Commuting is about to become a lot more fun with the 2021 Yamaha XSR125. Built to a high standard specification that includes Yamaha’s top-of-the-line engine as well as an agile handling frame – and featuring state-of-the-art technology seamlessly intertwined with timeless heritage style – this new lightweight is the youngest member of the Faster Sons family. And like many younger siblings, this bike is ready to make its mark and is ready to impress.

2021 Yamaha XSR125 right side view
2021 Yamaha XSR125 right side view

With its strong retro-inspired colour schemes, exquisite detailing and first class Yamaha build quality, this is a bike that demands to be noticed wherever it is ridden. Unlike some other models in the class that prefer to keep a low profile, the XSR125 is the kind of bike that makes a strong statement, and has the performance, technology and style to back it up.

The XSR125 is driven by a responsive 125 cc 4-valve liquid-cooled single-cylinder EU5 engine that is the same design as the unit used on the extremely successful MT-125 Hyper Naked and R125 Supersport models. This sophisticated and highly reliable powerplant produces a full 11kW, the maximum permissible in the A1 licence category, making it one of the strongest performers in the class.

One of the significant technological features on the XSR125 is Yamaha’s Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) system that enables the engine to produce plenty of torque at lower engine speeds together with excellent performance at higher speeds. The result is a bike that is easy and enjoyable to use around town, and as well as being able to deliver an exciting ride on the highway – and the whole riding experience is made even more enjoyable and rewarding by the beautifully-tuned exhaust note that brings out the strong character of the single-cylinder engine.

2021 Yamaha XSR125 key specifications

  • 124 cc liquid cooled SOHC
  • 14.75 HP @ 10,000 rpm
  • 11.5 Nm @ 8,000 rpm
  • 6 speed
  • 37 mm USD forks
  • 267 mm front disc
  • 220 mm rear disc
  • 110/70 17 inch front tyre
  • 140/70 17 inch rear tyre
  • 815 mm seat height
  • 140 kg kerb weight
  • 11 l tank
  • 160 mm ground clearance


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