Yamaha set the benchmark of smaller displacement bikes with the launch of R15 a decade ago and the bike has only improved over time, with its third generation that became a success soon after it was launched recently.

However, Yamaha set the story on a different course when it launched the R125 two-years later. The bike saw significant success in the company’s lineup after it was introduced to all the young and entry-level riders. However, this year at the INTERMOT, Yamaha took the covers off the 2019 R-125, marking its undying interest over the smaller displacement bikes.


One of the biggest updates on the 2019 model is the inclusion of Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), similar to its immediate sibling, R15. The new tech on the bike will help it deliver good performance in the low- and mid-range segment without compromising the punchy lunge at higher rpms. This new addition would most likely win the crowd which is looking for significant practicality for daily rides in the city.

Other than the VVA, the bike is mechanically retained with the same 125-cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, mated to a 6-speed transmission that delivers 14.7bhp of power with 12.4 Nm of torque. Making the bike different from other offerings in the same segment, including the newly launched Kawasaki 125 twins, is the slipper clutch.

The 2019 model gets a new Deltabox that has been revamped to feature a shorter and lighter aluminium swingarm, enhancing the agility and improving its handling dynamics. The new bike also gets a wider 140/70 tyre on the 17-inch wheels, up from the previous 130. The suspension and the braking apparatus on the bike are inherited from the old model.

A quick sight of the bike can help one spot a wide-ranging similarity with its litre-class sibling R1, especially with the new sleek LED headlights and sharp styling.