Talk about taking on the competition head-on! This is the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R 125 – a landmark small capacity motorcycle that’s going on sale as the first 125cc bike to feature variable valve timing.


The high-tech system uses a version of the system that we’ve already seen on the firm’s R6 and R1 that operates the motor’s variable valve control, fuel injection and cooling systems. The bike also gets a new swingarm and revised geometry to make it more sporty.


The VVT system means more mid-range power when needed without sacrificing any of the top-end fun that’s so vital a component of the small bikes.

There’s also a new LCD dash with gear indicator, the seat has been redesigned and the 11 litre petrol tank re-sculpted for a more sporty riding position.


Called the Variable Valve Actuation System the set-up is different to the intermittent-when-running Honda V-Tec set-up. With the Yamaha the VVA system is always operating whenever the motor is running, giving the best valve position possible for any particular speed or demand on from the rider.

The motor also gets a new cylinder head with larger diameter valves and a smaller combustion chamber to improve combustion.

There’s a shorted swingarm bolted to the Deltabox frame, the new forks are 41mm units and the rear tyre is now a 140 section to improve stability.

The bike is being sold in black, blue or white colours and will be in dealers early next year. We love the look of this, that new fairing looks proper mean. Cool.


Tony Carter

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