2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 Launched by Hong Leong Yamaha Motor

  • Hong Leong Yamaha Motor launched the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 lightweight sportbike today.

  • It features a new styling and bodywork, inspired by the MotoGP YZR-M1.

  • The 2019 bike is mechanically unchanged, apart from upside-down forks.

Hong Leong Yamaha Motor (HLYM) launched another eagerly-awaited model, the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25.

The first-generation YZF-R25 (R25) found popular standing among many Malaysian motorcyclists. Sales was kept going despite being in the market since 2015. HLYM sold thousands of R25s since its introduction.

That is why there are many R25 owner clubs in Malaysia. In fact, thousands will show up for official convoys, including the annual ride to the Malaysian MotoGP.

The 2019 R25 features a new bodywork and styling, mimicking its larger YZF-R6 brother. Indeed, it’s easy to mistake the new R25 for the new R6 due to the multifaceted fairing, new aggressive headlights and taillight, and tail-section. The headlights and taillight are LED.

However, the engine and frame remain unchanged, although the 2019 model features upside-down forks.

Yamaha claims the new R25 gets an 8 km/h increase in top speed.


  • Aggressive, MotoGP YZR-M1 inspired styling.
  • 249cc, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, parallel-twin engine.
  • The engine produces 35.5 bhp at 12,000 RPM, 22.6 Nm at 10,000 RPM.
  • Updated LCD instrument display.
  • New upside-down fork front suspension for chassis rigidity and feedback.
  • Rear shock absorber with preload adjuster.
  • New LED headlights and taillight.
  • New 3-in-1 main switch inspired by Yamaha big bikes.
  • 14.3-liter fuel tank.
  • 166 kg wet weight.

HLYM will announce the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25’s price at a later date. It is offered in two colours: Metallic Blue and a new Matt Red.

The bike was launched at HLYM’s annual Dealer Conference in Genting Highlands.

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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