Yes! Yamaha finally enters the scooter segment in India.
Yes! The scooter segment is a rapidly growing segment in India.
Yes! Yamaha has a scooter portfolio globally.
Yes! Yamaha is mainly targeting the ladies with its maiden scooter offering in India.
Will India say Yes or No to the entry of Yamaha into scooter segment? Well, lets find out about the scooter and bring out our opinion.
Yamaha Ray is quiet distinctive in nature and styling. There are more angular elements all over the body and my initial reaction ‘Why would Yamaha deliberately target it for women? The styling suits well for men too’
The distinctive styling of Yamaha Ray is the way the front apron wraps around your legs. On the side profile, the design looks prominent and quiet attractive. On a flip side, we all know in India we use scooters for multi-purposes and one common usage is carrying bulky baggage on the foot board. So am not sure how much the wrapped front apron might hinder the luggage space. But on a design point of view it scores high. There are more angular designs that fills the canvas rather than the fluidic trend that has caught up with most of the competitors.
The front headlamp is massive and bit aggressive and similar to Honda Dio, the headlamp along with the integrated turn indicators are mounted to the front apron to give yet another distinctive look.
The instrument cluster is simple and practical in a dual triangle shape. It reads the basic figures that you find in any scooter in the Indian market now along with the light indicators.
The rear sports an equally big tail lamp to compliment the headlamp and again the angular designs make it looks good and appealing.
The grab rail talks a lot about the build quality. It is firm and sturdy. I feel this is one of a best grab rails available in Indian scooters currently. Did you say am getting too carried away by a simple grab rail? Well, each product leaves an impression and this happens to be one of it for me in Yamaha Ray.
The under seat storage is decent and also the fuel opening is nested under seat… In the front there is a baggage hook but no storage compartment in the front except for two cubbies.
Ray has a 5 liter fuel capacity.
Yet another part that caught my attention is the silencer. Its bold and makes its unique and strong design presence in good measures. Who said silencers in scooters are a boring visual affair?
Tyres are MRF Zappers in the 90/100-10 size. You get a telescopic fork suspension in the front and the regular swing arm mechanism for the rear. Telescopic suspension of course means a good handling and performance. Braking is taken care by the 130mm drums and are quiet good.
The 113 cc , four-stroke air-cooled SOHC 2 valve engine produces a top power of 7 BHP at 5000 RPM and a peak torque of 8 Nm at 5000 RPM which are not the best in the segment but decent enough. Though when compared to Swish or the fastest in segment Vespa, it might disappoint.
We didn’t get to spend a long time with the Ray but then the time we covered was enough to make our opinion about it. Weighing 104 kg, Yamaha Ray is lighter and easier to handle. Quiet peppy to ride, it handles the corners well and gives you a decent riding experience, though not very outstanding compared to the rivals in the segment.
Yamaha Ray is available in six colours comprising burgundy, black, blue, pink, grey and purple. Clearly, the pink and purple are kept with women in mind.
Ok, so what is the mileage figures? The company claims a 62.1kmpl but then I expect something in 50’s in the real world conditions. Ray is priced at Rs 46,000 launch price, ex-showroom Delhi.
For Yamaha the target segment is women and in fact the assembly line for Yamaha Ray is entirely managed by ladies. But going by the design aspect, I would not be surprised if many men are seen around in Ray, unless Yamaha goes overboard on pitching it exclusively for women and shy the men away.
Yamaha Ray is a decent offering, if not a radically top-notch product. With Ray, Yamaha does have a ray of hope in making its presence felt in the scooter segment.