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Yamaha Saluto - Test Ride Review

Snapshot: India is a market in which there is tough competition when it comes to commuter motorcycles. Read our test ride review of Yamaha Saluto to know how it stands against its competition.

Yamaha Saluto 125 was launched in India few months back and came with a promise of being an exciting to ride and cheap to maintain commuter motorcycle. Recently we got a chance spend a few days with this motorcycle and we honestly did ride it on our office run daily. Saluto is quite fun to ride everyday, that you will be happy to take out every weekend too without getting bored of it.

Discussing about commuter motorcycles, what comes to your mind when you are thinking about one? Most commuters are conventionally designed to be boring with fuel economy on priority, but we’ll tell you Yamaha Saluto is bit different.

Looks -

From headlamps to exhaust Saluto is one simple yet attractive looking bike. Every single bit of Saluto is crafted in very simplistic manner, be it the fuel tank or the seats or exhaust, it reflects elegant styling of the Saluto.

The one we test rode was black but the red Saluto gets a Black colored GT stripe on the tank that extends from the seat to the upfront. The Tank also gets a “Blue-Core” badge. Saluto does get a good looking headlamp (bit inspired from FZ16) and those air-soops below the front headlight catch your eyes at a single glance.

You’ll notice that Saluto comes with fully blacked out engine, alloys and exhaust which is standard these days on every other motorcycle. This practise actually improves styling and adds some sporty appeal to the overall design. The rear tail section is simple and designed in such a way that nothing looks odd; neat, wide and straight lines.

Riding comfort –

Riding comfort is one of the most important property of a commuter motorcycle and we’ll say Saluto does have some comfortable seats indeed. The riding position is the way it is supposed to be, upright and foot pegs are not set backwards adding to the comfort levels of Saluto. We rode the motorcycle for a couple of days through the busiest Delhi-Gurgaon traffic and must say it was not tiring at all. It is one of the lightest motorcycle in its segment and very easy to manoeuvre through clogged up city roads.

Engine and Performance –

Saluto derives its power from a 125cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine tuned on Yamaha's Blue-core technology for efficient combustion delivering excellent fuel economy. The unit churns out 8.2bhp of maximum power and 10.1Nm of peak torque.

Though it is just 125cc engine, but honestly it feels like a bigger 150 unit. The way it goes up from 0 to 90kmph is exciting and seamless. It delivers smooth performance and being one of the lightest motorcycles in the segment, weighing only 112kg, makes it more fuel efficient and easier to manoeuvre. On our regular test runs we were able to get an admirable efficiency figure of around 62kmpl. Not only this, Saluto comes with excellent ground clearance of 180mm making it easy to ride on the tall breakers or rough roads without scratching the underside of the motorcycle.

Verdict-

Saluto is an excellent package over-all making it an ideal choice for somebody looking for an everyday workhorse that is efficient, cheap to maintain and peppy to ride around town as well. There are certain things that can be improved, like the fuel tank is quite small and Yamaha could use a bigger capacity tank as it only take 7.6 litres of fuel at once. Though Saluto is great at pacing through 40-80kmph, but the drum brakes make itnervous under braking. You have to squeeze really hard on both the brakes to bring the bike to halt even at low speeds. Luckily Saluto does come with disc brake option and we sincerely recommend that over the drum brakes for confident braking.

We would have also loved if the instrumental cluster could be have been semi-digital adding more value to the bike. Overall we’ll say, counting everything the bike offers, Yamaha Saluto is brilliantly priced and stands tall against all of its competitors. It is available at just INR 52,000 (Ex-Showroom, Delhi) and in a long run Saluto with affordable maintenance costs, it will save enough of your cash to keep you further satisfied.

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