for the rider and the pillion. The sitting point on the pillion is about 12cm higher than that of the rider’s seat. Having said that, the slightly uncomfortable seats may not be enjoyable on long rides.

The bike is very manageable at low speed, and has an enjoyably quick and responsive character. The 41mm telescopic front fork with 130mm of travel and the lightweight link-less monocross rear suspension with 120mm of wheel travel provide a good combination of functionality and stability for enhanced comfort.

Coupled with a 100/80-17 front and 140/70-17 rear tubeless tires from MRF, the motorcycle provides a good grip characteristics. The 282mm front disc with 2-pot brake caliper and a 220mm rear disc with a single-pot caliper produce an excellent stopping power providing a good feedback to the rider. The availability of ABS would have been a welcome addition.

VERDICT:

The FZ series has helped Yamaha enhance its solid brand image in the performance motorcycle segment, and the FZ25 looks set to take it even further. The FZ25’s blend of aesthetics, performance and value for money is hard to beat. These traits serve riders well in the city, and become even more fun when you take it out on the highway. Overall, this new entry from Yamaha is an intriguing option for riders looking for sporty performance in a street-friendly manner in the quarter-litre segment.

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