Yamaha Indias new 125cc scooter, the Fascino 125 Fi. This marks the Japanese companys foray in the burgeoning 125cc scooter space, one that Yamaha says is set to grow rapidly as the years progress. Though the scooter bears the same name as its 110cc segment sibling, the new Fascino 125 Fi is new from the ground up – we’re talking a new chassis, new engine, new suspension components, new wheels, wider tyres and a lot more. Let's begin by examining its design.
Yamaha Indias new 125cc scooter The Fascino 125 Fi
There’s also plenty of attention to detail – there are some interesting patterns on the plastic bits, especially on the inside of the apron. It certainly helps break the monotony of a plain (or shiny) plastic surface. Overall, the Fascino's design appeal is down to personal preferences but it certainly looks better in person than what the pictures suggest.
A peek under the seat – which is open-able by turning the key to the left by slotting it into a new multi-functional ignition slot – reveals the 21-litre boot. While it is generous, we wish Yamaha would have offered a courtesy lamp and a USB charging port, especially in today's day and age.
The Fascino is powered by a new 125cc, fuel-injected, air-cooled engine that produces 8.2hp at 6,500rpm and 9.7Nm at 5,000rpm. These figures are pretty much in the same ballpark as the Activa 125 BS6, but considerably lower than other 125cc scooters from TVS, Suzuki and Aprilia. What helps the Yamaha is its low 99kg kerb weight.
The Ray ZR 125 gets new graphics and is available in 5 new colours: Cyan Blue, Metalic Black, Dark Matte Blue, Matte Red Metallic and Reddish Yellow Cocktail. It will turn out to be against the clock, considering its 82.82hp/tonne power-to-weight ratio. Yamaha claims an increase in fuel economy over the BS4 113cc Fascino, by 8kpl. The new Yamaha Ray ZR 125 Fi looks funky in comparison to the Fascino and will appeal to a different crowd – one that’s tired of run-of-the-mill-looking scooters.