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Yamaha FZ25 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Jan 30 2020 Share this blog

Yamaha FZ25 has been the “Lord of the Streets” since 2017. It is a muscular motorcycle that looks like an FZ on steroids. It has been that silent performer for three years now and finally gets a dual-channel ABS unit. 2020 FZ25 is priced at Rs. 1,34,680 which is bang for buck when you set your eyes on the list of features on offer, inside out.

2020 yamaha fz25 monster energy

You also get a “Monster Energy” special edition that comes in at a premium of Rs. 2000 and the changes are confined to decals. This muscular Yamaha takes on the streets with the likes of TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and Suzuki Gixxer 250 in the most heated segment. It is also a very potent tourer that gives it a dual personality and thus gives its competition a hard time.

Pros

  • Sweet purring Yamaha engine

  • Comfortable tourer

  • Fit and finish is top-notch

  • Relaxed riding position

Cons

  • Badly needs a sixth gear

  • Clunky gearbox

  • Few panel gaps here and there

What’s New

  • Dual-channel ABS

  • BS6 norms compliant

What is the source of flexible firepower in the 2020 FZ25?

How well is the performance and mileage balanced in 2020 FZ25?

Yamaha is known for its highly flexible engine that can go on without braking for a long time. It is powered by a 249cc mill that is air-cooled and has a lot of updated gizmos in it to help balance outperformance and efficiency which Yamaha likes to call “Blue Core Technology”. On paper, the performance figures might be mediocre but once you take a ride on it, perspective changes. You will have a lot of fun, be it on the highway or city.

2020 yamaha fz25 engine

The internals have all been swapped with lightweight components and more efficient ones, to not sacrifice much on mileage, while you have a healthy dose of torque all-round. The 2020 FZ25 gives close to 40kmpl. It is impressive for a 250cc motorcycle. Its “Blue Core Technology” is much more than just a marketing gimmick and it helps you enjoy this Yamaha to the fullest without the slightest guilt.

Motorcycle

Yamaha FZ25

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Suzuki Gixxer 250

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,34,680

Rs. 1,14,550

Rs. 1,59,800

Engine 

249 cc Air-cooled SOHC engine

197.75 cc Oil Cooled Single Cylinder O3C Engine(BS6)

249cc Oil cooled SOHC engine

Power 

20.61 bhp

@ 8000 RPM

20.25 bhp

@ 8500 RPM

26.13 bhp

@ 9000 RPM

Torque

20.0 Nm

@ 6000 RPM

18.6 Nm

@ 6700 RPM

22.6 Nm

@ 7500 RPM

Fueling

Fuel Injected

Fuel Injected

Fuel Injected

ARAI Mileage figure(kmpl)

39.0

44.1

38.5

Fuel tank capacity(Litres)

14

12

12

FZ25 slots in between a fully-fledged commuter and a full-blown performance machine. The large 14 litres fuel tank is an indication of a potent tourer, which it is. Both the competitors are biased with one being a sporty commuter and the other leaning towards dedicated action.


How smooth is the acceleration from 0-60?

Acceleration is linear and you won’t feel the jolt as torque is spread out linearly. The five-speed gearbox is slick and upshifts are seamless. But the thing with sleek gearboxes is that they tend to wear out much quicker. This one does too and becomes clingy over time.

2020 yamaha fz25 0-60

Triple digits are easy to achieve and it climbs the ladder without a hiccup. Its low kerb weight also adds up to the swift 0-60 kmph run which is much better than the competition. But once you cross the 90 kmph mark, the realization of FZ25 not being a top speed run machine kicks in. It is much more suited for those sweet cruises and the FZ25 fits into that shoe perfectly.

Motorcycle

Yamaha FZ25

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Suzuki Gixxer 250

Transmission

5-Speed

5-Speed

6-Speed

0-60 kmph

3.37 s

3.95 s

3.62

Top Speed(kmph)

134

128

122.73

Yamaha manages to clock the highest top speed of the lot but is not so comfortable there. The others, however, love to be pushed hard and are comfortable at the top end. TVS needs to work around those irritating vibrations that kick in but Suzuki has got it all fine. We so wish Yamaha to slap in an extra gear which will make the experience a whole lot extra refined.


How have the braking improves after the addition of Dual-channel ABS?

Yamaha has finally bestowed the FZ25 with a Dual-channel ABS. It is quite the jump, as it was earlier offered with no ABS whatsoever. Now that deficiency has been taken care of and we can’t be more merrier. The discs at both ends provide enough bite and are linear which makes up for quick adaptability, even for newbies.

2020 yamaha fz25 dual channel abs

The well-balanced suspension and braking work in perfection conjunction and sudden braking is well modulated. You can stop swiftly and in a controlled manner which can help you get hold of the motorcycle even in intense situations.

Motorcycle

Yamaha FZ25

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Suzuki Gixxer 250

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

282

270

300

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

220

240

N/A

80-0 kmph(m)

30.02

38.03

36.91

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

The FZ25 finally joins the elite list of motorcycles with a Dual-channel setup. It was long overdue but we finally have a dual-channel FZ25. The low kerb weight helps it have an edge over the competition. Suzuki Gixxer, however, comes close in terms of brake feel and bite. TVS is much more abrupt.

How good is the handling and how comfortable is the seating?

Yamaha has designed the FZ25 to be a comfortable companion. The lower kerb weight and well-tuned suspension setup results in a much nimbler motorcycle. The front is however heavy and it's due to the front-heavy design language. MRF nylogrip zappers are suited for Indian roads and can take a lot of beating. But it’s not made for aggressive riding as you can feel the tyres acting up during spirited cornering and braking.

