Yamaha Fascino 125: Performance, efficiency and promise of Japanese reliability

The firm has an ace up its sleeve with the power-to-weight ratio, which is all the way down to 99kg kerb weight

The Fascino 125 has a giant process forward as Yamaha is pinning hopes on this new 125cc scooter platform for a lift to its scooter fortunes in India.

Yamaha appears to have used the earlier Fascino’s design as the premise for the brand new Fascino 125, and that’s not a nasty factor.

Some parts that stand out embrace the inverted triangle-style headlamp, chrome elaborations on the apron and the flowing tail part.

The physique panels and switches are neatly put collectively, however whereas there are loads of plastic panels, the entrance fender is a steel unit.

However, the draw back of kind successful over operate is that the ergonomics are barely flawed.

The footboard has an aggressive upward sweep that makes it tough to comfortably accommodate massive toes. The comparatively low-set handlebar grazes your knee whereas taking tight turns, if you’re something above 5ft 8in tall. Also, the seat squab is tad too comfortable for longish stints, leading to a sore bottom after half an hour of saddle time.

There are not any LED lamps, and the instrument cluster is so primary it doesn’t even get a visit meter. Thankfully, the Yamaha’s engine makes up for all this.


  • Engine: 125cc, single-cylinder, SOHC, air-cooled
  • Max energy: 8.2hp at 6500rpm
  • Max torque: 9.7Nm at 5000rpm
  • Overall Length x Width x Height: 1,920 x 685 x 1,150 mm
  • Seat top: 780mm
  • Wheelbase: 1280mm
  • Minimum floor clearance: 145mm
  • Kerb weight (with oil & a full gasoline tank): 99kg
  • Fuel tank capability: 5.2 litres
  • Underseat storage: 21 litres
  • Suspension sort(Front/Rear): Telescopic fork/Unit swing
  • Tyre dimension (F|R ): 90/90-12 | 110/90-10
  • Brake sort (Front): Disc(190mm)/Drum
  • Brake sort(Rear): Drum

Along with creating a brand-new chassis, Yamaha additionally developed a brand new 125cc engine with a nifty starter-motor generator for a silent begin.

The fuel-injected engine’s energy and torque figures (8.2hp and 9.7Nm) are nothing to jot down dwelling about. Yamaha has an ace up its sleeve with the power-to-weight ratio, which is all the way down to 99kg kerb weight.

As anticipated, the 82.82hp/tonne power-to-weight ratio interprets to brisk efficiency, and the Fascino 125 is correct up there with the competitors. In the dash from 0-60kph, the Fascino clocked 8.41sec, 0.33sec slower than the Suzuki Access 125.

The engine is responsive as nicely, which is clear in its roll-on acceleration instances (20-50kph in 4.57sec and 30-70kph in 10.52sec), and that makes the Fascino an easy metropolis commuter. But what impresses is the engine’s refinement. Whether it was driving at sedate metropolis speeds or flat out on the Mumbai-Pune freeway, there have been hardly any perceptible vibrations to talk of.

The different benefit of the low kerb weight is the gasoline financial system. The Fascino returned 57.08kpl within the metropolis and 64.2kpl on the freeway, making it the among the many most fuel-efficient BS6 125cc fashions now we have examined.

The Fascino’s engine cease/begin characteristic does assist in extracting a bit extra gasoline financial system, however the system is sluggish to reply and the engine takes a bit over a second to activate after you will have opened the throttle.

The new Fascino 125 is missing in its low-speed experience. The telescopic fork and monoshock is ready up on the agency facet of the dimensions, leading to a low-speed experience that’s not precisely harsh, however it’s not what you’ll name comfortable both.

Pick up the tempo and there’s a noticeable enchancment within the experience high quality. High-speed stability and dealing with are each completely acceptable, however not segment-leading. The braking efficiency provided by the Yamaha Fascino’s entrance disc can be respectable, although the non-obligatory entrance disc lacks some chew.

Yamaha intends to grab some of the 125cc market share from the competitors and that’s evident in its aggressive pricing. Starting at ₹68,730 for the drum brake variant and ₹71, 230 for the disc brake one, the Fascino undercuts some of its 125cc competitors.

Those who purchase the Fascino for its seems gained’t get segment-best consolation, dynamics or options, however will take pleasure in its efficiency, efficiency and promise of Japanese reliability. For many, that will probably be sufficient.

All costs, ex-showroom, Delhi

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