The FZ series has been a successful bike in its segment since it was launched back in 2008. However, this time the darling from Yamaha has received a significant upgrade. MAW Enterprises Pvt. Ltd, the authorized distributor of Yamaha motorcycles and scooters in Nepal launched its awaited FZ25.
The FZ25 comes with a 249cc, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve, single-cylinder, oil cooled, a fuel-injected engine which just weights 148kgs. And Yamaha had made it the most Powerful “Street Fighter” in the quarter-liter segment which comes with the price tag of Rs. 389,900 only.
The new FZ has been manufactured with Yamaha’s ‘Blue Core’ technology, which improves the overall performance, fuel efficiency, acceleration and is BS IV compliant. It also looks quite similar to the old FZs as it shares the same suspension components from the FZ-s, has the same size forks, and the same suspension travel.
However, the main highlight of this bike is its engine. The 249cc engine delivers the maximum power output of 20.9 PS at 8,000 rpm and maximum torque of 20Nm at 6,000 rpm. The throttle response is very responsive and engaging. Though, the question remains to be how quick it is? Well, it goes 0-60 in just 3.37 and 0-100 in just 8.58 second and with a top speed of 142kmph which is close to the KTM’s Duke 250.
It also comes with features like the LED headlight — which is heavily inspired by Transformers — LED tail- light, LCD instrument cluster, 46 teeth sprocket at the back, and 14-liter tank which is the biggest in its segment.
The ergonomics are nice and upright. The seats are flat wide and well cushioned for both rider and pillion making more comfortable riding. One can comfortably cruise at 100-115 kmph with minimum vibration. It also gets the mileage of 33kmpl on the city ride and 43kmpl on the highway.
What it misses out is the better wind protection, a gear indicator, and ABS not even being as an option which is quite disappointing for the bike with so much capability. Though, it is clear that the SOHC setup, 2 valves, five-speed transmissions, and no upside-down fork and the oil cooling helped Yamaha to keep the cost down but not the performance.
So, for those who want to upgrade to the higher cc bikes, Yamaha has played well and is now offering its new FZ25 which is cheaper than that compared to the KTM Duke 250. Masculine looks and aggressive style, more Torque for higher pickup, will lead FZ series to a new level of riding experience for sure.