Indonesian site TMCBlog has gotten the big scoops all along on the Yamaha MT-25 and today got to not only see it in full for the first time but to go for a ride it as well. The MT-25 will start hitting dealerships in South East Asia over the next few months and will hopefully transform into the MT-03 (or FZ-03, depending on where you live) and live alongside the faired Yamaha R3 sportsbike sometime late next year.
The pictures of the MT-25 are basically what will become the MT-03 in western markets, save of course for the larger engine and the deletion of the number plate holder on the front screen. You can also clearly see the similarities between the little naked bike and the new Yamaha R3, such as the dash, exhaust and rear fender. Major changes are the usage of handlebars instead of clipons and from our eye, slightly changed positioning of the rider footpegs.
Given the early success (and high praise from most) of the new Yamaha R3, it will be great to see another addition to the entry level market, this time as a naked to compete with the likes of the Z300, Benelli BN 302 and 390 Duke. To see the full gallery, head on over to TMCBlog.