Yamaha FZ25 discontinued due to OBD2 norms. But the question is – Is it NOT coming back? Has Yamaha decided to end it permanently?
After being unsuccessful in creating a stir in the 250-300cc segment with the R3, Yamaha went to the strategy rooms and tried to make an India-specific motorcycle that could be sold at an aggressive price tag. It zeroed in on the Brazilian Fazer 250 platform and brought it here as the FZ25 range.
The FZ25 was a utility motorcycle that did not boast of truckloads of tech; instead it used a very basic air cooled engine with oil cooling and specs that were just moderate. However, it was offered at very good prices. Yamaha also made a full faired version out of it and also tried the 150cc recipe of offering a slightly more zingy variant – FZS. The faired Fazer 250 had to be withdrawn from the market due to lack of demand.
The FZ25 was also updated to the BS6 emission norms, however, we are still waiting for the OBD2 compliant model because of which Yamaha can not sell it in India. All other Yamaha motorcycles and scooters have been updated but the FZ25 is not being talked about. As a result, the motorcycle is out of production since the last 6-7 months at least. The question, then, is – IS IT THE END OF FZ25?
Yamaha FZ25 Sales
Let us quickly take a look at the sales numbers it was doing prior to going out of production..
|Year 2021-22||Year 2022-23|
|6847 units||5586 units|
That means the motorcycle did an average of almost 450-550 units a month in the last two financial years, which is, well, just ahead of the Suzuki Gixxer 250s. Just for reference, the costlier MT15/R15 duo managed almost 16,000 units a month in the last fiscal.
Obviously, the numbers are not in its favor but the FZ25 was a workhorse and bikers who prefer a rugged, durable, utility, no-nonsense motorcycle in this space did consider it. If the streetfighter is not working, how about an ADV with similar specs on the same platform Yamaha – at about Rs 1.60-1.70 Lakh?