1. Buying Experience: I bought my Knight Black Yamaha FZ25 from Vinayak Yamaha, Domlur, Bangalore on 4th January 2018. The registration date of my bike is 1st January 2018. Service provided here during sale was pretty good and quicker than I thought. I only had to wait for a week or so before I got my hands on this beautiful machine.
2. Riding Experience: I never missed 6th gear in this machine, though I miss ABS. Although, Yamaha has always given the best brakes, both discs and drums. As everyone says, yes, the FZ25 is a wonderful tourer, no doubt. It performs very well on hilly roads. I myself have tried doing 4th gear in ghat sections, even on some hairpin bends.
3. Looks: It’s a beast. The FZ25’s design is just great no doubt. It looks pretty well.
4. Service and Maintenance: When it comes to service part, it’s cheaper when compared to some other 250cc segment bikes. The FZ25 is not treated as a superbike thereby reducing its cost of maintenance. Minimum cost of service Rs. 1500/- and maximum depends on how many parts are to be replaced on your bike. My highest service cost till date is Rs. 6000/-.
i) As mentioned above, it’s a great tourer. It’s high torque makes it perfect for hilly roads.
ii) Seat position is well designed, back ache is reduced.
iii) Beautiful body and headlight design.
iv) Extra mud guard for the rear tyre, which is essential during monsoons.
v) 48 teeth strong chain sprocket.
i) It definitely misses ABS. At least optional ABS could have been given.
ii) Strength of headlight: If you are a night-tourer, you definitely need extra aux lights.
iii) 6th gear: I really don’t miss 6th gear but it could have added a little more power, I believe.
iv) Front tyre: MRF 100/80/17- This tyre has wobbling issues. If you ride at 60-70 km/hr and try leaving your hands or not hold the handle tightly, you’ll feel an uncomfortable wobbling. However, this can be completely avoided if you change the tyres after completing 18,000-20,000 kms.
v) Engine oil-Yamalube: Don’t know why this oil gets unusable so quickly. Even though, Yamaha says 5000 kms is the service interval, if you check the engine oil at 3000 kms, it’s totally black. Here, I would definitely recommend everyone to use Motul engine oil. But be sure to use Yamaha specified series- 10W40 or at the max you can put 10W50.