Further spurring reports that the global launch date of the Yamaha YZF-R25 might have been bumped up from the previous 2019 estimate to within the first half of 2018, Indonesian blog, Iwan Banaran claims to have spotted camouflaged units doing the rounds. However, it has not released any images of the test bike.
Information on the upcoming model is scarce at the moment. The bike is expected to carry forward the diamond frame with the stressed engine as on the previous R25 as opposed to the perimeter frame seen elsewhere on the YZF lineup from Yamaha.
The design could take cues from the R15 v3.0 which was showcased recently at the Bangkok International Motor Show 2017. The fairing will feature much sharper cuts and creases and the face is also expected to bear a more aggressive look with sleeker split LED headlamps with a R3 inspired air-vent in the centre.
A more sculpted tank could also be one of the changes to the bodywork along with a redesigned rear assembly. The bike might get upside down forks up front, and an Aluminium swingarm at the rear. A slipper clutch is also likely to be seen on the R25 for the first time.
The report confirms that the rear seems similar to the X-Max scooter, which in turn is similar to the R15 v3.0, hence corroborating the R15-R25 inheritance. The bike will go up against the Ninja 250 and the Honda CBR250RR in the international markets.
While we don’t have confirmed information for this yet, expect a rise in the power and torque figures from the 36 PS and 22.6 Nm produced by the in-line twin cylinder motor. Also expect to see a completely digital instrument cluster and a hazard lamp. Overall weight is also expected to go down, further improving the performance.