Popular as ever with the quarter-litre crowd is the 2018 Yamaha YZF R-25, which now comes in new colours and its price is unchanged from 2017 at RM20,630, including GST, but excluding road tax, insurance and registration. For this year, the R-25 comes in Blue or Black, with corresponding colour wheels.

The 249 cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine is unchanged as well, with four-valves per cylinder and a power figure of 35.5 hp at 12,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

Fed by fuel injection, the R-25 carries its fuel in a 14.30 litre tank, with everything suspended in a “diamond” frame. Weighing in at 166 kg, the R-25 rolls on 17-inch wheels with single hydraulic discs, front and rear and ABS is omitted.

Seat height is set at 780 mm, and inside the cockpit is an analogue tachometer with accompanying LCD panel displaying all necessary information. Suspension with with standard telescopic forks in front, and a pre-load adjustable monoshock in the rear.

Availability of the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R25 is at authorised Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia dealers is this month. Competition for the R-25 in Malaysia includes the Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL single-cylinder at RM17,499 and the Ninja 250 twin at RM21,121 as well as the Honda CBR250R at RM21,940 and slightly further up the range is the KTM RC250 with ABS at RM21,081.