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Yamaha YZF-R25 images leak, likely to be priced at Rs 3.5 lakh in India

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07 Jan 2014 / 
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A Japanese magazine, Young Machine, has carried an article that shows images of what looks like a finished, production version of the Yamaha R25 concept. The motorcycle is likely to be named the YZF-R25 when it arrives in production form in the middle of 2014 and goes on sale in various markets around September-October this year.

I got up close to the concept when it debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show and it’s an impressive motorcycle (see for yourself here) though I think Yamaha are running behind the market. The R25 should have been in the showrooms for at least two years already by my reckoning.

The concept is said to be derived from Yamaha’s YZR-M1 racer and promises to offer superbike thrills from a compact sportsbike package. The concept wore a 250cc parallel twin of undisclosed power. The surprise was the chassis, a tubular steel perimeter frame that came with right side up forks, rear monoshock and normal looking brake components, wheels and tyres.

Young Machine’s article now shows the air intake in the fairing has disappeared. This is something we expected — the R25 simply won’t be fast enough in production form to gain significantly from an air intake. The ram air effect (think of it as a natural supercharger) requires wind pressure that comes at much higher speeds.

The front of the fairing has a twin headlamp with each beam taking a narrower shape that looks great. It looks like a Yamaha without a doubt but sleeker and sharper.

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Leaked images of the Yamaha R25 production model

Also visible is a neat, small pillion pad and foot pegs, and instead of the race exhaust on the concept, a production exhaust with heat shield and all.

The concept R25 was 2,000mm in length, 720 mm wide and 1,140mm tall. That’s 30mm longer, 50mm wider and 70mm taller than the YZF-R15. On the other hand, that makes the R25 30mm shorter in length than the Honda CBR250R, just as wide and 13mm less tall. We are reading that the concept’s dimensions are going to be the production version’s as well. This rings true. Differences if any will be minor.

So what we are expecting is a motorcycle that looks like the R15 in silhouette but with a sleeker top fairing, well-made aggregates (which is a Yamaha constant even in India). I believe that the engine will be, unlike the CBR250R and more like the Ninja 250R, a high revving parallel twin. Which means about 35-37PS at between 11,000 and 13,000rpm. That is serious power. But what gives it a proper kick is tight control on weight. Which is why I think the frame is a tubular perimeter rather than a pressed steel twin spar which would have visually looked more right but would be heavier. Working with the engine will be a six-speed gearbox.

2014 Yamaha R25 Concept

2014 Yamaha R25 Concept

On the chassis front, I expect nothing more than preload adjustability on the rear monoshock. Other equipment? I think the brakes will have standard ABS and when the bike comes to India, Yamaha will have an Indian supplier making OEM tyres for the R25.

I had touched upon the issue earlier but the big challenge for the R25 is going to be pricing. Suzuki are on their way to slow sales with the Inazuma priced at Rs 3.1 lakh ex-showroom. Thankfully, the Yamaha is faired and promises to have a out and out sporty engine with good to great power output. This suggests that Yamaha will probably price the motorcycle at par with the Ninja 300 or about Rs 3.5 lakh ex-showroom and roughly Rs 3.9 on-road when it comes to India.

This of course means the motorcycle will have to go into CKD assembly in India. If Yamaha choose, on the other hand, to produce it here with local components then the price should drop, our estimates, by another Rs 50,000 but no lower. In any case, making a high-performance twin cylinder engine is not going to be cheap so there is no way Yamaha can (and indeed should) price the R25 close to the CBR250R which has the same displacement but only one cylinder and much less power. Could Yamaha make a single cylinder engine just for India? I’ve made the case for it here.

With more information coming out? I’m not sure Yamaha India is currently focussing on the premium market hard enough to spend the effort needed to create an India-specific single cylinder engine from scratch. Plus the Rs 2.1 lakh, 44PS KTM 390 Duke has made playing price games with single-cylinder engines very difficult. So chances are we are getting a Ninja 300 beater and not a CBR250R/300R challenger. In international markets though, Honda prices the CBR at par, more or less, with the Ninja 300.

