Yamaha Saluto: Test drive

Yamaha Saluto
Yamaha Saluto

 

Yamaha Saluto Test Ride

 Yamaha is well known for its stylish and superior technology bikes. With the latest trend of stylish bikes on-road that come with high price tag, there is rise in demand for bikes with blend of stylish features and offering equally good utility and mileage. The latest version of 125cc bike from Yamaha i.e. Saluto has gained good popularity with perfect blend of utility, mileage and styling features. I took a test ride of Saluto and here is the article about the same.

Yamaha Saluto
Yamaha Saluto

 

Engine

Yamaha has replaced the earlier 125cc engine with the new one featuring ‘Yamaha’s New generation Engine Development Concept’ of Blue Core technology aimed at providing advanced engine with higher combustion efficiency making maximum out of every unit of fuel supplied. In specifications,it has 125cc single cylinder 4 stroke air cooled petrol engine delivering power of 8.3PS/7000RPM, torque of 10.1Nm/4500RPM. The engine is mated with constant mesh 4 speed gearbox.  There is change in gear shift mechanism as compared to earlier version such as SS125 and Gladiator. Unlike first gear down and higher gear up shift as in earlier bikes, here all gear up mechanism is used. It is technically a good development as one had to take special care while shifting gears in the earlier version. The beginners always found it difficult to bring  gear to nutural as compared to other make bikes.

Yamaha Saluto Engine Bay
Yamaha Saluto Engine Bay

 

Efficiency

The ARAI claimed mileage is 78KMPL. Mileage can vary depending upon traffic conditions, road conditions , riding habits, maintenance. In general, one can rely upon an average of 70kmpl.

Yamaha Saluto Speedometer
Yamaha Saluto Speedometer

 

Dimensional features

Saluto has excellent dimensional features.  Special focus is given for seat design. It is designed to provide perfect position for the rider with ample cushioning and support for the hip. Making way for comfortable long ride. Further, the pillion rider is also provided with extra space and offers comfortable seating for any person. Yamaha engineers have thought well of  what best can be provided for the common pillion riders in Indian scenario.  Ground clearance of 180mm does make ride easier in any road conditions.

Suspension and wheels

Saluto features telescopic fork suspension for front and swing arm suspension at the rear. The double swing arm suspension is positioned nicely to take up load of the rider and pillion rider. There is perfect balance with respect to dimensions of the bike and probable load distribution depending upon profile of rider and pillion rider. Instead of conventional tubes tyres as in earlier versions, here Tubeless tyres are fitted  with alloy wheels for better ride quality and longer life.  Saluto features drum brakes at front and rear. Disc brake version is available but there is waiting time for the same.

Yamaha Saluto Front View
Yamaha Saluto Front View

 

Styling

The major boosting factor about Saluto is its design. The design reminds Fazer series of bikes from Yamaha. The stylish fuel tank, positioning of the handle bar, seating position of rider makes one feel like riding a sports bike. New instrument cluster has eco mode feature with which rider is constantly reminded of best speed for getting maximum mileage. Clear lens front cowl with wind screen gives perfect modern look for the otherwise simple image of earlier versions.Halogen bulb used for the headlights gets best illumination during night time riding.

Special Features

Along with the regular kick start, there is electric start switch for quick and easy access to  ON/OFF of the engine. The pillion rider is provided with convenient grab bar for safety on the move and Saree guard and foot rest  assures safety and comfortable seating for women.

Variant and Price

Yamaha Saluto is available in only one variant with drum brakes at front and rear. The customers have options to choose from two colors Victory Red and Brave Black. Ex showroom price at Bangalore is Rs 54,600 and on-road price cost Rs 66,309.

