On May 21, 2014, Yamaha Motors launched its much awaited quarter-litre sports motorcycle, the R25. This 249cc twin-cylinder has created buzz around the world ever since Yamaha unveiled the concept motorcycle earlier this year. Now that the motorcycle is launched in Indonesia, competitors have begun to feel the heat as, within 25 hours of the launch, nearly 2800 booking were made for the R25.
The R25 is powered by a 249cc twin-cylinder which churns out 36 PS of power and 22.9Nm of torque. This, clubbed with a kerb weight of 166 kgs gives the R25 a power-to-weight ratio of 217 PS/tonne. Yamaha has managed to keep the pricing relatively low, giving tough competition to its rivals.
This has made things difficult for other manufacturers. To stay in the competition, Honda Indonesia reduced the price of 2014 CBR250R in the country. The new CRB250R which dons a new look is loaded with a re-tuned 249cc single-cylinder engine that makes 3 PS more than its outgoing variant. The 2015 CBR250R which was launched with a price tag of 48.95 million Indonesian Rupiah (Rs. 2.48 lakhs) saw a cut in price by 2.15 million Indonesian Rupiah (Rs. 11,000/-) just days after the launch of R25.
Yamaha R25 has already won many hearts all across the globe. The competitors will have to think out-of-the-box to place their products against this quarter-litre sports motorcycle.