Yamaha XSR125 makes global debut: Smallest neo-retro XSR to launch in Europe in June

The Japanese manufacturer is expanding its 125cc portfolio with the Yamaha XSR125 which is based on the same platform as the MT-125 and R125 but with classic clothing and modern features

By:May 12, 2021 1:43 PM

A new-retro-styled Yamaha has just been revealed which would make fun daily commuter, enter XSR125 – the smallest XSR to date. The Japanese manufacturer is expanding its 125cc portfolio with the XSR125 which is based on the same platform as the MT-125 and R125 but with classic clothing. Although it packs a range of modern features which are quite a necessity now.

Yamaha XSR125 is powered by a 124cc liquid-cooled SOHC engine that puts out 14.7 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 11.5 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm and is paired with a six-speed transmission. The engine boasts advanced Variable Valve Actuation and is Euro V compliant.

Being a neo-retro, the XSR125 gets a round headlamp casing but with an LED lamp and an LED tail lamp as well, a rounded fuel tank design, and a long flat seat. Bodywork has been kept at its minimal with the underbelly revealing the engine and radiator, but it does get an engine guard.

The instrument cluster is a retro-themed LCD display with a chrome outer finish. Colour options include Redline, Impact Yellow and Tech Black, along with contrasting decals for each.

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Suspension setup includes 37 mm upside-down forks and swingarm for the rear and brakes are covered by a 267 mm disc up front and a 220 mm at the rear. Tyre sizes are 110 and 140, front and rear. It weighs in at 140 kg with a seat height of 815 mm, 160 mm ground clearance and a fuel tank capacity of 11 litres.

These are impressive specs, so much so that they may deter Yamaha from launching it in India. The 125cc sports-oriented class has become popular in the country with the likes of KTM 125 Duke being a big hit, however, Yamaha is already working on rolling out more 150cc motorcycles in the FZ range which is strong in India and a premium 125cc may be a bit of a stretch.

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