Yamaha Fazer25

No in­ten­tion to sound cheesy, but does the new Yamaha Fazer25 re­ally de­serve all the love? We find out

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smooth sin­gle-cylin­der quar­ter-litre sport­tourer ar­rives. Does it set it­self apart?

The Tour­ing genre is an old

one and it has been at the core of the In­dian mo­tor­cy­cling scene since the very be­gin­ning. Even to­day, you will find a lot of tour­ing sto­ries wo­ven around the highly ca­pa­ble and sweet­handling Yamaha RD350. It’s not just the old­timers who will en­gage in an in­ter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tion re­volv­ing round their favourite Yamaha steed. There are sev­eral new-age bik­ers who have ex­pe­ri­enced nir­vana on mod­ern Yamaha ma­chines such as the YZF-R15 and the smaller Fazer.

The tour­ing game, how­ever, has changed quite a lot to­day but there is a re­cent Yamaha motorcycle that should es­tab­lish it­self as a ca­pa­ble tour­ing ma­chine in the near fu­ture. It is called the Yamaha Fazer25 and we re­cently spent some time with it to see if it can be­come what the com­pany prom­ises.

The Fazer25 is a new motorcycle; how­ever, it’s not re­ally an all-new bike. Be­cause it is based on Yamaha’s ag­gres­sive street fighter, the FZ25. It uses the naked in an un­changed man­ner as the base for a more tour­ing-friendly motorcycle. And to jus­tify the tour­ing tag, Yamaha have given the Fazer25 a fair­ing, though, un­like the smaller Fazer that had a half-fair­ing, the big­ger Fazer gets a full-fair­ing, which for many will high­light the bike’s sporty char­ac­ter.

The fair­ing gives the Fazer25 a beefier and more ag­gres­sive look but it isn’t like a tra­di­tional fair­ing. For ex­am­ple, the head­lamp, which comes from the FZ25, sits be­tween the faux ram-air-in­takes, giv­ing it a more naked bike look, at least from the front. The fair­ing, how­ever, gels well with the rest of the de­sign, when viewed from the side. Rest of the de­sign is car­ried for­ward from the FZ25, which means it looks ex­actly the same as the naked when viewed from the back. In short, the Fazer25 gives you the best of both worlds in terms of styling.

Me­chan­i­cally, the Fazer25 is iden­ti­cal to the FZ25, ex­cept for the fact that the fair­ing has added six ki­los to the tour­ing ma­chine. The bike gets the same di­a­mond frame, tele­scopic front forks, a rear monoshock, front and rear disc brakes, same tyres and wheels, sim­i­lar di­men­sions, and the same 249-cc, SOHC, twovalve, air-cooled, fuel-in­jected, sin­gle-cylin­der en­gine, and the same slick, five-speed gear­box. The trans­mis­sion fea­tures ra­tios that are wellspaced out, mak­ing the bike very easy to ride, even in traf­fic. So the new pack­age should be good, since the old one man­aged to im­press us when we took it from Delhi to Khardung La and back with­out break­ing into a sweat.

Yamaha de­vel­oped this very en­gine to be more tour­ing-friendly and that char­ac­ter is seen the mo­ment you start rid­ing the bike. It is smooth and re­fined with the typ­i­cal sin­gle­cylin­der note that only gets bet­ter when you rev the en­gine. The peak out­put of 20.9 PS and 20.0 Nm, which are de­vel­oped at 8,000 and 6,000 rpm re­spec­tively, start to come in as early as 3,000 rpm, giv­ing the Fazer bril­liant bot­tomend de­liv­ery and its mid-range is strong too. The de­liv­ery, in fact, is grad­ual and quite civil, mak­ing the Fazer25 a fun-to-ride motorcycle through­out the rev range. The well-spaced ra­tios al­lows you to ride at 60 km/h in sec­ond gear, with­out stress­ing the en­gine at all. But the Fazer25 feels the sweet­est while cruis­ing at 80– 100 km/h in fifth gear as the en­gine speed is just be­low 6,000 rpm, elim­i­nat­ing the vi­bra­tions

al­most com­pletely.

Per­for­mance-wise, the Fazer25 is again quite sim­i­lar to FZ25, thanks to the same en­gine, frame, and sus­pen­sion combo. It posted sim­i­lar tim­ings in our per­for­mance tests with 0–60 km/h com­ing up in just 3.71 sec­onds, which is just 0.25 sec­onds more than the FZ25. Roll-on tim­ings were also quite good as it took just five sec­onds to go from 30 to 70 km/h in third gear. It also posted a top speed close to 130 km/h. So the Fazer25 is quite ca­pa­ble when it comes to per­for­mance as well.

I wasn’t sur­prised to see how plush the ride qual­ity was and the credit for that goes to the soft sus­pen­sion setup, which is bor­rowed from the FZ25. It ab­sorbs all the bumps and road un­du­la­tions with ut­most ease, giv­ing you su­perb com­fort on al­most any ter­rain. As for han­dling, I give the Fazer25 full marks be­cause de­spite the sus­pen­sion be­ing set up on the softer side, it can han­dle en­thu­si­asm with gusto. The bike’s 1,360-mm wheel­base might seem slightly longer than other bikes’ in the seg­ment, but the Fazer can change di­rec­tion with min­i­mum in­put. It’s easy to flick at low speeds and more than good when it comes to at­tack­ing corners. This motorcycle takes di­rec­tional changes into its stride quite well, giv­ing you the con­fi­dence to push harder with each pass­ing cor­ner. These at­tributes make the Fazer25 a cruiser with a healthy dose of sporti­ness. The MRF Zap­pers on the bike just add to the con­fi­dence with good grip and con­trol. The twin-pis­ton caliper bites well into the 282-mm front disc brake, pro­vid­ing su­perb brak­ing power and feed­back.

Over­all, the new Fazer25 is a po­tent lit­tle cruiser that can munch miles quite eas­ily with­out leav­ing you fa­tigued. Yamaha have also done a great job of pric­ing the Fazer25 at 1,28,335 (exshow­room, Ma­ha­rash­tra) just Rs 10,000 dearer than the naked FZ25. This makes it quite a value-for-money propo­si­tion that should en­tice many tour­ing en­thu­si­asts who have just heard of the glo­ri­ous Yamaha RD350, which mixed sporti­ness with cruis­ing abil­ity. So, go ahead, con­sider this new Yamaha as one of the best tour­ing op­tions in the coun­try.

The new Fazer25 is a po­tent lit­tle cruiser that can munch miles quite eas­ily with­out leav­ing you fa­tigued

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