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Yamaha Y125 Moegi at Tokyo Motor Show

Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Yamaha Y125 Moegi concept is a curious mix between motorcycle and bicycle powered by a fuel-injected 125cc Single mated to a four-speed transmission. It weighs in at a claimed 176 pounds.
The Yamaha Y125 Moegi concept is a curious mix between motorcycle and bicycle powered by a fuel-injected 125cc Single mated to a four-speed transmission. It weighs in at a claimed 176 pounds.
Retro looks with modern componentry  part bicycle  part motorcycle  the Yamaha Y125 Moegi is a mixed bag of tricks.
While cars take center stage at the Tokyo Motor Show, several motorcycle manufacturers are also on hand introducing concept bikes. Yamaha is on the list of attendees and among its offerings, the Y125 Moegi keeps catching my eye. Don’t know why, but this thing intrigues me.

Maybe it’s because this motorcycle/bicycle hybrid has a cool cast frame with its little single-cylinder engine serving as a stressed member. Maybe it’s the funky little sportbike tail hanging off the suspended seat. More than likely though, is because it looks like it’d be a cool beach cruiser with some wider, swept-back bars.

I could see this thing being a hit with the college or city commuting crowd. It’s lightweight at a claimed 176 pounds, it reportedly gets 80 km/l (which converts to a whopping 188 mpg) so it’s a gas-sipper, and it’s funky. The belt-driven crossover sources a four-speed transmission and has the tiniest disc brake on the back. On the down side, don’t know how confident I’d be on those tires bending into a turn at 50 mph and despite its killer gas mileage, the tank is tiny at 0.8 gallons. Those brakes are a little suspect, too, but the bike does only weigh 176 pounds. Whitewalls are a nice touch, though.

Here’s what Yamaha has to say about the Y125 Moegi followed by a quick video that’s more entertaining than informative.

This concept model is a fresh embodiment of Yamaha design philosophy that combines the familiar look and feel of a bicycle in a motorcycle. Mounting a world standard 125cc class engine on a slim, lightweight frame, this model is designed to offer good fuel economy with an easy and enjoyable ride. Besides its appeal as a personal vehicle for daily commuting, it sports an active image that will lure owners on longer jaunts on the weekends.


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GeeBee63   January 27, 2012 04:45 PM
I have been waiting a long time for a sub-200 lb 125 - 175 cc Bike. I think this is brilliant! I'll be in line to buy one if it goes, stops and corners well. Who needs 1,000 cc race bikes for in town or fun back road riding.
Glen   December 4, 2011 08:41 AM
I think the guys at Confederate Motors need to take a look at clearly superior craftmanship and learn a thing or two.
Piglet2010   December 1, 2011 10:05 PM
125cc is a relatively large engine compared to other light motorcycles of similar weight (e.g. Honda Super Cub aka Passport). For production, a 49cc version would have licensing and insurance cost benefits in most jurisdictions.
Sumanster   December 1, 2011 12:47 PM
It may not be as green as an electric bicycle, but it's a heck of a lot cooler! Looks like a modern take on the earliest motor-driven cycles, but with much sleeker lines.

Depending on the price and performance, I'd consider buying one.