Now, the Japanese Blue team has come up with the “all-new aggressive tourer” Fazer 25. All they’ve done is slap a fairing onto the naked FZ 25 and called it a tourer. Not that I’m saying it’s wrong because that is what the Kawa guys did too with the Z1000. So technically, Yamaha’s Fazer 25 is marketed rightfully as a sports tourer.
Yamaha basically repeated history with the FZ25 and this Fazer 25 after their 150cc stunt of the naked FZ and the semi-faired Fazer. It went out to churn a lot of money for this Japanese player in India but was short lived nonetheless. Yamaha’s next big thing came in the form of a new boy to the FZ lineup, the FZ25. This is their official entry to the quarter-litre naked motorcycle segment in the country.
Although Yamaha has the Tracer series of motorcycles that may perfectly describe the sports touring category, the Indian market needed something else. And Yamaha believes that there is still enough metal available in the Fazer range, due to the fact that there are still many enthusiasts who believe that the macho looking stance and character of the Fazers are entirely different to that of the ‘Tracer’ motorcycles.
After Honda shelved the CBR 250R from the market, the quarter-lire sports segment saw a small vacuum, and there wasn’t a better time for Yamaha to make this move. Yes, there is the Bajaj RS200, but it hasn’t captured the market as the CBR did. Now though, Yamaha hopes to rule this segment of the market.
At the price of ₹1.29 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it sure is a little expensive that the current competition from the RS 200 which is ₹ 1.22 lakh but that extra 7000 bucks do not give you much. You only get a little more torque, LED lightings including DRLs’ and digital instrumentation.
The RS, on the other hand, does get bigger brakes, more power (24.5 bhp compared to the Fazer’s 20.6 bhp) and for ₹ 1.33 lakh, Bajaj will give you a single channel ABS option too. Sad that Yamaha thinks that the Fazer 25 does not require it yet, even as an optional package.
Styling wise does it feel any premium? I doubt that. Honestly speaking, I feel that the designers at Yamaha went slightly overboard with the lines and curves and may have over designed it, similar to the RS 200. The FZ25 already had many angles on the bodywork, and with this Fazer 25, they are only accentuated. It might also be the worst looking Yamaha till date. But as they say, first impressions are important, but they are not everything.
So how does Yamaha’s new quarter litre sports tourer stand against its competition? It all comes down to personal perspectives at the end. Sure the Bajaj’s RS 200 seem more value for the buck, but its brand is not built on a strong foundation as the Yamaha has. And knowing that the Fazer 25 shares the same underpinnings of the FZ 25, we can be assured of a well-balanced motorcycle eventually.
The riding position is accurately suited for an upright feel, perfect for those long stunts. You don’t get the clip on handlebars, but the position is well balanced to suit the foot peg’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. WP Telescopic and rear mono shock will do the suspension job here as well along with Disc brakes at both ends.
Overall, it does the job of being in between a sports bike like the R15 priced at ₹ 1.18 lakh and a touring god Royal Enfield Classic 350 priced at ₹ 1.35 lakhs and does justice to the segment. Nonetheless, we feel that the naked FZ 25 was a bang on bargain and felt that Yamaha could have repeated the same with the Fazer 25 also by pricing is a little lesser. Because ₹ 10000 is just too much to ask for just a fairing and a couple of DRLs’.