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    Yamaha FZ-X 150cc Custom Cafe Racer Officially Revealed

    Yamaha FZ-X Custom Cafe Racer – Created by Autologue Design, For Yamaha IndiaYamaha has launched an open online design challenge – They are inviting rendered designs as applications from all across the country
    Yamaha’s recent attempt at building a retro-style motorcycle received mixed reactions from enthusiasts from all corners. Many believe that the new FZ-X is a missed opportunity by the Japanese brand to create something special for the commuter motorcycle space in India.
    New Competition
    While it definitely does look unique in its design, the FZ-X isn’t able to create an instant impact on the minds of prospective buyers. However, this doesn’t bog down Yamaha as the company intensely markets the neo-retro motorcycle on social media. The Japanese bikemaker has introduced a “Customise FZ-X challenge” on its social media handle.
    The company is encouraging designers from various custom workshops to put forward their version of FZ-X on the internet. The one which accumulated the most number of votes will win the competition.
    Yamaha is allowing individual as well as group participants to enrol themselves in this challenge. All entries have to be submitted to the company’s official India website.
    Yamaha FZ-X Custom Cafe Racer
    Custom Cafe Racer From Autologue Design
    There already have been a few entrants and Yamaha has displayed some of them on its official Facebook page. One which surely caught our attention was a custom cafe racer based on FZ-X created by Autologue Design.
    The Pune-based aftermarket customisation workshop has created a beautiful rendition of neo-retro cafe racer. The design has been commissioned by Yamaha and hopefully, we will soon get to see an actual working prototype of this motorcycle.
    The custom bike flaunts a conventional retro cafe racer design that dates back to the 1960s with fighter jet-like headlamp fairing. The front fairing is aerodynamically shaped whereas the tank shrouds feature air scoops which further enhance the bike’s aerodynamic qualities. The rear section features a sloping pillion seat with a traditional cowl. The yellow color scheme also matches with the bike’s retro theme.
    Yamaha FZ-X Custom Cafe Racer
    The contrasting black stripe on yellow-coloured fuel tank provides a nice sporty contrast which is further aided by contrasting blue and red rims on the black alloy wheels. Other cosmetic highlights include bar-end circular rearview mirrors, new side body panel, tan brown saddle and a small round LED taillight. Rest of the elements have been carried forward from the stock FZ-X, however, the new custom design looks far more appealing than the stock motorcycle.
    FZ-X Specs
    As we already know, FZ-X is based on the FZ range of motorcycles from Yamaha and hence share most of their mechanical components among them. It is powered by a 149cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces 12.2 bhp at 7,250rpm and 13.3 Nm of peak torque at 5,500rpm.
    This motor is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. Suspension duties are handled by 41mm telescopic front forks and a seven-step preload-adjustable rear mono-shock. Braking duties are carried out by disc brakes on both wheels assisted by a single-channel ABS. More

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    2022 Yamaha R15 V4 Spied Testing In India – Gets New Front Styling

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    Currently, Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0 is priced starting at Rs 1.54 lakh (ex-showroom)
    Yamaha R15 is a go-to machine for everyone seeking an entry-level sports bike. The motorcycle is currently in its third generation now and still remains an instant crowd puller. Hence, every time it is on the news, it creates a buzz in the market. In this instance, the news is as big as it can get for R15 fans.
    It appears that Yamaha has finally started testing the upcoming fourth generation R15 in India. A video uploaded on YouTube by Abhinav Bhatt indicates the same. The recent spy video was reportedly shot near New Delhi in which a couple of test mules can be seen wrapped under full camouflage.
    New R15 V4 Spy Video
    Since both prototypes are in the move, it is difficult to get a hold of a clear image of its design. The faired superbike retains its upright tail section as well as the vertically oriented LED headlights with split pillion grab rails acting as winglets flanked on both sides from the current-gen R15 V3.0.
    The most drastic update in the new generation model is expected to be the redesigned front fairing which could provide the new R15 a fresh appeal from its front and side angle. Below is the latest spy video, showing the new Yamaha R15 V4 on test in India for the first time.
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    The front face seems heavily revised and seems to draw inspiration from its elder sibling R7 which also received a major upgrade earlier this year. Unlike the dual-LED headlamp setup of the current R15, the upcoming new-gen R15 will feature a single-pod LED headlamp with integrated LED DRLs.
    We get to spot a riding posture that looks just as committed as the current R15 thanks to small clip-on handlebars and a higher seat with footpegs positioned slightly towards the rear. The bike will continue to offer a split seat setup while the pillion sits quite high due to a raised tail section. Most of the other features are expected to remain similar to the current model as well.
    Expected Specs & Features
    The new-gen R15 will continue to be powered by the same 155cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which is paired with a six-speed gearbox with a slipper and assist clutch as standard. This powertrain in its present state returns an output of 18.5bhp and 14.1 Nm of peak torque. Output figures are unlikely to change in the upcoming model. This engine gets Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), which optimises power delivery throughout the rev-range.
    As for cycle parts, we do hope Yamaha provides the new-gen R15 with USD forks at front just like the current international-spec model. However, the test models did not show signs of USD front forks which could be a huge bummer. More details are expected to come our way in the near future. More

