Days after the introduction of the new Yamaha MT-25/Yamaha MT-03, the Japanese bike maker has unveiled the 2020 Yamaha MT-125. Positioned as a sporty 125 cc entry-level (A1 level) motorcycle, the Yamaha MT-125 rivals the likes of KTM Duke 125, Suzuki GSX-S125 and Honda CB125R.
The 2020 Yamaha MT-125 walks down the new path of new design philosophy of the Yamaha MT-03. The headlamp is an all-LED unit with twin position lights completing the menacing look. Also, the chiselled body has a characteristic mass-forward approach with a compact mid-section and short tail. Besides that, the Yamaha MT-125 continues to offer a dynamic riding position, something which will be immensely beneficial for beginners.
At the heart of the Yamaha MT-125 is a 124.7 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC 4-valve engine. This is the same powertrain which also does duty in the new Yamaha R125. The presence of Variable Valve Actuation gives it an edge over the competition. Coupled to a 6-speed gearbox, the engine produces 15 PS of power and 11.5 Nm of torque. Also, Yamaha has done away with the 130-section rear tyre with a 140-section unit, giving the Yamaha MT-125 a big bike appeal.
The new Yamaha MT125 also benefits from the new deltabox frame, swingarm and shorter wheelbase. Colour options include Ice Fluo, Icon Blue and Midnight Black. Suspension duties are administered by a 41 mm upside-down fork up front and monoshock at the rear. Brakes include a 292 mm disc at the front and a 220 mm unit at the rear. Seat height and ground clearance stand at 810 mm and 140 mm respectively. All the new material in the bike has helped to keep weight under the check. In fact, the 2020 Yamaha MT-125 weighs just 140 kg (wet).
Like the bigger latest Yamaha MT models, the new Yamaha MT-125 has a slipper clutch and the new reverse backlit instrumentation. Deliveries will begin in December 2019.