2008 Yamaha YZF-R125 First Look — Motorcycle USA

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Yamaha YZF-R125

2008 Yamaha YZF-R125 Look

It’s not headed but the YZF-R125 is an important new ’08 for Yamaha, where many of the crowd will be sampling its until they can bump up to the big

Last month Yamaha information on an all-new addition to its lineup. Was it a mammoth displacement to battle the mighty ZX-14 or Nope, think about less, because the bike talking about is the 125cc YZF-R125.

The new design fuses the of Yamaha’s big-bore road-racing the YZF-R6 supersport and YZF-R1 but in a tamed down 125cc The new Yamaha is a fuel injected, 124.6cc Single, with valves and SOHC. Unlike its big the 125 is an undersquare design, with a bore and 58.6mm ….

With a compression ratio of the YZF-R125’s Single produces peak numbers of 14.75 at 9,000rpm and 9 lb-ft of torque at

Tech details aren’t in their entirety, but the new machine’s features a steel Deltabox aluminum swingarm and telescopic Suspension travel is a respective 5.1 and 4.9 in front and rear. Braking are carried out by single-disc units, a front and 230mm rear

Its overall dimensions aren’t too far from the R6, a little bit slimmer and at 80 in length less than an shorter. At 53.3 inches the is a single inch more than the R6, with the little 6.1 inches of ground clearance an higher. The most dramatic from its bigger siblings, is the R125’s 279-lb claimed dry

Then, of course, there is the with the new YZF-R125 impersonating the of its triple-digit horsepower brethren. a full fairing, similar and a shorty side exhaust, you have to be too far away from the 125 to it for it big-bore brothers — is the entire point.

Just it, from a couple paces you aren’t thinking 125cc. In its the YZF-R125 bears a close to is R6 and R1 siblings.

But the new 125 isn’t headed as a 2008 model. Instead it is for Europe due to the European Union’s licensing requirements.

Our research the EU licensing laws gave us a of EPA-emissions-regulation proportions. After a day of investigation, we decided to chat our British buddy and Memorable contributor, Frank Melling, who was than happy to enlighten us on the EU license conundrum.

Reduced down to the gist, the EU licensing limits riders 21 to bikes with displacement and restrictions. Regulations still from country to country the EU, but the long and short of it is an ultimate cap in at 125cc. Thus making the new YZF-R125 a key European model for where it will compete with Honda’s CBR125.

The of the YZF-R125 is a sound strategic by Yamaha on two levels. First, it to European youth a legal that looks like the and literbike racers they for. Second, given the riding demographic in Europe is as it is in the U.S. it taps Yamaha the valuable youth market.

Who knows how many future R6 and R1 will be made because riders develop a lifelong loyalty due to the trusty little 125 began their two-wheeled on. In this sense, the major cannot afford to ignore the 125 in Europe.

Yamaha YZF-R125
Yamaha YZF-R125

So, would Yamaha be to sell enough 125s to an American introduction of the model? Kawasaki seems to have pretty well with its 250cc Ninja, which is a long overdue redesign for to make it look more its full-faired racer sibling. But we with our bigger is better often have a contemptuous of the little things in life or at least we pass them by for the and fastest whenever possible.

A nation of 50cc scooter we are not.

Americans seem of purchasing small-displacement motorcycles. again, you can’t buy what’s not and neither the Honda or Yamaha 125 are available here in the States.

So, the American riding public embrace the small-displacement streetbike? The most likely, is not until it has Thus far the U.S. has managed to the stringent tiered licensing that are in force throughout of the world, including the EU.

Given many States have passing mandatory helmet tiered licensing seems a off.

Still, it doesn’t too unrealistic that an enterprising could say, Hey, my son just crashed riding from the dealership on a bike can go 187mph! What’s up with

Until that day, or wrong, expect American to be rolling down the road on closer to 125 horsepower than 125 cc

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