Yamaha FZ25

Make it tour­ing friendly or take it off-road is the ques­tion

Evo India - - EVO FLEET - Ab­hishek Waira­gade (@ab­hibhi)

AF­TER SPEND­ING A WEEK­END AT THE Cal­i­for­nia Su­per­bike School, I had been prac­tic­ing a lot of ac­quired skills on the FZ25. Since then, every fol­low­ing week­end has been spent at Lavasa, hon­ing ei­ther the knee to knee lessons or hook turns. The FZ25 isn't the best teacher as the its soft setup hampers its mid-corner sta­bil­ity. At high speeds, even the small­est of bumps make life dif­fi­cult for the rider. I also found that the large 46T sprocket lim­its its topend propen­sity. To sort out the is­sues, I'm con­tem­plat­ing get­ting a high vis­cos­ity fluid for the forks and a smaller sprocket.

How­ever, af­ter my Tri­umph Tiger 800 ride in Mar­rakesh, the off-road bug has bit­ten me hard. While Satur­days are meant for CSS, Sun­day af­ter­noons are spent get­ting down and dirty. And this is where the FZ25 feels at home, with large chunks of low-down torque and that soft setup, help­ing me climb hillocks with­out break­ing my spine. But that has lead to larger prob­lems in life – to go for the fork oil or get the Yamaha a pair of knob­bly tyres? ⌧

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