Yamaha has expanded its MT family with the lightweight MT-125 (claimed wet weight is just over 300 pounds) just announced for the European market. This follows on the heels of Kawasaki’s announcement of a single-cylinder naked for Asia called the Z250SL.
Here is how Yamaha describes the new MT-125:
Yamaha’s new generation of MT models have totally shaken up the world of motorcycling. With their radical style and ultra cool image, the MT family is all about pure riding emotion. Now the new MT-125 is here. And the 125cc class is never going to be the same again!
With its awesome looking naked chassis, the MT-125 really is like nothing else. Featuring aggressive streetfighter style that demands attention wherever you go, this bike has some serious attitude. And with its full-size chassis the latest MT gets maximum respect on the street.
You’re only young once. So make sure that the new MT-125 becomes a part of your life. Now.
- Radical new naked 125cc bike
- MT family DNA gives a serious ‘full-size’ bike look
- Streetfighter style
- Sporty, upright riding position for everyday fun
- Deltabox frame and monoshock rear suspension
- 125cc single cylinder liquid-cooled 4-stroke
- YZF-R125 platform with high-end components
- 41mm diameter upside down front forks
- 292mm floating front disc with radial caliper
- Lightweight race-style Y-spoke wheels
- High-tech LED instrumentpanel
- Short tail end with LED taillight
The new Kawasaki Z250SL is derived from the mechanically identical Ninja RR Mono we reported on earlier. Follow the link for the technical details.
We do not know whether Yamaha or Kawasaki will bring these smaller displacement models to the U.S. market. Although the U.S. market is embracing smaller displacement bikes, initially they may make more sense overseas where tiered licensing and city commute distances create different customer incentives. In the Asian marketplace, a 250cc bike is still considered a big bike.
Perhaps more interesting is the effort the manufacturers are putting into not only the styling but the frame and chassis design for these relatively low cost, low displacement models. If the popularity of the Honda Grom is any indication, other manufacturers may bring smaller bikes to the U.S. to grow the youth market here.