Yamaha R25 launch nears, as new spy shots emerge
Yamaha YZF-R25 quarter litre sports bike was caught on test in Indonesia recently. First revealed at Tokyo Motor Show in November 2013, R25 Concept was showcased at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo in February this year. The spy pictures here, are believed to be of the production ready variant of the R25, which is expected to be launched in India later this year.
To mention what it features externally, one can see that it has ‘V’shaped LED taillight, compact exhaust that ends with inverted triangular section with rounded edges, apart from obvious full fairing with split/dual headlamps with a turn indicator on each housing. Overall design is reportedly inspired from YZR-M1 bike featured in MotoGP. Dimensions of R25 Concept showcased here in India are 2,000 x 720 x 1,140 mm (Length x Width x Height).
Riding the new Yamaha R25 will be a four stroke, twin parallel cylinder with total displacement of around 250cc, that will be coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. The fuel injected engine will be water-cooled of course. Maximum power output of this engine can be expected to read at around 35PS, as Yamaha has not officially released power and torque rating of this new machine.
These spyshots indicate that Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM) have started road testing their next mini sports bike. Thanks to Frankie Lampard in Indonesia for capturing and sending these spy pictures to an Indonesian automotive blog iwanbanaran.
We had posted a rendering of what production version of YZF-R25 will likely look like when launched, check out here. Can’t see much of a difference between rendering and spy image as latter shows only partial view from left-side rear.
Biking enthusiasts in Asia are eagerly waiting to see how this new high speed sports ride would stand against its competitors like KTM RC200, Ninja 250, Honda CBR250R, Suzuki GSR250S, Hyosung GT250R, and Hero HX250R. With price of Yamaha R25 expected to be placed between 2.3 and 2.5 lakhs, it should also fear the competition of upcoming KTM RC 390, or rather buyers should check out comparison of these two before pulling out your wallets. Whereas, in European and Japanese markets, Yamaha YZF-R25 will be just an entry level bike.