Yamaha to Launch a New 125 Cc Scooter – Waiting for the Launch

The Indian scooter industry has come a long way. Many of the newly launched scooters have fuel-economies matching those of the more powerful bikes. A lot of buyers, both male and female, are seeing scooters as a new style statement as their designs are getting better and swankier with every passing year. The scooters are getting better technology and cutting-edge tools and their power figures are getting better.

Yamaha Motors has realised that India is a potent market for scooters and they had announced in a press report that they would be concentrating on their scooter segment in India. The Japanese automobile giant is all set to make its debut in the 125 cc scooter category with a new scooter. Yamaha currently offers three scooters – Alpha, Ray and Ray-z – all with a 113 cc engine. The scooter industry in India is currently being led by Honda with their scooters from the Activa, Aviator and Dio series.

The new scooter, now codenamed as 04X, will see the light most probably by mid-2015. The new Yamaha scooter will be produced at Yamaha’s upcoming manufacturing facility at Chennai from April 2015. As per a source, Yamaha will be producing more than 10,000 scooters annually from this facility.

Though the specifications are still under wraps, the 04X is expected to be powered by a new air-cooled fuel injected engine with a power displacement of 125 cc. The power and torque figures and other technical details are unknown at present. The fuel mileage of this scooter is expected to be around 54 kmpl which is quite remarkable. It will also be an environment friendly scooter as its auto emissions will be significantly lower. The price and specifications are expected to be similar to the recently launched Nozza Grande, which was codenamed as 08X in Vietnam, and is powered by an air cooled and fuel injected engine.

Though the scooter is designed to appeal more to the young female population, the all-new 125 cc scooter may also attract the male population as this scooter has a high displacement engine.

The 04X is expected to come in attractive colours like most of its fellow scooter brands. It is also expected to come within an affordable price range of Rs 55000 to Rs 65000. Honda Activa 125 and Suzuki’s Access and Swish, the Vespa LX125 and Mahindra Two Wheelers’ Rodeo and Flyte seem to be its potential rivals in this particular segment. But with its fresh looks and overall build quality along with the trusted brand name, Yamaha can be assured of a secured place in the highly competitive scooter market.

Top 5 Most Popular Bikes in India – Favourite Bikes of Young India

The bike market of India has been flourishing over the years. Hero, Honda, TVS, Royal Enfield and many other companies launch a series of new and updated bikes every year. We can proudly say that the Indian automobile sector has manufactured some of the most renowned bikes of the world. However it is pretty difficult to decide the best bike that gives good value for money. Below is a list of 5 most popular bikes in the country.

Bajaj Pulsar series seem to be the most popular bike in the country. Though it was launched more than a decade ago in 2001, it is still a much sought after bike. Several new designs and a dozen of existing upgrades of Pulsar bikes have come out in the recent years. Bajaj Pulsar is available in five variants with 135 cc, 150 cc, 180 cc, 200 cc, and 220 cc engines. Pulsar series are available for a price range of Rs 59000 to Rs 86000.

Another successful bike is the Splendor from Hero Motocorp. Launched in the year 1994, it might be one of the oldest commuter bikes still running successfully. Splendor Plus is powered by an air cooled 4 stroke, single cylinder OHC engine with a displacement of 97.2 cc. The minimalistic front design of Hero Splendor aides in easy handling the bike as it is very light in usage. Hero Splendor Plus is available at Rs 44000.

The Discover series, again from Bajaj is one bike which attracts the younger and older population alike. Bajaj launched the Discover in the year 2004 and it instantly went on to become a national bestseller. Discover is available in several variants like the 150 cc, 100cc, 125 cc, all of which offer superb performance, easy handling and impressive mileage. Their prices start from Rs 41000 approximately.

Yamaha Fazer was one of the earliest stylish bikes released in India. The good looking Fazer which came out in the year 2009 is a very common bike seen on Indian roads. This 150 cc motorcycle gives a top speed of 112 kmph along with an impressive mileage of 50-60 kmpl. Yamaha Fazer, seen in Ravine Red, Wilderness Black and Terrain White colours is much pricier at Rs 77000 onwards.

Royal Enfield Classic is ruling the game in the premium bikes segment. Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Twinspark is the modern version on sale now. This ride of royals comes with a base price of Rs 95000 which may differ with the model and place of purchase. The all new Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 is priced at Rs 1.43 lakhs. Though expensive, there are several buyers for these bikes as well.