Yamaha FZ25 Adventure is something that Yamaha might think of bringing for the Indian market. As of now, this sub 500 cc does not have more than 2 adventure vehicles. The Hero Xpulse 200 and the Royal Enfield Himalayan are the only 2 bikes which are pure adventure vehicles. This does not leave much of a choice for people. With the introduction of KTM 390 Adventure which will make it to the market in 2020, this segment is going to be tighter soon. KTM might also introduce 250 adventure with the same kit as this engine is available in the market. This might be the reason why we can expect power players like Yamaha to enter this segment.
Also, this company has also introduced the WR 155 in Indonesia which is based on the 155cc engine that we see on the Yamaha R15 and MT-15. What we speculate that the company will not bring the WR 155 in the market as it is. this engine is costly and the price of the bike increases drastically. It also puts the bike in a lower segment. For an adventure Motorcycle who will already be priced high, this engine might increase the cost. Instead, the FZ 25 engine which is comparatively cheaper and has a similar performance on paper makes more. The bike will fall in a higher segment and it can compete with other competitors which are also around 200cc and more. The buying mentality is based on value for money and this bigger 250cc engine makes more sense on a vehicle that will be priced in the adventure segment.
Taking a closer look at the technical specifications we see that the Yamaha FZ25 Adventure might make use of the 249 cc single-cylinder engine which is oil-cooled 2 valve motor. It comes with a fuel injection system and has a SOHC layout. This power plant produces 20.9 bhp of power and 20 Nm of torque. This is a good balance and it might be tweaked further with a bigger rear sprocket. Currently, the bike is in BS4 stage but we expect the company to come up with a BS6 layout. The vehicle will see some drop in power.
To make it look like an adventure vehicle Yamaha will change the riders triangle. The handlebars might get a raiser and the footpegs will be more parallel. The bike will get a taller windshield and it will have a changed instrument cluster. With the BS6 update, we expect the bike to get a blue tooth connected console. The bike will drop some weight in the form of a new faring. It will be much more learner and lighter. Although this might be changed if wire-spoke wheels are offered instead of the alloys Yamaha might not look in too that option as it is a much costlier affair.
There is no news of this bike from Yamaha but we expect the company to step in this market soon after the KTM bikes are there in the market. Currently, the company is busy with making their existing range BS6 compliant. They have recently announced the Fascino 125 BS6 and also unveiled the variants of Ray ZR 125 Fi, Street Rally 125 Fi and MT-15. Click on the link below to see more about the MT-15.