Yamaha have been pretty confident with their take on performance motorcycles. It is evident in their past models like the YZF R3 or bigger ones like the R1, which has adorned the walls of many teenagers' bedrooms. With the FZ25 too, the brand has delivered to its promises. However, a smaller motorcycle that has been in the market for some time now, may be worthy of competing against Yamaha's latest offering. The RTR200 comes from the house of TVS, which made a prominent mark during the Dakar Rally. It was too aimed at young buyers who expected a bit from their bikes than just a daily commute.
Yamaha have a paid a strict attention to the FZ25's appearance, and no doubt it looks like a capable street-fighter. The detailing on the tank and around the pillion seat give the motorcycle an aggressive appeal. A wide wheel at the rear works well on corners. The RTR200, on the other hand, is not as butch as the FZ25, but the engine cowl, race seats and petal discs on both ends give it a race appeal.
The FZ25 comes with an air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve 249cc engine, that makes 20.6 hp at 8000 rpm and 20 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. It is quite a quick motorcycle off the line and will do a top speed of about 140 kmph.
Now, if these figures are compared to those of the RTR200, it shows why the 197.75 cc motorcycle is an impressive one. The RTR200 is powered by 4-valve, oil-cooled single cylinder engine which makes 19.7 hp at 8500 rpm (carburetor variant) and 20.7 hp at 8500 rpm (EFI variant). Maximum torque output is 18.1 Nm at 7000 rpm. It can attain a top speed of 127 kmph (carb) and 129 kmph (EFI).
The FZ25 comes with a digital instrument cluster, which is informative enough. It also has LED DRL up front and the tail lamp too is LED. For braking, the FZ25 comes equipped with a 282 mm disc in the front and 220 mm at the rear. However, a major drawback is the absence of anti-lock braking (ABS) system. Where some riders may not consider it a void, the brand could have left them an option of fitting one to the bike.
Another notable thing is that the RTR200 has petal discs, which allow better heat dissipation and hence the caliper can provide a better bite. TVS has also fitted their motorcycle with a dual-channel ABS with RLP control. The disc in the front is 270 mm and 240 mm at the back.
The suspension set up on the FZ25 is quite on point with a blend of soft and hard, hence providing performance riding along with comfort on longer journeys. Other features on the RTR200 include a all-day on LED position lamp up front and a LED tail lamp. It also has a gear shift indicator on the instrument cluster, whereas it is missing from the FZ25.
The kerb weight of the two bikes is about the same at 148 kg. The fuel tank capacity on the FZ25 is 14 litres, and 12 litres on the RTR200. The Yamaha 250 cc is available in three colours and the RTR200 comes in seven colours.
The price difference is considerable with the FZ25 being priced at Rs 1.19 lakh and the RTR200 at Rs 89,117 to Rs 1.09 lakh, depending upon the fuel injection type and choice of tyres. The catch here is that at a lower price, TVS has equipped the RTR200 with petal discs, which are considered premium sports bike material, and an ABS system. The two things are missing from the FZ25, but then it is faster.