Yamaha is giving its customers a chance to dress up their R15 and R25 sportsbikes with special edition MotoGP liveries inspired by the racing colors of the Movistar Yamaha and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bikes. The only catch is that this new offering is available only in Indonesia, which means that once again, customers in the US are effectively shut out of the good stuff.

It’s not that surprising to see Indonesian riders get dibs on these special edition MotoGP liveries. If you’ve ever been to the country, you’ll know that it’s a hotbed for motorcycle riders, even though a majority of the bikes there are of the small-displacement variety.

Still there’s a significant market in Indonesia for motorcycle riders and Yamaha is taking full advantage of said market with the introduction of these special edition liveries. Both the R15 and the R25 will be offered in the same Yamaha factory livery that Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo currently uses in the 2015 MotoGP season.

The familiar green Movistar M can be prominently displayed on the bikes either in black or green colors while the unmistakable yellow Stanley stamp on the Tech3 satellite bikes are also available for purchase. More importantly, Yamaha’s also opening up the option to have the rider numbers of Rossi, Lorenzo, Smith, and Espargaro on both the R15 and the R25 bikes.

There’s a lot to like about these special edition MotoGP liveries that Yamaha is bringing to the Indonesian market. It’s just too bad that the rest of the world, including the US, is getting shut out of this cool option.

Continue reading to read more about Yamaha’s cool new aesthetic option for its R15 and R25 bikes.

Why it matters

In the bigger scheme of things, this doesn’t really matter a whole lot for those who aren’t into decking their bikes with special edition liveries, much less regular ones. But for those who find the appeal in such aesthetic upgrades, hearing that Yamaha’s only offering this particular set in Indonesia is a little bit disappointing.

Granted, guys like Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo aren’t that popular in the US as they are in other parts of the world, but for the segment of the Yamaha-riding population who also happen to be fans of the team’s exploits in MotoGP, having the option to dress up their YZF-R15 and YZF-R25 bikes would’ve been cool to have.

I’m not going to lose sleep over not getting this option here in the US, but I understand why some people would be bummed out about it. Then again, there are other ways to dress up your R15 and R25 bikes to make them look like the MotoGP and Tech3 bikes that Yamaha’s riders race on. You’re just going to have to go the aftermarket route to do it. in some cases, that might actually be a better alternative since you have free reign on what you want your bike to look like.

Just don’t expect it to look as “official” as the special edition liveries Yamaha’s dangling to its customers in Indonesia. Who knows, maybe Yamaha decides to bring it in the US in the future. That would be nice, wouldn’t it?

Just don’t count on it happening anytime soon.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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