The Super Streetfighter is a new homegrown breed of metal

Yamaha India has officially taken the wraps off the FZ25 in New Delhi and doing so, they have now officially entered the quarter-litre naked motorcycle segment in the country. This is Japanese’s answer to the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, the KTM Duke 200 and the Pulsar 200 range of motorcycles and sits neatly in between its siblings, the YZF-R15 and the YZF R3.

Launched in 2008, Yamaha’s FZ series of motorcycles had created a new meaning to the streetfighter nemesis. The DNA embedded had street characteristics that made the FZ the number one in the segment pretty fast. The engineers at Yamaha had a new challenge ahead of them: to create the new generation of street rumblers with a bigger engine and better dynamics. This led to the birth of the FZ25 and here is our attempt to declassify it.

2017 Yamaha FZ25
  • Year: 2017
  • Make: Yamaha
  • Model: FZ
  • Engine: inline-1
  • Displacement: 249 cc
  • Top Speed: 99 mph (Est.)
  • Price: INR 119000
  • Price: Premium
  • Overall: 8.2/10

STYLING

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2017 Yamaha FZ25
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Yamaha needed a brand new design to express a new breed of FZ that imparts striking new power. Countless designing hours lead to the formation of muscles similar to athletes who train to attain new heights of performance. Chiselled and contoured to perfection.

The front face, fuel tank and the side silhouette attain these cues from the younger FZ16, predominantly the fuel tank and the exhaust unit. It, however, gets a fresh new twin split LED headlamp unit with three LED lamps that features the Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) as per the government regulations. At the rear too the bike gets an all LED taillight cluster surrounded by neatly designed aluminium grab bar.

The bike is equipped with an all-digital LCD instrument display that includes trip meters, speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, odometer and both live and average fuel economy. The bike gets mild fairings that have faux air intakes for aesthetic purposes only. The fuel tank has contours that are not seen in any other motorcycle on the road. A black insert in the centre runs across the length of the tank and is flanked by what looks like an imploded section that carries the brand’s moniker flamboyantly.

On the sides, the motorcycle is seen carrying a midship muffler that is designed to be compact yet confirm to emission norms. Moreover, it allows for better mass concentration and weight reduction. Newly designed wheels with a spoke design like that of MT Series bikes give in for that extra oomph factor, making the motorcycle even more irresistible.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Yamaha FZ25 KTM Duke 200 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
Length 2015mm 2002mm 2017mm
Width 770mm 873mm 804mm
Height 1075mm 1274mm 1075mm
Wheelbase 1360mm 1367mm 1363mm
Seat height 795mm 810mm 810mm
Wet weight 148kg 136kg 151kg

POWERTRAIN

Similar to the Brazilian Fazer 250, powering this new hunk is a 249 cc air and oil-cooled, 2-valve, fuel injected, single cylinder engine that can produce 21bhp @ 8000rpm, which is not jaw dropping awesome, but manages this disappointment with the torque delivery of 20Nm peak @ 6000rpm. This power is taken to the rear via a 5-speed gearbox and chain linkage and the engine carries the Blue Core technology keeping the right amount of balance between performance and efficiency meeting BS IV efficiency norms.

These features establish the FZ25 as a "Powerful, mid-class, street fighter" for the Next FZ World. This engine has been fine-tuned to suit Indian conditions, primarily in the intake/exhaust systems and the ignition system. And all of this is built on Yamaha’s newfound innovation for engine development known as ’Blue Core’ that features improved performance including acceleration, fuel efficiency and adhering to strict emission categories.

The engine has been optimised to boost combustion speeds by altering the shapes of the combustion chamber and the intake port. A lightweight forged aluminium piston, a plated cylinder with greater heat dissipation characteristics and thin piston rings add up to the engine’s fine performance attributes. Also, a balancer is added to reduce vibrations.

There is a 4-row oil cooler that increases cooling efficiency. Don’t mistake this for engine cooling. This is only for cooling the oil used for the engine. The exhaust note sounds powerful yet pleasing to the ear. The internals of the muffler uses a resonator and successive expansion tubes to give the rider a harmonious balance of low-frequency sounds and crisp sense of pure pulse.

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Yamaha FZ25 KTM Duke 200 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
Capacity cc 249 199.5 199.5
Bore/ Stroke mm 74/58 72/49 72/49
Output 21 bhp @ 8000 rpm 25 bhp @ 10000 rpm 24 Bhp @ 8000 rpm
Torque 20 Nm @ 6000 rpm 19 Nm @8000 rpm 19 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Type Air Cooled, 2-Valve, Fuel Injected, Single Cylinder, 2-valve single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4 valve single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4 valve
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate Wet Multiple-disc Multi-plate wet
Transmission 5-speed 6-speed 6-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

This motorcycle is the new breed of streetfighter coming out of the Japanese makers. Yet it offers the nimbleness and easy-to-use character for everyday hooning around the city streets. For taking advantage of the engine’s performance and for the rider taking complete control, a precision engineered diamond frame gives the right balance of strength and rigidity. The frame is finely tuned for a variety of riding scenes in mind.

