Yamaha will launch a new mystery motorcycle on January 24, 2017. It was spotted couple of times on our roads in full production guise and we are surprised that the Japanese manufacturer kept the whole project in wraps for so long. Even now, the only confirmation from their part is that the bike will ‘unveil a new chapter’ in India.
What is it? Most probably a FZ 250
When this bike was first spotted last month, we thought it was a heavily localised MT series motorcycle (MT-15) as they were hot favorites to launch this year. The bike had familiar MT, R15 and FZ traits but the latter’s design predominantly shone through. Further, the similarity of its engine with that of the Fazer 250 and its resemblance to bigger FZ bikes made us change our minds.
In terms of design, its front gets a ‘MT’ styled single headlamp and air intake pods on either side of the fuel tank. Its digital-Analogue instrument cluster, split seats, sharp rear and stubby exhaust gives us the impression of a beefed up FZ V2.
Only thing we know for sure about the new bike’s powertain is that it is a single cylinder air + oil-cooled unit. The quarter liter mill on the Fazer 250 available in Brazil produces 20.7 PS of maximum power at 8,000 rpm and 20.5 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm but obviously that won’t be enough in India (in the expected price bracket).
While we are going with FZ250, it is still unclear on what nomenclature Yamaha will go by. Since its engine specs are unavailable, this could even be a FZ200 or MT200.
Why such a bike?
Only way to gain good volumes for a higher capacity motorcycle in a market like India is to localize production and reduce prices. KTM did this effectively with their Duke and RC motorcycles, while in 2016 more manufacturers like Mahindra (Mojo) and Bajaj (Dominar) joined the roost. Yamaha will try to tap in to this promising segment as well, bringing a high displacement ‘made-in-India’ motorcycle in the form of FZ250.
Yamaha FZ 250 India price & launch date
The new Yamaha FZ250 is reported to be priced near 1.5 lakh rupees on launch in January 24, 2017. However we wont be surprised if they went even lower.