Bike India

An Elegant Upgrade

We spent some time with the latest iteration of the Yamaha Fascino 125 which has been given a more elegant look and upgraded with a BS6complia­nt, 125-cc engine

- Apurva Ambep


Azaman Chothia

TPhotograp­hy: he Yamaha Fascino was First launched in maY 2015 and since then this scooter has become quite a popular offering in the indian market. originally, the scooter used a 113-cc motor and was designed to appeal to those looking for a retro-styled scooter. For 2020, Yamaha have upgraded their scooter line-up, including the rayZr, rayZr street rally, and the Fascino, with a Bs6-compliant, 125-cc engine along with a few more changes. let us take a look at what the Fascino 125 has to offer.

in terms of design, Yamaha have updated the Fascino with a curvier design and a bunch of new colour options. overall, this has given the Fascino quite a premium look with good levels of fit and finish. we received the Fascino 125 sporting a “Vivid red” colour scheme that managed to catch a lot of attention on the street because of the new styling. apart from the metal front fender, the bodywork is mostly plastic and highlighti­ng the paint scheme is a small bit of chrome finishing around the headlight, front indicators, and side-panels. the dashboard gets a simple layout with an analogue speedomete­r and fuel-gauge.

the rear is unique with a V-shaped tail-light and the bodywork tapering towards the bottom. this reminded me of some custom bodywork jobs done on chopper motorcycle­s. the only flaw in this design is that a driver/rider behind will not be able to clearly see the scooter’s number-plate, depending on which angle they look at it from. the scooter is offered with the option of either a drum brake or a disc brake set-up at the front, where the bright red and yellow colour schemes which make the scooter really stand out are available with the disc brake variant only. this refreshed design will surely appeal to those looking for an elegant and classy scooter. the first thing i appreciate­d upon getting astride the Fascino was its convenient and relaxed riding position. shorter riders will not have to move towards the front of the seat to get their legs down completely at stops.

like the new rayZr models, the engine in the Fascino has been upped from 113 cc to 125 cc and is now a fuel-injected unit. it is now capable of a power output of 8.2 hp at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 9.7 nm at 5,000 rpm. in comparison, the older model used to put out 7.1 hp at 7,500 rpm and a peak torque of 8.1 nm at 5,000 rpm. Yamaha have eliminated the use of an electric starter and instead introduced a smart motor Generator (smG) to give the scooter a quiet start when fired up. another feature it gets is the idle start/stop system which does the job really well at stop lights and gets off the line quickly with a slight twist of the throttle.

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