Driving report Yamaha SR 125

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Driving report Yamaha SR 125

Driving report
Yamaha SR 125

SR – at Yamaha, this stands for rock-solid one-pot dishes. After the long-running SR 500 and the long-forgotten SR 250, the Japanese are now trying the eight-liter cubic capacity suitable for beginners.

Klaus Herder

09/02/1996

“Yeah, come on, show me!

Give me everything! Meeehr! Pull baby Make me hot … “” My God, Riebesehl, “groaned Gati,” can’t you even overtake a truck like everyone else? ” This turns every fast-moving truck into a long-lasting overtaking experience. But it’s not built for truck hunting on the autobahn anyway. With 125 cm³ is the Yamaha SR 125 intended for the new entry-level class. And beginners belong everywhere, just not on the autobahn. The target group is new, the target group product is not. Yamaha Motor Germany only had to study the European program of the Japanese parent company in more detail to find something suitable with the SR 125. The small four-stroke engine has been on sale in Switzerland and Austria since the beginning of the 1990s, and what is fine with Alpine Confederates cannot be bad for normal Otto beginners. That’s right, provided the emphasis is on “normal”, because the SR 125 is something of conventional, it couldn’t be more conventional. No frills, hardly any chrome, zero technical gimmicks – the 115 kilogram lightweight is just a motorcycle. And that has advantages, for example in terms of seat height. Short people around 1.60 meters feel comfortable on the SR, standard sizes around 1.75 meters feel very comfortable, and those around 1.90 meters don’t feel out of place. SR 125 – one for all. To start the engine, an understanding of technology must go so far as to press the inconspicuous black starter button with the ignition switched on and first to pull the choke lever of the same color on the carburettor. Muscle-building pedaling is reserved for its big sister, the SR 500 – the little SR has no kick starter. After a cold start in summer, a driving distance of 500 meters is enough to fully remove the choke. The single runs smoothly with a sonorous babble. The perfectly graduated five-speed gearbox allows the use of dance shoes, the gears slide back and forth so easily and loosely. They have to, because the single cylinder loves speeds. Like many, remains hidden from the driver, because Yamaha considers a tachometer to be unnecessary. The term “manual power” in connection with the buttery smooth clutch actuation is out of place. The SR pilot, on the other hand, can pull hard on the brake lever, but the disc brake rewards it with an exact pressure point and a decent effect. The rear brake is in the form of a drum. No more, it does not have a noticeable braking effect. The SR 125 sprints quickly up to 80 km / h, up to the 90 mark it takes a little longer, and above that it becomes tough. At a real 105 km / h it’s the end of the day. The SR does not see any cuts against boldly moving automatic scooters, but medium-sized vehicles with average motorized vehicles are no problem in urban and suburban traffic. Nasty road surfaces become a problem. If the telescopic fork tries hard to withstand rough blows, the rear is extremely lively thanks to the completely underdamped spring struts. On the other hand, the SR behaves absolutely good-naturedly on normal ground and gives at most cause to be annoyed about the cheap fittings and the missing trip meter. The main and side stands are standard, the tank lockable and the price of 4,750 marks is just before the pain threshold.

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