A test mule of the Yamaha XTZ 125 has recently been spotted testing on public roads in India, without any camouflage or disguise. The bike was spotted in the Chakan area of Pune, Maharashtra, and even had all logos and decals in place, easily revealing the make and model of the bike.
It is worth noting that the XTZ 125 is already on sale in markets like the Philippines and South Africa. In the Philippines, it is priced at around PHP 84,900, which translates to around Rs. 1.15 lakh. A 125cc adventure motorcycle at this price point doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Indian market. This, along with the non-camouflaged nature of the test mule, suggest that Yamaha might just be testing the motorcycle for Indian conditions, but won’t necessarily launch in the country anytime soon.
The Yamaha XTZ 125 is a small capacity dual purpose (road and trail) bike. It has a beak-like fender at the front, gaiters for the front suspensions forks, a slim fuel tank, underseat exhaust, and knobby tyres wrapped around spoke wheels. It thus is a classic adventure tourer with a minimalist design theme.
Powering the XTZ 125 is a 125cc, single cylinder, air-cooled engine that is capable of developing 12.5PS at 8,000rpm and a peak torque of 11.6Nm at 6,500rpm. A quick look at the engine block suggests that it is a carbureted unit, and is thus unlikely to adhere to the BS-IV emission norms currently under place in India.
Suspension duties are handled by 35 mm forks at the front and a monoshock with 5-step preload adjustment at the rear. The bike’s off-road capabilities are a result of 180 mm long-range travel at the front as well as the rear. Braking setup includes a single disc at the front and a drum at the rear. For better stability in off-road conditions, the XTZ 125 is shod with a large 21-inch wheel at the front and an 18-inch wheel at the rear.
Image courtesy: Manigandan Rajesh