Given the platforms and engines at Yamaha’s disposal, the emergence of new Yamaha MT-125 was only a matter of time. Finally, the motorcycle is scheduled to make its world premiere on October 16. A teaser image released on social media platforms reveal an easily recognizable cat-eye lighting signature, the Japanese two wheeler maker stopped short of disclosing the motorcycle’s identity officially.
It is to be noted that Yamaha has an aging MT-125 on sale in European market but the new generation model will hardly have anything in common visually. In fact, the 2020 Yamaha MT-125 will borrow its bodywork, chassis, suspension and braking system from the MT-15 while the powertrain will come from YZF-R125 compact supersports bike.
The 125 cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected single-cylinder engine is good for 15 PS and 12.4 Nm of torque. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. A light kerb weight would make for a sprightly performance that would keep budding motorcyclists entertained.
The Yamaha MT-125 may have a puny motor but the equipment will be up there with any medium displacement sportsbike. The motorcycle will be fitted with inverted telescopic front fork and rear monoshock, front and rear disc brakes with dual-channel ABS, 17-inch alloy wheels with meaty tyres, LED lights, fully digital instrument console and so on.
In European market, the 2020 Yamaha MT-125 will pickup up a fight against the likes of KTM Duke 125. Even though the Duke 125 which was recently launched in India has been selling well, we doubt that Yamaha India will be interested in bringing the MT-125 to our market anytime soon.
Firstly, unlike the Duke 125, India is not the global production hub for the MT-125 and thus matching the Duke’s price point with limited local content would be a challenge. Secondly, having both MT-125 and MT-150 in the same niche would lead to significant cannibalization.
The 2020 Yamaha MT-125 would have Europe as its primary market, targeting young riders and city commuters who are looking for a sporty yet economical commuter. More details of the motorcycle will be available at the time of unveil. Would you be interested in buying the MT-125 if it is launched in India?