Yamaha has finally jumped into the growing scooter market with the Ray, targeted at young working women and students. Here is our fi rst impression.
I am over 30, not all that pretty, and I, certainly don’t have a fetish for pink soft toys lining my bed. Clearly then, the scooter I am riding, isn’t targeted at me. It’s here to give 18- year-old pretty girls wings. Therefore, it’s light and has a low seat height, says its maker.
But, surprisingly, the Yamaha Ray doesn’t feel very girly to ride, or to look at for that matter, if one were to overlook the colour scheme. Actually, it’s a sharp looking scooter with youthfulness dripping from it. The front resembles the Honda Dio to a great degree, but that’s not such a bad thing. It’s also not small like the TVS Scooty; in fact, its length (1835mm) and wheelbase (1,270mm) are one of the longest among scooters in India, including some 125cc offerings.
The Ray, though, displaces 113cc. It's an undersquare engine coupled to a CVT and makes max power of just over 7bhp. The peak torque is rated at 8Nm and both these output fi gures are at par with other scooters in the category.