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    2021 Yamaha Fascino 125cc Launch Price Rs 70k – Gets Bluetooth Features

    2021 Yamaha Fascino HybridYamaha Fascino 125 competes against the likes of Honda Activa 125, Hero Destini 125, Maestro Edge 125 and TVS NTorq 125
    Yamaha may not have an extensive range of scooters nor are they instant crowd pullers but like all machines from the Japanese bikemaker, they are reliable and easy to drive. The company recently updated Fascino 125 FI with some new features on board and now revealed the updated prices.
    The 125cc scooter is now offered at a starting price of Rs. 70,000 and goes up to Rs. Rs 76,530 (both prices ex-showroom) for the top-spec disc brake variant. Yamaha retails four variants of Fascino 125 namely Standard Drum brake, Dlx – Drum Brake, Standard – Disc Brake and Dlx – Disc Brake.
    It is offered in nine colour options in total including Vivid Red, Vivid Red Special, Matte Black Special, Suave Copper, Metallic Black, Cyan Blue, Cool Blue Metallic, Yellow Cocktail and Dark Matte Blue.
    Fascino Specs
    The scooter derives its power from a 125cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected motor that returns an output of 8 bhp at 6500rpm and a peak torque of 9.7 Nm at 5000rpm. While output figures might be very modest, at a nimble 99 kilos, the motor certainly does not feel any strain.
    2021 Yamaha Fascino Hybrid
    Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks at front and a mono-shock at rear while anchorage is handled by a 190mm disc or a drum unit upfront, along with a drum at rear supported by CBS as standard. It rides on 12-inch front and 10-inch rear alloy wheels shod by 90-section front and 110-section rear tubeless tyres respectively.
    Features on offer
    As far as features go, the 125cc motor is equipped with Yamaha’s Blue Core technology which features a silent starter. Additionally, the scooter has recently been equipped with a hybrid technology featuring a Smart Motor Generator (SMG) System. The SMG acts as an electric motor to give a power assist when accelerating from a stop, thus, reducing insecurity caused by the wobble during start-outs during stop-and-go traffic or uphill climbs.
    The power assist system is cancelled three seconds after starting or when the throttle is cut back or when the engine rpm exceeds the prescribed level. This technology helps in conserving 16 percent more fuel. In addition, Yamaha is now offering a new digital instrument cluster that is compatible with Bluetooth enabled Yamaha Motorcycle Connect X app. This feature allows the rider to access a host of information such as Riding History, Locate My Vehicle, call and text alerts, etc.
    Other features include a multi-function key with seat opener function, a side-stand engine cut off, a foldable convenience hook, an optional under-seat USB charger, an LED headlamp (for top-spec variant only) and an idle start-stop system. However, it misses out on under-seat storage lighting. More

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    2021 Yamaha FZ25 MotoGP Edition Launch Price Rs 1.37 L

