While Americans are still waiting for Yamaha to grace our shores with its MT-03/FZ-03, customers in India have another new small-displacement FZ model coming their way. Introduced this week by India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd., the FZ25 is designed specifically for the Indian market as an upgrade over the existing 150cc FZ and FZ-S. Yamaha expects to sell 40,000 units at a price of 119,500 rupees (about $1,755 US), a competitive price for the 250cc segment in India.

“The FZ Series performed very well in India and crossed 1.3 million sales since its launch and has developed as a strong brand in the deluxe segment,” says Masaki Asano, managing director of India Yamaha Motor. “Now the deluxe segment customers can step up to a premium model and Yamaha is very happy to offer an option which is armed with more power, impressive new features, sporty look and aggressive styling.”

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Visually, there’s a familial connection to the FZ-07, especially in the air scoops behind the fork legs and the 10-spoke wheel design. The headlight is an LED unit, which Yamaha claims is a first for a 250cc bike in India. Other features include an LCD instrument cluster, swingarm-mounted mudguard and moderately rear-set footpegs.

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The FZ25’s engine appears to be based on the 249cc air-cooled Single powering the Yamaha XT250, with the same 74.0 mm bore and 58.0mm stroke. The engine is updated with Yamaha’s Blue Core technology, the company’s development philosophy aimed at improving combustion efficiency, cooling efficiency and a reduction in parasitic power losses. Compared to the XT250’s engine, Yamaha claims more power and torque on the FZ25, claiming peak figures of 20.6 hp at 8000 rpm and 14.8 lb-ft. at 6000 rpm. Fuel consumption is said to top 100 mpg, which would give the FZ25 a range of about 370 miles on a full 3.7 gallon tank. Yamaha says the FZ25 complies with India’s Bharat Stage IV, an emissions standard based on the European model that takes effect in April.

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The 41mm telescopic fork offers a generous 5.1 inches of travel while the rear shock offers 4.7 inches of give. A two-piston caliper is paired with the 282mm front rotor while a single-piston caliper stops the 220mm rear disc. Both wheels come with tubeless tires.

The 2017 Yamaha FZ25 arrives in showrooms across India in February with three choices of colors: Ballistic Blue, Warrior White or Knight Black.

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2017 Yamaha FZ25 Specifications
Engine type Air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve
Cylinder arrangement Single cylinder
Displacement 249cm3
Bore & stroke 74.0×58.0mm
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Maximum horse power 20.6 hp at 8000 rpm
Maximum torque 14.8 lb-ft. at 6000 rpm
Starting system type Electric starter
Lubrication system Wet sump
Engine oil capacity 1.63 qt
Fuel tank capacity 3.7usgal
Fuel supply Fuel injection
Ignition system type TCI (transistor controlled ignition)
Spark plug model DR8EA
Battery voltage/capacity 12V, 6.0Ah(10HR)
Battery Type ETZ-7
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 3.083 (74/24)
Secondary reduction ratio 3.067 (46/15)
Clutch type Wet, multiple-disc
Transmission type Constant mesh, 5-speed
Frame type Diamond
Caster angle 24°30′
Trail 3.9 inches
Steering Angle Left:37°, Right:37°
Front tire size 100/80-17M/C 52P Tubeless
Front tire size 140/70-17M/C 66S Tubeless
Front wheel size 17M/C × MT2.50
Rear wheel size 17M/C × MT4.00
Front brake Hydraulic single 282mm disc brake
Rear brake Hydraulic single 220mm disc brake
Front suspension 41mm telescopic fork, 5.1 in. travel
Rear suspension Single shock, 4.7 in. travel
Headlight bulb type LED
Headlight LED
Auxiliary light 12V,5W×1
Brake/tail light LED
Overall length 79.3 in.
Overall width 30.3 in.
Overall height 42.3 in.
Seat height 31.2 in.
Wheelbase 53.5 in.
Minimum ground clearance 6.3 in.
Wet weight 326 pounds (claimed, with oil and a full fuel tank)
Minimum turning radius 8.2 feet
Front turn signals 12V,10W×2
Rear turn signals 12V,10W×2

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  • Jason M.

    Ha! Looks like a baby GSX-S!

  • Starmag

    MV Augusta should do styling consulting for Yamaha. MV gets money to get out of the hole, Yamaha stops making my eyes burn.

    Win-win.

    I’m sure this would be fun to mercilessly flog.

  • karikor

    This is the least powerful engine launched in this segment in India. Other bikes like the KTM 200, TVS Apache RTR200 and Bajaj 200NS though having smaller engines produce 25bhp, 21bhp and 23bhp. But this Yamaha Fz 250 does produce a little more torque. Most dissapointed that this bike lacks ABS, the most common safety feature, even as an option.

    • Ulysses Araujo

      That engine is actually relatively old. However despite the lack of peak HP it’s good enough for city riding. Previous versions had a nikasil- whatever cilinder coating.
      My pre Euro 3 like bike runs without lambda sensors and is still going strong 50 k plus miles (happily eating Brazilian ethanol mixed gasoline).

      • karikor

        So what it lacks in power, it makes up in reliability. A true Yamaha. My 21 years old Yamaha RX135 still does it’s thing pretty well.

        I’m sure this motorcycle will be good enough for Indian city riding conditions.

        When will it come down to Brazil?

        • Ulysses Araujo

          The older bike with the same engine is still being sold and there’s no news it is going to be updated. Well we have the R3 and the MT/FZ 3 here so there’s not much to complain (except for the price, but it is expensive for all manufacturers).

  • john phyyt

    $1,755 US buys into the “deluxe
    segment” !!

    Sort of makes Lower displacement euro motorcycles which may be subject to tariff seem way overpriced? Especially as they are manufactured in India .. USA is simply fertile ground to sell little bikes at huge mark-ups. Please look at entire story before making up your minds.

    • karikor

      This is still considered a little pricier for its segment in India. Some of its competition sell for around 1500 USD.