Last November, we showed you the “concept” Yamaha R25 displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show. The bike looked production ready, and Yamaha even produced a video of Valentino Rossi riding it.
Yesterday, Yamaha unveiled the YZF-R25 production machine in Indonesia. It features a 249 cc, parallel-twin, 8-valve, liquid cooled engine putting out a claimed 36 hp at 12,o00 rpm. A six-speed transmission delivers power to the rear wheel.
A short wheelbase and a claimed curb weight of just 345 pounds promises lively handling. For now, this is an Asian product, but don’t expect Yamaha to sit on the sidelines of the burgeoning U.S. market for small displacement motorcycles. Will we get one with a full 300 cc to take on the Kawasaki Ninja 300? Time will tell.