Good things come in small packages – the Yamaha FZ16 / FZ-S is proof of that. Since its launch in 2008, this small capacity Yamaha streetfighter has gone from strength-to-strength in our market. And, given the love that the FZ16 has received from consumers in India, Yamaha decided to add a bigger and brawnier version to the line-up earlier this year – the FZ25. So, has it been worth the wait?
The Yamaha FZ25 was launched primarily as an upgrade for current FZ16 / FZ-S owners. This means it gets more features, big bike looks, and a moderately powerful 249cc motor for bikers climbing up the cubic capacity ladder. At the same time, it keeps the fuss free nature and everyday usability factor of its smaller brother intact.
Aesthetically, it’s a handsome looking motorcycle and draws design cues from the smaller FZ-S series. However, Yamaha designers have managed to give it some unique styling so as to make it stand out from its lesser siblings. The LED headlamp, sharply contoured fuel tank, stubby exhaust and pointy tail-section housing LED lights make it look quite pleasant and upmarket.
The FZ25 is propelled by a 249cc single-cylinder motor that develops 20.6bhp and 20Nm of torque. It may not sound that juicy on paper, but the FZ25 surprises with its real world performance. The power delivery is linear throughout the rev-range, and speed builds up effortlessly on the speedo.
After a couple of laps on the FZ25, Sarath came to the conclusion that the bike is well suited for daily city riding – thanks to its torquey engine, soft suspension and comfortable riding position. At the track, he felt the handling was neutral, but the rear wheel tends to step out while pushing hard – for which you have the comfort-tuned rear suspension to blame. The feedback from the brakes could have been better, too, he added.
Overall, the FZ25 feels deceptively quick on the move – and the ride-and-handling balance is spot-on for daily riding. Plus, it looks fantastic. What could’ve been better? Well, at higher revs, the engine feels strained and the vibrations from the handlebar and headlamp mount don’t go unnoticed. Also, Yamaha should consider offering ABS on the FZ25. Apart from these minor gremlins, we have to say that the FZ25 is a very attractive proposition.