Yamaha finally has a 250cc naked for Malaysia

By thoriq, 14 September 2020
MT-25 (Ice Fluo)
MT-25 (Ice Fluo)
MT-25 (Yamaha Blue)
MT-25 (Yamaha Blue)

For as long as we could remember, the Hong Leong Yamaha Motorcycles (HLYM) product arsenal has always lacked a quarter-litre naked bike offering.

Well, good news! The Malaysian custodian of Yamaha bikes launched a brand new MT-25 model over the weekend whilst also previewing the MT-15 that slots below it too.

Effectively, the MT-25 is a naked offshoot of the ever-popular YZF-R25 quarter-litre starter supersport. Both share the same liquid-cooled DOHC 250cc parallel-twin heart and six-speed chain-drive transmission setup, the former good for 34.6bhp and 23.6Nm.

The MT-25 also shares similar chassis hardware like the inverted front forks and rear monoshock setup, as well as all-round disc brakes. However, unlike the sport-bodied R25 it underpins, the anchors in the MT-25 are now supplemented with dual-channel ABS.

Tasty bits on board also include a rich digital dash display, as well as LED lighting all-around. All this also comes in a very aggressively designed package, with looks mirroring much of its bigger MT-07, MT-09 and MT-10 siblings too.

Available in two colour choices, the new Yamaha MT-25 is now open for bookings with authorised dealers where it commands a base retail price tag of RM21,500 – excluding insurance and on-road costs.

MT-15 (Ice Fluo)
MT-15 (Ice Fluo)
MT-15 (Matte Blue)
MT-15 (Matte Blue)

If you find the MT-25 a bit much still, fret not as HLYM will offer a smaller and more affordable MT-15 offering slotted below the new quarter litre. Similarly, the MT-15 is essentially the naked offshoot of the R25’s equally sporty R15 little brother.

At the heart of the MT-15 is the same liquid-cooled 155cc Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) single-cylinder powertrain outputting 19.7bhp and 14.7Nm. This gets paired with a six-speed chain-drive transmission that’s bolstered with an assist and slipper clutch.

Crucially, like its sporty R15 twin, the MT-15 will also benefit with a single-channel ABS suite on top of its all-round disc brake setup. Other notable features include a digital dash display, LED lighting, as well as inverted front forks finished in gold.

Poised to continue the legacy of the mighty FZ150i, the new Yamaha MT-15 will hit dealer showrooms starting November this year. Prices remain unconfirmed for now, but HLYM says it will be announced just before it becomes available for purchase.