Yamaha Motor Company has recently registered the name FZ-X to be it's next trademarked. Yamaha has indicated that there is about to be a new addition to the Japanese manufacturer’s portfolio in Nepal. According to the filing, Yamaha Motor Company applied for the trademark on November 5, 2020. Some reports suggest Yamaha will use the FZ-X moniker on an upcoming adventure motorcycle possibly based on the FZ 25 platform. However, currently, there is no indication whether it will be a new motorcycle altogether or just a variant of one of the existing FZ motorcycles.
The FZ-X is likely to be a street bike based on the FZ platform which includes - the FZ, FZS, FZ 25, and FZS 25 as well, perhaps with a few adventure touring accessories motorbike. For now, all we know about the bike is just speculation. In any case, if Yamaha is working on an adventure bike based on the FZ 25, expect to see changes like - a tall windscreen, knuckle guards, taller suspension, wider seats, and more front set footpegs. The bulbous fuel tank, wide handlebars, and split seats are also likely to carry over from the standard bike. We also expect to see a change in LED lighting and LCD instrument console.
As with all brands, having one does not mean that the motorcycle will go into production soon. Since it will be built on an already developed architecture, the cost of its development will be lower and therefore could be competitively priced. However, if it is a variant of the FZ that is not a new bike at all, getting it to market will be a much faster process which could happen sometime next year. Hence this platform is relatively new and versatile enough to be used for an adventure bike.
Given the growing demand for entry-level motorcycles like the Hero XPulse 200, KTM 250 Adventure, BMW 310 GS, and even the Royal Enfield Himalayan in Nepal, it certainly seems like a reasonable explanation by Yamaha. Suzuki has plans to launch a Gixxer based adventure tourer sometime in the coming years. So it stands to reason that Yamaha would introduce an entirely new product in a relatively new space. For more information about auto news in Nepal, please stay tune with us.