Yamaha YS125 launched: YBR125 replacement

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The YS125 has a new Euro 4 compliant engine plus a larger 14 litre fuel tank all for £2,799

The YBR125 has been a big sales success for Yamaha, shifting over 150,000 units during the last 10 years in Europe alone. Not only that, it’s been immensely reliable with many reports of bikes doing over 60,000 miles, but time marches on and with the Euro 4 regulations upon us Yamaha thought it about time for a replacement in the form of the YS125.


Yamaha say that the YS125 builds on all the things that made the YBR125 great in the first place, namely easy handling, low fuel consumption and a comfortable ride. Some of the biggest changes are in the engine department with a new air-cooled two-valve SOHC 125cc that is Euro 4 compliant. The new engine also has lower fuel consumption thanks to a new cylinder with a longer stroke of 57.9mm along with a new cylinder head with narrower valve angles and hardened valves (and seats presumably). There’s also a single-shaft balancer to keep things smooth and both electric and kickstart (just in case).

The other big change is in the looks, with a new compact front cowl that lends the bike a much sportier look. There are other premium features like clear indicator lenses and an upswept black exhaust. The visual balance of the big has changed too due a larger 14l fuel tank, giving an estimated range of 200miles, and 15mm higher seat height (now 795mm).

The YS125 will arrive in dealers by mid-March with an RRP of £2,799 along with a range of accessories including a sport screen and a 30l top box.

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