Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid Review – First Ride be likeMay 1, 2022
Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid Review – The Premise
The Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid scooter is a scooter that makes not just a style statement, its built to charm? well that’s what the word on the street is. It launched, we saw and we shared our thoughts. Taking the off-beat track, we sought a different approach to getting a first impression off this vehicle. To begin with, we appreciate the support of the PR team who helped put this together for us, quite literally! How? let’s find out…
Earlier this month, a phone call later we are invited to partake in a unique campaign. Ok, big deal. Take the scooter, zip across the city, maneuver through some by-lanes and Presto! Out go goes the pompous review. NO! This review has a different approach, Spoiler Alert – Mileage Challenge.
Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid Review – The why
Riding through landscapes with picturesque views is not what the owner of a Fascino does in real life. No, its neither the Supermarket, school ferrying or commuting scooter. The product is aimed at the young and restless who want to ride gearless. In talks, ever since the launch we requested for an opportunity for a unique yet realistic one to actually ride the Fascino and not Simulate it! So, this opportunity made in roads on this gloomy Sunday Morning. Pehle thoda number crunching then mileage taking..
Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid – Specifications:
- BS-VI compliant, air-cooled, fuel-injected (Fi) 125 cc blue core engine
- 8.2 PS @ 6,500rpm
- maximum torque of 10.3 N m @ 5,000rpm
Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid – disc brake version showcases the following:
- Advanced LED headlight, daytime running lights (DRL) and LED taillight
- A digital instrument cluster with an indicator to show when the Hybrid System is operating
- 190mm front disc brake with “Unified Brake System (UBS)”
- Bluetooth Connectivity with Yamaha Motorcycle Connect X APP
- Side stand engine cut-off switch
- Multi-function key with seat opener function
- Large 21-litre under seat storage compartment
- Foldable convenience hook
- Maintenance-free battery
- 90/90-12 front tire & a 110/90-10 rear tire
- Optional USB Charger
Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid – Smart Motor Generator (SMG) System: How Stuff Works?
The SMG functions as an electric motor to give a power assist when you accelerate from a stop. Thus reducing the insecurity caused by the wobble during start-outs in tandem riding or during uphill climbs. About 3 seconds after starting, or when the throttle is cut back or the engine rpm exceeds the prescribed level, the Power Assist function is cancelled.
An indicator light in the instrument cluster will inform the rider when the Power Assist (Hybrid System) is in operation. The SMG also serves as a motor by reversing the direction of electricity release. Thereby, providing benefits that include a Quiet Engine Start System and Automatic Stop & Start System.
Also, we do understand that the addition of the Bluetooth Connectivity feature via Yamaha Motorcycle Connect X App will owners stay connected with the machine and provide them with host of convenient features like:
- Answer Back
- Locate my Vehicle
- Riding History
- Parking Record & Hazard
Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid is available in – Disc Variant Colors:
- Vivid Red Special (New)
- Matt Black Special (New)
- Cool Blue Metallic (New)
- Dark Matt Blue
- Suave Copper
- Yellow Cocktail
- Cyan Blue
- Vivid Red and
- Metallic Black
Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid – The SDM ride experience
33.7kms from Wakdewadi to Nigdi & back with a pillion on a Sunday late morning ride. This is like throwing a tin can on an alien aircraft after giving it a Virus. So how do you un-think an aggressive wrist to adapt? Simple, keep it steady. So, for most part, unless where the photographer needed this ride is steady. Staying in the eco zone irrespective of the obstacles, well almost. The bike handles well in traffic, allowing me to ride while the photographer captured his pictures.
The Fascino stays calm and poised. Not much of bumps transferred to us. The scooter with some alien buttons took one traffic signal and on the go training from the Yamaha technicians who also participated as Marshals for the ride. Keep the AutoStart button activated. At a stops the Fascino auto-cuts off. Open the throttle and it goes! Wait, what? sounds like an EV. No switch off or toggling with the ignition, just rev and go!!
Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid – The “Shandaar Dumdaar Mileage” ride results
A total of 12 participants with most of the riders being ladies. The winner of this contest, Snehal Taywade struck a 115kmpl score to take the top honors. We scored a humble 88kmpl with a pillion. Without a pillion this means 101.2kmpl considering 15% increase at best, for this steady run.
This translates to a lot of kilometres over a few litres. the power and control offered while on the old Mumbai-Pune Highway is confidence inspiring. This, specially when half of the participants are on the other side of 90kmpl. Having said that, the erstwhile millennial can go on a weekend trip on a full tank and back. Hence, saving time on fuel stops and breaks during the journey.
Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Hybrid – Lasting impressions & note of appreciation
Keeping a steady wrist after travelling across town on an almost 200kg Mammoth on an aggressive throttle indeed is an exercise for the muscle memory. Also, the overall comfort and stance is akin to India’s leading scooter brand. This immediately puts anyone upgrading to the Fascino in their comfort zone.
The Simplicity of the product is evident with the participation of the elderly Gentlemen at this ride. Speaking of which, after a good 48 hours from the ride time writing this experience makes the scooter one to shortlist and not strike off. We at The Upshifters India thank Yamaha Motor India for the Invitation and our hosts, Yamaha Blue Square – The Spirit Automotive, Pune at this event.
Yamaha Blue Square – The Spirit Automotive
S.no, 15, Part C, Cts No. 14e, Pune Mumbai Road
Wakdewadi, Shivaji Nagar, Pune, Mh – 411005
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About Yamaha Motor India group of companies:
Yamaha Motor made its initial foray into India in 1985 as a joint venture. In August 2001, it became a 100% subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd, Japan (YMC). In 2008, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. entered into an agreement with YMC to become a joint investor in India Yamaha Motor Private Limited (IYM). IYM’s manufacturing facilities comprise State-of-the-art plants at Surajpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu). The infrastructure at these plants supports the production of motorcycles and parts for the domestic as well as overseas markets.
YMC has established its subsidiaries –
- Yamaha Motor Research and Development India Pvt Ltd. (YMRI),
- Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt Ltd. (YMIS) and
- Yamaha Motor India Pvt Ltd. (YMI)
in India to independently support IYM in the development, sales & marketing of its products and overall business planning & regional control respectively.
Presently, its product portfolio includes:
- YZF-R15 version 3.0 (155 cc) with ABS
- MT-15 (155 cc) with ABS
Blue-Core Technology-enabled models such as:
- FZ 25 (249 cc) with ABS
- FZ S 25 (249 cc) with ABS
- FZ-S FI (Fuel-Injected, 149 cc) with ABS
- FZ FI (Fuel-Injected, 149 cc) with ABS
UBS enabled scooters like:
- Fascino 125 FI
- Ray ZR 125 FI and
- Street Rally 125 FI