Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Yamaha is reportedly working on a 250cc retro-styled version of the MT-25. The new bike is likely to be named XSR250 and will be the latest addition to the XSR series after the XSR155. The XSR250 will have an all-round retro-bodywork on the lines of the XSR155 and the bigger XSR700.
An image of the XSR250 has revealed that the vehicle will follow the same design language of the other motorcycles in the XSR series. It will have a single-piece seat, teardrop petrol tank, and a round LED headlamp unit. The new XSR250 could be mounted on the diamond-type frame borrowed from the MT-25. The XSR155, on the other hand, is mounted on a delta box frame.
The XSR250 may retain the MT-25’s twin-cylinder motor which produces 36PS maximum power and 27Nm peak torque. But Yamaha may equip the new motorcycle with a more powerful, liquid-cooled 321cc motor borrowed from the upcoming R3 which produces 42PS maximum power and 27Nm peak torque. The latter engine, however, could be offered only in American and European markets.
The Yamaha XSR155, meanwhile, was recently launched in Thailand. The retro-styled motorcycle is based on the MT-15 and retains the latter’s 155cc motor and underpinnings. It borrows the design of the larger XSR900 and XSR700. The XSR155 gets modern features like a digital instrument cluster, and LED headlamps and taillights. It is hauled by a 155cc motor which outputs 19.3PS maximum power and 14.7Nm peak torque. The liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch. The bike is supported by an upside-down front fork and rear monoshock absorber. It runs on alloy wheels with disc brakes at both ends.
The Yamaha XSR250 is unlikely to be seen in India anytime soon since the R3 is all set to debut at the 2020 Auto Expo.