Yamahaâ€™s latest offering in the Indian market, the Saluto, has the 125cc competition in its crosshairs. The new motorcycle sports a 125cc engine that producesÂ 8.3PS and 10.1Nm. A constant mesh, four speed transmission is employed.Â The Yamaha Saluto is targetted at customers who are looking for a fuel-efficient and stylish motorcycle.
Yamaha has developed a completely new chassis for the Saluto. The diamond frame chassis, Yamaha says, offers good stability and handling. The new, Blue Core 125cc engine uses the engine base of the FZ Version 2.0. The company says that they did so since the FZâ€™s Blue Core engine is a proven design and hence a reliable foundation to begin with. Yamaha says that the durability is a key aspect of the engine.
The company claims a fuel efficiency of 78kmpl from the Saluto. This is achieved with the help of the Blue Core technology as well as the weight reduction techniques that were employed. At 112 kg (wet) , the motorcycle is the lightest in its class.The Yamaha Saluto motorcycle also comes with an innovative front fender design that channels air towards the engine and aids in its cooling.
Compared to the Yamaha YBR125, the Salutoâ€™s handlebar position is raised by 20mm and brought forward by 11mm. The footpegs are lower by 4mm and brought forward by 20mm. The Yamaha Saluto has a ground clearance of 180mm to tackle the variety of terrain in the country.
The motorcycle is shod with tubeless tyres and 130mm drum brakes, both at the front and the rear. The Yamaha Saluto come with an electric as well as kick start.
The competition is well equipped and only time will tell how the new Yamaha will fare against competition. The Hero Glamour is not a real hot seller. The Honda CB Shine is next and comes with the brand recall that Honda enjoys in India. The TVS Phoenix is the most well kitted here. It comes with a full digital instrument cluster and segment first hazard lights. The Discover 125M from Bajaj is another formidable competitor. The engine, at 11.5PS produces the most power in the segment.
Here is the specifications comparo.
|Specifications||Yamaha Saluto||Honda CB Shine||Hero Glamour||Bajaj Discover 125M||TVS Phoenix 125|
|Engine capacity (cc)||125||124.7cc||124.7||125cc||125|
|Power in PS||8.3||10.7||9.1||11.5||11|
|Torque in Nm||10.1||10.54||10.35||10.8||10.8|
|Weight in kg||112||118||129||117||114|
|Power to weight ratio||74.1PS/tonne||90.67Ps/tonne||70.54PS/tonne||98.29PS/tonne||96.49PS/tonne|
|Fuel efficiency (claimed)||78kmpl||65kmpl||81kmpl||76kmpl||67kmpl|
|Top speed||NA||93 (claimed)||98.7||94.8||95.7|
|Dimensions in mm||2035x700x1080||2014x762x1071||2005x735x1070||1986x678x1044||1985x740x1065|
|Price, ex-Delhi||Rs. 52,000||Rs. 55,524||Rs. 55,925||51,274||Rs. 51,160|