Yamaha launched the FZ25 earlier this year, marking its entry into the 250cc segment. The naked motorcycle has gained popularity in the market with monthly sales averaging at 2,000 units. Yamaha is now working towards launching a faired version of the FZ25 and the motorcycle has been caught on test multiple times. Finally, the motorcycle has been caught in production form without any camouflage.
What is new?
Yamaha has not officially named the motorcycle yet, but the new images show the Fazer moniker on the body, which more or less confirms the name. Unlike the Fazer 150, which has a quarter fairing, the FZ25 has a full body, layered fairing, and looks quite aggressive from the side. The bottom layer is black while the top layer of the fairing will have the body colour. The motorcycle has a single headlamp unit.
The headlamp sits peculiarly between the fairing and the sides of the headlamp unit have mesh designed plastic, which does seem like air vents. The bottom part of the headlamp unit has LED DRLs. There is a small, heavily contoured windscreen on the top of the fairing. The body has a three-colour tone, making it look unique. The fairing also has conventional turn indicators on the side.
The tank design is similar to the Yamaha FZ25, and the 14-litre capacity will remain unchanged. It gets a single piece handlebar, which will allow riders to sit upright and ride for long hours. The fully digital instrument console is similar to the FZ25.
The seat is split, and the grab rails are similar to the FZ25. The exhaust unit is also same as the FZ25. The motorcycle will have disc brakes on both the wheels, but ABS may not be offered even as an optional unit similar to the FZ25. The front has telescopic forks while the rear has a mono shock. The whole design looks much more aerodynamic than the Fazer 150.
The addition of the fairing will also increase the weight of the motorcycle. The FZ25, which weighs only 148 kg is fun to ride and is also quick. The Fazer 250 will gain on a few kilos, which may make it slower if Yamaha keeps the mechanicals unchanged.
What about the engine?
The Fazer 250 is likely to be powered by the same engine as the FZ25. It is a single-cylinder, oil-cooled plus air-cooled unit that has fuel injection. The engine produces a maximum power of 20.69 Bhp at 8,000 rpm and 20 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm in the FZ25. Yamaha may do some tweaks to make the engine more appropriate for the heavy motorcycle, but that is highly unlikely.
When will it launch?
Yamaha has not revealed a launch date yet, but the motorcycle is expected by the festive season, which is September-October. The Fazer 250 is expected to carry a price tag of around Rs. 1.3 lakh. It will compete with the likes of Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and the KTM RC200. The CBR 250R has now been discontinued; else the Fazer 250 would have gone directly against it in the market.