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The Yamaha YZF-R25 has arrived

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The new Yamaha 250 has been a long time coming. We saw the concept, we saw heaps of renderings and spy pictures, but finally, we have the first official picture of the YZF-R25. This is it.

Looks feisty, doesn't it? It ought to, being the latest member of the YZF-R family. The concept was more like the R25 reimagined as a MotoGP entrant, but as you can see, the production version takes off in the vein of the R1. It's an arrowy, edgy design, with dual 'Predator' headlights up front, and a full fairing that hides that new motor.

Oh yes, the motor. It's a liquid-cooled, 249cc inline twin that belts out 35.5bhp at a rather shouty 12,000rpm, and 22.6Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, as are disc brakes front and back.

Size-wise, the R25 is actually a shade larger than its rival-in-chief, the Kawasaki Ninja 300. It's frame is made using steel, so it only weighs 166kg.

Only three paint options – red, black and blue – will be available in Indonesia when the bike is launched there in the month of July, at a price of 53 million Indonesian rupiah. That's Rs 2.70 lakh for us, so you get an idea of where it'll sit in terms of price in our market – just below the slightly more powerful Ninja 300.

When is it coming here? Well, the Indonesians are getting it first, but we think we'll probably be getting a bigger, more powerful 300cc variant named the 'R3'. After all, it only makes sense to take the KTM RC390 head-on.

Yamaha's selling it as the 'superbike you can ride every day'. Thoughts, dotcommers?

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