For quite some time, news has been emanating from various sources about Yamaha preparing its own contender for the 250cc motorcycle segment, a segment which is not only seeing growing popularity in the Indian market but worldwide too. Well, there seems to be some hint of confirmation to this speculation. Yamaha is most probably working on a 250cc motorcycle which will be highly based on its bigger YZF-R6. The 250cc version, we are expecting will have similar design features to the currently selling YZF-R15 V2.0 with some minor cosmetic surgeries. The motorcycle is expected to hit the market by 2014 or 2015 at the latest.
Till now, any concrete details about the YZF 250cc are very scarce. The EICMA international motorcycle show is coming up in Milan, we hope Yamaha might display some concept variants of the YZF 250cc motorcycle. Motorcycle manufacturers who are into the premium sport motorcycling segment have long moved on from the 150cc segment to higher ones like 200, 250 and 300cc. Yamaha has obviously been very slow to respond to this change in market dynamics and now hopes to get back into action. Yamaha officials had made a statement earlier that by the year 2016, the company will have an all new motorcycle range for the Indian market, designed and developed in the country.
Yamaha’s Japanese rivals are at present quite ahead in the game. Honda 2 Wheelers already has the CBR250R in the Indian market and Kawasaki will be bringing in the all new Ninja 300R very soon which is set to replace the existing Ninja 250R. Suzuki Motorcycles might also be bringing their GW250 to India very soon, after its formulated recent plans on expanding its production capacity. KTM, on the other hand is working on its 375cc motorcycle which will also be coming next year and Bajaj will follow suit with the same engine, slightly tweaked with its triple spark ignition technology for better fuel economy. All in all, lot of good bikes to look out for.
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