The two-wheeler industry of Pakistan has gotten slightly more exciting with the launch of the Suzuki GSX 125. The new motorcycle replaces GS 150SE, which Pak Suzuki Motor Company (PSMC) retired a few months ago.
Due to the recent car and fuel price hikes, bikes have seen a surge in interest and popularity. Resultantly, GSX 125 was one of the most anticipated new arrivals in Pakistan.
GSX 125 faces tough competition with several popular bikes, including Yamaha YBR 125. The bike debuted in 2015 and became an instant success due to its fresh looks and features for that time.
This article will compare the two bikes and see which one is a better value. Let us have a look:
Suzuki GSX 125
GSX 125 has a sleek and modern-looking design with stylish alloy wheels, a brushed aluminum three-piece handlebar a sporty stance, and aggressive street-bike styling.
A chiseled fuel tank with large air scoops on the side gives it a beefy look. The black and silver panels, brushed aluminum footpeg braces on either side, and a large exhaust give the GSX 125 a sporty flair.
The tail features body-colored panels on either side, a contemporary rear-mounted rack, and a modern taillight that allow for a sharp look.
Yamaha YBR 125
Upon its debut, YBR 125 was the talk of the town due to its sporty looks compared to mainstream, ancient-looking bikes such as Honda CG 125.
It also has an aggressive stance, a sporty fuel-tank design with air scoops, and matte-black alloy wheels. A distinctive design element on the side is a large exhaust and a few sharp panels that accentuate the sportiness. YBR 125’s tail is also lifted, and features a sleek taillight, giving it a street bike-esque look.
YBR 125G looks more imposing due to a lifted front mudguard, a retro-style headlight with a steel brace, suspension boots, and comparatively larger block-pattern tires.
Dimensions and Weight
Here’s how the two bikes compete in terms of size and weight. The Suzuki bike is a bit heavier with slightly better ground clearance than the Yamaha. Other than that the two bikes are quite similar in size.
|Measurements||Suzuki GSX 125||Yamaha YBR 125|
|Overall Length||1,990 mm||1,975 mm|
|Overall Width||755 mm||745 mm|
|Overall Height||1,075 mm||1,080 mm|
|Wheelbase||1,270 mm||1,285 mm|
|Ground Clearance||167 mm||145 mm|
|Weight||126 kg||114 kg|
Suzuki GSX 125
It has a 124cc single-cylinder air-cooled petrol engine that makes 10.45 horsepower (hp) and 9.2 Newton-meters (Nm) of torque.
GSX 125 has a fuel economy of 42 kilometers per liter, as observed by various international bike reviewers, and a 5-speed constant-mesh transmission with a return shift pattern.
The bike has dual-piston caliper-based disc brake at the front and a conventional drum brake outback. In terms of suspension, it has dual inverted fork-tubes upfront and spring-loaded shock absorbers at the back.
Yamaha YBR 125
YBR 125 has a 124cc single-cylinder air-cooled petrol engine that makes 10.7 horsepower (hp) and 10.4 Newton-meters (Nm) of torque, giving it a slight edge over the Suzuki bike in terms of torque.
It has a fuel economy of 45 kilometers per liter, as claimed by various owners, and a 5-speed constant-mesh transmission with a return shift pattern.
The bike has a single-piston caliper-based disc brake at the front and a conventional drum brake outback. In terms of suspension, it has dual inverted fork-tubes upfront and spring-loaded shock absorbers at the back.
Both bikes have the following features:
|Features||Suzuki GSX 125||Yamaha YBR 125|
|Starter System||Self-Start Only||Self and Kick-Start|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||14.2 Liters||13 Liter|
|Balance Shaft or Minimal Vibrations||Unknown||Yes|
|Return Shift Pattern||Yes||Yes|
|Adjustable Rear Suspension||Yes||Yes|
|High Beam Flasher||Yes||No|
|Handle-Mounted Choke Lever||Yes||No|
The prices of both bikes are as follows:
|YBR 125 G||331,000|
So is the Suzuki GSX 125 a better value? Unfortunately, not even close. On paper, Suzuki GSX 125 has very few improvements over YBR 125, yet, it demands an additional Rs. 28,000 over the price of YBR 125.
Even though YBR 125 lacks a few features like a choke lever, high beam flasher, and handlebar counterweights, it outshines the GSX 125 in terms of power, with a slight edge in torque and a lower overall weight.
In Bangladesh, where Suzuki GSX 125 recently debuted, everyone loves its performance therefore, the driving feel may be a deciding factor for some enthusiasts to buy Suzuki’s new offering.
All in all, Pakistani buyers prefer value for money, which the Suzuki bike lacks so it will be a tough sell in the country.