There have been very few motorcycles that have had the enthusiasts salivating for their launch like the Yamaha's R25 has. The build-up to the unveil (that never happened) also coincided with rumours of an R15 Version 3.0 and that even led to many postponing their buys in the premium segment. However, the recent bummers in the name of "unveil" had started to make the bike more of an enigma. Yamaha had showcased the R25 Concept in November last year but nothing concrete came up since, and it was now that the image of a scaled-down M1 had slowly started to fade away from our minds.
Now, all-of-a-sudden, a similar Yamaha lightweight sportsbike was caught being tested in Indonesia. The pictures captured by the Yamaha fan shows the bike from the rear but it is apparent that the design is, thankfully, sharp and edgy - just like we would want it to be.
We can see that the new bike sports a full-fairing, clip-on handlebar, split seats, half chain-cover, aluminium rear-set footpegs, LED taillight, and a chunky triangular end-can. Like the R15, this one also makes do without a pair of rear grab rails.
The Yamaha R25 will be powered by a parallel-twin, 250 cc, liquid-cooled engine which should be good for over 30 bhp. However, there are also speculations of an India-specific R25 that would have a single-cylinder mill producing around 25 bhp to take on Honda's CBR 250 R.
Engine options notwithstanding, it would take a lot for Yamaha to occupy firm ground in the segment which is currently dominated by the KTM Duke 390 at one end and the CBR 250 R at the other. Whereas the Austrian offers more performance than even the four-lakh-rupee Kawasaki Ninja 300, the one with the wing logo has established itself as the most well-rounded bike in the segment. The new Yammie would possibly reset the handling benchmark and the styling would be a sure-shot hit too; it's the pricing that would play a crucial role here. The spy pictures point towards a possible year-end launch. Let's hope that Yamaha does not delay it unnecessarily any further.