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Yamaha Fascino 125 – All you need to know

After having ridden the Yamaha Fascino 125 back in 2019, we weren’t fully satisfied because we weren’t let loose on city roads, which meant we couldn’t fully evaluate the product. However, the scooter did impress us to an extent. So to see if that continues to be felt, we put it through a thorough test to see what the brand’s new product has to offer in the 125cc scooter segment.

All curves

Yamaha Bikes have reworked the design of the Yamaha Fascino 125 to a large extent, but you can still find hints of the older model’s design cues in the bodywork. It’s an unconventional design, but we’re not so sure if everyone’s going to like it. It is a design that will grow over you but not immediately. We particularly like the inverted triangular headlight, those chrome accents on the apron, the side panel and of course, that lovely wavey tail section that juts out a fair bit at the back. And we think, this is where the older Fascino looked better.

Yamaha Bikes have designed the Yamaha Fascino 125 to look the way it does because they wanted it to have road presence; the brand wanted it to be a looker. It is also offered in some vibrant colours, like Gold and Cyan Blue. There’s even a matte black colour available, but the chrome elements on this shade are replaced by smoked-out bits. What impressed us most was the level of fit and finish; the manner in which the body panels and switches are fitted on. However, plastic panels are aplenty. We couldn’t sense any rattles, but that’s something only a long period of ownership can prove. The front fender though, is made of metal.

Get astride

In terms of ergonomics, the scooter is far from perfect. That up-swept design of the footboard makes accommodating your feet a bit of a problem. The low-set handlebar is another issue for someone who’s very tall, because your knees end up rubbing against them when turning. Also, the seat cushioning is bit too soft, meaning your bottom will ache on long rides. Features too, are lacking, but you do get side-stand cut-off systems and engine start-/stop. You don’t get LED lights and the instrument cluster is too plain. For a USB charging port to be installed under the seat, you’ll have to pay more. It’s pretty shocking that a scooter of this type is lacking important features.

Fascinating performance?

Let’s come to the engine now. The fuel-injected engine produces 8bhp and 9.7Nm of torque, figures that aren’t particularly impressive when compared to its rivals. Thanks to its kerb weight though, it has a good power-to-weight ratio. And there aren’t any 125cc scooters out there that weigh less than 100kgs. Performance is brisk and as far as acceleration figures go, the Yamaha Fascino 125 is at par with the others. The motor is quite responsive, making it very easy to ride in the city. More so, it’s the engine’s refinement that will keep the customer happy. Vibrations are barely felt, be it at low speeds or at its limit. Low kerb weight also means better frugality; in fact, it’s the most fuel efficient 125cc, BS6-compliant scooter in the market. Another feature that aids fuel efficiency is the engine start/stop. Low speed ride quality is a disappointment as the suspension have been setup on the firm side. It isn’t bone-jarring, but it isn’t good either. Start to build speed, and that’s when the ride quality improves. The scooter feels predictable in terms of handling and high speed stability is reasonably good. The brakes provide a decent amount of bite.

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