So persuasive were motorcycles like the R15 and the R1 that practically everyone in the world was waiting for Yamaha to bring more motorcycles from its R Concept into the world. More motorcycles to tickle our racing instinct. Naturally, then, the Yamaha YZF-R25 debuted to warm and unending applause. Yamaha’s intention was clear. The entry-level sportsbike space, globally, was full of motorcycles that made too many compromises. Someone needed to step up to the plate and offer a proper sportsbike. And the R25 is that motorcycle. It looks absolutely stunning in the traditional Yamaha colours and that’s no surprise. Not only does Yamaha have a history of great design, but the R25 draws upon its family – the R family – for its styling. From the sharp, clean fairing to the twin head lamps, it looks every inch a Yamaha, and not just any Yamaha, a Yamaha with the RDNA front and centre.
The frame again, is designed to ensure that new riders learn quickly and fast riders find so much ability that their smiles never stop. Yamaha employed a finely honed pressed steel diamond-style frame with carefully tuned suspension and sticky tyres to ensure that the ride into the mountains is as much fun as apex hunting at the racetrack. To power the R25, Yamaha created a brand new liquid-cooled fuel-injected parallel twin cylinder engine that boasted a very high specification. Four valves per cylinder with double overhead cams give the R25 stunning pace with some of the industry’s highest torque and power outputs. Add those to Yamahas’ traditional ability to make the most of their engine’s output – a trait that was brought noticeably to the fore by the revolutionary Crossplane crankshaft design of the R1 – and you know that the competition doesn’t stand a chance. The YZF-R25 is the newest member of the Yamaha R family and it’s amongst the most capable of these bikes on the market. Yamaha displayed the motorcycle at the 2014 Auto Expo and the response from the Indian enthusiasts was vocal and loud. Clearly they have the racing instinct, just like the Yamaha YZF-R25.