AVS Engineering College http://avsenggcollege.com Mon, 07 Jan 2019 12:13:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 Yamaha packs a wallop at 250cc – The FZ25 Review (Once Again!) http://avsenggcollege.com/yamaha-packs-a-wallop-at-250cc-the-fz25-review-once-again/ http://avsenggcollege.com/yamaha-packs-a-wallop-at-250cc-the-fz25-review-once-again/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2019 12:13:26 +0000 http://avsenggcollege.com/?p=12 Read more » "Yamaha packs a wallop at 250cc – The FZ25 Review (Once Again!)"]]> Buying a bike in India has gone through its phases. You could’ve easily purchased a bike with a nifty set of features for under Rs 1 lakh a few years back. In 2017, people aren’t shying away from spending big bucks on bikes, which is why bikes like the Bajaj Dominar, Duke 250 and the Yamaha FZ25 have made their way in.

Priced at Rs 1.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), Yamaha has finally bumped up its power game with the 250cc powered FZ25. This naked bike packs in new features, and yet keeps the frugal nature of the Indian buyers in mind. So, does the FZ25 offer you an upgrade from the 150cc arena?

Yamaha FZ25 price

Pros:
Sleek design
Accessible seating position
LED headlamps
Most affordable 250cc in India
Cons:
14-litre fuel tank only
Light on weight for its speed delivery
Heavy wind burst
No ABS variant
What’s Good?
Finally, Yamaha opened its eyes to India and brought its B-game to the country, with its first 250cc-powered bike, the Yamaha FZ25. This bike is an upgrade, compared to all other Yamaha FZ and Fazer bikes, for its quality and definitely the speeds it can touch.

For this price, you get LED headlamps, which nobody else can boast of. But what’s good to see is that Yamaha has given this speedster a soul of a daily commuter.

You get disc brakes in front and at the rear, with 282-mm and 220-mm respectively. These are only lower than what the Bajaj Dominar offers, which is much more expensive than the FZ25.

The FZ25 is not only rider-friendly, but works out nicely for the pillion rider too. This is one qualm we have with sports bikes – they don’t care about the person sitting at the back. Thankfully, Yamaha does.

The 249cc fuel-injected engine is mated with a 5-speed transmission. You only get an electric starter to start the bike. The digital speedometer gives the rider all the information he/she needs.

Talking about the quality of the ride, we took the FZ25 for a long ride (250 km to be precise), and barring a few jittery moments (we’ll come to that later), the ride was a comfortable one. The footpeg and handlebar feels the force of speed, but nothing that’s going to make you feel uncomfortable.

With company claimed mileage of 43 Kmpl, the FZ25 takes care of those who might want to know, ‘kitna deti hai’, and with a 14-litre fuel tank, that’s a big relief. It gave us about 34 kmpl in real world conditions, including high-speed runs.

What’s Bad?
Yamaha FZ25 is a naked bike, which directly leads to wind burst that affects the riding balance. For a bike that goes up to 120 km/hr, we’ll never understand why the FZ25 weighs only 148 kg. This is not even close to the kerb weight of a Pulsar 200, let alone the Royal Enfield Classics.

Weight is a big factor and directly relates to the speed of the bike. Being underweight plays a big role in making the bike feel less comfortable while notching up speeds above 90 km/hr.

Even though you get a digital speedometer, its size leaves us wanting for more. Yamaha hasn’t added a gear-shift indicator. Also, for some reason, Yamaha has decided that a 250cc bike doesn’t need to have an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and we’ll never know why it took that call. Safety is a big concern for two-wheelers, especially in India, and Yamaha has missed the trick in this one.

Why Buy It?
Yamaha has entered the 250cc fray with the FZ25 in 2017. You get the KTM Duke 250 for upwards of Rs 1.5 lakh, while the Bajaj Dominar starts from Rs 1.3 lakh. So, keeping that in mind, for a price of Rs 1.19 lakh, the FZ25 is a sporty option that could be an upgrade for those with a 150cc bike right now.

