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Yamaha Fazer 25 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Mar 06 2020 Share this blog

It’s been a long time since Yamaha brought a quarter-litre machine in India. With the R3 discontinued, a product was needed to fill the gap, they again brought the FZ25 - a cool street-fighter motorcycle. The FZ25 was not able to stand against some prominent rivals due to its higher price. Later on, the company brought Fazer 25, which is basically a  full-faired sport-touring version of the FZ25, both get the same engine. The Fazer 25 is Yamaha’s only fully-faired bike that is available at Rs. 1.44 Lakh India. The Fazer 25 goes against rivals like Suzuki Gixxer 250, Honda CBR 250R, and Bajaj Pulsar RS200. 


Pros

  • Solid build quality with dual-channel ABS

  • Light weight chasis

  • High torque output with excellent mileage

  • Most affordable 250 cc bike in India

  • Available in attractive shades

Cons

  • Controversial design

  • No sixth gear

  • No liquid cooled engine 

What’s New

  • Dual-channel ABS

What’s the source of firepower in the 2020 Yamaha Fazer 25?

How balanced is performance and efficiency in the Yamaha Fazer 25?

The Fazer 25 comes with the same engine that runs the FZ25. The power output of 20.9PS is produced at 8000rpm and peak torque of 20 Nm is produced at 6000rpm. The engine is paired with a  five-speed gearbox, which offers positive and smooth shifts. The shift action is so firm that it feels a bit cumbersome to get neutral.

The city-commuter character of the engine is also evident from the attractive fuel efficiency figures, as the Fazer 25 returned a remarkable 41.3kmpl in the city. Meanwhile, the mileage on the highways dropped to 32.9kmpl, while cruising at 90-95kmph. However, it gets ARAI rated mileage of 38 kmpl. 

Motorcycle

Yamaha Fazer 25

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR 250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,44,680

Rs. 1,70,655

Rs. 1,65,409

Rs.1,43,000

Engine 

249cc oil-cooled single-cylinder SOHC engine

249cc oil-cooled single-cylinder SOHC engine

249.6cc Liquid-cooled DOHC SI engine

199.5cc Liquid Cooled Single Cylinder Triple Spark Engine

Power 

20.9 bhp @ 8000 RPM

26.13 bhp

@ 9000 RPM

26.13 bhp

@ 8500 RPM

24.16 bhp

@ 9750 RPM

Torque

20.0 Nm @ 6000 RPM

22.6 Nm

@ 7500 RPM

22.9 Nm

@ 7000 RPM

18.6 Nm

@ 8000 RPM

Fueling

Fuel Injection

Fuel Injection

Fuel Injection

Fuel Injection

ARAI Mileage figure(kmpl)

38

38.5

30.0

35.0

Fuel tank capacity(Litres)

14

12

13

13

The Gixxer has a smaller fuel tank with 12 litres of capacity as compared to the competition but it covers it with the added mileage. Honda CBR 250R has been around for quite some time and needs attention to upgrade, or else it would be forgotten forever. Bajaj Pulsar RS200 also has the same engine mapping but the refinement doesn't come close to what the Gixxer holds.

How linear and confidence-inspiring is the acceleration; 0-60?


Riding the bike in low revs makes it a little sleepy, even becomes unstable at slow speeds. However, the bike offers a good mid-range performance at 2000-3000 rpm. With the extra 6kg weight, this bike is marginally slower than the FZ25, sprinting from 0-60kmph in 4.11 seconds, while the 0-100kmph sprint takes 10.86 seconds, clearly indicating the consequences of the short gear length. 

Motorcycle

Yamaha Fazer 25

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Transmission

5-speed

6-Speed

6-Speed

6-Speed

0-60 kmph

4.11

3.66 s

3.30 s

9.19 s

Top Speed(kmph)

134

135.0

135.0

140.8

Honda CBR 250R locks in with the Gixxer due to the similar engine characteristics but it is let down due to aged and outdated features. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 comes in shy due to the 50cc shorter displacement which results in lower performance figures.

How grippy are the bybre brakes?

Braking performance is taken care of by a Bybre powered 282mm front disc and a Nissin powered 220mm rear disc. Unlike earlier models, the Fazer 25 facelift gets a dual-channel ABS. The front brake has decent stopping power, but it still lacks proper bite, requiring a greater force to squeeze the lever. The rear brake on the other hand barely feels like a disc setup, requiring a massive press on the pedal. The Fazer 25, due to its added extra 6kg weight, covers a longer distance in comparison to the FZ25.

Motorcycle

Yamaha Fazer 25

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR 250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

282

300

296

300

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

220

220

220

230

80-0 kmph(m)

N/A

38.16

N/A

N/A

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

-

Dual-Channel

The age of Honda CBR 250R is witnessed above as it lacks even a single-channel ABS unit. An ABS unit variant is available but it will allow you to shed somewhere to Rs. 2 lakhs which isn’t the least inspiring. Baking distance is optimum and both the brakes work in conjunction to stop the Gixxer smoothly and in control.

