|Shades||Racing Blue, Predator Black and Diablo Red|
|Number of Cylinders||2|
|Engine Description||2-Cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC 8 Valves|
|Maximum Power||35.5 BHP @ 12000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||22.1 NM @ 10000 rpm|
|Frame||Tubular Diamond frame|
|Cooling Type||Liquid Cooling|
|Front Brake||298mm Disc|
|Rear Brake||220mm Disc|
LOOKS & STYLE
WHEELS & TYRES
|Wheel Size||110/70 R17 - 140/70 R17|
|Battery Type||Maintenance Free|
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITIES
|Minimum Ground Clearance||160.00 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||14.30 litres|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||166.00 kg|
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
|Top Speed||173 kph|
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Yamaha R25 Review
Yamaha unveiled the much awaited 250cc bike at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show on November 20, 2013. Dubbed as 'Yamaha R25', it was in the concept stage but now the company has officially unveiled the production version of the R25 and it will be sold as YZF-R25. The unveil event took place in May 2014 in Indonesia. The company also hinted to launch the R25 in India and other South-eastern countries by the end of 2014 or by the starting of 2015. Let's see what Yamaha has packed into the R25.
- Unveiled at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013
- Officially unveiled on 20th May, 2014 in Indonesia
- What Yamaha says about R25 - "A superbike you can ride every day"
- 249cc, twin-cylinder liquid cooled engine
- Maximum power of 35.5 BHP @ 12000 rpm
- Maximum torque of 22.1 NM @ 10000 rpm
- Expected price tag of INR 2.75 lakhs (ex-showroom)
- Constant mesh 6-speed transmission
- Expected to be launched by the end of 2014 or early 2015 in India
- Main rivals of Yamaha YZF-R25 are Honda CBR250R, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Hyosung GT250R
- Other popular bikes in this segment are Suzuki GSR250S, KTM RC390, KTM RC200 and Hero Karizma ZMR
- All-new lightweight, slim and compact chassis
- Inspired from Valentino Rossi's YZR-M1 MotoGP bike
- Entry-level sport bike for developed nations like Japan and Europe
- Top-spec performance bike for Asian markets
Design and Style
Yamaha YZF-R25 borrows some design clues from its bigger siblings R1 and R6. The borrowings include the reverse-slant twin headlights along with the pilot light in between that imparts a sharper look. An air duct present in between the lights is reminiscent of the M1 Moto GP, a racer bike. While the LED rear lights and shift indicator are perfectly identical to those found in the Yamaha YZF-R1. The bike uses the tubular diamond frame that offers easy to use ergonomics. A multi-fold wraparound full fairing gives the R25 a muscular profile. The edgy design of the fuel tank carries forward the R-series language and subtle knee recess. The bike looks bulkier than it is in reality and can be easily mistaken as 600cc motorcycle. The stubby muffler and Y-spoke alloy wheels gives the R25, a unique look. The overall look of R25 is quite impressive and pleasant that turns heads of many masses.
Yamaha YZF-R25 comes with a LCD instrument console that features a digital speedometer, digital dual trip meter, digital fuel-gauge, odometer and indicators for pass-light, low fuel and low oil. It has a white based, analogue tachometer along with an illuminating red colored needle. The panel also features a revv limiter light for better illumination.
Dimensions and Fuel Tank Capacity
The R25 comes with a length of 2090 mm, width of 720 mm and a height of 1135 mm as its dimensions. It weighs around 166 Kg. The bike features a chunky fuel tank with a capacity of 14.3-litres.
Engine and Gearbox
Yamaha YZF-R25 is powered by a 249cc, liquid-cooled engine which pumps out a maximum power of 35.5 bhp at 12000 rpm and a maximum torque of 22.1 Nm at 10000 rpm. This 2-cylinder, 8-valve, 4-stroke, DOHC engine is mated to a six speed manual transmission and a wet, multi-plate clutch system. It has a bore and stroke of 60 and 44.1 respectively.
Brakes and Suspension
The R25 has 298 mm front disc and 220 mm rear disc brakes for effective braking. The telescopic suspensions at the front and swing-arm at the back makes the R25 perfect for uneven roads.
Ride and Handling
The bike has wonderful handling characteristics that offers you a fun ride. The extended wheelbase of 1380 mm gives you a perfect stable and safe ride. The high ground clearance of 160 mm exerts awesome off road capabilities. The flawless suspensions works smoothly and efficiently. The perfectly placed handlebar delivers more responsive handling qualities that makes it a rider.
Yamaha YZF-R25 is available in three attractive shades that are Racing Blue, Predator Black and Diablo Red.
The R25 is expected to be available at a price tag of 2.75 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) may vary. The main rivals of Yamaha YZF-R25 will be the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Honda CBR250R and the KTM RC 390.
Verdict and Comparison
Overall, Yamaha R25 looks like a formidable competitor with its attractive design, advanced features, powerful engine and economic price. Once launched, Yamaha R25 will compete with the likes of Honda CBR250R, Hyosung GT250R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Suzuki GSR250S (yet to be launched in India) and KTM RC 200/RC 390.
Out of all these entry-level sport bikes, the main rivals of R25 are Honda CBR250R and Ninja 300. Honda CBR250R is powered by a 249.6cc engine, which generates maximum power of 25 BHP at 8500 rpm and 23 NM at 7000 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission. Kawasaki Ninja 300 is powered by a 296cc engine, which develops max power and max torque of 39 BHP and 27 NM respectively. The engine of Ninja 300 is also coupled to six-speed transmission.
The price of Honda CBR250R ABS is INR 1.87 lakhs and Kawasaki Ninja 300 is available for INR 3.50 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi, may vary). There is no word on the price of Yamaha R25, but rumours are that it would be priced in the region of 2.50 lakhs to 2.75 lakh rupees. If Yamaha manages to keep the ex-showroom price of R25 around INR 2.5 lakhs, then one thing is for sure, it is going to be a sure-shot hit and will set the sales charts on fire. It will be easily the best selling premium 250cc sport bike in
Yamaha Corporation is a world famous Japanese multinational corporation and conglomerate which has a very wide range of products and services in its list and mainly deals in motorcycles, musical instruments, power sports equipment and electronics. It was founded by Torakusu Yamaha on October 12, 1887 as a reed organ and piano manufacturing company with the name of Nippon Gakki Company, Limited which was incorporated just a year later on October 12, 1897. It has its headquarters in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan.
Yamaha Motor Company, Limited is a part of Yamaha Corporation and deals in the production of motorized vehicles. It was established on July 1, 1955 by company's then CEO Genichi Kawakami and has its current headquarters in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan. It diversified extensively to produce marine engines including outboards, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles and automobile engines.
It made its initial approach towards India in 1985 and by August 2001, made Yamaha India its 100% subsidiary.India Yamaha Motor Private Limited or IYM is a subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Company, Limited which was officially started in 2008 by making a joint investment with another Japanese company, Mitsui & Company, Limited. It has two State-of-the-art plants in India, Faridabad in Haryana which was established in 1965 and Surajpur in Uttar Pradesh which was established in 1984.
IYM also established two functionally independent entities, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd.(YMIS) at Chennai to look after the sales and marketing needs of the company and Yamaha Motor Research and Development India Pvt. Ltd.(YMRI) at Surajpur to increase Yamaha's manufacturing competitiveness through a R&D department.