It’s time to bid farewell to our long-term Yamaha FZ25. For the past seven months, the quarter-litre FZ performed flawlessly, to say the least. And I think its correct to say that it’s unanimously loved by us at autoX. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, it’s a powerful commuter that’s also a smooth and comfortable motorcycle to commute on. Among things that we particularly loved about this bike include its torquey engine, nimble handling and supple suspension setup. Additionally, it also looks butch and premium, which is something that’s become one of the key deciding factors while buying a motorcycle from this segment. What we didn’t like? There aren’t many things, but we thought the engine felt stressed at high speeds while there are perceptible vibrations from the handlebar and headlamp housing. The brakes, over time, have become spongy and the gearbox, too, felt a bit notchy in the last two months. Also, the LED headlamp – while it looks amazing – it doesn’t quite offer the kind of illumination that we expected.
All said, the FZ25 can be improved in a certain areas, but there’s no denying that it’s a capable all-round street motorcycle. Suffice it to say, we’ll definitely miss it once it’s gone.