Yamaha has launched a new, fully-faired bike in India – the Fazer 250. The bike is essentially a faired version of the FZ25 naked, which has proven to be quite successful for Yamaha in India. Prices of the Fazer start from Rs. 1.28 lakh, ex-showroom Mumbai. Bookings are already open and deliveries will begin soon.
What has changed?
As we mentioned earlier, the major change in the Fazer when compared to the FZ25 is the addition of the full fairing. The fairing gives the bike a totally new look. It also helps the bike function as a tourer, allowing the rider to tuck behind the fairing at highway speeds. The kerb weight goes up by 6 kilograms, and the Fazer now tips scales at 154 kilograms. The bike features a 14 liter fuel tank, and Yamaha says that this is good enough for a 600 Kms range.
Any other changes?
Not really. The Fazer uses the same 250 cc, air cooled four stroke engine that powers the FZ25, with peak power of 20.9 PS at 8,000 rpm, and a peak torque of 20 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The 5 speed foot operated manual gearbox has also been carried over from the FZ25.
Suspension too, has been carried over from the FZ25 – telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear. The bike gets disc brakes on both wheels. ABS is still missing. Other key bits, including the LED headlamp, the LCD instrument cluster, and even the seats are the same as those on the FZ25.
At the price at which the Fazer 250 has been launched, it competes with the Honda CBR 150R. However, the bike has been taken off shelves as Honda is tweaking it to meet the latest BS4 emission norms. In terms of pricing, other bikes that compete with the Fazer include the the Bajaj Pulsar RS200, KTM Duke 200, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Bajaj Dominar 400. However, these bikes are characteristically different from the Fazer.