Yamaha YZF-R250 planned?

New 250cc models rumoured for Indian market, could include a CBR250R rival

Posted: 25 July 2012
by Visordown News

Yamaha's 150cc R15 dominates the Indian market

YAMAHA is rumoured to be planning a range of 250cc machines for the Indian market including a sports bike. And if it gets made, worldwide sales would be likely.

The class for 250cc sports machines is doing surprisingly well worldwide, with the Honda CBR250R and the Kawasaki Ninja 250R selling well in many markets. However, it's India that's driving the market, with an increasing number of affluent riders able to move up from the 150cc bikes that have long been the norm over there to larger-capacity models.

At the moment, Yamaha's R15 is the firm's Indian-market flagship. Although not sold in western markets (and not to be confused with the more exotic R125 we get over here) it's a best-seller for the firm in India and was a trail-blazer over there as a 'high performance' (everything is relative) machine. Now sharing the market it arguably created with several sporty-looking rivals, not to mention faster bikes like the CBR250R, there must be pressure on Yamaha to reclaim the initiative.

Should it be made, the R250 would almost certainly be built in Asia and largely targeted at the Indian and Asian markets – just like the CBR250R. But like the CBR250R, it would also be suitable as a entry-to-mid-level machine for countries like America and Australia and throughout Europe. Although Yamaha already makes the YBR250, any new model is more likely to use a water-cooled engine instead of that bike's old-school air-cooled single.

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expensive crock of shit?

i bet yammy will price it around £6000 ish, it will have 28bhp and all cry when it doesn't sell BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS A F**KING 250!!!! anyone who buys a 250 sports bike is weird, honda for example, 125 yes... learner bike then just buy a 600f and restrict it if you really just have to buy brand new... but WHY OH WHY the expensive 250s


250cc 35bhp (or w/e the new limit is) £3000 and can out accelerate a R6....

we will see

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 00:21

^ Not sure about the other markets but I am pretty sure you have zero knowledge when it comes to Indian two wheeler market trends.

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 05:23

The R15 is actually already sold in the Australian market along with the Honda NSR150cc (Thai-Honda built). Though there's YZF-R125 as well which is much higher spec, I'm presuming they'll put a 250 in the existing 125 frame and do some tweaking. The YZF-R125 and Aprillia 125 four-strokes made no sense when every other manufacturer has 250 cc entry level bikes or 600-650cc for riders with more experience (older new riders, dirtbike experience etc) and would know they'll get bored of a 250cc very quickly.

I suppose if the 150cc's are cheap enough it could intice some potential riders to get their toe in the water of riding so to speak.

The CBR250R in Australia is reasonably priced compared to other learner legal bikes.

As for a 250cc out accelerating an R6 ? Get your hand off it and wake up. ;)

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 07:03

frugaltail, congrats on quite possibly the most ill informed nonsensical bit of clap trap I've read in quite some time.

I applaud you.

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 14:16

These could be pretty useful as you have to spend so much time on restricted machinery these days . Why not have bike purpose built for the 33BHP limit.

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 23:07

The attitude of Bikers here is quite astounding. I grew up in south Africa where there is little traffic and great roads with few law-enforcements to stop a biker really using their machinery and there are plenty big bikes on the market out there. BUT there is a thriving market for small bikes too as they are economic to run and fun to ride too. 125, 250 and 400cc are not uncommon even though there is none of the crud of a tiered licensing system there and you can get a full license at 18 years old.

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 13:09

Well to be fair i am 17, in school, with not a lot of income, i am getting a 250 because it's cheap and fun. I wouldn't be able to afford a 600 so not everyone who rides a 250 is stupid? just as much fun as any other bike.

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 09:52

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