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. Then, Yamaha had launched Fazer In the year 2008 under the FZ series, the Japanese Blue’s wonderful semi-faired sports tourers. It provided a perfect balance between the aggressive of Yamaha’s true-blue super sports and the very practical naked roadsters termed under the brand ‘FZ’.
Recently, Yamaha added a new boy to the FZ lineup, the FZ25. This is their official entry to the quarter-litre naked motorcycle segment in the country. Like history repeating itself, Yamaha is all gunning out to launch another faired tourer and call it the Fazer 250. And as per these new images, Yamaha is undertaking the final phases of testing. This time it gets a fully-faired kit rather than the erstwhile Fazer in India.
The Fazers have not only been imparting big bike stance of the YZF super sports but also have proved their everyday usability which the FZs was famous for. In the Indian market too, it was the 150cc Fazer based on the FZ 16, which did carry forward the trend of macho looking full sized motorcycles in the sub-1 lakh category of motorcycles.
However, with the advent of the new breed of motorcycles under the ‘MT’ and ‘Tracer’ ranges, the FZs and Fazers are soon going to be things of the past. However, 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, the new generation semi-faired sports tourers from Yamaha.
Unlike the rendered images we had showcased a while ago, you will get a fully-faired body panel slapped onto the Naked Yamaha FZ25 and gets a similar looking kit as that of a Pulsar RS 200. It looks more the sports bike style with windshield and raised handlebars. But 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. The FZ25 already had many angles on the bodywork and with this Fazer 250, 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.
|Headlamp unit of the FZ25||Headlamp unit of the FAzer 250|
Unlike the previous Fazer, they have not made any efforts to change the headlight design and have kept the same unit used on the FZ25. Faux air intakes on either side make up for the bulky imagery, which in my belief works against the concept Yamaha was looking for in it.
On the mechanical front, the Fazer 250 will be similar to the FZ25 but will probably get ABS too. The FZ25 is powered by 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.
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 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. WP Telescopic and rear mono shock will do the suspension job here as well along with Disc brakes at both ends.
Expect the pricing to be slightly above the FZ25 which itself is at ₹1.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Hope Yamaha keeps it under the ₹ 2 lakh bracket. We will not have to wait long until fresh information comes to light. Until then, you know how your Fazer might look like. Expect to see one on the roads in a few month’s time.