The entry level commuter motorcycle segment has been registering a huge increase in sales over the past few years. Yamaha Motor India has two offerings in this segment – YBR125 and SS125. But, these do not attract much attention or sales.
Today, in an attempt to make their presence stronger, Yamaha India launched the new Saluto 125 cc motorcycle. Placed exactly in between the entry level YBR125 and premium SS125, price of Yamaha Saluto is Rs 52,000, ex-showroom, Delhi. (Price of YBR125 starts from 50,846 while that of SS125 starts from 56,555)
Developed around the concept of “Economical and Practical Indian Family Motorcycle”, Yamaha Saluto is offered only in one variant. Power comes from the same 123cc single cylinder 4 valve air cooled engine which powers SS125 and YBR125. This engine delivers 10.88 PS at 7500 rpm and 10.40 Nm at 6,400 rpmaboard the other two Yamaha 125 cc motorcycles. But, on board the Saluto, it is tuned to deliver 8.3 PS power at 7000 rpm and 10.1 Nm torque at 4500 rpm.
Lightest motorcycle in its class, Yamaha Saluto tips the weighing scale at just 112 kgs. This directly translates into more mileage. The reduced weight, and retuned engine, enables Saluto to deliver 10% more mileage – 78 kmpl, claims Yamaha.
Speaking about features on offer, new Yamaha Saluto gets alloy wheels, electric start, longest seat in class, comfortable foot rests, upright riding position for comfortable ride. What it misses though, is optional disc brakes. Yamaha Saluto will compete with likes of Bajaj Discover 125 and Hero Super Splendor.