Yamaha Corporation [jamaha]) is a Japanese multinational corporation and conglomerate with a very wide range of products and services, predominantly musical instruments, electronics and power sports equipment.
It is one of the constituents of Nikkei 225 and is the world’s largest piano manufacturing company. The former motorcycle division became independent from the main company in 1955, forming Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd, although Yamaha Corporation is still the largest shareholder.
Yamaha Saluto 125 Drum Review
Yamaha has always presented its motorcycles in a very aggressive form, doesn’t matter its 125 cc or a 1000 cc machine. It recently launched its new commuter, the Saluto 125, which shows some mix of the SZ and Crux DNA. The bike looks pretty good for the segment and specifications by Yamaha has made the deal more interesting.
QUICK FACTS & OVERVIEW
|Variant Name||Yamaha Saluto 125 Drum|
|Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)||INR 53,898|
|On-Road Price (Delhi)||INR 59,600 (Approx.)|
|Mileage||55-65 kmpl (Approx.)|
|Shades||Brave Black and Victory Red|
|Official Tagline||Mileage Tujhe Salaam|
|Warranty||For 2 years or 30000 kms from the date of purchase (whichever is earlier)|
Design & Style
The front of the Yamaha Saluto 125 resembles the beak of an eagle, which a lot more aggression than other 125 cc bikes, making it an attractive yet economical offering. The whole of the body has muscular edges and at no angle, you can guess that the bike is made with more orientation toward the economic sector of the society.
The long and edgy exhaust has been kept black which matches with the body and creates a perfect shot from every angle. The negligible fairing near the fuel tank looks appealing and silently performs its beautifying function.
Engine & Performance
Yamaha has developed a new 1-cylinder, 125cc engine for the Saluto which uses the Yamaha Blue Core technology in order to provide refined performance and mileage. It produces 8.18 BHP @ 7000 rpm and 10.1 NM @ 4500 rpm.
The engine is surprisingly mated to a 4-speed gearbox, and more surprisingly giving a mileage of 78 kmpl. The problem of gear changing at regular intervals will be solved with this, but the 5th gear would be sorely missed on the highway. The engine remains air-cooled.
Comfort while Riding
Being a commuter motorcycle, the Saluto 125 will be a very comfortable ride with its upright sitting position and a normal design handlebar. City riding would be pleased with the 4-speed transmission as gear changing at lower speeds would be avoided many times with its high torque value.
The seat is said to be longest in its class, making it a comfortable offering for longer rides also. The seat height has been kept average, taking into account the comfort of riders with a medium or short height.
Brakes & Suspension
Braking has been assigned to 130 mm drum brakes for both the front and rear wheel. A disc brake of 240 mm was most expected from Yamaha, but they missed on it. The front gets the telescopic forks whereas rear gets a pair of the shock absorber, 1 for each side. This sounds old but true saying, a monoshock would not have suited the decent image of the bike.
Shades & Price
The Saluto 125 is available in two very decent yet attractive shades namely Brave Black and Victory Red. The use of black parts including the exhaust and other cowls has made it look more aggressive in both the colors, especially the combination of Red with Black parts looks amazing. Yamaha has priced the Saluto at a competitive level, asking INR 52,000 for their expected game changer.
Yamaha missed the fact that India is getting safety oriented and it should have at least added an optional trim with a disc brake. Every other bike in the competition is offering one and they have a lot of time to think over it. Rest everything feels warm for the newcomer. Hope, Yamaha makes a mark this time.
Technical Specification Of Yamaha Saluto 125 Drum
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
|Top Speed||98 kmph|
|Mileage (City)||55 kmpl|
|Mileage (Highway)||65 kmpl|
|Mileage (Combined)||60 kmpl|
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
|Engine Kill Switch||
|Head Light||Halogen bulb 12V,35/35W×1|
|Tail Light||12V,21 / 5W × 1|
|Turn Signal Light (Front)||12V,10W|
|Turn Signal Light (Rear)||12V,10W|
|Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)||
|Caster Angle||26 degree|
ENGINE & GEARBOX
|No. of Cylinders||1|
|No. of Gears||4|
|Maximum Power||8.18 Bhp @ 7000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||10.1 Nm @ 4500 rpm|
|Engine Description||Air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve|
|Ignition||CDI (capacitor discharge ignition)|
|Cylinder Layout||Forward-inclined single cylinder|
|Bharat Stage IV (BS4)||
|Gearbox Type||Constant Mesh|
|Primary Reduction Ratio||3.409 (75/22)|
|Secondary Reduction Ratio||3.214 (45/14)|
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
|Front Brake||Drum 130mm dia|
|Rear Brake||Drum 130mm dia|
|Front Suspension||Telescopic Fork|
|Rear Suspension||Swing Arm|
WHEELS & TYRES
|Front Tyre||80/100-18 47P Tubeless|
|Rear Tyre||80/100-18 54P Tubeless|
|Wheel Type||Alloy Wheels|
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITIES
|Overall Length||2035 mm|
|Overall Width||700 mm|
|Overall Height||1080 mm|
|Ground Clearance||180 mm|
|Seat Height||805 mm|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||112 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||7.6 litres|
|Oil tank capacity||1.10 litres|
Source: autos.maxabout And wikipedia.org.