The Yamaha FZ25 has been launched today at a lip-smacking INR 1.19 lakhs. But does it stand a chance against the competition?
Let’s do a quick fact check. It’s a Yamaha, so it’d be safe to assume that it’ll be buttery smooth, refined and well-built. So you’ll know where your money has gone, and you’re not paying a bomb to start with anyway, because it’s the most affordable 250-cc motorcycle in India.
So what do you get for your money? Well, you get trendy stuff like LED headlamps/tail lamps and a fully digital instrument cluster. A claimed fuel efficiency of 43 km/l just sweetens the deal. The FZ25, tipping the scales at 148 kg (wet), is also the lightest 250-cc out there.
The downsides are FZS-like, familiar styling, no ABS (not even as an option), a five-speed transmission when others are moving on to six-speed jobs and ‘just’ 20.9 PS of power. But it’s got over 20 Nm of twist and not much weight to shift.
So here’s the thing. Pay around INR 20k more, and you’ll end up with the Bajaj Dominar 400, which is in a different league altogether.
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In case you need a heads up about the Yamaha FZ25, read our complete report HERE.
The pricing for sure is better than everyone expected. I don’t have an argument with the styling either. However, the power output isn’t something that pleases me. At the end of it, this is still and old-generation engine and cannot hold a candle to the performance offered by the modern LC motors. I think there would be an initial spike in the sales of this model, but people are eventually going to be talking about the performance, or the lack thereof. And at that point, the sales could start waning off, say in a few months.
While it looks like a good value product as of now, this cannot be Yamaha’s shining beacon for long, especially when the Dominar 400 is offering so much more such a small price gap.
Why would I buy a motorcycle for that kind of money when Bajaj offers a better value for money product with superior performance numbers at a cheaper price tag – the 200NS! I think will be dead on arrival. Period.
Take the Dominar off the frame and this does seem like a sweet deal. Compare it to say something like the Hornet, prices of which crosses 1L OTR in Mumbai- the new FZ25 does seem like a VFM motorcycle considering it’s cubic capacity, FI, dual disc setup etc. The 2 valve SOHC setup is a bit of a surprise though, but you cannot find fault with the Japs. Am sure they would have amply tested it. I feel there are enough Yammie fans out there and the new FZ25 should find its own share of buyers.
An absolute miss! The bike should have come earlier and could have been more powerful!
Well from sales perspective Yamaha will achieve its numbers, they are expecting 4k-5k/ month also it is quite possible that they soon launch the R15 v3 which may become their flagship model and will be priced higher than the FZ25 given the feature list of R15. So it will not be a miss or a hit, 😉 Cheers!
Surprising that ABS has been given a miss even though the new safety norms are due to come into effect soon.
The FZ250 will not be a value for money motorcycle as compared to the Bajaj Dominar 400.
Does anyone have the city wise prices of the new FZ250?
I don’t find anything to point with respect to styling. The design might be old but then it surely isn’t bad. Will I buy one? No – What with The Pulsar 200NS making a return soon. Also, Dominor 400 looks a better buy for a few more bucks (As long as you can ignore the silly name – DOMINOR, yuck).
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