The riding position is accurately suited for an upright position. You don’t get the clip on handlebars but the position is well balanced to suit the footpeg’s positions. A split two-up seats are well cushioned and have balanced shape to ensure a good fit for the rider’s comfort levels.

Suspension duties are handled by 41mm front forks having 130mm of travel which is optimally tuned for sufficient rigidity, spring rate and damping characteristics. The rear gets a lightweight, link-less monocross suspension unit tuned for balance between spring rate and damping force.

Although the motorcycle misses on ABS, not even as an optional feature, the bike is equipped with 282 mm front disc with 2-pot brake callipers at the front and a 220 mm single pot rear unit. They give good initial bite which has minimal change even during wet conditions. A newly designed grip levers give in for a more ergonomic operation levels and linear braking performance.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Yamaha FZ25 KTM Duke 200 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
Suspesion / Front 41mm Telescopic Fork Telescopic Upside Down Forks WP Suspension Telescopic Front Fork with Anti-friction Bush
Suspension / Rear Monoshcok Monoshock, Alloy Swingarm WP Suspension Mono suspension with nitrox
Brakes / Front 282mm Single disc with 2 pot callipers 300 mm Disc brake with four-pot brake calliper 280mm Petal Disc with floating calliper
Brakes / Rear 220mm Single disc with 1-pot calliper 230 mm Disc brake with one-pot brake calliper, floating brake discs 230 mm Petal Disc with floating calliper
Tyres / Front 100/80-17M/C 52P 110/70 R17 100/80 - 17
Tyres / Rear 140/70-17M/C 66P 150/60 R17 130/70R - 17

PRICE

The bike is priced at a mouth-watering ₹1.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) officially making it the most affordable quarter-litre and the deliveries are to commence from February.

You will get three colour options: Midnight Black, White and Blue. Hopefully the next generation of FZs’ will be equipped with ABS.

COMPETITON

The FZ25 is the biggest quarter-lire streetfighter currently in India. But because of its power outputs, it is tugging the war with the 200cc class of motorcycles. And luckily for us, there is a whole new edition of streetfighters headed our way in 2017. The KTM Duke 200 and the 2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200.

KTM Duke 200

2012 KTM Duke 200
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The Duke 200 brought in many firsts for the segment, like upside-down telescopic forks, aluminium swingarm, trellis frame and many more features, which looked as if you if it’s a big motorcycle scaled down to a smaller package with no compromises (except the omission of ABS). The design of the Duke 200 is out of this world and is based on a naked sports bike and the orange colour on the motorcycle compliments the overall aggressive design of the motorcycle.

The Duke 200 is powered by a 199.5 cc Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled engine which is quite powerful and is capable of producing 25 bhp of maximum power at 10000 rpm and 19 Nm of torque at 8000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine is quite smooth and there is absolutely no vibration even at high speeds. The clutch is also easy to use and helps a lot in city riding.

2017 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200

Bajaj has already dispatched the NS 200 to showrooms. Exterior
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To get back at this home-grown competition, Bajaj is all set to re-enter the streetfighter segment with the launch of the 2017 Pulsar NS 200, which was teased a few weeks back.

The motorcycle continues to carry a muscular tank with tank shrouds, split seats, sleek tail section and the similar 17-inch wheels running on MRFs’. There is a new body coloured engine skidplate/underbelly panel that accentuates the stylish attire. As per government regulations, the motorcycle is equipped with Automatic Headlight On (AHO) function and gets an optional centre stand which was missing in the previous edition. The headlight still carries a halogen lamp rather than LEDs.

On the mechanical front, this motorcycle gets an all-new 199.5 cc engine which is on par with BS IV emission norms while it still manages to churn out similar power and torque figures at 24bhp and 19 Nm respectively. The same engine will also be used in the upcoming 2017 edition of the KTM Duke 200. Unfortunately, the motorcycle misses on Fuel Injection and still runs on a carburettor, unlike the Apache or the FZ25. The plastic turn reserve knob should give away this information.

VERDICT

The FZ25 is officially the most affordable quarter-litre motorcycle in the country, which is surely going to grab a lot of buyers. Buyers looking for a motorcycle that has the nimbleness and easy-to-use character for daily use as well as riding excitement around town with a torquey motor under the belly.

Would I buy the FZ25? Maybe. Would I wait for the KTM and Bajaj updates to compare and decide? Yes. I am smart. Indian roads are going to see a lot of streetfighters running around and the Yamaha is sure going to be one of them and would have been a majority if they did give us ABS along with it. And the lower 21 bhp motor also suffers against the rawness coming out of the KTMs’ and Bajajs’ running similar engines.

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  • * Lack of ABS
  • * Only 21 bhp for a quarter-litre
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Sagar Patil
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