The retro-styled Yamaha XSR 250 could be the two-wheeler manufacturer’s next major launch in India, taking on several modern entry-level classic motorcycles.
Yamaha XSR 250 could be the brand’s answer in the modern-classic entry-level segment
Yamaha Motor India appears to be next to join the entry-level modern classic motorcycle segment, and it could be with the XSR 250. For the ignorant, the Yamaha XSR range is a neo-retro take on the current roadster offerings of the brand. and brings a nice old school charm with modern foundations. The Yamaha XSR 250 test mule has been spied on on the Yamuna Highway near Delhi, and although the company has yet to confirm any details, the model could well be the Japanese bike maker’s next big launch in the country. .
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Details are scarce on the Yamaha XSR 250. The bike has already been tested in Indonesia in 2019, but has not been on sale in any international market. The Yamaha XSR range, on the other hand, includes the XSR 750 and the XSR 155. The latter would have already been considered for India and is based on the same platform as the Yamaha R15 V3.0 and the MT-15 which are already sold here.
What’s interesting is the fact that the Yamaha XSR 250 could be based on the same platform as the FZ25. Along with the frame and cycle parts, the bike will also borrow the 249cc oil-cooled towable single-cylinder engine with fuel injection that produces around 20.7hp and 20Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
The big differentiator will be the design of the Yamaha XSR 250 with the round headlight cluster, retro-style fuel tank and a shortened tail section. The bike apparently also has a more relaxed riding position than the FZ25. Other components are likely to be carried over such as telescopic front forks, rear monoshock, disc brakes at each end and two-channel ABS. Expect to see full LED lighting on the bike as well.
The modern-classic entry-level segment promises volumes to manufacturers with Royal Enfield, Jawa, Benelli and Honda offering an interesting product choice. Then there is Husqvarna which offers the original but retro-cool Svarpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 in the same space. If the XSR 250 project gets the green signal, the bike will compete with all of these offerings, along with the Bajaj Dominar 250 and the Suzuki Gixxer 250.
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Details on the launch and pricing are yet to be confirmed. The bike could arrive as early as the holiday season later this year or in 2022. If the model shares most parts with the FZ25 lineup, expect to see prices increase by ₹ 8,000 to ₹ 10,000. The Yamaha FZ25 range currently starts from ₹ 1.59 lakh (old showroom, Delhi).
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