In the test: Yamaha BW’s 125
Newly developed: Yamaha 125cc scooter
Yamaha’s BWs 125 looks more striking than graceful. In dense city traffic, it proves that it has a sensitive character.
Minimalist and extravagant, this is how a Yamaha designer would sell the look of the new BW 125. The exposed frame and the headlights placed one above the other are actually unusual and give the BWs a striking appearance.
Deep step through
Very easy handling
Room for two
Easy to read instruments
Largely neatly processed
For long-legged people tight
Electrical connections partly unprotected
Driving behavior / competition
Lambda probe, friendlier to the environment than many other city cars.
In the city
There is hardly such a bustling scooter in city traffic as the BWs 125. In the metal thicket, the enormous handiness is a real advantage. And the scooter can be turned even in the smallest of spaces. This is supported by the wide handlebars, which also ensure a comfortable seating position.
On the country road
Road trips are no problem for the BWs. The seat is expansive and comfortably padded for the driver and pillion passenger. But not even a full-face helmet fits in the storage compartment under the seat. In return, the lively Japanese is frugal in consumption: the 6-liter tank is sufficient for around 200 kilometers.
On the highway
If you want to glue behind the truck, please. Everyone else is strongly advised not to take the BWs 125 on the motorway. You can lurch in the right-hand lane at top speed of around 90 km / h, but above 75 km / h the speedster accelerates slowly. There is also no wind protection.
Aprilia Sportcity 125
The city runabout impresses with excellent driving characteristics, is 1 kg heavier and 700 euros cheaper than the Yamaha scooter.
Price: 2499 euros
The robust Korean is only half as expensive as the BWs 125. The picture shows the 50 cm³ variant with a split seat.
Price: 1695 euros
Piaggo Typhoon 125
The look of the beefy 125cc scooter with the characteristic wide tires can be individually designed with graphics.
Price: 1999 euros
Final evaluation / technical data
Space-saving: If a full-face helmet is in the storage compartment under the seat, the lid no longer closes.
Thanks to the air-cooled and petrol-injected engine, traffic light sprints are no problem. From 75 km / h it accelerates rather slowly.
The chassis is agile, the scooter can be steered with great ease and turned in a small circle. The suspension is adapted to the weight.
The appropriate disc brake at the front and the drum brake at the rear decelerate reliably. This guarantees a timely stop at the traffic lights.
Suitable for beginners
This good-natured vehicle makes it as easy as it gets for newbies on the scooter. The comfortable sitting position gives a feeling of security.
On the soft two-up bench, you can also spend a longer time on the scooter with the low step-through and wide handlebars.
Small items can be stowed in the storage compartment under the seat and in the glove compartment in the front apron. A full-face helmet does not fit in the storage compartment.
engine: Single-cylinder four-stroke
Displacement: 125 cc
Power transmission: Variator / belt
power: 6.7 kW (9.1 PS) at 7500 rpm
Max. Torque: 9.6 Nm at 6000 rpm
Front brake: Disc (Ø 220 mm)
rear brake: Drum (Ø 150 mm)
Front tires: 120 / 70-12
Rear tire: 130 / 70-12
Front / rear suspension travel: 78/71 mm
Tank capacity: 6 liters, great
Colours: White, titanium, black
Maintenance intervals: k. A..
price: 3195 euros without additional costs
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