There is no need for a large bike for large adventures, at least according to Yamaha. Even though their FZ-25 250cc streetfighter is not long on the Indian market, Yamaha is reportedly considering a new model.
That will all depend on how successful is KTM 250 when it hits the Indian market. Yamaha is probably following the steps made for the small adventure bike, Royal Enfield Himalayan, as it is getting a 2020 update. That is a great opportunity to see what the customers prefer, or don’t.
The currently released FZ-25 weighs 148 kg (326 pounds), which is a great jumping-off point for a tiny ADV bike. In comparison, the Himalayan weighs 194 kg (428 pounds). There is no weight information for the 250 Adventure, but the dry weight is 156 kg (344 pounds).
If Yamaha is serious about this move, it would be most ideal for them to target the Himalayan FT 411 instead of the mentioned two ADVs. We still have no indication if Yamaha wants to make a flat tracker of any kind. The Himalayan FT 411 special edition got a big weight reduction of 30 kg (66 pounds) over the stock model. This move should not be overlooked by all means.
For now, we can only speculate on what is going to happen. What is certain is that the baby ADV market is getting more competitive in India!
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