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2020 Yamaha MT-125 launched to bring Hyper Naked to the masses

The 2020 Yamaha MT-125 is launched to introduce a new entry-level point for Yamaha's popular hyper naked MT motorcycle range

Yamaha has revealed its smallest iteration of the popular MT hyper naked range with the launch of a new entry level 2020 Yamaha MT-125.

Much rumoured to be joining the European Yamaha MT range after the Yamaha MT-15 was launched in Asia, the MT-125 shares much of that model’s striking design.

In-keeping its more powerful bigger brothers, the Yamaha MT-125 loses the former one-piece headlight in favour of a more aggressively sculpted front-end with dual headlight cowls, plus an LED headlight beneath it.

What’s new on the 2020 Yamaha MT-125

As well as a new design, the MT-125 features an all-new 125cc engine featuring advanced technologies inspired by those found on the sports-inspired Yamaha YZF-R125, including VVA (Variable Value Actuation). Operating up to 7,400rpm, the engine is designed to provide a smoother and wider band of torque making it quicker but more refined to ride.

A new assist and slipper clutch is designed to reduce the level of physical input by the rider during commuter riding and improve stability of the chassis when changing through the gears. This is complemented by a 140-section rear tyre to assist with traction and braking. 

From the rider’s seat, the MT-125 features LCD instruments to make key displays easier to read on the go, while the revised bodywork is intended to improve comfort levels with a new seat position and a smaller fuel tank (10 litres) designed to take stress out of commuting. 

The 2020 Yamaha MT-125 will go on sale in December 2019. Prices will be announced in due course. 

2020 Yamaha MT-125 Key Features

  • New 125cc engine with Variable Valve Actuation 
  • Assist and slipper clutch
  • Dual positions lights; LED headlight 
  • High specification 41mm upside down front forks
  • New Deltabox frame and aluminium swingarm 
  • Wider 140-section rear tyre 
  • Powerful radial-mount front brake caliper 
  • Large diameter 292mm front disc brake 
  • Sophisticated negative LCD instruments 

Yamaha MT hyper naked ranges from 125cc to 1000cc

Barely a month has passed since the Yamaha MT-03 was officially revealed, in turn becoming the new entry-level model in the hyper naked range.

However, as predicted, the 2020 MT-125 is here to provide an even easier entry point for buyers unable to stretch to the Japanese marque’s popular hyper naked range.

Aping its big brothers – the MT-07, MT-09 and MT-10 – in terms of colour schemes (Ice Fluo, Icon Blue and Midnight Black) and design with its exposed frame and recognisable dual headlight front-end cowls, the MT-125 means Yamaha MT motorcycles ranging from 125cc all the way up to 1000cc.

It’s likely to continue the MT range’s success in Europe, where it has sold 250,000 units over the past few years.

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