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Yamaha MT-25 / MT-03 to get updated, spotted testing

Written by Nizam Shaikh

As reported earlier, Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha had unveiled the refreshed MT-03 at the 40th Bangkok International Show 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. This naked street-fighter is based on the Yamaha YZF-R3. But possibly an MT-25 / MT-03 facelift was spotted testing in Indonesia. This mysterious bike was spotted with an upside-down front fork and a Honda CBR250RR like swingarm.

Though not many details could be fetched from the spy images, the new MT-25 and the MT-03 are expected to look similar to the new MT-15 which was launched recently. Which means the MT-25 and MT-03 will feature LED projector headlamps with daytime running lights and a fully digital instrument console. The rear is expected to be on the lines of the Yamaha YZF-R3 / R25 with LED taillights and a split seat. The handlebars are expected to be straight for an ergonomic upright riding stance. The fuel tank may be re-designed with some radiator covers.

The engine is expected to be revised looking at the Euro V emission norms, and BSVI emission norms, if it comes to India, which will come into effect from April 2020. The current MT-25 is powered by a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder, 249cc, 8-valve DOHC motor producing 35.5 BHP of Power @ 12000 RPM and 22.6 Nm of torque @ 10000 RPM paired to a 6-speed gearbox. And the Yamaha MT-03 is powered by a fuel-injected, 321cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin cylinder, DOHC, 8-valve motor producing 41 BHP of power @ 10750 RPM and 29.6 Nm of torque @ 9000 RPM coupled to a 6-speed transmission.

The chassis is a steel tube diamond frame and the current model has a conventional telescopic front suspension and a Monocross rear monoshock. The brakes are ABS equipped with 298mm hydraulic disc with floating twin pot calipers on the front and a 220mm hydraulic disc with a single-piston caliper on the rear.

The new MT-25 / MT-03 may have the same hardware with subtle changes and upgrades.

The MT-15 was recently launched in India and Yamaha India is focusing on bringing a premium range of its motorcycles to India and we may end up seeing this new street-fighter soon on Indian shores in the future.