Unfortunately, the Yamaha YZF-R25 isn’t slated to debut until May 2014; but as luck would have it, the month of May starts tomorrow. It shouldn’t surprise us then that the R25 is leaking like a sieve all over the internet.
We brought you some very nice photos of Yamaha’s 250cc sport bike earlier this morning, and now we have another good glimpse of the Yamaha R25 from the front.
In this shot we get a good glimpse of the YZF-R25’s headlight, which reminds us of the redesign Honda did to the CBR600RR. Clearly visible on the side fairing is the “R25” logo, so we know we are dealing with the real thing. Unfortunately though, the photo is pretty low-resolution, so it’s hard to gauge fit and finish.
Built in Indonesia, we can expect all of Southeast Asia to get the two-cylinder four-stroke machine — beyond that all, it is anyone’s guess. With Honda, Kawasaki, and KTM bringing strong offerings in the small-displacement category, Yamaha has some stiff competition internationally, as well as in the USA.
What we do know is that Yamaha has registered the names “R3” and “YZF-R3” with trademark offices abroad and in the United States.
It could be that the tuning fork brand is up-selling its 250cc machine, or the R25 cylinder displacement is closer to 300cc than we think – possibly with a ~275cc machine.
Another theory is that Yamaha is readying an actual 300cc model for North America and Europe, as both markets have seen displacement bumps to 300cc in the small-displacement machines offered by Honda, Kawasaki, and KTM.
We are just as tired of saying the same thing over and over again, as you are reading it. Yamaha, drop this baby already and send one to us.
Source: TMC Blog