After months of numerous spy shots and speculations, Yamaha Indonesia has officially launched the highly anticipated YZF-R25 250cc sports bike today. The R25 has been designed using the concept of ‘superbike that you can use everyday’ which has helped Yamaha achieve a stylish exterior coupled with a high revving engine. The Yamaha R25 stays true to the lineage of the YZF-R Series in the company’s stable, showcasing attributes like a lightweight body and nimble handling to provide an exhilarating ride for everyday use, the company claims.
The Yamaha R25 measures 2090 mm in length, 720 mm in width and 1135 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 1380 mm, ground clearance of 160 mm and seat height of 780 mm. The R25’s front fascia sports an agile and sporty design with the twin headlamps, inspiration being the M1. The rear tail light on the other hand is an LED unit, inspired from the R1. The R25 gets split seats, while the full fairing sportingly puts the Yamaha’s racing DNA up for display.
Powering the Yamaha R25 is a 249cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin, DOHC, 8-valve engine that produces 36 PS of power at 12,000 RPM and 22.1 Nm of torque at 10,000 RPM, mated to a 6-speed transmission. Suspension duties are performed by 41 mm telescopic front forks, while the rear gets a monocross suspension setup. The R25 gets 110/70/17 front tyre and 140/70/17 rear tyre with stopping power coming from the 298 mm dual piston floating disc brake at the front and 220 mm single piston disc brake setup at the rear. Yamaha hasn’t equipped the R25 with ABS, not even as an option.
The Yamaha R25 gets a diamond frame with a fuel tank capacity of 14 litres. Weighing in at 166 kgs, the bike should offer an excellent power to weight ratio. The digital-analogue instrument cluster packs in all the essential data which includes the speedometer, shift timing indicator, gear position, fuel consumption indicator, oil change indicator, trip meter, FI diagnostic, timer and engine temperature. Yamaha is offering the R25 in three colour options namely blue-white, red-white and black-red and is aiming to sell 12,000 units in the first year of sales.
Yamaha has priced the R25 at 53 million rupiah in Indonesia (equivalent to Rs. 2.7 lakhs in India), with sales to commence in July. The Indian launch however is expected by the end of this year and could be priced around the Rs. 3 lakh mark. With the main competition coming from the Kawasaki Ninja 300, the Yamaha R25 surely packs in quite a punch and would break the bank earlier for Yamaha if priced right. The R25 will also be locking horns with the KTM RC 390, Honda CBR300R, Hero HX250R, Bajaj Pulsar SS400 and the likes in the segment.
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