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Yamaha BeeWee YW125 review


Date: 15.02.2012

Busy Little Bee: The rugged YW125 BeeWee scooter has been given a major revamp for the 2012 model year, sporting a funky new design.

Yamaha BeeWee YW125 review
Yamaha BeeWee YW125

With a name destined to inspire riders with the courage and fortitude needed for busy city commuting, Yamaha's BeeWee 125 scooter has been revised for 2012, sporting a stylish new look and priced from $4299 before on-road costs are added.

Offered in Avalanche White and Midnight Black colours, Yamaha says the new YW125 BeeWee "has received a radical makeover, turning from caterpillar to butterfly for 2012".

Dispensing with the horizontally-arranged headlights of its predecessor for a more streamlined and aggressive-looking vertically-stacked headlamp array, the new 125cc four-stroke scooter boasts a less agricultural aesthetic now and has a more city-savvy appearance: the exposed frame, sharper lines and more significant seat section all combine to deliver a more modern design.

Power comes from a 125cc fuel-injected, air-cooled single-cylinder SOHC engine that drives through a CVT automatic transmission.

Yamaha says the new model is "agile and responsive" while delivering the "power and punch necessary to negotiate the trickiest traffic". With a larger seat and grab rails, both rider and pillion are well catered for and there's just enough under-seat storage space to fit one full-face helmet.

Part of the BeeWee's classic charm has been retained via the chunky all-terrain-style 12-inch tyres, which allow the scooter to traverse everything from smooth city streets to bumpy gravel paths. Even the dual rear shock absorbers are off-road grade units - very handy around the inner city roadworks surrounding MTN headquarters at the moment. Hell, even Buddha reports it's a very smooth ride, so if it can handle his girth then you know it's a winner in the suspension department.

Stopping isn't a problem either, with a Unified Braking System that offers great control whatever the weather, although the rear stopper could be a little more meatier. And while the frame is light and easy to handle, it's also durable and rigid.

A rugged, good looking scoot that can certainly handle the jandal, the YW125 BeeWee might have a funny moniker but it is definitely a top contender for the scooterati's dollar.



- Great handling

- Nice, streamlined appearance

- Substantial scooter



- Could do with stronger back brakes

- Storage is a little on the thin side

- Quite expensive for a 125cc scooter


Buddha's five-star rating

Scratching **

Touring *

Commuting *****

Grunt factor ***

Pillion comfort ****


Yamaha BeeWee YW125

Engine type: Air-cooled 4-stroke SOHC single-cylinder

Capacity: 125cc

Bore x stroke: 52.4 x 57.9mm

Compression ratio: 10.0:1

Fuel system: EFI

Transmission type: Automatic, V-belt

Frame type: N/A

Front suspension: Telescopic with 78mm travel

Rear suspension: Unit swing with 71mm travel

Front brake: Single 189mm disc

Rear brake: 150mm drum

Wet weight: 121kg

Seat height: 780mm

Fuel capacity: 6L

Price:  $4,299*

*Manufacturer's list price excluding dealer and statutory costs

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  • Class: Road
  • Usage: Road
  • Learner Approved: Yes
  • Engine Capacity - cc: 250

F1, 4 stroke fuel injected.

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Well loved 2009 Suzuki GSX1400 in Black - this is the K7 model and lovely to ride with endless torque and power. What attracted me to the bike was the stability, low down power and not having to drop gears to find get up and go.

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in very nice condition. New tyres, chain and sprockets.

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