    2021 Yamaha FZ25 MotoGP EditionYamaha FZ25 competes against naked quarter-litre motorcycles such as Suzuki Gixxer 250, Bajaj Dominar 250 and KTM 250 Duke
    Yamaha recently introduced its exhilarating ‘The Call of the Blue’ campaign under which prices of FZ25 were reduced significantly. Now, as a continuation to that campaign, the Japanese bikemaker has launched a special edition model of the quarter-litre offering. Called FZ25 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition, this limited-run model comes at a price of Rs 1,36,800/- (ex-showroom).
    The new variant is slotted in between the standard FZ25 and the top-spec FZS 25. While it will be a limited edition model, the exact number of production units to be sold is not yet confirmed. The quarter-litre naked streetfighter is mechanically identical to the standard FZ225 and only boasts cosmetic upgrades.
    MotoGP Edition Cosmetic Upgrades
    FZ25 MotoGP Edition wears Yamaha M1’s racing livery which features the signature Yamaha MotoGP branding in addition to Yamaha Blue, Eneos, and Monster Energy decals on the tank shrouds, fuel tank, and side panels. This signifies the company’s racing background. The additional aesthetic enhancements come at a premium of over Rs 3,000 over the standard FZ25 which is currently priced at Rs 1,35,376 (ex-showroom).
    Speaking at the launch of the new model, Motofumi Shitara, Chairman, Yamaha India said, “The spirit of The Call of the Blue is born from Yamaha’s Racing DNA. This year our performance in MotoGP has been exceptional. Till now we are #1 in all three Standings – Team, Constructor and Rider.”
    2021 Yamaha FZ25 MotoGP Edition
    The Japanese manufacturer has launched this special edition model to mark its successful run in the current MotoGP season so far. Hence, Yamaha India has also made it clear that it will be launching MotoGP editions of its other models as well.
    Features & Specifications
    FZ25 continues to pack the same set of features comprising a Multi-Function Negative LCD Instrument Cluster, Bi-Functional LED Headlight, LED DRLs, Side Stand with an Engine Cut-off Switch and engine under cowl. Other notable highlights include an LED taillamp, split seat setup, grab rails, a wide handlebar, heat shield exhaust system, black alloy wheels and a rear tyre hugger.
    While FZ25 MotoGP Edition mimics a racing bike, its performance figures remain the same as the regular model. It is powered by a 249cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which kicks out 20.6 bhp at 8,000rpm and 20.1 Nm of peak torque at 6,000rpm. This unit is paired with a 5-speed gearbox.
    It also carries forward the same hardware configurations as its regular sibling. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks for the front and a mono-shock at the rear while braking is done by single discs at both ends along with a dual-channel ABS. More

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    New Yamaha Maxi Scooter For India – To Rival Suzuki Burgman Street

    Image – XIII Tips N VlogThe upcoming Yamaha Maxi-style scooter is likely to borrow its mechanical components from Fascino 125 and RayZR and its looks from NMax 125
    While Maxi-style scooters aren’t yet a big thing in India, internationally it is a very sought-after segment of two-wheelers. In India, options are limited to Aprilia SXR 160 which is a proper Maxi scooter while the others like SXR 125 and Suzuki Burgman Street are sort of Maxi scooters with a similar design philosophy.
    Yamaha intends to venture into this segment by introducing a new Maxi-style scooter in India in the near future. This scooter will be directly pitted against Burgman Street which is currently priced between Rs 82,700 – Rs 86,200 (ex-showroom) and is slated to hit showrooms by early next year.
    Expected Engine Specs
    The Japanese automaker believes that Maxi scooters space is bound to grow in future and Yamaha would like to gain an early mover’s advantage. The upcoming scooter will most probably utilise the 125cc platform and engine from Fascino and RayZR. This 125cc fuel-injected, air-cooled motor puts out 8.2 bhp and 9.7 Nm of peak torque.
    In comparison, its supposed nemesis Burgman Street is propelled by a 124cc, single-cylinder motor that churns an output of 8.7bhp at 6750rpm and 10Nm of peak torque at 5500rpm. NMax 125, on the other hand, is powered by a 124cc, liquid-cooled engine which delivers an output of 11.8 bhp and 11 Nm of peak torque.
    2021 Yamaha NMAX
    Expected Design & Features
    Design-wise, it is likely that Yamaha might draw inspiration from the larger NMax 155 which recently launched in Japan. The Maxi-style scooter might sport a similar front-heavy faired body with twin-beam headlamps at front apron and a long dark tinted windshield above.
    The headlamps feature integrated angular DRLs. Other styling highlights expected to be carried forward include a stepped-up single-piece saddle and designer alloy wheels.
    However, unlike NMax 155, the upcoming scooter is not likely to feature a raised floorboard. Yamaha has announced that all models under its lineup will receive the option of Bluetooth connectivity, therefore, that is a given. Apart from this, features likely to be made available in the power scooter are a digital instrument cluster, a 12V charging socket and an engine start-stop system.
    Hardware specifications are expected to mirror RayZR and Fascino with suspension duties carried out by telescopic forks and a mono-shock at front and rear respectively. Both front and rear wheels are expected to feature disc brakes which should be assisted by at least a single-channel ABS (anti-lock braking system). Upon its launch, the upcoming Yamaha Maxi scooter will be the most premium scooter in India.
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    Yamaha R15, MT15 Price Hike July 2021 – To Get Bluetooth Update Soon

