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Yamaha R25 – Prelaunch review

A great painter once said ”Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it

He said it because I’m sure he hasn’t seen this thing of a beauty. This hot sports machine, sent the bike world on a spin when they showcased its racing capacity on the 2013 Tokyo motor show, the R25 concept and later in 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi, India.

Yamaha R25

The Path:

Yamaha acquired a cult status in India through its 2 stroke performance bike Yamaha RX100, the bike known for its sleek design, quick acceleration, excellent build quality and easy maneuver. Around the same period of time, RD350 was sold in India. Yamaha, in 2008 launched the sportier R15 & later upgraded the same with R15 V2.0 in 2011 with more awesome features to woo bike enthusiasts. We’ve been long hearing Yamaha working on a 250cc bike to fill the demanding quarter liter class which has been long dominated by the likes of Honda CBR250R and recently Kawasaki has also made its intentions of playing a key role with its Ninja 300 in this segment. Many taunted Yamaha’s entry as ‘too little, too late!’ … well, Is it so? HELL NO!!! … The time taken by Yamaha has paid off; they’ve come out with this brutal beauty that would easily manage to send your girlfriend sitting behind screaming at any given day of the year:)

Valentino Rossi (MotoGP World Champion) Rides Yamaha R25:

Yamaha R25:

The Bike is a feast for the rider with its sporty twin headlights, an overhead pilot light and rear LED lights; it takes its design pattern from its older sibling the R6S and R1. The sharp lines and the cutting side mirrors mounted on the front cowl make it look sleek and aerodynamic. At the heart of R25 is a 250cc parallel-twin 8-valve liquid cooled engine that produces a staggering 36 HP @ 12000 rpm that puts it in its own league, overpowering the baby ninja and Honda’s CBR250R by a long shot. It comes with a 6 speed gearbox. The R25 doesn’t come low in the torque department as well, producing 22.1 NM peak torque @ 10000 revs its any riders delight. It has a 14 liter tank and weighs 166kg (Kerb). The Speedo console being Analog-digital gives it a fresh look. Yamaha is known for their power across the wide rev band and excellent handling dynamics. Yamaha has carefully designed the same so that the bike can be used for day to day commute as well. Its firm and sporty telescopic front and monoshock rear coupled with 10 spoke wide radial would encourage its tamer to take any curve with confidence at any speeds. The bike comes with 3 color options: Black predator, Diablo Red and Racing Blue.

Competitor bikes: Honda CBR 250R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Suzuki Inazuma 250

Bottom-line: Yamaha has unleashed the racer in the younger crowd with its earlier models. Although Yamaha R25 is launched in Indonesia at present, this mean machine has made every biker enthusiasts in India to try and get their hands dirty. Including Me! Yamaha has got one heck of a stallion in its shed. As “The Doctor” Rossi says in the test ride video, this bike should pack a punch and get ready for the sucker punch effect. The bike is expected to be launched around the end of this year or early next year in India. Worth the wait!

Keep yourself updated with further news on Yamaha R25 here on TurboZens!

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