In a surprise launch preview during the annual Hong Leong Yamaha dealer appreciation dinner, the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 made its debut in Malaysia, although pricing will only be made known in March. The YZF-R25 made its international appearance during the 20th anniversary of the YZF-R1 in Jakarta, Indonesia, last October, priced at 58,600,000 Indonesian rupiah (RM17,161) with the ABS version going for 64,600,000 rupiah (RM18,918).

Clad in all-new aerodynamic bodywork, the YZF-R25 more closely resembles the YZF-R1 and YZF-R6, which Yamaha claims raises the top speed of the R25 by 8 km/h. According to the press release, the drag coefficient, or Cd.A, of the R25 has been lowered to 0.323 from 0.347 with the use of a “cross-layered” fairing.

The R25’s power plant stays the same, a 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. Gears are also the same, with six cogs in the box and chain final drive.

Suspension on the 2019 R25 has been upgraded, now coming with upside-down front forks and preload-adjustable monoshock in the rear. LED lighting is used for the headlights which mimic the units on the YZF-R1 and inside the cockpit is an updated LCD instrument panel with adjustable shift timing light.

Dry weight for the YZF-R25 is listed at 166 kg, with fuel carried in a 14-litre tank and seat height is 780 mm. While the Indonesian market gets both ABS and non-ABS models of the R25, there is no word as to which version, or both, will be brought into the Malaysia market.

There are two colour options for the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 – Matte Red and Metallic Blue. During the launch, Datuk Jim Khor, managing director of Hong Leong Yamaha, said, “In our business, we shall never stay complacent and stagnant. We should not ignore the market changes that affect our business,” while adding 13 new Yamaha models will be introduced in 2019.