The Aprilia SXR 125 has been launched at a price of Rs 1.15 lakh, in an effort to expand the SXR range of stylish maxi-scooters.
Bajaj have launched the all-new Pulsar NS 125 in an effort to further their reach among the young sports motorcycle enthusiasts of the country.
We put the Yamaha Cygnus RayZR and RayZR Street Rally to the test to find out what they are all about.
Story: Azaman Chothia
Photography: Sanjay Raikar
The Japanese giant has announced the return of the 2021 Honda Monkey to their lineup of off-road motorcycles.
The Aprilia Tuono 125 was recently spotted online on the Aprilia India website. The price of the bike has not been mentioned yet.
All the features and specifications of the bike have not yet been listed on the website but this is what we know. The Aprilia Tuono comes with a lightweight frame, 40mm USD forks at the front and mono-shock at the rear. The bike is equipped with ABS and a 14-litre fuel tank. The bike is powered by a Euro-4 124.2 cc single-cylinder engine with a four-valve and SOHC setup. The engine is said to give an output of 15 hp and 11 Nm of torque at 8,250 Rpm.
You could say the Aprilia Tuono 125 is a baby Tuono v4 1100. Both bikes are clearly cut from the same cloth in the looks department. The Tuono 125 offers a riding position which is not too aggressive but a bit more on the comfortable, relaxed side.
Aprilia showcased the RS 150 and Tuono 150 at Auto Expo 2018. Customers were hoping to see these two bikes enter the Indian market but Aprilia surely has different plans for now.
It is practically impossible that we get the Euro-4 Aprilia Tuono 125 here as mentioned on their website because of the new emission policies. When it does show up, the Tuono 125 will be a direct contender to the KTM RC 125. However, nothing is confirmed until Aprilia officially launch the bike.
The new Suzuki Access 125 will now make its transition from BS IV to BS VI as announced by the company. This is the first product to be rolled out compliant to the new emission norms from their portfolio.
The all-new Suzuki Access 125 will come with new key features including Eco Assist illumination, fuel-injected engine, external fuel-filling lid and an LED headlamp. The new Suzuki Access is powered by the updated BS VI 125-cc engine will deliver 8.7 hp at 6,750 rpm, 10 Nm at 5,500 rpm offering top-class power performance with lower fuel consumption. These power figures are slightly higher than the previous models. Even through the transition, power has not been compromised.
The new Suzuki Access 125’s Eco Assist illumination feature helps the rider to get optimum throttle usage with visible indicators to warn about the level of throttle opening. A green light indicates that the riding pattern is conducive to fuel-efficient riding. The advanced fuel-injection engine technology in the new Suzuki Access 125 provides smooth power delivery, thus offering optimum combustion efficiency in different riding conditions. It also helps in easy start-up even in cold conditions. The external fuel filling lid provides the convenience of re-fueling without having to open the seat. The new LED headlamp will help enhance night visibility for a stress-free ride. Offering a good balance on the road, the scooter is also equipped with combined brake system (CBS), which enables to operate both brakes only by the left lever. We, however, recommend using a combination of the front brake with priority, with the rear brake only for emergencies or on gravel or wet surfaces for optimal two-point braking.
The new Suzuki Access 125, as the company says, offers comfort as a necessity has a long seat, enlarged floorboard larger under-seat storage and easy start system for comfortable riding experience. Furthermore, the new Suzuki Access 125 is designed to offer a premium look with its rich bodywork, stylish edgy lines, LED tail-lamp and chrome-plated finish. Additionally, the new Special Edition Access 125 will offer standard USB DC socket for charging mobile phones on the go.
The company is thrilled and confident with the recent announcement of their first BS VI product with their new features and engine. The Suzuki Access 125 BS VI will be launched in India soon.
The new Yamaha Ray ZR and Street Rally were recently announced and will make their way into the 125-cc scooter segment. The new models come with several new features, new colours, and, of course, a whole new engine.
The new Yamaha Ray ZR and Street Rally are now powered by BS VI-compliant, air-cooled and fuel-injected 125-cc “Blue Core” engine that has a power output of 8.2 hp at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 9.7 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The power output is 30 per cent more and the economy figures are 16 per cent higher compared to their 113-cc predecessors. This is because of the new ‘start and stop’ feature that prevents engine idling and subsequent start with a single twist of the throttle, which uses sensors to assess the riding environment. A front disc brake is offered with a Unified Braking System’ (UBS) that also engages when the rear brake is used. The Smart Motor Generator (SMG) fitted into these 125-cc scooters uses electronic controls for a quieter engine start without the need for a conventional starter and also features a side-stand engine cut-off switch.
The styling concept of the new Yamaha Ray ZR is ‘Armored Energy’ which evokes a feeling of a powerful motorcycle. The sporty, sharp-looking headlight is Class-C compliant while the Y-shaped LED position light adds greater originality to design. The turn signals in the front and rear use individual mounting stalks like those used for motorcycles. The Ray ZR is available in both drum and disc brake versions, while the disc brake version gets a digital instrument cluster as a new feature. The new Ray ZR is available in a wide range of new colours: Dark Matte Blue, Metallic Black, Cyan Blue, Matte Red Metallic and Reddish Yellow Cocktail. The Ray ZR 125 FI is available for Rs 66,730 (ex-showroom)
The new Street Rally 125 FI also fuses motorcycle elements of those with a scooter and scatters them throughout design. Brush-guards shield the rider’s hands from oncoming airflow and also adds a sporty touch to the scooter. It additionally offers a fully-digital instrument cluster, side panels designed to look like a frame, and block-pattern tyres. The new Street Rally comes in two colours: Deep Metallic Purplish Blue and Sparkle Green. The Street Rally 125 FI is available for 70,730 (ex-showroom)
Motofumi Shitara, Chairman, Yamaha Motor India group of companies, said, “The new Ray ZR
125 FI and Street Rally 125 FI has been introduced into the market to cater to customers who are looking for adventure and fun with scooters that exceeds a mere purpose of daily commuting. The new Ray ZR 125 FI and the Street Rally 125 FI gets loaded with further power and design excellence that will enter the 125-cc scooter segment, so that with more power, new technologies and improved engineering, Yamaha can fulfil the passion of riding and adventure for scooter customers.”
Yamaha also introduced the Fascino 125. Read all about it here.
Hero Maestro Edge 125 is the new scooter launched by Hero MotoCorp along with the Hero Pleasure Plus. Last week we heard reports of the Aprilia Storm 125 that is arriving at dealerships. Let us see how they fare in the specification comparison.
Yamaha’s latest 125-cc scooter has appeared in Indonesia and it’s something we would love to see here.