• Playing the Part Yamaha XTZ 125

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    The XTZ has more than enough grunt to take on steep uphill trails and will happily chug-along even at low revs.

    The XTZ has more than enough grunt to take on steep uphill trails and will happily chug-along even at low revs.

    So you fancy yourself as an off-road rider? Good for you. Fortunately, there are now practical off-road capable bikes in the market that can go on nature trips during the weekend and still able to tackle the challenges of the urban jungle on weekdays. One of which is the Yamaha XTZ 125.

    The XTZ 125 borrowed the same 125-cubic centimeter air-cooled engine from the YBR 125G and then they beefed it up a bit to produce an output of 12.5 PS at 8,000 revolutions per minute and an increased torque of 11.6 Newton-meters at 6,500 rpm. So this bike doesn’t only look the part, it can very much play it as well. The XTZ has more than enough grunt to take on steep uphill trails and it will happily chug-along even at low revs. Its 80/90-21-inch front, and 110/80-18-inch rear tire combination provides good stability at speed while also enabling the rider to run over bumps and obstacles with relative ease. The XTZ also comes with an underside cover to keep debris from damaging the engine.

    To further help smooth-out surface imperfections is the 35-millimeter telescopic front fork with 180 mm of travel. Protective rubber boots not only extend the service life of the shocks, it also adds aesthetic appeal. Rear damping is achieved via the five-way adjustable monoshock. The Chengshin semi-knobbies surprisingly has excellent grip whether on concrete or in the dirt and it inspires confidence when leaning into corners.

    The XTZ 125 has a minimum ground clearance of 260 mm. This will allow you to be more adventurous in your travels as you can ride across streams and shallow rivers as well as wade through the monsoon floods in the city. There is even a bar-mounted kill switch just in case the water gets too deep. The draw back is the 840-mm seat height, which is a bit of a stretch for the average Filipino. However, I found that there is rarely the need to put my foot down when maneuvering the 118- kilogram XTZ as its low center mass help keep the bike upright. If you plan to go exploring the wilderness, you’d surely appreciate the 11-liter tank capacity because you would not want to run out of fuel in the middle of nowhere. The instrument panel also has a separate trip meter to assist you in keeping track of your mileage. The XTZ comes with a sturdy rear carrier so can bring home the spoils of your adventure. Though you’ll be covering long distances on the saddle, the internal engine balancer will keep fatigue at bay as it minimizes noise and vibration. In my case, it helped me survive getting stuck for hours in Manila traffic on a Friday. At a suggested retail price of P 81,900, this bike is quite practical indeed.

    To know more about the Yamaha XTZ 125, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.ph

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