Yamaha R25 spotted in India; plot twist?

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Yamaha R25 in India (2)

Seems like the Yamaha R3 or R25 uncertainty isn’t over yet. Until now, word had it that the R3 is what we’ll have to settle for, and not the smaller R25.  A search on publicly available import and export shipment records throws up affirmative results – two units of the Yamaha R3 were officially imported to India last January. That claim was backed by our exclusive spy images of the R3 prowling on Indian roads. Our sources also confirmed that Yamaha is indeed readying the R3 for an Indian market launch in and around September 2015.

Yamaha R25 in India (4)

But now comes the shocker. If any of these images are to be believed, a lone Yamaha R25 has been spied lurking inside what appears to be the workshop of a prominent motorcycle accessory dealer in Delhi. What’s more, the motorcycle purportedly has MRF rubber on. Finished in Diablo Red, it also seems to be in a  partly dismantled condition, and the source claims that it is here for “testing purposes”. Further information is scarce.

Yamaha R25 in India (1)

Plot twist : Is Yamaha India actually considering the R25 instead? If no, then what is this motorcycle doing here? We’re flummoxed. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

If yes, then here’s what you should know:

Valentino Rossi Yamaha R25 (4)

Currently manufactured only in Indonesia, the Yamaha YZF-R25 is armed with a new 249cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, high-compression (11.6:1) engine that produces 35 bhp of power and 22.6Nm of torque. The engine also employs Yamaha’s DiASil (Die casting Aluminum-Silicon) cylinders for better heat dissipation and lighter weight. Power is harnessed via a six-speed gearbox.

Cradling the high strung motor is a Diamond Combination frame, while a telescopic front suspension combined with a mono-shock at the back hold things up. A mid-ship muffler and a compact engine design account for a low center of gravity, while a perfect 50:50 distribution offers sportier control.

Engine Type2 cylinder 4 stroke, 8 valve DOHC Liquid Cooling
Cubic Capacity249cc
Bore x stroke60.0 x 44.1 mm
Compression Ratio11.6: 1
Max Power36 ps @ 12000 rpm
Max Torque22.1 nm @ 10000 rpm
Transmission6 Speed
ChassisDiamond Frame
Fueling systemElectronic Fuel Injection
IgnitionTransistorized Controlled Ignition (TCI)
Ground Clearance160 mm
Wheelbase1380 mm
Weight166 kgs
Fuel Capacity14.3 litres