In Europe, Yamaha has revealed an improved version of the XSR125 for the 2022 model year. The revised incarnation of Team Blue's neo-retro roadster is dubbed the XSR125 Legacy Edition, and it's priced at £4,950 (about P331,000). From June 2022 forward, the motorcycles will be available in showrooms across the United Kingdom. The XSR155, the bike's somewhat larger sibling, is luckily considerably cheaper in the Philippines, at P162,000.
The Yamaha XSR125 was introduced in Europe last year and is based on the MT-125 street bike. It was created to suit the license criteria of rookie motorcyclists in the region, with a displacement of 125cc and a peak power output of roughly 15 horsepower. As a result, the new Legacy Edition of the XSR125 features major visual upgrades over the previous model, giving it a more polished aesthetic.
The Yamaha XSR125 receives new color schemes, beautiful wire-spoke wheels with gold rims, and new Metzeler Karoo tires for 2022. This means the new bike has a more rough, scrambler look than the previous model, which had a more road-focused cafe-racer aesthetic. Furthermore, the wheel and tire combination adds to the bike's classic look. The exhaust system has also been changed, and it now comes in two pieces with a huge conical muffler.
Against the shiny black paint, the gold stripe and Yamaha branding on the fuel tank provide a beautiful contrast. Apart from that, the new XSR125 Legacy Edition retains all of the aesthetic highlights of its predecessor. Yamaha plans to sell a number of in-house aftermarket accessories with the new XSR125, including a snazzy Akrapovic exhaust system, tank pads, windscreens, and a range of other add-ons, to make things even better for the enthusiast market.
In terms of specifications, the XSR125 Legacy Edition is the same as its predecessor. It is powered by the same 125cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, engine as the MT-125, which generates 14.8 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and 11.5 Nm at 8000 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox transmits power from the engine to the rear wheels. The frame is still a lightweight deltabox-style beam frame, which complements the vintage design wonderfully. The 2022 XSR125 Legacy Edition rides on 37mm upside-down forks at front and mono-shock at the back, same as before.
Only the XSR125 has received the Legacy Edition treatment so far. However, it's not out of the realm of possibilities that the XSR155 will receive the same style treatment. We can only wait and swoon over this exquisite little neo-retro roadster till then. If and when it arrives in the Philippines, it will undoubtedly raise the standard in the premium retro-style entry-level street bike category.