The FZ-S 25 is Yamaha India’s take on the world of entry-level quarter-litre motorcycles. The BS4 variant was known for its no non-sense design and performance approach. These aspects along with good comfort level and decent pricing made it a great choice for buyers who wanted to upgrade from a 150cc motorcycle. But now we are in 2021 and also in the world of BS6, so a few things have been changed on the FZ-S 25 to make it cleaner, more enticing and also more aspirational. Read full review
11 months and 7000kms later, it’s time to bid adieu to one of the most favourite long-terms I ever had, the Yamaha FZ 25. The last one year has been great fun with this quarter-litre Yamaha. We did a 3500kms long-distance ride down south, spent a full gruelling day at the track and it was also my preferred companion for every day commute.
In the last few reports, we talked about the experience in city and in touring with the FZ25. In both conditions, the FZ25 performed well and managed to impress us in a few aspects. We decided to take it to the track to check out its racing pedigree because it’s a Yamaha after all.
After living with the FZ25 within the city limits for a few months, it was time to take this Yamaha for a long journey. The 2018 BikeWale Track Day made this happen. While the car team planned to drive down, obviously, Ranjan, Omkar and I decided to ride down. But the plan was to go for a short vacation after getting baked at MMRT, Chennai. We were to head from the east coast India to the western coast, Mangalore. I was excited about this route as this detour was long enough to decode the FZ25’s touring capabilities.
I’ve found a new friend in our Yamaha long termer, the FZ25. It’s been over two months since we acquired this streetfighter and have been thoroughly enjoying it. For now, the ride is limited to city limits primarily because there are no launch events in Pune and I’m still in the process of setting up my new house. So finding time for long rides is difficult. There are plans to take the FZ25 for long hauls next month, but we’ll talk about it in the next report. For now, allow me to pen down my city experience.
The last two years have been miserable for me. My daily commuting time by car has increased from a total of 3.5 hours to 5 hours now, thanks to a never ending construction of a bridge enroute to work and the ever growing vehicle population in Mumbai. This has resulted in more fatigue and lesser time spent with family as I’ve been wasting hours in the traffic. I finally shifted to two-wheelers when the Yamaha FZ25 entered the BikeWale long term garage.
The FZ range of bikes wasn’t just about commuting. It was also about doing it in style. The FZ16 is a comfortable commuter, has the ability to show off and does the job of being a fun bike in the corners. These aspects made it a game changer for Yamaha and for the industry but there was a problem. FZ16 customers were moving away from Yamaha to other brands once their thirst for more performance and features grew. This made Yamaha develop something that will help them keep their customers within the brand. This will the job of the FZ25.