From 2019, all the motorcycles in India with over 125cc engine capacity will be mandated to get equipped with ABS
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is an important braking feature necessary to be implanted in every motorcycle with and over the 150cc engine. In India, manufacturers such as TVS and Bajaj have already started to provide optional ABS in their 200cc motorcycles. On the other hand, since it is not officially mandatory in India, Yamaha did not yet felt it vital to offer this feature in its newly launched FZ25 and the Fazer 25. And, as reported by an official, Yamaha motorcycles in India, up to 300cc, aren’t getting them before 2019.
Yamaha India has recently launched its quarter-litre naked motorcycle- the FZ25 and, two days ago, its full-faired version- the Fazer 25. Despite incorporating 250cc mill, these motorcycles are not available with an option of ABS. However, looking at the low power delivery these bikes possess, the absence of ABS would not make much difference. Also, Yamaha was keen on pricing the 25-twins aggressively and cost cutting might be the reason for not offering it.
But, what about the Yamaha YZF-R3? It comes with a 320cc, parallel-twin engine and is fairly powerful with figures of 41 BHP and 29.5 Nm. Still, the company didn’t include the ABS braking system in the spec sheet of this entry-level sportsbike. Looking at this, it seems Yamaha is waiting for the feature to be made compulsory in India by 2019. And, when this happens, the prices of the entire lineup of Yamaha motorcycles in India (over 125cc) will rise considerably.