It’s been a while since we’ve reported about Yamaha mulling a 250cc motorcycle to take on the likes of the Honda CBR250R and the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. However, the brand has been pretty tight lipped about this product even as speculations about the new motorcycle alternate between a street fighter 250 and a fully faired model. With the run up to the biggest motorcycle show on the planet that happens every year, the EICMA, the rumor mills have gone agog about Yamaha all set to launch a 250cc motorcycle model, replete with a full fairing and styling reminiscent of the smaller R125 and the R15.
Dubbed to be called the Yamaha YZF R25, the speculations have even gone on to suggest a 250cc, twin cylinder engine for this motorcycle with a likely power output of 35 bhp. Also amongst the various rumors is the assumption that this motorcycle would be built in India, leveraging the country’s advantage of being a low cost-high quality manufacturing hub. Such a measure is said to give Yamaha similar benefits that Austrian sports motorcycle major KTM has been deriving by getting its partner Bajaj Auto to build Duke 125 and Duke 200 models for international markets. Incidentally, Yamaha India has been exporting the R15 to many countries like Australia and Colombia.
Given that the made-in-India Yamaha R15 costs about INR 1.2 lakhs or just over $2,000, the expectations around the Yamaha R25’s pricing center around the $4,000 mark or about INR 2.5 lakhs, which should be easily achievable in case Yamaha really builds this motorcycle in India. Yamaha has always been a motorcycle maker which builds focussed motorcycles. For instance, the R15 is one of the least priced motorcycles that money can buy for track use in India. The motorcycle has given enthusiasts the feel and performance of a true blue sports bike with its track honed handling.
So, while the Honda CBR250R and the Kawasaki Ninja 250R have mainly been positioned as a sports tourer, expect the Yamaha R25, that is if it ever makes it to production, to lean more towards track use than doing duty as a sports tourer. If that happens, the Yamaha R25 might just be the ideal upgrade option for R15 owners looking for a motorcycle that is much more powerful than their existing rides while also delivering superb handling dynamics, stuff that Yamahas are renowned for world over. All said and done, there has been no official word from Yamaha about a 250cc motorcycle lined up from EICMA 2012 even as there have been no spyshots or accidental leaks, which usually is the norm ahead of big launches. So, you’ve got to take this bit of news with a fistful of salt even as we’re less than a week away from the curtains to be raised on EICMA 2012. Watch this space.