Yamaha has released a teaser of its MT-125 that’s expected to be launched in the European markets on Oct 16. Because there’s a lot of movement happening in the 125cc segment in India, does the Yamaha MT-125 make sense for our country?
Currently, the performance-125cc segment is being led by KTM duos – 125 Duke and RC 125. Even though they have got a relatively high price, they are in huge demand as they provide a gate pass for the youngsters to enter the world of motorcycling.
The KTMs provide great features for their price as well as for their capacity. The 125 Duke and RC 125 get USD forks at the front, mono-shock at the rear, wide tyres, large brakes, fully-digital super informative dash, attractive and funky styling, and a 125cc liquid-cooled, single, that produces 14.5hp and 12Nm.
Powering the MT-125 would be a similar 125cc engine with liquid-cooling that has figures of 14.7hp and 12.4Nm. Yamaha uses this engine in its R125 too. Being an international product, Yamaha won’t be cutting down on high-end features on the MT-125. For example, there will be USD forks at the front instead of conventional telescopic units. However, if this motorcycle makes its way to India, there is a high probability those high-end parts would be replaced by more cost-friendly ones. It would be exactly what Yamaha did with the R15 V3; to keep the costs in check.
And that’s where KTM would have an advantage. Yes, the 125s are expensive but they don’t lack in features.
As far as the availability of the MT-125 in India is concerned, of course, we would like it to see it here. However, Yamaha would have to work hard on the pricing.
Do you think the Yamaha MT-125 would have a chance against the KTM 125 Duke?