Yamaha has added a new 125cc model to its suddenly burgeoning MT series of naked streetbikes in the European market. The 2014 Yamaha MT-125 joins the MT-07, the MT-09 and the MT-09 Street Rally, all of which were introduced in the last year. Unfortunately for the moment only the MT-09 has been announced for the U.S. where it is known as the FZ-09.
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We can still hold out hope that Yamaha Motor U.S.A. will import the MT-07 as the FZ-07, just as its Canadian counterpart has done, but the MT-125 is not likely to follow suit.
The MT-125 shares the same steel delta box frame and 124.7cc single-cylinder engine as the YZF-R125 also available in Europe. The engine appears to be unchanged, claiming the same 14.8 hp at 9000 rpm and 9.1 ft-lb. at 8000 rpm as its sportbike sibling.
Visually however, the MT-125 is styled after the larger MT models including the low headlight and two side air intakes. The new tank, seat, handlebars and footrests are shaped to offer good ergonomics for urban riding.
Like the R125, the MT-125 is equipped with a 41mm upside-down fork instead of the right-side-up ones usually found on inexpensive or small-displacement motorcycles. The linked rear monoshock offers spring preload adjustment.
The brakes also offer a big-bike vibe with radial-mount calipers gripping the 292mm front disc. The 17-inch wheels wear 100/80-17 tire on the front and a 130/80-17 at the rear.
Other features include an LCD display, 32.2-inch seat height, 3.0-gallon fuel tank and a claimed wet weight of 304 pounds. Yamaha Motor Europe is offering three color options: Anodized Red, Matt Grey and Race Blu. Pricing has not been announced.