Yamaha Indonesia has spilled the beans on when the Yamaha YZF-R25 will be available, and that date is just a few days away: May 20th.
Yamaha is pitching the Indonesian-built, 250cc, parallel-twin sport bike as a miniature Yamaha YZR-M1, thus making a link between the R25 to Yamaha’s MotoGP racing program — a smart move considering how wildly popular MotoGP is in Indonesia currently.
To help promote the debut in Indonesia, Yamaha has launched the “I Want Yamaha R25″ website, which beyond the May 20th timeline, is also promising early purchasers an VR46-themed AGV “premium” helmet.
In emerging markets like Thailand and Indonesia, the Yamaha YZF-R25 will be a major purchase for motorcyclists, but in North America and Europe, where the 300cc YZF-R3 is expected, the R25 platform will be target towards new riders.
It’s unlikely that either the R25 or R3 will completely live up to the M1 comparisons being made by Yamaha (or the aspirations of enthusiasts who remember the potent high-revving small-displacement machines from Japanese OEMs a few decades ago), though the bike should give both the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and KTM RC200/RC390 a good run for their money.
Pricing will be key of course, and with all the waiting and anticipation that’s been built up to this launch point, enthusiasts are expecting a potent package from Yamaha. Hopefully the tuning fork brand doesn’t disappoint. Stay tuned A&R readers.
Source: Yamaha Indonesia