Yamaha has launched a new modern-retro motorcycle Based on the YZF-R125 and the MT-125’s platform in the European market. The new motorcycle sits at the bottom of Yamaha's XSR vertical.
Yamaha has launched the XSR 125 in the European market, extending its modern-retro portfolio to the 125cc segment. The new XSR 125 sits at the bottom of the XSR vertical, which also the XSR 900, XSR 700, and XSR 155 in the international market.
The design of the XSR 125 is similar to that of its elder siblings. Where most new motorcycles get all-LED headlamp assembly, the XSR 125 gets a circular halogen reflector headlamp assembly. Most mechanical bits are exposed, given its retro styling. The seat is flat and has scrambler-like styling. The 17-inch wheels are shod with block pattern tyres. The body panels are minimum, and the motorcycle has an underbelly – not a bash plate – for protection. The instrument cluster is a single pod all-digital unit, which shows gear position, speed, range, fuel gauge, and a rev-counter.
The cycle parts include an upside-down fork assembly at the front, a mono-shock at the rear, and a disc brake setup at both ends. The motorcycle comes equipped with a dual-channel ABS, which even the (higher) MT-15 misses out here in the Indian market.
The Yamaha XSR 125 is based on the same platform as the MT-125 and the YZF-R125, therefore the powerplant for the XSR 125 is the same as the aforementioned street-naked and the supersport. A 125cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine powers the XSR 125, which is mated to a six-speed gearbox with a slip-and-assist system. The power is rated at 14.7bhp and 11.5Nm of torque – the highest in the segment – and the engine is equipped with Yamaha’s VVA tech.
The Yamaha XSR 125 has been launched exclusively in the European market, and Yamaha has no intention of bringing the new premium 125cc motorcycle to the Indian market anytime soon. For now, Yamaha India is expected to launch a more off-road oriented motorcycle based on the FZ-S, whose spy shots have been circulating on the internet for some time now.