In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Yamaha YZF-R1, Yamaha Japan today launched the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 and YZF-R3. while the YZF-R3 is intended to the Europe, US and other markets, the one Malaysian riders will be most excited about is the YZF-R25.

Several major changes have been made to the long-serving R25, notably in the area of bodywork and fitment. Yamaha claims top speed is now 8 km/h more than the previous model, through the use of aerodynamic bodywork that lowers the drag coefficient, or Cd.A, to 0.323 from 0.347.

The engine room stays the same in the 2019 R25, with the same parallel-twin, liquid-cooled mill producing 35.5 hp at 12,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm, fed by EFI. The fairing is now what Yamaha calls a “cross-layered” item that mimics the bodywork on the YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M.

Inside the cockpit, a full LCD display is found, which also provides the rider with an adjustable shift timing light. On the suspension front, upside-down forks, non-adjustable, are fitted, clamped by an aluminium triple crown that resembles the unit on the R1/R1M.

Dry weight is the same as the previous generation R25, at 166 kg, but no details on fuel tank capacity. Braking is still done with single hydraulic discs, front and rear, and the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 will be offered in both ABS and non-ABS versions along with three colour options – Yamaha Racing Blu, Matte Black and Matte Red.