Toyota Kenya has introduced two motorcycles, the Yamaha FZ15 and Yamaha FZ25, looking to capture a growing interest from urban commuters.
The 149cc FZ15 and 249cc FZ25 are suitable urban bikes, coming in with a new styling based on the ‘Urban Fighter Concept’, and new features for a comfortable and steady city ride and occasional trips outside the city.
“Motorcycles have become a popular transportation means in Kenya due to their affordability and capability to beat traffic jams in urban areas. Currently, we are seeing more professionals who own cars getting a motorcycle as an additional option to get to work conveniently and occasional use during the weekends,” Toyota Kenya Managing Director, Arvinder Reel.
Over the years, the FZ Series’ traditional styling has been about creating and passing down a look centered on boldness, big-boned feel, and straight-line acceleration.
FZ15 mounts an air-cooled 4-stroke 149cc SOHC, 2-valve, single-cylinder fuel-injected “BLUE CORE” engine, that achieves a 14 percent improvement in fuel economy over the existing model while offering excellent acceleration performance. “BLUE CORE” is a development ideal for next –generations engines that take riding enjoyment, fuel efficiency, and environmental performance to all-new levels.
The FZ25’s 4-stroke 249cc air-cooled, single-cylinder fuel-injected engine has a strong mid-range, coupled with excellent fueling that offers power without the need for constant downshifting. The 140mm tubeless wider rear tire, coupled with dual-channel ABS plus disk brake size of 282mm at the front and 220mm at the rear offer great performance and precise braking even when the bike is speeding up, without any wheel lockups.
The front suspensions use a telescopic fork with 41mm inner tubes, also on the larger models, and 130mm of stroke which provides comfortable handling stability. The rear suspension is a lightweight Monocross suspension unit that contributes to mass centralization and provides 120mm of wheel travel, which is tuned for a good balance between the spring rate and damping force.