Yamaha Saluto disc brake variant has been introduced, probably following customer feedback. In addition to the safety feature, the new top-end variant will also feature sporty color options namely Glory Green, Bold Blue, Dashing White and Majestic Red.
The motorcycle has been developed with the concept “Economical and practical Indian family motorcycle”. According to the company, the motorcycle market constitutes 68% of the total two wheeler market in the country with annual sales volume of 11 million units. 100-125 cc segment alone contributes to 9 million units (roughly 83% of the market) and hence Saluto is an important volume spinner for the brand.
The product is designed for commuting, tandem riding, shopping trips and other similar errands.
While the Indian Yamaha loyalists have been waiting with bated breath for the launch of fully faired YZF-R3 sportsbike, the company is more focused on expanding its market share in the volume oriented segments such as automatic scooters and commuter motorcycles.
Saluto is a brand new motorcycle that is developed from scratch and has no close resemblance to any of Yamaha’s old commuter machines. The edgy bikini fairing with angular headlamp and a central pilot lamp result in a sporty road presence. The sharply styled fuel tank with longitudinal black plastic insert complements the sportiness.
The boomerang shaped side cowl is finished in contrast color while the neat tailpiece gets interesting decals. Hexagonal taillight, silver grab rail, and black color theme for engine and silencer render a contemporary appeal.
The motorcycle is 2,035 mm long, 700 mm wide, 1,080 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 1,265 mm. Saddle height and ground clearance stand at 805 mm and 180 mm respectively. Saluto tips the scales at 112 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 7.6 litres.
Engine and gearbox
Yamaha’s new 125 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine with BlueCore efficiency enhancing measures does the duty on board Saluto. The motor generates 8.3 PS at 7,000 rpm and 10.1 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. Mated to a 4-speed gearbox, the premium commuter is claimed to deliver an impressive mileage of 78 kmpl.
Frame, suspension and tyres
Saluto is held together by tubular diamond frame which is suspended by regular telecopic fork upfront and dual coil spring shock absorbers at the rear. The Honda Shine competitor’s 18-inch alloy wheels come shod with 80/100-18 47P front and 80/100-18 54P rear tyres.
Besides the newly introduced front disc brake, Saluto is offered with 5-spoke alloy wheels, pilot lamp on the bikini fairing, tubeless tyres, a funky instrument console with speedometer, fuel gauge and tell tale lights and electric start. It’s safe to say that equipment level is at par with its rivals.
Yamaha Saluto locks horns with Honda Shine, Hero Glamour, Hero Super Splendor, Bajaj Discover 125M, and TVS Phoenix 125.
The newly launched disc brake variant of Yamaha Saluto retails at INR 54,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The base variant which makes do with front drum brakes is priced at INR 52,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).