Yamaha has official unveiled the latest addition to its MT family of streetfighters – the MT-25. This quarter-litre naked motorcycle made its maiden public appearance during the Biker Street Night Party in Jakarta, and has been priced at IDR 45 million (Rs 2.15 lakh) in the Indonesian market.
The MT-25 is based on the Yamaha YZF-R25 supersports quarter litre motorcycle and is the fourth model in the MT range. The headlamp, sculpted fuel tank and the air intakes of the MT-25 have been designed along the lines of bigger MT motorcycles. The exposed parallel-twin engine and the semi-trellis steel frame emphasise the motorcycle’s hooligan character. A majority of its components from the rear section, suspension, brakes and the exhaust have been shared with the R25.
The MT-25 is powered by the same 250cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine from its fully-faired counterpart, which delivers 35.5bhp and 22.1Nm of torque through a six-speed transmission. At 165 kilograms, the MT-25 is just one kilogram lighter than the R25, which means that both the siblings should be on par in terms of performance, though better aerodynamics should help R25 achieve a higher top speed.
While our wait for the YZF-R25 (or will it be the YZF-R3?) continues, the chances of the MT-25 being launched here in this year seem very bleak. Once launched, the Yamaha MT-25 will rival other streetfighters like the Kawasaki Z250, Benelli TNT 300 and the KTM Duke 390.