Test Ride

In the test ride I took, I really enjoyed the seating and handle bar positioning. There is no  compromise in rider position and is in par with sports bikes . The click of the button starts the engine and there is kick start feature as well. The conventional gear change mechanism is an added advantage enabling for easy gear shifting. The engine is very responsive to acceleration inputs and I could easily reach speeds of 50 to 60KMPH.  As it was a brand new bike, there was no much provision for really testing hard to check the maximum speeds it can reach.  However one can be sure of crossing  90KMPH mark once the engine is set. The ground clearance of 180mm plays a significant role in coping with unplanned road humps and pits created due to rains.Braking efficiency is excellent in bringing the vehicle to a halt from high speed to stop in minimum time and distance. The rider position is perfect and assure comfort during long  rides.

Verdict

Yamaha Saluto has all that a normal family person opting  to own a bike with perfect blend of styling and utility. Yamaha has done a good job in introducing latest technology for the engine assuring superior quality of ride. There is ample space on seats for two persons (probably a kid in between if situation demands)to ride comfortably. In short, if you are a Yamaha bike enthusiast but thought the Yamaha bikes are meant for youngsters with racing attitude, taking a test ride would reveal its beauty. Maybe you could also win special prizes by sending test ride photos to Yamaha India!

Yamaha R25 – Prelaunch review

A great painter once said ”Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it

He said it because I’m sure he hasn’t seen this thing of a beauty. This hot sports machine, sent the bike world on a spin when they showcased its racing capacity on the 2013 Tokyo motor show, the R25 concept and later in 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi, India.

Yamaha R25

The Path:

Yamaha acquired a cult status in India through its 2 stroke performance bike Yamaha RX100, the bike known for its sleek design, quick acceleration, excellent build quality and easy maneuver. Around the same period of time, RD350 was sold in India. Yamaha, in 2008 launched the sportier R15 & later upgraded the same with R15 V2.0 in 2011 with more awesome features to woo bike enthusiasts. We’ve been long hearing Yamaha working on a 250cc bike to fill the demanding quarter liter class which has been long dominated by the likes of Honda CBR250R and recently Kawasaki has also made its intentions of playing a key role with its Ninja 300 in this segment. Many taunted Yamaha’s entry as ‘too little, too late!’ … well, Is it so? HELL NO!!! … The time taken by Yamaha has paid off; they’ve come out with this brutal beauty that would easily manage to send your girlfriend sitting behind screaming at any given day of the year:)

Valentino Rossi (MotoGP World Champion) Rides Yamaha R25:

Yamaha R25:

The Bike is a feast for the rider with its sporty twin headlights, an overhead pilot light and rear LED lights; it takes its design pattern from its older sibling the R6S and R1. The sharp lines and the cutting side mirrors mounted on the front cowl make it look sleek and aerodynamic. At the heart of R25 is a 250cc parallel-twin 8-valve liquid cooled engine that produces a staggering 36 HP @ 12000 rpm that puts it in its own league, overpowering the baby ninja and Honda’s CBR250R by a long shot. It comes with a 6 speed gearbox. The R25 doesn’t come low in the torque department as well, producing 22.1 NM peak torque @ 10000 revs its any riders delight. It has a 14 liter tank and weighs 166kg (Kerb). The Speedo console being Analog-digital gives it a fresh look. Yamaha is known for their power across the wide rev band and excellent handling dynamics. Yamaha has carefully designed the same so that the bike can be used for day to day commute as well. Its firm and sporty telescopic front and monoshock rear coupled with 10 spoke wide radial would encourage its tamer to take any curve with confidence at any speeds. The bike comes with 3 color options: Black predator, Diablo Red and Racing Blue.

Competitor bikes: Honda CBR 250R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Suzuki Inazuma 250

Bottom-line: Yamaha has unleashed the racer in the younger crowd with its earlier models. Although Yamaha R25 is launched in Indonesia at present, this mean machine has made every biker enthusiasts in India to try and get their hands dirty. Including Me! Yamaha has got one heck of a stallion in its shed. As “The Doctor” Rossi says in the test ride video, this bike should pack a punch and get ready for the sucker punch effect. The bike is expected to be launched around the end of this year or early next year in India. Worth the wait!

Keep yourself updated with further news on Yamaha R25 here on TurboZens!

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