    Image – Automobile Info OnlyYamaha R15 V3 is now costlier by 2.5k, and MT15 by upto 5k depending on variant
    With the start of Q2 FY22, a range of auto manufacturers have revised the price list of products. While the quantum of price revision varies depending on product, this isn’t the first price hike this fiscal. Most manufacturers carried out a similar exercise at the start of April 2021. By and large, price hikes are attributed to increase in input costs.
    While Yamaha MT15 price hike three months earlier hovered at around a grand across variants, the price hike now is visibly higher. A listed price of Rs 1,45,900 means variants are now costlier by about Rs 4,000 – Rs 5,000. Prices three months earlier were listed between Rs 1,40,900 – Rs 1,41,900. Once Yamaha India launches MT15 with dual channel ABS, expect that variant to command a pricier tag.
    Yamaha R15 and MT 15 Prices – July 2021 vs April 2021
    Yamaha is also getting ready to launch bluetooth equipped variants of R15 and MT15. The same feature has already been launched in the FZ range, called Yamaha Connect X. It will allow riders to answer back calls, riding history, parking record, locate my bike, hazard as well as allow e-lock – all via smartphone app.
    Price hike in Q2 FY22
    Yamaha YZF R15 V3 variants are now costlier by 2.5k. In the previous quarter, R15 variants were made costlier by 1.5k. Thunder Grey and metallic variants now cost Rs 1,54,600, Racing Blue costs Rs 1,55,700, and Dark Knight is available at a price of Rs 1,56,700. Both, R15 and MT15 are also expected to feature bluetooth connectivity soon.
    Yamaha R15 and MT 15 Prices – July 2021 vs Dec 2020
    Yamaha India has not yet released June 2021 sales. However, the quarter ended June has been a trying period for manufacturers. Given the grip the current wave of Covid-19 pandemic on the economy, and resulting business limitations, Yamaha India cumulative domestic wholesales For April and May 2021 was just shy of 46k units. Given that India was under complete lockdown for much of the comparable quarter in 2021, no meaningful YoY comparison can be made.
    Yamaha FZ range
    Based on current medical advisories that are closely dependent on recovery rate, states are individually drafting partial lockdowns. Given necessary preparations being made for a consequent Covid-19 wave, businesses can only hope to inch towards full functionality under much caution.
    A fortnight earlier, the manufacturer launched FZ-X, an entry level retro bike in the 150cc segment. Yamaha already has a winner in its FZ range, an important volume product in the domestic, and export markets. Given that India offers great opportunities in the small cc mass market, strengthening its current lineup is an expected move.
    Furthermore, since volumes have contracted across the market, it’s necessary for manufacturers to build on market share. Following market contraction in the last fiscal, Q1 performance hasn’t been uplifting for the Indian auto industry. More

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    Yamaha R15, MT15 Bluetooth Update Launch Soon – Might Get Price Hike

