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Yamaha YS125 2017 model

23rd February 2017

 

SOHC single | 125cc | YBR125 | ABS

 

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Yamaha YS125

 

Bid your fond farewells to the long-serving and indomitable Yamaha YBR125, and then raise your lid to its successor, the YS125. Details of the new 125cc SOHC pretender have just been released, and it looks as though Yamaha has still got its finger firmly on the pulse of this model.

 

The YBR125 was introduced in 2005. Yamaha sold shed loads (often quoted at around 150,000 units). But the encroaching Euro4 regulations have, we're told, hammered the last nail in the coffin of this very popular all-rounder, so it's out with the old and in with the new.

 

Features of this replacement model include a single engine counter-balance shaft, electric- and kick-starting, ABS, fuel injection, a revised cylinder head, and an increased capacity fuel tank (up from 13-litres to 14-litres offering a claimed 200 miles per tank with, we hear, improved overall economy).

 

Yamaha YS125 2017 model

 

Visually, the bike sports a new front cowl, a black upswept silencer and clear indicator lenses. The seat is said to be around 15mm higher at 795mm (31.2-inches), and the hike won't be welcomes by everyone. But it's worth mentioning that the path-to-ground is fairly short, so the vast majority of riders won't have much trouble planting both feet on the tarmac when astride these wheels.

 

Clearly, Yamaha is doing all it can to fend off competition from the current wave of cheap Chinese bikes flooding the market. But for our money, the Yamaha would be right up there on our must-look-closer-at-this list.

 

You can expect to find the bike in UK showrooms sometime during March 2017. But when we phoned around a few Yamaha dealers, one or two didn't didn't appear to have any knowledge of the new bike (and all lamented the passing of the old YBR). The price will be around 2,799. A sports screen and 30-litre top box will be available as optional extras.

 

 

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