Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.
Here are few features that make the FZ 25 distinct from the existing models:
• Representing the FZ series with the popular street fighter design, it is available at an unbelievable price of Rs.1.19 lakh, which makes it one of the most affordable motorcycles in India from this segment.
• FZ 25 is powered by a new 249cc single cylinder, fuel injected engine that is also BS-IV compliant. Mated to a 5-speed gearbox, the motor develops 20.6bhp at 8000rpm and 20Nm of torque at 6000rpm. This is one of the most powerful engines to have been manufactured by Yamaha in India.
• The engine that features Blue Core Technology is said to have improved the fuel efficiency of the bike compared to others keeping it at 43kmpl.
• The suspension duties are handled by huge 41mm telescopic front forks and monoshock suspension at the rear while disc brakes of 280mm at the front and 257mm at the rear carries out braking performance.
• FZ 25 comes with full LED headlamps and tail lights, wide alloy wheels, an all-digital instrument cluster that includes two trip meters and instant fuel economy indicator along with an Auto Headlamp On feature. However, there is a drawback that an ABS hasn’t been provided due to limitations on the pricing factor.
• The low seat height of 795mmis comfortable for all age groups. The ground clearance has been kept at 160 mm like the FZ-S while the kerb weight at 148 kgs seems pretty much manageable. Fuel tank capacity is 14 ltrs, reasonably enough for long journeys.
• FZ 25 openly challenges the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Honda CBR250R and KTM Duke 200.
• FZ 25 is available in three colour schemes of blue, white and black across all Yamaha dealerships in the country.
MV Agusta launched the 2017 iteration of their popular model Brutale 800 in India last month. The previous generation of the same never reached India and as a result, this model seems to have enticed quite a few luxury bike enthusiasts in the country. It was launched at an ex-showroom price of Rs.15.59 lakh.
Piaggio Group recently launched two superbikes named Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900 in India, from their flagship brand Aprilia. The bikes originally priced at Rs.13.33 lakh (Shiver 900) and Rs.13.84 lakh (Dorsoduro 900) are sold at an introductory price of Rs.11.99 lakh and Rs.12.50 lakh (all prices, Ex-showroom Pune) respectively until June 30th, 2017. Aprilia that has marked its presence in the country earlier through bikes like Tuono and RSV4 adds two more to their Indian line-up through this launch.
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.
Bajaj has launched Dominar 400 with a heavy price tag; something that has been familiar here only with the Royal Enfield range of motorcycles. Entering the 1-2 lakh price range itself is a daring game, but seems like Bajaj has everything in place to claim its position in the premium bike segment.