Yamaha R25 Concept — Official Photos, Specs and Video

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Yamaha R25 Concept

“This bike really packs a punch,” says Valentino Rossi. The Yamaha R25 Concept previews an all-new, 250cc, parallel-twin sportbike from the brand. With styling based on the Yamaha M1 MotoGP racer and high-spec components (including radial tires), this is one entry-level bike you should get excited about.

Aside from the lack of headlights and the track day tires, this thing looks totally production ready. The Right-Way Up forks and single front brake disc (with non-radial) caliper are de rigeur for the class and promise an affordable price. What appears to be a steel-tube perimeter frame wraps the liquid-cooled, parallel-twin motor. The aluminum swingarm is appropriately diminutive.

Yamaha R25 Concept
Yamaha R25 Concept

With presumably a price splitting the gap between the $4,199 Honda CBR250R and $4,999 Kawasaki Ninja 300, this bike should sell like hot cakes. Particularly given its GP-aping style, which will give it particular appeal in both Europe and Southeast Asia, where that sport is most popular. That’s why Yamaha is attaching the Rossi brand to the bike from the start.

Yamaha R25 Concept
Valentino Rossi has been brought in to endorse the R25.

Details are so far limited to the 249cc engine, its parallel-twin configuration and what we can clearly see in the photos. We’ll be sure to bring you more information as the R25 moves towards production.

Related Links:
Kawasaki’s Rival: 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Review
More From Yamaha: Yamaha 2013 Tokyo Motor Show Concepts
A Bigger Honda: 2013 Honda CBR500R Review

  • Alex

    Why did they go for a 250, not 300? Honda and Kawasaki’s entry levels will both be 300, and KTM is even upping that to 390.

    • Guy Simmonds

      The 390 is more KTM’s midsized sportsbike – competes more directly with the CBR500R. Their smallest displacement RCs will be the 125 and 200, both of which are smaller than this Yamaha…
      And, of course, development of this Yamaha probably started before Honda announced that they were adding 50cc to most of their bikes, so Yamaha still thought that was where most of the market was at.

      • Alex

        Kawasaki already had the 300 out when this was in development, and everyone was saying how much better it was than the 250. Also, thank you for the clarification about the RC390.

    • Jack Meoph

      Yep, that’s what I thought. Maybe it’s the tiered licensing thing again. I thought Honda was tossing the 250 for a 300 as well…….the bike is sweet btw.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      World market. KTM makes a 125 and a 200 duke.

      • Alex

        I guess I was only thinking US market. Except for the RC390 which I wish would be in the US. That thing looks fantastic.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          The US market is miniscule. Honda sells 19 million motorcycles a year. The US market is 450k, total.

    • anzr

      this is not their smallest bike,,yamaha r15 (150 cc)

  • Justin McClintock

    Wow! Radial tires! Next think you know, they’ll get all crazy and give us electric start!

    • Jon B.

      Would be amazing with a kickstarter, lights, and a California plate.

  • http://garrett-nelson.tumblr.com/ Garrett Nelson

    I think this is great. We need more bikes like this. Ninja 250 guys always look like they’re having the most fun at track days, so it would be nice to have more options. Too bad I’m a giant guy and would slow the bike down considerably, but it still looks like a fun machine.

    • Jack Meoph

      I’m 6’1″ 175 lbs. and I have a blast on the wife’s 2012 Ninjette.

      • http://garrett-nelson.tumblr.com/ Garrett Nelson

        6’6″ 280lbs. I’m sure I’d have a blast on one, but I can only fight physics so much. It would really only matter on the straights though. I’d just have to learn to cary epic amounts of corner speed.

        • Jack Meoph

          Yeah, you need to carry your speed through the corners. The Ninjette is one of the few bikes that I’ve ridden on the street where tucking in will give a few more mph once you’ve hit the top end limit (which comes pretty quick). Everyone walks away from you on the straights, but you gather them back up on corners, except when you’re trying to climb out of a low speed corner, ferrgeddaboutit, once you drop speed, you have to work on getting it back. I’m still on the OEM tires, and can’t wait to put on something more sticky. Should be a hoot.

          • http://garrett-nelson.tumblr.com/ Garrett Nelson

            Yeah. I’ve had ninja 250 guys make me look like I’m a slow poke in the turns. Those guys are crazy. They don’t use the breaks, just roll off the throttle and if they need to really slow down pull in the clutch a bit. So fun to watch those guys rip around on a track.

      • ctrvl

        For the love of christ please release this soon in the US. Short man needs tiny Yamaha. Was thinking about grabbing a Ninja 300 until I heard this news, thanks Rideapart. I miss my RD400 that I had in my youth.

  • tincantroubadour

    Who wants to bet it has a crossplane crankshaft? teehee. Actually, in all seriousness, I wonder if it will be 360 or 270 degree? You would think 270…

  • akrokdesign

    looking good.

  • Corey Cook

    But it still has very economical (read crap) front suspension, where does that fit into the high-spec components label?

    • appliance5000

      Yamaha has a knack for loading small bikes with great engineering, like the wr250r. I don’t see where it says it’s a crap suspension.

      • Corey Cook

        take a look at the front suspension on this bike, then take a look a the front suspension on any modern performance motorcycle. It’s about 20 years out of date, and probably cost yamaha about $10 to equip…

        • darngooddesign

          Is that based on it being regular forks, or do you know that they are crap regular forks? Regular forks do not necessarily mean crap.

          • Corey Cook

            Do you consider completely unadjustable old tech forks to be a “high spec” component? that’s what I’m getting at here.
            There is nothing wrong with the bike, but it’s just another “sporty looking” small cc motorcycle like the ninja300 or CBR250. There isn’t anything remotely Hi spec about it.
            The only small sportbike that fits that bill is the upcoming KTM 390.

            • darngooddesign

              I couldn’t tell what kind of regular forks they were, just that they were regular forks. Yamaha could end up putting the forks from the 2003/4 R6 on it.

        • appliance5000

          Don’t have my x-ray specs handy but, in 20 years materials tech, manufacturing tolerances, and engineering have come a long way. They’ll be OK.

    • Mr.Paynter

      Why do no manufacturers offer catalogue upgrades? Guys will presumably go find better suspension for hese if they were tracked etc.

      So why not go:
      Here’s an antry point, and here’s a really good adjustable UD Fork for the same for $x ala KTMs powerparts with some more serious accessories.

  • Philipp Seifert

    The video is kind of stupid…listen to Rossi, he would never really say “This bike packs a punch”. The line was so clearly made up for him which just takes away from the good bits. He should have just said something true to himself, something whitty and funny and not come corporate catch phrase.