What remains undisclosed now is when India is getting the R25. The production motorcycle will debut in mid-2014 and I’m pretty confident Yamaha will launch the R25 here before 2014 is over. The rationale is simple. Yamaha have focused on volumes in the past two years and the scooters have given them great, consistent growth. But margins in the big volume segment are low and India is headed towards becoming not just the world’s largest two-wheeler market but also the world’s largest market for middle-displacement motorcycles.

I do not believe Yamaha is blind to this and the R25 is the kind of product that should have the stuff an R15 owner needs to upgrade and remain within the Yamaha family. Yamaha had disappointed its Indian fans by not offering meaningful upgrades to their premium motorcycles in India over nearly the past decade but I think that phase is coming to an end. Finally.

Images courtesy: www.dapurpacu.com and IndianAutosBlog

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  • http://satishchour.wordpress.com/author/satishchour/ SatishChour

    With the RC390 on it’s way, not sure if Yamaha can find many takers for the YZF-R25 if its priced on par with Ninja 300. It’s still a much awaited upgrade for Yamaha lover’s who want to dump their R15′s.

    • Rahul Mazumder

      I used to have a R15 and for 3 years I kept hoping they will give me something. The R15 was reliable and the handling was spot on. But nothing from them apart from scooties. Dumped the Yamaha and got a Duke 390.With the price and spec of this bike, looks like I did well, not to wait

      • Zod

        The only grouse i have with KTM is they dnt have resale value in India :( Now m stuck with my Duke when i want to go for the RC390. Hope the resale market picture changes with the RC series as they r faired n the indian mkt goes gaga over the faired bikes!

      • http://satishchour.wordpress.com/author/satishchour/ SatishChour

        You made the right choice dude, 390 is a proper upgrade from R15.
        How much did you get for your R15?
        I too have a 2008 model lying in my garage unused from last 6 months, its done 42K kilometers. Hoping to get 50K at least, once I fix its battery.

        • Rahul Mazumder

          I got 60k and it was a 2010 model. Had a two brothers performance exhaust as well… Didn’t get any extra value for the exhaust.

  • Sathish Narayan

    R25 if is priced at 4 lacs on road.. will be a big flop.. no doubts..

  • NIN

    I guess for Yamaha it’s a little too late now and with the expected price tag of around 4lacs i suppose the R25 may not have many takers,except for those who are die hard Yamaha fans .I believe for now Yamaha is happy selling their scooter(Ray) and the FZ16 and a 250 cc machine may not be their market focus for India as of now.As for all the pocket rocket enthusiasts time to turn attention to KTM motorcycles.

  • Raj LGod

    Overdrive??….is that u???….everyone knows that its just a cheap rendering by some random Yamaha fan (look at the r125 tank and r15 tail section) and by any means this can be very misleading to the customers…and overdrive you know that its sheer exaggeration of price. . Yamaha Indonesia by themselves have said its going to be competitively priced with keeping in mind of the CBR 250R..plz overdrive don’t bonker on irrelevant stuffs

    • Harkamal Singh

      ha ha ..this dude is blided by Brand love…he is going to get disappointed very badly.

  • Raj LGod

    With India being a Global production Hub for Yamaha , how do you expect the Yamaha priced same as Kawasakis which are imported and assembled at double costs in chakan plant?

  • vivek

    I don’t agree it Yamaha is going to charge 3.5 lacs for the bike.. they are realistic & compatative in approach which can be articulated from price of R15 v2 (less than CBR)… it should cost around 2.5 lacs

  • kanubitsod

    i think this bike gonna rock on road.

    • divesh

      From a year m waiting for yzf 250 bt if its 4k.dan duke 390 or even hysoung 250 is great have fazer since 3 years bt very dissatisfied.

      • ganesh

        i have r 1000 itzz gud to ride n a gud sportzz bike …n i m enjoying it…!!!

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