    Yamaha MT15 with Bluetooth update launch soonYamaha offers Bluetooth Connectivity in two iterations of Yamaha Connect app-  Connect X and Y-Connect
    During the recent launch of the new FZ-X, Yamaha made its intentions clear that they will be offering Bluetooth connectivity as an option across its entire India lineup. In this regard, the company updated its scooter lineup including Fascino Fi 125 and RayZR with Bluetooth functionality.
    The updated scooters are expected to go on sale in a few days. Currently, Yamaha offers this feature in its entire FZ range including FZ Fi, FZ-X and FZ25. After the bikemaker launches the updated scooters, it will extend these novel features to its flagship models- R15 and MT15. The launch timeline for these models to receive this feature is yet to be revealed.
    Yamaha Connect App
    The Bluetooth connectivity can be used to pair the rider’s smartphone and bike’s instrument console via Yamaha Motorcycle App. There are two iterations of this app available in India- Connect X and Y-Connect. The former offers features such as riding history, answer back, battery voltage, parking record, incoming calls, SMS and email alerts.
    The Y Connect version is a more premium alternative to the former which offers all the standard tech offered in Connect X in addition to maintenance recommendation, fuel consumption, malfunction notification, rev dashboard, phone battery level indicator and more.
    Yamaha R15 V3 Metallic Red
    The flagship motorcycles- MT15 and R15 are expected to be offered with this version of Yamaha Connect. This will make the bikes more lucrative and modern packages although, with these updates, prices of these models are also expected to be increased.
    FZ-X Accessories
    Apart from the launch, Yamaha has also revealed a number of official accessories for the new FZ-X motorcycle. These include seat cover, fuel tank pad, bike cover, chrome embellished rearview mirrors, LED turn indicators, rear footrest and engine guard with prices ranging between Rs 300 and Rs 1,490. FZ-X has a starting price of Rs 1.17 lakh which is nearly Rs 12,000 more than the standard 150cc FZ model.
    Yamaha currently has only seven models in its India lineup. It is one of the few mass manufacturers in India which exports more models than it sells in the domestic market. This is because it has a wide portfolio of models for its export lineup.
    The company sold 11,613 units in the domestic market while exported 17,512 models to overseas markets in the month of May 2021. Yamaha has plans to expand its India lineup in future but nothing has been confirmed by the Japanese brand as of now. More

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    Yamaha Electric Scooter For Indian Market – Eyes On New EV Policy

    2022 Yamaha Electric ScooterRising fuel prices, coupled with increased FAME-II subsidy can boost EV sales
    After revealing Fascino 125 FI Hybrid earlier this month, Yamaha Motor has indicated towards the possible launch of an electric scooter in the Indian market. If that plan becomes a reality, Yamaha will join the list of mainstream two wheeler manufacturers who have dedicated all-electric products.
    As of now, Bajaj and TVS are the only established auto manufacturers to launch electric two wheelers. Majority of the electric two wheeler segment is still dominated by startups and tech companies.
    Yamaha evaluating India’s EV policy
    Yamaha has stated that an electric scooter for the Indian market is definitely on the cards. However, a lot will depend on India’s EV policy. Yamaha expects the EV policy to have special schemes that will facilitate faster adoption of EV technology. The policy should also have dedicated provisions that will encourage rapid development of EV infrastructure.
    According to Ravinder Singh, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, India Yamaha Motor, the company is already working on developing an all-new electric two wheeler platform. This will be utilized in India as well as several other global markets. Yamaha already sells the EC-05 electric scooter in Taiwan. It has been developed in collaboration with Taiwan-based Gogoro Inc.
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    In the EV segment, things like pricing and range are quite important. In addition to these, Yamaha said that its major concern is about EV infrastructure. The company feels that developing infrastructure is a much greater challenge, as compared to other bottlenecks.
    There’s an urgent need to augment battery production, build charging stations and develop battery swapping hubs. Until these are readily available, most EV users will face challenges on the road. Yamaha said that once the EV roadmap is clearly defined in the country, it will think about launching an all-new electric scooter in India.
    Fascino 125 FI Hybrid
    With hybrid version of Fascino, Yamaha is on track to enter the EV space in India. Along with Fascino, RayZR Hybrid will also be launched soon. These scooters are equipped with a mild-hybrid technology in the form of a new Smart Motor Generator (SMG) system. What it does is add some extra power at the time when the scooter starts to move forward from stop position.
    SMG ensures smooth acceleration at start, providing better control to the rider. The power boost is stopped automatically after specific pre-set criteria are met. With the SMG system in place, the engine’s fuel efficiency has improved by around 16%. Fascino Hybrid will be using the same engine as earlier, a 125 cc unit that makes 8.2 bhp / 9.7 Nm. With SMG, torque output will increase to 10.3 Nm, whenever needed. More