The tuning forks and Yamaha’s engines are always the talk of the town whenever Yamaha launches its new fleet of innovative designs. The frequency of the forks indeed resonate very well to be accepted by bike lovers due to the quality of these bikes and living up to the buyer’s expectations. Yamaha have either released new models or given maximum upgrades to previous releases hence staying in the market for quite a while now. They did have their ups and downs and changed their course by thoroughly studying the Indian market.
Musical representation of the tuning forks holds further secrets to Yamaha’s long life in the two-wheeler industry. They symbolize the company’s growth through harmony, melody and rhythm by striking the right chords when needed.
Yamaha’s brand name was further boosted by Rossi, the great MotoGP rider, who did amazingly well for them for many seasons before moving to Ducati this season. Lorenzo and Spies are carrying the legacy left behind by Rossi and doing pretty well in the circuit challenging Honda for the championships. They are pretty active in the Superbike Championships too.
Yamaha as everybody knows has clearly made a name in the Indian market and more prolifically in the global market. They so far have released bikes in all the segments in India and look forward to the launch of the Yamaha YBR 125 in India now. The bike made its first appearance at the 2008 Auto Expo in Delhi. Other bikes launched along with the YBR 125 are Yamaha YBR-X and Yamaha SZ. This bike was specifically designed for the young bikers in hopes of increasing their sales in the coming years.
Entry level bikes such as the Yamaha YBR 125 faces stiff competition in the market with bikes like Bajaj Discover, Hero Honda Splendor, TVS Star City and Honda CB Twister to name a few. Globally, Yamaha has received good responses from the Yamaha YBR 125. With its great performance, optimal pickup and mileage could be expected. When looking at its overall appearance, the bike fares well when compared to other bikes in this category. The bike features self start, alloy wheels and rear adjustable shock absorbers. The Yamaha YBR 125 in India is a four-stroke bike that incorporates FI (fuel injection) technology and transmission via five-speed gears.
Fuel tank capacity is 13 litres. Oil tank capacity is 1.2 litres.
The power of the engine is debatable when it comes to engines fitted in this class yet reliable as ever. The Yamaha YBR 125 in India is powered by a 125 cc, four stroke, single cylinder, two valves, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), air cooled engine. The power generated is 11 PS at 7500 rpm and 10.5 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. Transmission is via four-speed constant mesh gearbox used for overall performance of the bike. Other engine features include 54 mm of bore and stroke length, fuel injection system, wet sump lubrication system, wet type multiple disc clutch and transistorized coil ignition system.
As noted, Yamaha engines are reliable and offer excellent fuel efficiency. The Yamaha YBR 125 in India gives 55 km per litre in city limits.
Styling and Design
The Yamaha YBR 125’s design is quite similar to its predecessors. Although the looks are plain and simple than other bikes in this segment, it strikes a chord at first look and appears pretty distinctive, especially the front design of the bike. The bike features halogen headlights that are bright and illuminates well at night. The presence of a classy indicator design uplifts the bike’s appeal. The design of the body is sleek. The instrumentation panel is all lit up and features the turn indicators, fuel indicator and speedometer among others. The fuel tank looks all chiselled and a bit bumpy adding more to its presence. The company’s logo comprising of the tuning forks are placed firmly on the fuel tank. Seating is comfortable and designed well for the comfort of both the rider and the pillion. When viewing from the rear, it features bright LED taillights along with tail indicators, which complete the rear design. Five-spoked alloy wheels again catch the onlooker’s eyes.
The Yamaha YBR 125 in India comes in three standard colours namely red, black and red and black. Side fairings, some parts near the headlamp and front mudguard are body coloured while the rest are coloured with standard shades.
Suspension, Brakes and Wheels
Suspensions play an important role in a rider’s comfort levels. A bike is properly controlled with good suspensions that are able to handle pressure in extreme riding conditions. The Yamaha YBR 125 in India comes with telescopic front suspension and hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear. It also comes with drum brakes of 150 mm diameter at the front and 130 mm diameter drum brakes at the rear. Drum brakes at both the front and rear is not that effective whereas we see a combination of disc and drum brakes gives great results. On the braking, presumably it would be difficult to handle when it rains, but other than that should do fairly well. The standard braking system offers good resistance and fares pretty well when needed to brake instantaneously. The five-spoked alloy wheels with broader tyres ensure good safety measures for both the rider and the pillion. Tyre specifications are 2.75 18 4 PR at the front and 3.00 18 6 PR at the rear.
The length of the Yamaha YBR 125 is 1980 mm, width is 745 mm, height is 1080 mm, seat height is 780 mm, wheelbase is 1290 mm, minimum ground clearance is 175 mm, and overall weight is 124 kg.
The Yamaha YBR 125 price in India is Rs. 50,400.
Comfort wise, the Yamaha YBR 125 offers reasonable or perhaps even better than the previous versions, although the overall make of this bike looks more or less like the Yamaha Gladiator. Yamaha have designed this bike with broader tyres, comfortable seating and larger wheelbase which sums up its new features. Moreover, this bike should do well in the entry level segment given Yamaha’s reliable engines and excellent customer service they have been offering over the years. Yamaha plans to dominate the market by increasing their market shares with the introductions of several of these bikes that are designed well enough to challenge other bike makers. Given the brand name, the bike would be well received and should sell. Furthermore, Yamaha are planning to enter the scooter segment in the coming years, though we still do not have designs regarding this plan. Scooters at the moment are a trademark for sales in India recently and certainly is poking interests in the market with many international scooter manufacturers including Piaggio entering India. Overall, Yamaha’s strategy to enter all the segments is a clear indication of their commitment and desire to stay afloat in the industry for a long time. The Yamaha YBR in India is a good buy when considering Yamaha’s growth in the industry as a powerful bike maker.
- Displacement: 123 cc.
- Engine: 106 cc, four stroke.
- Maximum power: 11 bhp at 7500 rpm.
- Maximum torque: 10.4 Nm at 6500 rpm.
- Gears: Four speed.
- Clutch: Multiple wet type.
- Bore: 49 mm.
- Stroke: 56 mm.
- No. of cylinders: One.
- Chassis type: Double cradle type-tubular.
- Cooling Type: Air cooling.
- Length: 1980 mm.
- Width: 745 mm.
- Height: 1080 mm.
- Ground clearance: 175 mm.
- Fuel tank: 13 litres.
- Wheelbase: 1290 mm.
- Headlamp: 12V 35/35W halogen bulb.
- Wheel type: Alloys.
- Wheel size: 2.75 x 18 inches 4PR/3.00×18 inches 6PR mm.
- Colours: Red, black and black & red.