For 2017, authorised Yamaha distributor Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia, has announced two new colour schemes for the quarter-litre Yamaha YZF-R25 sportsbike – Racing Blue and Matte Black. The recommended basic selling price of the YZF-R25 stays unchanged from 2016 at RM20,630, with GST, and is available at authorised Yamaha dealers immediately.

Using a liquid-cooled parallel-twin with four-valves per cylinder, displacing 249 cc, the R25 produces 35.5 hp at 12,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. With EFI feeding the engine, power gets to the 140/70-17 rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox.

Braking is a single-disc in front grabbed by a dual-piston caliper while a single-piston caliper is installed at the rear. Wet weight for the 2016 Yamaha YZF-R25 is 166 kg, and fuel is stored in the 14.3 litre fuel tank. Seat height is a rider friendly 780 mm.

The previous 2016 colour schemes – blue and matte grey – are now discontinued. Rivals to the Yamaha YZF-R25 locally include the Kawasaki Ninja 250 which retails for approximately RM22,000 excluding GST and the KTM RC250 with ABS, which goes for RM21,081 with GST.

GALLERY: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R25