Yamaha YZF-R250 finally confirmed

Indian-made bike will rival CBR250R

Posted: 13 June 2013
by Visordown News
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CEO of Yamaha's Indian operation has finally confirmed what we've all suspected for some time: Yamaha is set to make a 250cc sportsbike.

The new machine, which is expected to be made in India to reduce costs, is being readied for the 2014 model year. “In 2014 we will launch a powerful sporty 250 bike in the Indian market,” said Hiroyuki Suzuki to Indian business website the Financial Chronicle.

He also confirmed that more Indian-made Yamahas would be exported in future. At the moment, the firm is sending some of its smaller 150cc Indian-made R15 sportsbike (pictured above) to Japan to test the market over there.

There's no word on the 250cc bike's configuration – its rivals are split between singles and twins and Yamaha could follow either route. Don't expect exotic alloy frames or high-spec suspension; this bike is aimed at the CBR250R and Kawasaki's Ninja 300, so the firm will be doing everything to keep prices to a minimum.

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I'd bet on a single - the engine from the Serow 250.

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 14:25

Doesn't the Serow have an air cooled engine with about 18bhp? I would think that’s an unlikely choice if they’re looking to compete with the 26bhp CBR250 or 38bhp Ninja 300. Being late to the party with limp performance wouldn't help sales at all.

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 15:31

I think they should go with a v-twin and aim for about 35hp-40hp. If Hyosung can pull off 29hp with their 250 then yamaha can

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 16:47

yamaha can use a triple.... dreams

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 19:09

A powerful sports 250 ! Pah,it will be the ybr 250 in a frock.24 bhp-26bhp.sporty ? what sport ? darts.sporty would be a crossplane inline four that made 40 bhp.a 1973 rd 250 made 30 bhp.

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 19:15

Don't expect to see it here. There will be at most 5000 people left still on a 25kW license by the time it's ready, and pitched as an 35kW A2 bike, it would get crushed by the plastic fantastic version of the new CB500.

250s - probably the most sensible, efficient 'real world' category - have had their chips in Europe. Cheers for that, Brussels, great job.

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 19:34

i hope it makes it to the uk. was thinking of either a cbr250 or the ninja300 as my first "proper" bike (but still ideal for daily commute) but i love the yamaha's styling.

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 21:49


Posted: 14/12/2012 at 09:44

10 years ago it might of looked the dogs for learners but needs an update already

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 09:48

I agree,and it looks like a cbr 125 lol.

Posted: 16/12/2012 at 01:10

a mini r6 triple with USD forks clip ons and a single seat would be cool - 83cc cylinders

wont happen though :(

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 09:13

I'd recommend skipping the "250" category unless you really, really want one. There will be fewer and fewer people with an appropriate license for them (i.e. one that doesn't let you ride something bigger), and really, bigger bikes are just so much more pleasant to ride. Even a 500 twin is a big step up.

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 15:59

I agree, I don't see the point of all these expensive under performing machines.

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 21:06

I'm getting on a bit and would like a lighter machine with a bit of performance - oh, wait, Triumph make one - the Street Triple.

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 20:19

my yamaha yzf r125 will piss all over the yzf r250 cause mine well tuned and is running about 25-26bhp and will do around 110mph

Posted: 25/12/2012 at 18:13

Oh no! Yamaha used to be a quality bike - had several Yamahas in the 70s. Wouldn't touch that pile of Indian cr@p with a barge pole.

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 03:35

I wish they will make it as fast as the old fzr250r which i still own 58hp on rear wheel from the factory 45.

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 10:10

I hope they can make it look appealing like they did with the YZF R125. The R15 pictured just looks awful.

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 15:15

It would be nice if the 250 had between 30 and 35 hp.
If they make a 3 cylinder sub 500cc bike to take on the Honda CBR500R, without skimping on power, it would sell

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 15:25

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