The FZ25 is the naked version, lightweight bike, that looks similar to other FZ bikes, but still stands apart, thanks to its LED headlamps. You get disc brakes on both the sides, no ABS though, which is a big miss in this price segment.

If that doesn’t deter you, and if you don’t want to go higher with your budget, the Yamaha FZ25 is worth a shot.

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Honda Activa 6G – Will it be an Electric Scooter? http://avsenggcollege.com/honda-activa-6g-will-it-be-an-electric-scooter/ http://avsenggcollege.com/honda-activa-6g-will-it-be-an-electric-scooter/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2019 12:10:53 +0000 http://avsenggcollege.com/?p=9 Read more » "Honda Activa 6G – Will it be an Electric Scooter?"]]> Honda Activa 6G could be an Electric scooter by Honda 2 Wheelers. Priced under 1 lakh rupees with an expected range within 100 Kms.

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) is the only company in India and even in the world to add 1 million incremental 2 wheeler sales in one year. India is already the Number One contributor to Honda’s global two-wheeler business. Honda 2Wheelers India sold a total of 5,51,601 units in May 2018 with 3% growth compared to 5,37,035 units in May 2017. Exports grew by a massive 22% to close at 32,529 units in May 2018 from 26,654 units in the same month last year. The company has already announced that they will invest close to Rs 800 crore for double digit growth for the coming years in India. Honda might soon catchup the “Going Electric” trend with their upcoming Honda Activa 6G.

activa 6g

Before we start talking about Honda Activa 6G, let us see how Honda was able to build traction in India. Activa is a super successful blockbuster scooter in India and the 5th generation of Activa aka Activa 5G which was recently launched. The all new Activa 5G is a feature packed scooter keeping the good old legacy of Activa . New Honda Activa 5G features full LED headlamp and position lamp which is the first-in-industry feature for a 110cc scooter in India. The 5th generation of Honda Activa 4G gets next generation looks like new front chrome garnish. Activa 5G has been introduced in 2 new color variants. Can consumers expect a complete refresh in the upcoming 6th generation Honda Activa 6G?

Honda Activa 6G – The Upcoming Electric Avatar
Considering the popularity of the Activa series, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) is most likely to introduce a 6th generation Activa soon. The upcoming electric based scooter is likely to be called as Honda Activa 6G . The legacy of Activa will be more exciting if Honda addresses the rapidly growing electric vehicles market by bringing the 6th generation Activa in electric powertrain. According to the CEO of Honda 2 Wheelers, the company’s major objective will be on getting the pricing, driving range, and performance right.

Honda Activa 6G Mileage
The company has planned to offer a minimum range of 100 KMs on a single charge if it brings a EV scooter for the Indian market. The first such high range electric scooter could be the Honda Activa 6G. The company is currently working on an electric scooter from Honda’s headquarters in Japan to develop an electric scooter for countries like India .

Honda Activa 6G and Competition in India
Launching an electric scooter like Honda Activa 6G should help the bike manufacturer to hold on to its glory which the company is enjoying now. Talking about the competition, other manufactures have already set to take the EV mantra. Manufacturers like The Hero group, which was the former partner of the Japanese two-wheeler giant, is also active on its electric two-wheeler plans.

Royal Enfield is also looking into the electric technology. TVS Motor Co. has already in the game with its Scooty Teenz electric. Bangalore based electric startup ATHER energy has already launched their first smart electric scooter340 and 450. Ather has also introduced charging infrastructure for electric vehicles AtherGrid in Bengaluru. All the manufacturers are now busy working on the electric two-wheeler side since market for electric scooters are gaining traction.

Honda Activa 6G Price
Companies like Ather are testing the waters by introducing 450 and 350 in the Indian EV market. This shall provide Honda a good market feedback for its pricing strategy. The price of upcoming Honda Activa 6G Electric scooter can be somewhere less than 1 lakh rupees.

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