The Yamaha R25 concept motorcycle was revealed at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show and ever since, many renders on how the production version of the 250cc motorcycle will look like have been released. Young Magazine from Japan is carrying an image of the Yamaha R25 on its cover and the magazine claims that the bike pictured is the production version of the Yamaha R25.
According to the picture, the bike shows off twin headlamps, a full fairing, twin seats and an upswept exhaust. On the whole, the bike looks like a grown up Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 and no we are not complaining. Things get more exciting under the skin as the fairing encloses a 250cc twin cylinder four stroke engine. Since the Yamaha R25 will square off with the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and the Honda CBR 250R, expect power and torque outputs in excess of 25 Bhp and 22 Nm at the very least.
The Yamaha R25 will ditch the Deltabox frame for a tubular frame, the kind of frame that is found on the Ninja 250R and CBR 250R. The tubular frame will allow Yamaha to cut costs and make the R25 more price competitive. Fuel injection, liquid cooling for the engine, a 6 speed manual gearbox and a monoshock suspension at the rear are the other major components on the Yamaha R25.
If Yamaha wants to save its reputation as a high performance motorcycle maker in the Indian market, it will have to launch the R25 at the earliest as Yamaha loyalists have been waiting for a larger capacity bike for a long time. Yamaha is making India a major export base. Therefore, manufacturing the R25 here makes sense if the brand wants to price the bike well within Rs. 3 lakhs. The bike will be a global model built for emerging as well as developed markets.