December 23rd, 2012
Kawasaki and Honda have been selling their 250-class motorcycles like hotcakes. These motorcycles have been popular for those beginning to ride and for people on a budget. Yamaha has taken notice of the sales figures and have thrown their hat into the ring.
Competition is heating up with the 250s. Honda's single-cylinder CBR250R is a relative newcomer to the 250 class that has been dominated by the Kawasaki twin for decades. Rapid sales of the CBR have induced Kawasaki to upsize it's 250 class machine to nearly 300 ccs and add other features such as ABS to claim the higher-end sales. Honda remains the low-price leader in the class.
Yamaha is looking for a piece of the action. A 250 cc sport bike is rumored to be in the works for the 2014 model year. It may be based on the YZF R15, which is a 149 cc single-cylinder and manufactured in India.
It is unknown at this time if Yamaha will use a single or twin for the 250 or what the price point and options will be.
5 comments on "Yamaha steps into the 250 sport arena"
Sweet! Man I sure wish I had this many 250's to choose from when I first got into biking. I only had 1 to choose from then, and it's a good thing I loved it lol!
This will be cool, can't wait to take it out for a test ride!
About. ****. Time.
Thats a good looking yami!
I say Yamaha makes it a four-cylinder. Get some variety. Given my preferences as far as engine displacement, I couldn't have picked a better time to get into motorcycling than I did - having been riding for about two years, now the low-displacement market starts heating up.
Now come on, Triumph Street Single. Any word on the KTM Duke 390 in the US?
The resurrected SRX250.