There she stood, at my doorstep in all her entrancing beauty. Yamaha’s FZ25. I was simply wowed! Clothed as she was in glorious glamourous white, the FZ25 took my breath away. The beauty of the Yamaha FZ25 I shall leave you to admire on these pages, in the confidence that my colleague Chamila, long-time the ‘photo-catcher’ of so much automotive beauty you’ve first seen in the Motor magazine, would have done the stylish lines of the FZ25 true justice.
The landscape of motorcycling within our shores is shifting. Remember the time when a 100cc or 125cc motorcycle was the aspirational peak? Then we moved to scooters. Then, in bits and pieces, the 150s and 160s came onto the scene and became the new goals of a large segment of our rider population.
Motorcycle makers move with customer demand and today an Indian 200+cc is not uncommon. With Yamaha’s 250cc of the FZ lineage I’d think the aspirations of many a rider have been addressed more than adequately. Not only is the FZ25 a full 250 but her clothing is truly an awesome fashion statement. However, the lady for all her glamour is simply clothed; she does not carry ornamentation. These lines could once only have been expected from the upper crust of Italian styling houses.
The FZ25 has a wealth of history behind it, beginning with the landmark - and the Wow Machine - FZ16 of the mid-part of the first decade of this century. Possibly the most recognizable of motorcycles on our roads of that era, the Yamaha FZ16 (160cc) was the proud owner of a style and street presence all its very own. This masterpiece commanded respect and love for its amazing design concept, ride stability, and calm and collected conduct on whatever conditions our roads could come up with. I cannot say that the FZ25 offered me the same sense of stability and of sheer motorcycling soul. Stability: The FZ16 I tested on the move by wiggling the handlebars this way and that, first riding upright, then progressively repeating till we were both leaned over (mildly) in corners, and even though the front end responded to my sideways input it instantly returned to the ‘normal’ position and not for an instant did I feel the FZ16 stability reduce. I remember thinking at that time ‘this bike is like a rock’. Like a rock in a good way.
On the big brother FZ25 I did not feel the inclination to treat her steering head with the same abandon. Her stability on the move I would not question - the FZ25 felt well planted all the way through, please don’t get me wrong; maybe I needed more time to get to know this bike better to try out those gymnastics comfortably.
One point I have a grouse about on most other bikes is silenced by a rubber pad mounted on the side stand of the FZ25, creating an almost soundless return home to its upright (riding) position, the small simple rubber pad being all it takes to bring about this delightful refinement. Motorcycle makers with noisy, clang-y, side stands : you’d do well to invest in Yamaha’s FZ25 to take a closer look at this feature.
From the start the 250 seemed to me to be just an overgrown 150, so friendly was the FZ25. I thought of how some 250s we’ve ridden are intimidating at first. The FZ25, instead, seems to tell you ‘even though I’m a powerful street fighter with 20.9 BHP and 20 Nm (makers’ figures, both) I deliver this potential softly.’ This bike will not bite, and the rider, even one new to this engine capacity, will feel fully at home if the throttle hand is governed by what is inside the crash hat.
The FZ25 has a duality about it, in that it feels so easy to handle in tight urban traffic situations, with huge amounts of punch in the lower rpm band, yet promising a comfortable and quick ride over a number of out of town kilometers. The FZ25 would, I thought as I rode her, prove a sweet cruiser, too. Just the type of bike you’d throw your foot over on a whim and take off on to spend the morning with ‘my-favourite- grandparents-in-another-city’.
On the standard equipment 140 section rear tyre the FZ25 provides a macho rear appearance, this aspect rounding off the overall masculine features from front to rear including the huge multi-chambered silencer-exhaust system that, on firing up the 4 stroke air-and-oil-cooled motor, emits a beat that is in my books larger than the 249cc heart of the bike. As a team member said, “It has a big bike exhaust beat.” He knows his motorbikes, and likened the engine-exhaust beat of the FZ250 to a top-of-the-range litre-sized Italian legend.
One of the slickest gear changes I’ve ridden in recent times I experienced on our test FZ25. However, I cannot say the same of throttle response. Having ridden the older FZ machinery I’ve been impressed by the smooth throttle response of the range. Then more recently we reviewed the first fuel injected FZ, the FI model, and that was, you could say, 99% seamless. The FZ25 is also fuel injected but I got throttle snatch every time. Because the bike was otherwise so much of a joy to ride (comfortable riding position, firm long travel suspension, large sport tyres, powerful disc brakes front and rear, and all else) this throttle snatch became a party pooper, so to speak. I feel this malady was confined to our test bike; it is obviously not a design flaw, not with Yamaha’s world famous Blue Core friction reduction/ power enhancement/ performance improvement technology at the centre of this engine.
The all-digital meter has clean lines about it and includes the range of indicators one would normally see on most bikes, plus a real time fuel consumption display and the read out of the average fuel consumption during the pre-set trip meter range. On the real-time display I read a low of 28.6 km/lit (under fairly hard acceleration) and 99.9 km/lit on overrun in top gear on a level road. On our ride in city conditions of varying elevations and traffic levels, the readings were sometimes in the 30s, more often in the 40s and 50s (km/litre) Take from these observations what you can in terms of fuel economy you could expect from this desirable quarter litre motorcycle.
Yamaha’s FZ25 is ready for the new world in being BSIV exhaust emission compliant and having the Auto Headlight On (AHO) feature which switches on the (LED) headlight as the engine fires up. The FZ25 is a worthy big brother addition to the much loved FZ range of motorcycles from Yamaha, and, in its stars, I can see much love and a long future.
ASSOCIATED MOTORWAYS LIMITED (AMW) AND YAMAHA
Associated Motorways (Private) Limited is a household name for delivering quality automotive and other products to the Sri Lankan consumer for four decades. The Company is the Sole Sri Lankan Distributor for Yamaha motorcycles and power products.
AMW offers a wide range of motorized two wheelers manufactured by India Yamaha, including our test motorcycle the all-new FZ25. The AMW-Yamaha two wheeler line-up comprises six scooter models, and seven 150cc motorcycles, and the new fuel injected 250cc the flagship FZ25.
Air-cooled 4-stroke single-cylinder
74.0 x 58.0 mm Bore x Stroke
9.8:1 Compression Ratio
Electric / Kick
CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR
Wheelbase 1360 mm
Tyres Front 100/80 x 17 Tubeless
Rear 140/70 x 17 Tubeless
Wheels Cast alloy
Brakes Front Hydraulic Disc
Rear Hydraulic Disc
DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES
Length 2015 mm
Width 770 mm
Height 1095 mm
Seat Height 795 mm
Weight 148 kg
Fuel tank 14 lit
COLOURS Black, Cyan Blue, White
Warranty 2years / 30,000 kms
HOW MUCH Rs 699,900/-