2020 yamaha fz25 comfortable dual seats

Comfort is highlighted in this motorcycle as Yamaha has focused more on seating and providing the rider with a linear nature. You sit upright and the raised handlebar helps with the relaxed riding position. You can sit for hours on the FZ25 and still have the energy to go to the gym.

Motorcycle

Yamaha FZ25

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Suzuki Gixxer 250

Chassis 

Diamond

Double-Cradle

Diamond

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

100/80-17

90/90-17

110/70-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

140/70-17

130/70-17

150/60-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic Forks

Telescopic with hydraulic dampers

Telescopic Forks

Rear Suspension

Monoshock

KYB sourced 5-Step adjustable Mono-Shock

Swingarm tyre mono-suspension

Seat height(mm)

795

800

800

Ground Clearance (mm)

160

180

165

Kerb Weight(kg)

152

151

156

Starting System

Self

Self

Self

The lower ground clearance also helps in lowering the centre of gravity which makes changing directions a breeze. Wheelbase is on the longer front but you don’t feel its effect even in tight spaces due to the relaxed riding geometry. TVS has a much more aggressive riding character and Gixxer also weighs in as a more performance-oriented one. FZ25 has a much more balanced riding characteristics which make it an all-rounder.

How aggressive does the FZ25 look?

Yamaha has not disappointed us here as the FZ25 looks handsome and muscular. The tall and chiselled tank complements its overall look very all and nothing has been overly done here. It looks subtle yet elegant. The size of this Yamaha will surely tune heads, despite not being that bulky!

2020 yamaha fz25 muscular tank

The unique-looking LED headlight assembly will surely make your presence known to oncoming and trailing traffic. The most impressive part about the FZ25 is that Yamaha managed to make an aggressive-looking motorcycle without compromising on the riding dynamics.


Aesthetic Features

  • Transformer approved headlight

  • Muscular and tall tank

  • Midship exhaust

  • Split seat

  • Limited edition Moto GP livery

Motorcycle

Yamaha FZ25

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Suzuki Gixxer 250

Length (mm)

2015

2018

2010

Width (mm)

770

790

805

Height(mm)

1075

1105

1035

Wheelbase(mm)

1360

1353

1340

The split-seats are comfortable and the pillion will seldom complain. It is a huge motorcycle and the dimensions surely complements it. The FZ250 looks like it is from a segment above and much bigger than the competition.

What are the safety and class-leading features available?

The most notable addition is Dual Channel ABS which is a much-needed addition. It is a proactive unit that doesn’t interfere with natural braking and you won’t feel it irritating as some fellow segment offerings. Other safety features include the impressive-looking triple split LED headlight and bright LED taillights.

2020 yamaha fz25 LCD instrument cluster

The most notable array of features are not visible to the naked eyes, as it's all in the engine. Yamaha likes to call it “Blue Core Technology” which in short does the work of providing you with cheap thrills. But the work that has gone in to create such an outcome is not cheap or subtle. You get lighter engine components and an injector with 10 holes to result in the most efficient combustion.

Motorcycle

Yamaha FZ25

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Suzuki Gixxer 250

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,34,680

Rs. 1,14,550

Rs. 1,59,800

Features

Monocross rear Suspension

Turn by turn Navigation

Tank shrouds


LED Headlamp and Taillamp

Crash Alert

Tri-LED headlamp and LED tail lamp


Multi-information LCD Instrument Cluster

Lean Angle mode

Rear tyre hugger


Midship Muffler

Smart Xonnect for a connected ride

Dual exit muffler

The LCD instrument cluster is crisp and displays all of the important information within the rider’s reach. But TVS is the one that takes the podium here, as it has a host of connected features,  that makes it the most modern offering in this bracket. It is priced less as well which helps it easily win over Yamaha. Suzuki is still the subtle one but now flaunts a much more aggressive design language and focuses on the riding experience.

How does the competition stack up against the “Lord of the streets”?

Yamaha FZ25 vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

2020 tvs apache rtr 200 4v

TVS Apache RTR series have always redefined motorcycling with its immense rider involvement and insane looks. The exhaust note is praiseworthy which makes the Apache 200 4V a hoon to ride. But then again, it is a more performance-focused machine, that requires a more aggressive riding stance. It is not as flexible as the FZ25 that has a dual personality. You can slide through traffic on weekdays and enjoy the long highways on the weekends, and you won’t need to change a thing. Yamaha FZ25, it is, for the flexible character it puts on the table.


Yamaha FZ25 vs Suzuki Gixxer 250

2020 suzuki gixxer 250

Suzuki has bumped up their game with the all-new Gixxer 250. Both the Japs go hand in hand, and thus offer a similar plate of surprises on the table. Suzukis will never give you a hard time, just like Yamahas. But here again, Yamaha FZ25 has a much more flexible riding character whereas Suzuki Gixxer 250 is leaned more towards the sporty side. FZ25 also costs a lot less and is our choice of the two, here.

Whom is this flexible Yamaha FZ25 suitable for?

Yamaha has a winner on their hands. The 2020 FZ25 is well built, has a sweet motor that loves to go on and on and looks like it hits the gym daily! Yamaha has got all of the ingredients right here, and with the addition of dual-channel ABS, it has further refined an already potent offering. It is perfect for Indian riding conditions and would go well with any roads. The Yamaha FZ25 is an absolute steal for Rs. 1.35 lakhs and would cater to a wider set of audience due to its dual personality.