Yamaha recently moved up the displacement ladder with its scooters in India. Besides launching the Fascino 125 in the country, the Japanese bike maker also unveiled the 125cc version of the Ray ZR. These are the 125cc successors of their 110cc counterparts.
With the implementation of BS6 emission norms in the offing, the manufacturers are updating their products in accordance to the new regulations. However, instead of just incorporating fuel-injection and other minor tweaks, Yamaha opted to substantially bump up the displacement of its scooters while heavily updating them in terms of looks and features.
While the 110cc iteration already features sporty aesthetics, the Ray ZR 125 is a step ahead with a much more radical design. Besides the sharp contours across its body work, a few note-worthy styling highlights are the Y-shaped LED DRL housed inside the small visor on the handlebar cowl and the faux air intakes flanking the bold headlamp. Furthermore, the dual tone colour scheme and edgy graphics enhance the overall appeal of the scooter.
The Ray ZR 125 is powered by a new 125cc, single-cylinder engine with Yamaha’s Blue Core technology. It is capable of producing 8bhp and 9.7Nm which is a 30 per cent hike over its 110cc predecessor. Moreover, Yamaha also claims a 16 per cent increase in its mileage. And despite packing a larger displacement engine, the new model is 4kg lighter than the outgoing model, weighing at 99kg. On the feature front, Yamaha has equipped the Ray ZR with a fully-digital instrument cluster, multi-function key fob with seat opener, a 21-litre under seat storage space and side stand engine cut-off function.
Coming to the cycle parts, it rides on 12-inch front and 10-inch rear wheels which are suspended by telescopic forks and a monoshock. Braking is handled by drum brakes at both ends on the standard variant while a front disc will also be available as an option. This setup is assisted by Unified Braking System which is Yamaha’s version of CBS (combined braking system).
The existing 110cc Ray ZR retails from Rs 54,881 (drum brake) up to Rs 58,528 (DarkNight). The new 125cc version of the scooter will demand a significant premium with the pricing likely to be in the ballpark of Rs 70,000-75,000 (all prices are ex-showroom). It will rival against the likes of the Aprilia Storm 125 and the Hero Maestro Edge 125 Fi.