The bike that could well get the riding masses out of commuter vehicles

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Automotive Script looks into the Yamaha FZ25 to see how good it is after its first year of existence

Praveen Kumar S

It has been a year since Yamaha FZ25 was launched and I set out to explore the macho street bike over a short period.

I drove the bike for over a 1,000 km and the thing that really stood apart was how heavy it feels while it is stationary. The bike weighs 148kg with all the fluids topped. But it does not feel anything like that while on the move.

That is thanks to the 249cc single overhead cam engine that produces just a smidgen above 20bhp and 20 torques. This means the initial getaway is very good.

You can play with the 10,000rpms at any given gear, of which there are five, and chase the speed much to your heart’s content.

But all this speed comes with no vibrations as will be expected from a Yamaha. It is all smooth and clean horses that are pumped by the engine all the time and all one has to do is ride the wave of torque.

Is it good around the twisties?

The bike rides on 100 and 140 section tyres front and rear, much like its younger sibling, the FZ16. However, the rear tyre has a 10mm thicker sidewall and rounded edges.

This means it gives utmost confidence to the driver. You can lean through the bends really well and don’t really have to feel about the foot pegs scraping the tarmac.

While the FZ25 has just 250cc to displace, it is no slouch. It crosses the 130Kph mark quite briskly and does not even break a sweat while doing so.

While taking it around the bends, it noticed that the front end had much more grip than on the smaller FZ16, even though they have the same tyre sizes. Better grip means better confidence and better speed through the corners. This sometimes needs to be contained on Chennai’s overcrowded roads, but on the smooth East Coast Road, you really can open the tap and utilise the potential the bike has.

These on-road antics are further helped by the comfortable seating position and equally comfortable seats.

Usability

And if you are a person who is just out of college and has got into their first or second job, you would not be out of your bounds trying to put fuel either.

The 12 litre tank can really take one on a realistic 400km range and while I did drive the bike a lot, I did it mostly inside the city and even then, the bike did not dip anywhere below 30km of mileage.

This is impressive given that Chennai’s traffic is horrendous, plus the fact that petrol now costs upwards of ?74 per litre. Not that the latter part helps you in any way.

On other fronts, the switchgear is very friendly to use. Your wrists will not ache even after a long drive, the headlamps are good looking and work pretty well while they are used to illuminate the road during the night.

And yes, there are two helmet hooks that one can use to keep their skull saver safe, without having to really carry them around, which can become wearisome after a while.

What we like

The FZ25 costs ?1.37 lakh on-road Chennai. This is about 50 grand more than the entry-level street fighter that Yamaha has. That is a good thing because, for not much more money, customers can actually get to experience a quarter litre bike that is much better in every possible way than the 150cc.

The brakes work better, the suspension is that little bit plusher, the seats are comfier, the bike looks bang up-to-date and most importantly, it is priced competitively.

Verdict

With the prices as it is, one need not buy the smaller 150cc naked anymore. If I were you, and I am, I would buy this bike as my first and will be all the more well off for it.

 

 

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