Yamaha BW125 adventure scooter unveiled: India-bound?

Yamaha has unveiled the new BW125 scooter in Vietnam. This bold and rugged-looking scooter is set to dominate the streets there. It gets twin round headlights with LED illumination. There are other sharp styling elements to the entire design too. The bike also gets dual-purpose tyres, and indicators mounted on the handlebars. We quite like the beak over the front wheel. The colour schemes also are more on the lines of stealth and so on. A single piece seat with fluffy-looking upholstery has been provided. The grab rail too is chunky while the LED patterned tail lamps look quite nice as well. The front suspension is made of telescopic forks while the rear unit consists of dual-sided shock absorbers. There are discs at both ends as well, with single channel ABS.

However, there is a reason why this scooter will not come in India.

Why is the Yamaha BW125 adventure scooter not coming to India?

Before we delve into the reason of it not coming to India, let’s see the other features and engine specs of the Yamaha BW125. The scooter has a 125cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that makes 12PS of power and 11.2Nm. A fully-digital instrument console with perhaps Yamaha connectivity could be added as well. Yamaha gives 12-inch wheels at both ends. We like the way the scooter is styled and reminds us of the erstwhile Honda Cliq. Now, the reason why the BW125 will not come to India is due to the higher costs associated with getting this all-new engine here. There is also the fact that Yamaha already has the Ray-ZR Rallye in the Indian market.

Traditionally, if you look at the seat, handlebar and footboard, it seems built only for someone who is only 5ft 5-inch tall. Any taller, and it might end up being cramped. Also, the cost price of the scooter will be around Rs 1.25 lakh. At this point, it will take on the Vespas and Aprillias. These aren’t the highest selling scooters as it is.

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