Yamaha R25 launch date was set on 20th May 2014 and a short film teaser was released. Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing created an online portal – iwantyamahar25.com for first batch bookings online, soon after the launch. Then there was a buzz about freebies like top notch Velentino Rossi edition AGV helmets offered free of cost for first 250 bookings, and Dainese VR46 leather jackets given away for 5 select fans, who book their ride online.
When R25 was launched and internet booking opened, Yamaha Indonesia expected to receive around 500 bookings, the same number of units they planned to sell post launch. The website for online ordering of Yamaha R25 was meant to be open only for 25 hours. But within 30 minutes of booking commencement 700 registrations were recorded. By the end of 25 hours, 2,800 orders were received to leave YIMM awestruck and puzzled.
Excess booking led to the delay of Yamaha R25’s export plans to Japan, India, Europe and other emerging markets. Then we saw a video of R25 attacking a race track in Japan. Followed by a video of experts performing stunt show with R25 bikes, at a promotional event in Indonesia.
Yamaha hosted a dinner celebration / party for first 100 owners of R25 bike. Latest updates point to Yamaha R25 spied with MotoGP livery (as seen in Yamaha’s stall at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo), along with Akrapovic exhaust fitted in place of stock muffler.
In the latest, photos of Yamaha R25 clocking high speed of 154 kmph at 11,000 rpm, making its way to 173 kmph at 12,500 rpm have surfaced. Thus far, this is the top speed of R25 known. As rev limit is 14,000 rpm, we may soon see / hear about higher top speed being achieved on the quarter litre sports bike, even though it is highly unlikely as peak power is reached at 12,000 rpm. There is also a video of R25’s engine sound from idle to 14,000 rpm!
The 173 kmph mark of R25 is comparable to the top speed of Kawasaki Ninja 250, which is rated at 175 kmph. There is no official top speed figure from Yamaha yet. New Honda CBR 250R is not expected to go as fast since it is underpowered and tuned for torque.
Via – Madrives.com