How impressive is the handling and how well does it complement rider comfort?

Fazer 25 offers riding position quite similar to the FZ25, with slightly rear-set footrests and a relatively flat and wide handlebar, offering an upright posture to the rider. This makes the bike comfortable for long hauls. Apart from the large knee recesses on offer, the tank also gets recesses on either side on top, which helps to take over the wide handlebar, aiding better U-turns. Furthermore, the split seats offer good cushioning so that you don't complain about the back pain. Pillion comfort is good too with large grab rails and gets quite accommodating. 

Motorcycle

Yamaha Fazer 25

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR 250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Chassis 

Diamond

Steel Downtube

Twin-spar

Perimeter

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

100/80-17

110/70-17

110/70-17

100/80-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

140/70-17

150/60-17

140/70-17

130/70-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic fork 

Telescopic oil damped coil spring

Telescopic forks

Telescopic Forks with anti-friction bush

Rear Suspension

Swingarm (Monocross)

Swingarm type mono-suspension

Pro link mono-shock

Nitrox mono-shock with canister

Seat height(mm)

795

800

784

800

Ground Clearance (mm)

160

165

145

157

Kerb Weight(kg)

157

161

167

164

Starting System

Self

Self

Self

Self

 In the city, the additional weight is hardly noticeable and the Fazer 25 is easy to handle and manoeuvre through traffic, with the tight turning radius further aiding its ability. In terms of suspension setup, the 41mm front forks and rear monoshock are set on a stiffer side. You can certainly feel the bumps coming from potholes you take your bike through but still, the bike manages to sustain its agility. 

How sharp-looking is the new Yamaha Fazer 25 look?

The Yamaha Fazer 25 gets dual auxiliary LED lights that are supported by bright and energy-efficient LEd headlamps and a LEd taillight. You can go into the dark without any hassle as visibility is not an issue with such lighting. The long and wider split seats on the Fazer 25 is designed for ensuring effortless and comfortable long ride. The seats offer good cushioning that lets you gear up for touring. The bikes overall attire is aerodynamic with colour-coordinated design. The upright aerodynamic cowling helps to get through the wind and pace up with the rev. 


Aesthetic Features

  • Aerodynamic front cowl

  • Wide comfortable seat

  • Superb suspension

  • LED headlight

  • Dual-channel ABS

Motorcycle

Yamaha Fazer 25

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR 250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Length (mm)

2015

2010

2030

1999

Width (mm)

775

740

720

765

Height(mm)

1115

1035

1127

1114

Wheelbase(mm)

1360

1345

1369

1345

What are the various safety and class-leading features available?

The new Fazer 25 is offered with dual-channel ABS, which means a lot from the company. Unlike previous models, the company has addressed this thing in a good manner. The LED lights in the front are very sharp and bright, offering good visibility at night. Also, the dual horn allows you to get through the traffic, however honking continuously is not a thing to promote. 

Motorcycle

Yamaha Fazer 25

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR 250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,44,680

Rs. 1,70,655

Rs. 1,65,409

Rs.1,43,000

Features

Dual-LED Auxiliary lights

Triple Split LED headlight

Dual Split LED headlight

Twin-Projector Headlamps


Aerodynamic front cowl

Windshield

Semi digital instrument cluster

Perimeter frame


All- Digital instrument cluster

LCD Instrument cluster

Split seats

Clear LED tail lamp


Dual horn

Double barrel exhaust

Four new colour schemes

Mid-mounted  exhaust

How does the competition stack up against this Yamaha?

Yamaha Fazer 25 vs Suzuki Gixxer SF 250


Offered with an air-cooled engine, the  Fazer 25 delivers lesser power than the Gixxer 250. Due to a higher riding stance, long-distance commuters will be at ease. The Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 and Yamaha Fazer 25 deliver good mileage figures in the city. If you’re looking for a  powerful bike with a refined engine, look nowhere else other than the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250. However, if you’re willing to compromise power for comfort, the Yamaha Fazer 25 serves the purpose. With a price tag of Rs 1.44 lakh (ex-showroom), the Fazer 25 is a good option to consider if you’re not looking to shed some extra money. 

Yamaha Fazer 25 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS200


Between these two, the Yamaha Fazer 25 is the master of the displacement chart. However, with a set of extra valves, the Pulsar RS 200 offers much more power output. The Yamaha’s engine balances that difference with a higher torque output that peaks at a relaxed 6,000 pm. Between the two, the Fazer 25 returns a better mid-range performance. While the Pulsar RS 200 with its higher power output is more suited for spirited riding. 

Does the 2020 Fazer 25 live up to the Yamaha legacy?

Priced at Rs 1.44 lakh (ex-showroom), the Fazer 25 doesn’t feel like much of a bargain. We would recommend the Fazer only if you’re in love with full fairings, although in that case, the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 can also be an insignificant premium. However, taking everything into consideration, the Fazer 25 does everything that the FZ25 does, so take a wiser decision.