Yamaha response to the growing the quarter-litre segment in India has been pretty lukewarm. The Japanese giant launched it first quarter-litre motorcycle earlier this year in the form of FZ-25. The naked bike is receiving a decent response from the market. Taking things forward, Yamaha is readying a fully-faired motorcycle based on the FZ-25. Here’s everything that you want to know.
What is it?
It is not clear what moniker Yamaha will give it, but it is a fully faired version of the Yamaha FZ-25. The motorcycle has been caught testing numerous times under a heavy camouflage. Recently, the bike has been found on the test without any cover.
The Fazer 250 or the FZ25 R is essentially the same motorcycle as FZ25, but it will get a full body fairing. The motorcycle loses the double headlamp assembly and gets a wide, single headlamp set-up. Inside, it will get the same LED lamp that comes with the FZ25.
The 14-litre fuel tank carries the same bulgy design like the FZ25, but it is not covered with the fully fairing. The fairing itself is layered and looks quite attractive. The motorcycle carries the same handlebar and the fully-digital instrument panel too. The split seats and the grab rails are also identical to the FZ25.
Yamaha will offer the Fazer 250 with optional ABS. Both the front and the rear wheels get disc brakes. There is a telescopic fork at the front while the rear suspension is a mono shock. The Yamaha FZ-25 is known as a fast motorcycle and weighs 148 kg. The Fazer, however, will be little heavier due to the addition of the fairing. The new Fazer looks much more aerodynamic than the current Fazer 150, which carries a blunt design.
What about the engine?
The Fazer 250 will be powered by the same 249cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine. It also gets oil-cooler and is fuel injected. The engine will remain unchanged and will get the same 5-speed gearbox. It produces a maximum power of 20.69 Bhp at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 20 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The FZ25 can reach a top speed of 134 km/h, that will come down slightly due to the added weight.
When is it launching?
Yamaha has not indicated a launch date yet, but the motorcycle is expected to reach the showrooms by the festive season. It will carry a price tag of Rs. 1.3 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. It will compete with the likes of Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and KTM Duke 200. Honda has discontinued the CBR250 in India else; the Fazer 250 would have gone directly against it.
Interestingly, Yamaha is yet to bring the updated YZF-R15 V3 in India. The company has already launched the all-new motorcycle in Indonesia and Thailand. There were many rumours suggesting that the bike has been spotted in the Indian dealerships, but all of it turned out to be untrue.