The Business Standard newspaper has quoted Yamaha’s Roy Kurian as saying that a 250cc motorcycle for India is definitely on the cards from Yamaha. He has even said that instead of importing the motorcycle either as a CBU or in CKD form, Yamaha will manufacture the whole motorcycle in India to keep its price competitive. Yamaha seems to be encouraged by the response that the Honda CBR250R has garnered over the last one year in the country. The CKD kit import, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is priced in the stratosphere and therefore has few takers other than hard core Kawasaki fans. The CBR250R on the other hand comes for just about half the price of the Ninja 250R (though it has one cylinder less and is down by about 8PS on power) and has been selling in decent numbers and this seems to have encouraged Yamaha to go for the 250cc category. However, it could also be the launch of the sporty CBR150R by Honda, pitting it against the Yamaha R15 which may have given Yamaha something to think about. Kurian however has not set any time frame for the launch of the 250cc motorcycle. It seems this year will be the year of the scooter for Yamaha which is likely to launch a definitive version of the Ray scooter concept that it displayed at the Auto Expo 2012.