Yamaha Motor Europe has updated the Yamaha NMAX 125 for the 2021 model year. In the Philippines, the Yamaha NMAX 155 has enjoyed massive success over the past couple of years, with its impressive versatility, ease of use, and efficiency. Starting at P119,000, the NMAX 155 features Yamaha’s 155cc liquid-cooled engine with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology, which makes it both efficient and adequately spritely.
For the European market however, license restrictions dictate that A1-compliant two-wheelers must not exceed 15 hp and 125ccs of displacement. That being said, Yamaha’s iteration of the NMAX in Europe features just that. Equipped with a 125cc Euro5-compliant engine, the NMAX 125 features Yamaha’s Blue Core technology which is known the world over for its fuel efficiency. It also comes equipped with Yamaha’s VVA technology, similar to what we have in the NMAX 155.
Engine performance aside, the NMAX 125 also gets a slew of creature comforts and upmarket componentry. Equipped with start/stop functionality, the scooter automatically switches the engine off when stopped in traffic, and springs back to life the instant you twist the throttle. It also comes with keyless ignition, the same amount of ample under-seat storage as the NMAX 155, a power socket, and of course, dual channel ABS. Interestingly, Euro5 standards dictate that motorcycles must come standard with a traction control system (TCS). So Yamaha has gone ahead and fitted TCS to the little 125cc scooter.
The Yamaha NMAX 155 is also available in the European market, alongside the NMAX 125. It, too, gets all the new updates, and both variants feature the same sporty redesign as we have here in the Philippines. Now, this begs the question: if by any chance, Yamaha were to launch the NMAX 125 in the Philippines as a more affordable option to the NMAX 155, would it cannibalize the sales of its bigger sibling, or will it stack up nicely against other 125 cc scooters from other manufacturers?