Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Best 2010 Yamaha YZF-R 125

The YZF-R125 is the most advanced 125 production supersport machine that Yamaha has ever built. This radical, high-revving, fuel-injected 125 is the work of the same engineers who created our legendary YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 supersport bikes. And, as you’d expect, the YZF-R125 is packed with advanced MotoGP technology as well as a whole range of R-series type engine and chassis features. Its liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, single cylinder, SOHC engine is tuned to deliver free-revving performance right through to maximum power at 9,000rpm – and for instant response and efficient operation this remarkable 6-speed 125 is equipped with a compact fuel injection system. The race-inspired chassis features a Deltabox frame and aluminium swinging arm for outstanding handling performance, and lightweight 5-spoke wheels help to minimize unsprung weight to give impressive roadholding. A large diameter 292mm front disc with a 230mm diameter rear disc make for effective stopping power, and the aggressive R-series bodywork.

If you were to compare the YZF-R125 with anything, it’d have to be an early model YZF-R1, the bike that has won many accolades in the litre bike class over the years. Where many learner-legal rides have somewhat of a ‘cheap’ look and feel to them, this little beauty has quality throughout from the fairing finish all the way to the component strength.It’s got a superb looking instrument panel, Brembo front brakes seal the deal in the brand name stakes, the low-slung exhaust looks prime, and the race-inspired front ‘number plate’ is a nice touch. If there’s one thing that does let it down however, you’d have to say it’s the ‘plastic’ feel of the grips – I’d be replacing them on pick-up from the dealer if I was buying one.
As you’ll soon see, the engine performance may not be at the level of the class-leading, top-selling Kawasaki Ninja 250R as you’d expect at half the capacity, but if looking cool is your thing, the Yamaha is top of the LAMS chain, only matched by Aprilia’s RS125 two-stroke.
Yeah, the Aprilia two-stroke may have more juice up top as what is arguably the fastest top-end of the small bores, yet the way the Yamaha’s four-stroke power is delivered is much more consistent. It’s not really worth much comparing the different engine capacities that we have in the real world, however in the world of LAMS riding once you pass your bike test, it’s these range of options that are going to be appealing to you if you’re in the market for a new small capacity ride.


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