Last month a mysterious naked test mule spotted around Noida created quite a lot of interest. After careful observations it was cleared to be a Yamaha and soon after the company sent out invite mails announcing a ‘new chapter’ on 24th of January.
And as per the promo plan, they have started teasing the motorcycle on social channels. In this teaser pic it is the same motorcycle that was found on the roads. It reads “A new Breed of Riders is Coming to Town” added by the “January 2017” date stamp, almost putting the final confirmation that the 24th Jan event is the official launch of the same motorcycle.
The upcoming street naked motorcycle is expected to be called as FZ25 and may carry the 250 cc engine of the Brazilian-spec Fazer which is air cooled with an oil-cooler (a set up similar to the Pulsar 220).
The problem is that the Brazil-spec Fazer churns out 20.7 PS of peak power and 20.5 Nm of max torque which is way below Indian-standards of near 250 cc motorcycles. And if Yamaha has to make a good business sense out of this motorcycle (and if it is the same engine) there has to be a significant power (and torque) bump to create interest. Another issue will be the pricing. After Dominar 400’s shock placement, it will be terribly difficult for other manufacturers to place their lesser capacity motorcycles.
Uploaded above is a ‘brightened’ image of the same motorcycle giving a slightly better view of what to expect from the all-new Yamaha. But the good thing is that Yamaha is – BACK in the GAME!