2015 Yamaha R25 – Is This It?

Japanese magazine Young Machine has scooped what it says is the first image of the production 2015 Yamaha R25. Styled to look like the Yamaha M1 MotoGP racer, the R25 will compete head-to-head with the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Honda CBR300R.

We first saw the R25 in concept form at last November’s Tokyo Motor Show. There, Yamaha announced it would be fitted with a 250cc parallel-twin, while it also obviously used a steel tube perimeter frame, RWU forks and an aluminum swingarm. Adding to those details, Young Machine says there will be a six-speed gearbox, an overall length of 78.7 inches, a width of 28.3 inches and a height of 44.8 inches. Those dimensions make it even more compact than Yamaha’s own R6.

2015 Yamaha R25 Concept 2015 Yamaha R25 Concept

In production form, as shown by Young Machine, the R25 ditches the M1-esque large central airscoop in favor of twin headlights and similarly loses the MotoGP-influenced paintjob for a more traditional red and white Yamaha “speedblock” design. The bike can be seen to wear both a separate pillion seat and diminutive passenger pegs, as well as a black-painted exhaust canister. The production version also appears to use a less angular fairing than the concept, but a more complex, angular screen design.

If this is the final production version of the bike, we expect to see an official debut this summer, in time for sales starting in the fall.

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