Yamaha FZ25 Review: Affordable 250cc Bike Packs a Few Thrills

Buying a bike in India has gone through its phases. You could’ve easily purchased a bike with a nifty set of features for under Rs 1 lakh a few years back. In 2017, people aren’t shying away from spending big bucks on bikes, which is why bikes like the Bajaj Dominar, Duke 250 and the Yamaha FZ25 have made their way in.

Priced at Rs 1.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), Yamaha has finally bumped up its power game with the 250cc powered FZ25. This naked bike packs in new features, and yet keeps the frugal nature of the Indian buyers in mind. So, does the FZ25 offer you an upgrade from the 150cc arena?

Snapshot

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Pros:

  • Sleek design
  • Accessible seating position
  • LED headlamps
  • Most affordable 250cc in India

Cons:

  • 14-litre fuel tank only
  • Light on weight for its speed delivery
  • Heavy wind burst
  • No ABS variant
The 249cc engine is paired with 5-speed transmission. (Photo: The Quint)
The 249cc engine is paired with 5-speed transmission. (Photo: The Quint)

What’s Good?

Finally, Yamaha opened its eyes to India and brought its B-game to the country, with its first 250cc-powered bike, the Yamaha FZ25. This bike is an upgrade, compared to all other Yamaha FZ and Fazer bikes, for its quality and definitely the speeds it can touch.

For this price, you get LED headlamps, which nobody else can boast of. But what’s good to see is that Yamaha has given this speedster a soul of a daily commuter.

You get disc brakes in front and at the rear, with 282-mm and 220-mm respectively. These are only lower than what the Bajaj Dominar offers, which is much more expensive than the FZ25.

Good to have LED headlamps on the Yamaha FZ25. (Photo: The Quint)
Good to have LED headlamps on the Yamaha FZ25. (Photo: The Quint)

The FZ25 is not only rider-friendly, but works out nicely for the pillion rider too. This is one qualm we have with sports bikes – they don’t care about the person sitting at the back. Thankfully, Yamaha does.

The 249cc fuel-injected engine is mated with a 5-speed transmission. You only get an electric starter to start the bike. The digital speedometer gives the rider all the information he/she needs.

Disc brakes on both front and back of the FZ25. (Photo: The Quint)
Disc brakes on both front and back of the FZ25. (Photo: The Quint)

Talking about the quality of the ride, we took the FZ25 for a long ride (250 km to be precise), and barring a few jittery moments (we’ll come to that later), the ride was a comfortable one. The footpeg and handlebar feels the force of speed, but nothing that’s going to make you feel uncomfortable.

Yamaha FZ25 is the most affordable 250cc bike right now. (Photo: The Quint)

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