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Yamaha’s development of an inline-four YZF-R25M sportbike surface online.

Is Yamaha taking on Kawasaki’s ZX-25R with a new R25M?

Yamaha YZF-R3

For the several weeks now, Kawasaki’s little screamer, the ZX25R has been making quite a stir in the motorcycle market after producing one of the most powerful 250 cc engines ever created on a sportbike that’s capable of reaching top speeds of up to 187 km/h. Everyone took notice of the new inline-four sportbike and now, even rival manufacturers are starting to have their hands on to the development of their own versions — at least that’s what the rumor mill is churning out so far. 

Yamaha R6

It has been said that Yamaha may be warming up in developing its own 250 cc 4-cylinder engine to pit against Kawasaki’s ZX-25R. Yamaha’s version could be called the YZF-R25M. Historically, the letter ‘M’ connotes the brand’s more premium versions of its motorcycles. Thus, Yamaha’s own rival to Kawasaki’s little screamer will be made as a premium motorcycle to command a higher price just by attaching the letter ‘M’ to its name similar to what they did with the R1M which is a sportier version of the litter class R1

It has also been rumored that even Honda may be working on its own version of its 250 cc inline-four sportbike. Its new bike could be called the CBR250RR-R bearing just as much excessive Rs as its current iteration of the Fireblade. However, keep in mind that at this point in time, these are all still just rumors. 

No official news reports yet have been released to either confirm these rumors that have just started circulating online and nothing concrete has been established just yet. Either way, it would still be really entertaining to see the rest of the major motorcycle brands come up with brand new 250 cc inline-four powered sportbikes to go against Kawasaki’s ZX-25R. At this point, we’re still unsure how Kawasaki would fare with its sales figures insofar as its new little screamer is concerned. In any case, we’re happy that the other major brands are also taking notice.

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