Yamaha wants a growing pie of the 250cc sportsbike sector and to this end the Japanese two wheeler giant is developing a 250cc sports motorcycle that’s expected to be sold across the globe. The motorcycle is expected to debut in 2014 or beyond and could be sold in India as well. The folks at TMCBlog are carrying a couple of CAD images that are purported to be that of Yamaha’s 250cc sports motorcycle. The grainy images show the front fairing and the tank/seat sections. The image also shows off a tubular chassis. For the record, the current small capacity sportsbikes from Yamaha, such as the R125 and the R15, feature deltabox underbone frames that feature a pressed steel design, a design quite different from tubular frames.
So, that raises a question of whether Yamaha is taking a new approach with its new 250cc motorcycle. Notably, both the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and the Honda CBR250R come with tubular frames and Yamaha jumping on to the tubular frame brigade won’t be too surprising given the fact the its prime competitors are following a similar approach. All said, we’ll have to wait and watch out for more spyshots/images of the upcoming 250cc Yamaha sportsbike to get a clearer picture on what exactly Yamaha has in mind.
Meanwhile, if these images are indeed that of the 250cc motorcycle from Yamaha, they’d represent the first ever images of Yamaha’s Kawasaki Ninja250R/Honda CBR250R challenger. The 250cc sportsbike segment across the globe is booming as the demand for affordable sportsbike has been growing in both developed as well as developing countries. Recent launches include the Suzuki Inazuma 250, the Honda VTR250 and the Kawasaki Z250. Yamaha for its part is yet to have a fully faired 250cc motorcycle and with the rest of the Japanese big four having a presence in this segment, it should only be a matter of time before Yamaha joins the fray.
The premium sportsbike market in India will see many big launches over the next few months. The Kawasaki Ninja 300R is expected to be the first of the many big motorcycle launches lined up for India in 2013. By the middle of this year, the KTM Duke 390 is expected to hit production while the Bajaj Pulsar 375 is slated to make an appearance by the end of 2013.