Chinese Yamaha Motorcycles
In order to compete in the vastly-growing Chinese motorcycle market, Yamaha has released the YB125 SP, a motorcycle aimed at answering the practical needs of the country’s motorcyclists.
The 2012 YB125SP, tagged as a “comfortable and easy-to-handle utility-use model,” was designed to expand Yamaha’s business scale, as outlined in Yamaha Motor Company’s medium-term management plan.
The original YB125, produced since 2004, has been popular in a market of around 14 million units demanded due to its practical utility and reliability.
Yamaha says the “YB125SP inherits the same basic performance characteristics as the current “YB125″ while also providing easy handling and ridability for beginners and comfort while transporting goods over longer durations or riding with a tandem passenger. It is also designed for a relaxed riding position with easy leg reach to the ground, has a long and low seat for comfortable tandem riding and a flat rear carrier for plenty of carrying capacity.”
The YB125SP also offers wheel choices of cast or spoke, and the choice of drum or disc brakes, providing choices for the Chinese market. There is also optinal chrome finishes on some exterior parts.
2012 Yamaha YB125SP Stats:
- Release date: Late June 2012
- Manufacturer’s suggested retail price: From 6,680 yuan (tax included) ($1058 U.S.)
- Sales target: 100,000 units (annual, in China)