Yamaha PH unveils new dual-purpose bike

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No Yamaha XT 225 Serow but new XTZ 125 promises rugged utility, too .

No Yamaha XT 225 Serow but new XTZ 125 promises rugged utility, too .

YAMAHA Motor Phils. has re-entered the country’s dual-purpose bike market by introducing the Yamaha XTZ 125. The motorcycle-maker said its new model is stable, has superior traction and stopping power, and handles precisely.

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The XTZ 125 has a ground clearance of 260 millimeters and its fork has a stroke of 180 millimeters (the rear monoshock has adjustable preload). Yamaha said the bike’s tires are “bigger than the competition’s” at 80/90 R21 in front and 100/80 R18 in the rear—measurements consistent with dual-purpose motorcycles. It has a high-tensile steel frame that is also stronger and lighter than that in other bikes of its type, according to Yamaha. Brakes are a single disc in front and a drum at the rear.

The XTZ 125 shares its engine with Yamaha’s popular YBR 125 street bike. This air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine displaces 125cc and has an internal balancer that reduces vibration and noise. It bolts to a five-speed transmission.

Yamaha said it intends to sell 5,700 units of the XTZ 125 by the end of the year.

It prices the bike at P81,900, and is available in blue or white paintjobs with graphics. Deliveries start in July.

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