Yamaha has pleased its fans and followers with the launch of its R-series motorcycles. In India the Japanese manufacturer impressed all with its R15, race inspired motorcycle. They are soon to follow it up with their quarter-litre R25 model, which has already been launched in Indonesia.
There has always been thought if the Japanese manufacturer would use the same engine for various platforms to save costs. Recently a R25 without fairing was caught testing in Indonesia, alongside its fully faired version.
Earlier this year Yamaha had launched its naked motorcycle exclusively for European markets. They called it their MT range and had launched its MT125 model. The Japanese manufacturer had revealed it would bring a quarter-litre version too. A naked version of the R25 must be their most ideal choice.
Yamaha is expected to offer its MT25 with a host of shared components. The Japanese manufacturer will use a similar chassis and engine provided in their R25. However, the engine will be tuned specifically to make it more torquey.
It is unclear if Yamaha would want to bring their MT25 to India. Indian buyers usually prefer a fully faired motorcycle compared to the naked street bikes on offer. Suzuki currently offers its Inazuma, which would be a direct competitor, however, it is not doing particularly well.
India is a two wheeler oriented market and enthusiasts are awaiting the launch of Yamaha's R25. We expect the quarter-litre motorcycle to be launched by mid 2015, it will be interesting to see if they get the naked version as well.