The Ray ZR gets a 125cc motor instead of a 110cc one. This new motor is fuel-injected, has slightly more power at around 8bhp at 6500rpm, and a peak torque of 9.7Nm of 5000rpm. These new figures mean the scooter is now 30 per cent more powerful than the 110cc variant. The CVT gearbox is new too. The scooter is equipped with some tech like the stop-start system and the smart motor generator. While the former kills the engine if the scooter is stopped and idling for more than five seconds thus saving some fuel, the latter starts the engine with no sound at all.
All these new inclusions have made the Ray ZR such a joy to ride. The motor is extremely refined and smooth. Be it at 20kmph or 80kmph, the Ray ZR 125 feels and sounds light. Even with full throttle, there are literally no vibrations – something we see in a very few vehicles these days. The power delivery is linear, and with the right amount of throttle input in city limits, this Yamaha promised a really good urban riding experience.
In terms of handling, the Ray ZR does a decent job. It could have been much better, and the front heaviness makes it a little difficult to do tight and quick turns. The cramped seating ergonomics just add to the woes. But the Ray ZR does exhibit a bit of sportiness when it comes to overall handling. Then there’s also the suspension which provides a stiff low speed ride. At high speed, things even out and the scooter doesn’t throw you off. The brakes can be thoroughly enjoyed as it performs quite well. The CBS works flawlessly, and even at high speeds, the system manages to reduce speed efficiently. The tyres, unfortunately, didn’t perform to our expectations, especially on the wet surface. The rear gives up easily when ridden little aggressively on turns.