It isn’t common knowledge that Yamaha Corporation makes the most pianos in the world, but since the separation in 1955, Yamaha Motor Company Limited has been a separate entity. The list of things that Yamaha produces is too long for this space, but suffice it to say that when Volvo needed a transverse V8 for their cars, they approached these chaps to do the needful. 1955 is also when the motorcycle division was formed, and the first product was a 125cc motorcycle that was a copy of a German design. In 1957, it offered the first five-speed transmission on a Japanese motorcycle. 1955 is also the year that Yamaha began participating in motorcycle racing – this is key because over the years they’ve had many fantastic victories, most memorably a certain Italian rider moving from another Japanese manufacturer to them in MotoGP and winning first time out. This is important, because this performance-driven image is what represented Yamaha in the Indian market for many years, because it was represented by the RX100/135 and the RD350.
After losing its mojo for many years, it went back to its roots and launched the YZF-R15, a 1500cc pocket rocket that helped build the brand again, and the FZ16 brought it sales success. Since the scooter segment was a fast-growing one, Yamaha entered the fray with the Ray, a trendy 110cc unisex scooter that was just a little biased towards the fairer sex. It then launched different variations and upgrades – the Ray Z added cosmetic oomph, the Alpha was macho. The Cygnus Ray Alpha added a disc brake as well. However, the breakthrough product was the Fascino; a stylish scooter that offered almost as much style as any premium Italian scooter marque but at a price that befitted a Japanese product.
Yamaha Motor India created a niche for itself in the Honda Activa-dominated 110c scooter segment by introducing the Ray ZR Street Rally over two years ago. We tested the Yamaha Ray ZR Street Rally BS6, and here is our road test review about the scooter.
While most of the big manufacturers already had an offering in the segment, Yamaha was the last to enter the party with the Fascino 125 in December 2019. Although we are a bit late too, we spent a few days with the Fascino 125 in a bid to find out what this new scooter offering from Yamaha is all about.