Yamaha’s entry into the quarter-litre segment has been highly awaited and the bike they will do it through- the Yamaha R25, has garnered a large following even before being unveiled in a production equivalent. The bike was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and enthusiasts have been awaiting its launch first eagerly, and as time has passed with an increasing amount of desperation. Now a new set of pictures from an Indonesian website fuel our hopes to see a production version of the bike soon. Let’s hope this means the launch of the bike is at hand.
The Yamaha R25 units were spied testing in Indonesia
Seen here are pictures of what are purportedly production units of the Yamaha R25. There are a few details that we can make out about the production version in comparison to the concept that was also showcased at the 2014 India Auto Expo. Taking a leaf out of the R15 page, the Yamaha R25 will sport dual headlamps. These will come with integrated indicators. The rear lamps will sport LED lights. While the rear end of the R25 concept was quite drawn out the production version’s seems curtailed. Expectedly, ergonomics of the bike will be track-focussed. The units in these images seem to sport 130-section rear tyres. Unlike the R15, which is built on a deltabox frame, the R25 uses a tubular frame.
The rear lamps of the R25 will sport LED lights
The Yamaha R25 houses a 250cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine. Peak power output is expected to be around 34PS. Reports suggest India will get a single-cylinder engine so as to keep costs low. The concept unit was given an Akrapovic but the production will not get a different exhaust. Styling of the bike is sharp and the production version should retain most of the design cues of the concept.
The R25 is expected to be priced upwards of 2.50 lakh rupees
As much as the R25 looks like a bike well worth our waiting and out money, we wonder if Yamaha has taken a bit too long entering the quarter litre segment for its own good. There certainly is space for one more bike in the 250cc segment and no dearth of takers. Be that as it may, Yamaha’s rivals have got the time to establish itself in the Indian market. With KTM set to launch the RC200 and RC390 at extremely competitive prices thanks to some help from Bajaj, we wonder how the R25, if it is launched in India, is going to be able to sell high volumes.
Yamaha showcased the R25 at the 2014 India Auto Expo