The Yamaha R125 may be a puny-engined motorcycle with modest performance figures (according to regular sportsbike standards) but with an excellent ride and handling package, and a proper supersports character inherited from the bigger R-series siblings, the motorcycle shines as a great entry point for budding riders. This is precisely why the 125 cc sportsbike has been a huge hit in all the markets it is on sale.
Yamaha has released a few images and details of the 2019 R125 ahead of its possible world debut at the INTERMOT 2018 which is set to open its doors on October 2nd in Cologne. The next-gen model is more than just a nip and tuck.
Visually, the 2019 Yamaha R125 adopts the R-series new design identity with snazzy twin LED headlamps (a vent separating them), sportier front fairing, edgier fuel tank and sharper tailpiece. The motorcycle is equipped with a new LCD instrument console with bar-type tachometer and a prominent speedometer.
The new-gen model also features plethora of mechanical upgrades. For starters, the Delta-box frame has received geometry tweaks that are claimed to have improved the stability without costing sporty handling. The new R125 continues to employ USD telescopic front fork and rear monoshock. A disc at each wheel takes care of braking duties with ABS assistance. The new aluminium swing arm is lighter and shorter than before while the rear tyre is now wider with a dimension of 140/70-17.
Coming to the powertrain, the 2019 Yamaha R125 receives a completely new liquid-cooled 125 cc 4-valve engine with variable valve actuation. This, along with improved valves and combustion chamber, allows the motor to offer better mid-range punch without retaining a sprightly top-end performance. The engine also features better valves, improved combustion chamber, larger throttle body, redesigned FI system and more efficient cooling system (the radiator is now smaller). A new-gen slipper clutch rounds off what is a comprehensive powertrain overhaul.
The new-gen Yamaha R125 is expected to go on sale in international markets sometime in the first half of next year. Primary target audience would be young riders. The tech-laden motorcycle would prove to be too expensive for the Indian 125 cc customers and is not likely to reach our shores. Anyway, Yamaha India is quite happy with the response it gets for the larger R15 V3.0.