Winter has moved into its second half, and hopefully it won’t be long before even young ladies who need dry conditions and at least double-digit positive outside temperature values for their trips will be able to ride motorcycles again. So about 99.9% of motorcyclists. We know that there are crazy people in the world who ride almost all year round. Even now, on those few “warmer” winter days, you’ll see them.
Anyone who thinks that they would like to enjoy themselves with a nice motorcycle in the spring is certainly eagerly looking forward to the world news, carefully studying catalogs and constantly pestering the nearest dealer, when which motorcycle will be in stock and how much it will cost. The Japanese Yamaha has now come up with two interesting new products, adding them to its extensive range of motorcycles and scooters, which includes, for example, the popular adventure bike Ténéré, the touring Tracer GT, sports motorcycles of the MT series or the sharp R1.
Yamaha RayZR 125 scooter
Scooters up to 125 cm are very popular here3, which you can only drive with a car driver’s license, so you don’t have to go to driving school again for them and do extra “paperwork” for a motorcycle. Alternatively, you can jump on them already at the age of 16 with an A1 driver’s license. Yamaha now comes with the new RayZR 125, which is supposed to be a price-attractive scooter with simple technology and minimal service requirements. Moreover, with a price of CZK 54,990, it is a really tempting offer. Yamaha also boasts an unrivaled lowest operating weight of only 99 kg. The standard of today’s scooters in this category is a relatively large seat for two. The voluminous storage space under the seat with a volume of 21 l should also accommodate an integral helmet. There are also a few practical details and modern conveniences, such as a display with an on-board computer.
The scooter has an air-cooled single cylinder 125 cm3 with four valves and electronically controlled fuel injection. Air cooling is virtually maintenance-free and helps keep the weight and dimensions of the scooter within reasonable limits. However, it is also mostly responsible for the fact that similarly designed scooters do not reach the power limit of 11 kW. This is also the case with this Yamaha, which has a relatively modest 6 kW (8 hp) at 6,500 rpm and 9.7 Nm at 5,000 rpm.
However, the interesting thing is the electric assistance when starting with the help of a starter/generator (yes, this scooter is something like a microhybrid), which is said to fundamentally improve acceleration when starting. The manufacturer does not state the value of the top speed, but we would be surprised if it were higher than 100 km/h. It will still be enough for the city. You will be more interested in consumption. The indicated value is 1.8 l / 100 km. In city mode, the standard stop/start system should also reduce consumption. The five and a half liter tank should be enough for a range of more than 200 km.
The aim of the manufacturer is to offer a technically relatively simple, low-maintenance and reasonably priced scooter. There is no ABS and there is a drum brake at the back, but there is also a combined control system, where you only need to brake the rear drum with your foot and the front brake is also controlled automatically. The chassis is conventional at the front with a single telescopic fork and 90mm of travel, the rear is a swingarm with a single shock and spring and 80mm of travel. The tires are classic scooter tires 90/90-12 in the front and 110/90-10 in the back.
Operation is simplified by the obvious in the form of an electric starter, but you also have a classic “kicker”. Anyone who has ever started a neglected scooter after a long standstill with a flat battery knows how useful this is.
Honda XSR900 GP
Another interesting novelty of 2024 is more for connoisseurs. Yamaha modified the XSR900 sports model and gave it the unobtrusive moniker GP. Behind it hides a retro fairing, a redesigned front end and a modified rear hood. This resulted in a very attractive retro bike reminiscent of the famous two-stroke racing Yamaha YZR500 from the 80s and 90s. It must be said that this style suits the sharp nature of the new XSR very well.
The drive is provided by the excellent three-cylinder CP3 with a volume of 890 cm3, which has an output of 87.5 kW (119 hp) at 10,000 rpm, a torque of 93 Nm at 7,000 rpm, and with its roar and revving joy, it is no match for the iconic two-strokes that this bike refers to . We used to compare the then new generation XSR900 with its predecessor in the editorial office, and it must be said that it is probably like comparing Formula 1 with Zetor. Both machines are so different. And it’s not that the original XSR900 was a lazy lemur, it’s just a differently designed bike for leisurely trips with a power reserve. The new XSR is already a real rocket.
Yamaha will also offer this special XSR900 GP in a strangled version of the A2 with a power of 35 kW, or in an “open” version of the A2 with a power of 70 kW. Two color versions will be available, and of course Yamaha will also offer a whole range of individual accessories and accessories. However, the GP version will apparently not receive fundamental technical changes to the engine, transmission and chassis compared to the standard XSR900. It’s not even much needed, as regular XSR is really cool on its own. At some dealers, the Yamaha XSR900 GP can already be ordered for CZK 329,990.