Yamaha Teases R25 / R3 and Tricity Reveal on March 25Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700
Yamaha released a new microsite teasing the launch of two models, expected to be the production versions of the YZF-R25 (or perhaps YZF-R3 for certain markets) and the Tricity leaning three-wheeled scooter.
The site, Revstation.com, features a countdown timer and a 15-second video offering brief glimpses of the two models.
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The futuristically-themed video begins with a look at a scooter engine and a glimpse of a scooter that looks like the Tricity concept showcased last fall at EICMA. The video does not show the two front wheels but you can see the top of the left wheel’s fender and part of the mechanism that allows the Tricity to lean over into corners.
The video then shows a diagram of a sportbike that resembles the R25 concept that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show. The fairing has changed slightly but still maintains the concept’s lines and layered look. The frame and wheels appear identical to those used on the concept but the twin headlights and boomerang-shaped swingarm look similar to those on the R6.
What remains to be determined is whether Yamaha reveal the sportbike next week as the R25 or R3. The Tokyo concept used a 249cc twin-cylinder engine but trademark filings for the U.S. and European markets suggest Yamaha wants to use the R3 name in those markets. Yamaha may produce two different versions, using the R3 in some markets and the R25 for others, similar to how Kawasaki offers either the Ninja 300 or Ninja 250 in different markets.
Discuss this at our Yamaha R25 Forum.
It’s also important to note the Revstation.com site is available in English and Thai, suggesting the revealed models will be offered, and likely manufactured, in Thailand.
By Dennis Chung
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