• Best road-handling 250cc
• Inverted front forks
• Possess the R-series DNA siblings of the R6 and R1M
When the 1st gen R25 debuted five years ago, the YZF-R25 quickly became a very popular model in Malaysia. And why not? A smooth, quick-revving 249cc parallel twin-cylinder engine supported by a very capable chassis and wrapped in supersport-style bodywork while selling for under RM20k was a sure recipe for swift sales off the showroom floor. The R25 soon stood atop Yamaha motorcycle sales charts and has been one of the company’s best sellers ever since.
The 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 V2, which was recently launched early this year, has made a number of changes. Most notable is the front inverted suspension replacing the age-old telescopic front forks. Inverted front forks not only adds stability and better handling it also adds feel feeling of the tyres when you’re in the corner and let you feel the level of grip of your tyre and its character.
So does the new and improved inverted front suspension makes a difference in the handling department of the R25?
For sure the R25 gets my vote for the best road-handling 250cc you and your money can get, straight out of the dealership. However, do change the stock iRC tyre if you intend to go to the hilly corners!
During the road test, I had a few moments. I turn in to a corner which had a patch of sand right in the middle of the corner. And a nice slide came like riding a motorcross bike while on my way to the office.
Riding after the rain also can be a bit of a task for the standard fitted iRC tyres as for sure you’ll will get a slide on the while lines even when you’re upright riding!
Third moment I had was during the Labour day ride when I accidentally shifted to second gear while negotiating a sharp bend at Bukit Tinggi, another key point I discovered was the R25 should get a slipper clutch as standard. In fact all the latest bike launched should be fitted with “slipper clutch”. I had an out of the seat experience but manage to save it with some quick reflexes!
But my advice to new owners of the R25, please change the tyre FIRST before you start modding your R25 like with an aftermarket exhaust!
While the new R25 gets my thumbs up in the suspension department, the engine feels abit too smooth and lacked the torquey feeling. It was rather “MILD” I would say.
Since the engine remain unchanged from the previous (and first) mode while its accessible power delivery will appeal, it’s comes at the expense of outright excitement.
You really don’t have to work it hard to get the best from it, The riding positing seems more sportier as the handle bar is fitted under the triple clamp, makes the sportier ride feel. But still could do another 1 inch lowering from stock. Im pretty sure young and new riders would easily ride the R25.
Sadly the R25 rear tail also remain the unchanged unlike R15 which got the R1 tail fins! Still the new R25 resembles the high-revving R6 and ludicrously beautiful and powerful R1 in certain angles and It’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but sports bike riders like me and experience enthusiasts might find it slightly lacking in the power department.
With 249cc engine liquid-cooled, DOHC inline twin-cylinder; 8 valves this lightweight super sport gets a whole new YZR-M1 inspired looks which makes it the most radical 250cc machine on the street. Its sleek new Cross Layered bodywork echoes the Yamaha’s YZR-M1 machine and the aggressive new dual LED headlights underline its pure R-series DNA siblings the R6 and R1M.
Like I said earlier the engine remains the same with the current R25, diamond-type chassis with twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, fuel-injected engine that is capable of churning out 36 HP at 12,000 rpm, 22.6 Nm of peak torque at 10,000 rpm, set to rivals the new Ninja 250 which churns out 39 HP and could be launching very soon CBR250RR.
Beside the new front design and new fairing not only provides better wind protection for the rider, but it’s also claimed to reduce aerodynamic drag by about 7 percent, resulting in a 5km top-speed increase. There’s a central air intake like the R1 and R6, but instead of forcing ram-air into the airbox, the R25’s airflow is routed down toward the radiator. and updated USD forks, other new addition are new fully digital meter, sharper-looking LED headlamps and a faux RAM air intake between the headlights design from R1M. The weighs 166 kg, power to weight ratio of R25 is quite impressive.
Intent on maintaining that success, Yamaha instilled a good number of upgrades to the 2019 model R25, the most obvious being swoopy new bodywork that follows the styling cues of its R6 and R1 brethren.
It’s fast enough – I rode it to 108 mph which is like 173km/h. There is plenty of go for overtaking power too, but you’ll likely have to work the gearbox. And because the engine has a fairly linear delivery, you might find yourself bouncing off the limiter every so often if u drop a gear and go full throttle!
Still under RM20k base price at RM19,998 excluding 6% SST, road tax and insurance.