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    Road testing, the Yamaha Nouvo 125 SX, Yamaha Nouvo Elegance and the Honda Click 125i

    I just rented another Yamaha 125 Nouvo SX, this time for four days a couple of weeks after renting another Honda Click 125i on Koh Larn Island. So I've done a new road test comparison between the three bikes that includes stop watched acceleration runs from zero to 50 kph and zero to 80 kph as well as fuel mileage tests for the three bikes. The You Tube video is very short but there's a link there to the actual written review which gets a bit detailed. After renting the new Yamaha 125 Nouvo SX for four days I did a lot of running around on my own Nouvo Elegance to recheck its city fuel economy. I'd be most interested in more views out there concerning these three bikes and what all of your personal experiences might be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackcorbett
    that includes stop watched acceleration runs from zero to 50 kph and zero to 80 kph
    Superb effort, Sir.

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    I found the little bike to be an enornously satisfying mount no matter what I tried to do with it.
    Ive rented a few of those out in my time in Thailand

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    "Is the 125 as good as the 135"



    Depends if you'd like to go a tad faster I'd suspect

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    A few years ago when I lived outside Bkk for 3 months, I had a Honda Wave 125 that I used to get around town, and the missus used to shop at Tesco, local markets, etc. Quite crude, but they go forever with minimal care and maintenance... Every family in Thailand should have at least 1 Honda Wave to their name...
    How do I post these pictures???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post


    Quote Originally Posted by jackcorbett
    that includes stop watched acceleration runs from zero to 50 kph and zero to 80 kph
    Superb effort, Sir.
    Glad you lied it Bettyboo. That's the tricky part, doing those acceleration runs

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    hardly any major differences.
    all twist n go or sort of .

    I remember buying my first bike (can I say bike?) , I take it the road test is a run up to the big purchase otherwise why bother really.

    my first bike in thai and im a biker , I sent the girlfriend out and she came back with a bike . brand new it was , I put the key in , twist n go!

    tis it.
    will not put up wiv the "Nanny state" so don't push it on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackcorbett View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackcorbett
    that includes stop watched acceleration runs from zero to 50 kph and zero to 80 kph
    Superb effort, Sir.
    Glad you lied it Bettyboo. That's the tricky part, doing those acceleration runs

    If you're gonna live on the edge like that, get yourself the dynolicious iphone app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobfish View Post
    If you're gonna live on the edge like that, get yourself the dynolicious iphone app.
    Would be more accurate and cheaper to buy a dedicated device like a Veypor unless of course one is a sheep and already has an Iphone.
    Last edited by VocalNeal; 07-10-2013 at 09:35 AM.

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    Bought a Yamaha Fino for the wife 2 years ago, not a bad bike, no troubles so far, good runaround between the house and family and other villages nearby.

    About 1 year ago bought a Honda psx, much bigger "motor bike" and I have to say, although almost twice the price of a Fino, what a wonderful bike to ride, on the PSX I have no trouble sitting at almost 2mtr tall (6ft plus). Very comfortable for runs to Prasat, about 30k's from home.

    It will ride at 100k's very comfortable ( that's the bike, not me!)
    If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.

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    Although I've not changed my written review of the Yamaha Nouvo SX 125, Yamaha Nouvo Elegance and Honda Click 125 i I have improved my video over at You Tube by using longer intervals between the pictures on this slide show and in my opinion vastly improving the music accompanying it. The former enabled the text on two of my slides to be read whereas it could not before due to a 2 to 3 second internal And as for the music or lack of it throughout the greater part of the previous video I felt the video to be boring compared to many others I've done at You Tube.

    But while I'm at this post I'm wondering if any of you can help me out on a question that I might have already answered for myself. In my opinion the inclusion of a kick starter gives the Yamaha 135 Elegance an edge in practicality over a Honda PCX. Around six weeks ago a friend could not start his rental PCX due to battery failure so he had to walk to my condo in order to meet me for lunch. However, yesterday another friend was unable to start his Yamaha 125 SX. He had battery failure as well even though his bike was only 1 year old. He had been in the US. for about a month so the bike sat. He tried to kick start it but he was unable to get it started. He finally bought a new battery and put it in the the Nouvo SX started right up. My theory is he's got an electric fuel pump and that requires enough battery power to inject fuel from the gasoline tank to the cylinder.

    I would not have had this problem with my outmoded carburator equipped Nouvo Elegance because the fuel would have already been sitting in the carburetor and I could have replenished it with the kick starter. Even if my bike sits for three days it can be a little rough starting it even though I can do it on battery power alone. And one time years ago I had to kick start a Yamaha Nouvo I had because it had sat too long. So what I'm suggesting is even though fuel injection normally insures smooth quick starts, it is not in the long run as reliable as a carburetor equipped motorbike.

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    ^There are pros and cons for both. If you have a bike with both as many Motor X bikes do then your saved.

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    I would like to say Jack has a really good talent there for producing his own video's.

    Very bloody good I reckon.

    Cheers Jack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    I would like to say Jack has a really good talent there for producing his own video's.

    Very bloody good I reckon.

    Cheers Jack.
    Glad you liked it, Terry. It will be a couple of weeks or so but I'm now working on the Yamaha Filano. Already stop watched it from zero to fifty kph. Now driving around Pattaya City getting fuel mileage info. I don't believe I will stopwatch it to 80. Truth is here in the city acceleration to fifty is much more important. But I did get this little bike up to 80 and it was not nearly as bad as I expected. These little jewels only weigh 99 kg. I bought one for my gf but we only take it for very short hops and usually two up. It's not up to what a Nouvo or PCX can do, but I am very impressed with its overall quality and Yamaha's attention to detail which I've found to be true for the various Nouvo models as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackcorbett View Post
    I don't believe I will stopwatch it to 80. Truth is here in the city acceleration to fifty is much more important.
    ...and maybe 50 to 80 for getting around someone or into that empty space?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jackcorbett View Post
    I don't believe I will stopwatch it to 80. Truth is here in the city acceleration to fifty is much more important.
    ...and maybe 50 to 80 for getting around someone or into that empty space?
    I agree with you. The problem is these small bikes require a lot more attention than much larger bikes when traveling at relatively high speeds. Also...there's a lot more traffic to contend with than on U.S. highways for example. Then there's the fact that so many drivers drive here with homicidal intent. Twice I've had motorists pass me on the shoulder of the road while I was driving my Honda Civic around 110 kph in the right lane. If I didn't suddenly move over to the left there would have been an accident for sure. And just a couple of weeks ago right after concluding several zero to eighty kph runs I had a motorist suddenly pass me, and then he cut abruptly in front of me missing me by something like six feet. And of course one never knows when there's a big hole in the pavement or an obstacle, so it gets pretty dangerous operating a stop watch with one hand while focusing on sudden road imperfections looming in front of a small bike or a maniac driving right at you against the flow of traffic or trying to run you off the road. I am thinking that the next time I do an acceleration run up to 80 for example that I get up VERY EARLY in the morning when most of the world around me is asleep. Nevertheless I think these stop watch times are important if only to stop a lot of disinformation that's being spread around. The same thing is true about fuel economy tests.

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    It is interesting how relative interests become.

    Living in Thailand comparing 125cc motorbikes is very relevant, but in many countries, where people ride big bikes (1200cc or more), it would be like a thread comparing tricycles.

    Just shows how culture influences thinking and interests.

    RickThai

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    what do you make of this one Jack and how much are they in Thailand ?


    2013 Honda 'Airblade'

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    ^ ive one since new ( jan 07) .
    great bike. and can't wait to buy another one.

    but I only twist n go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    what do you make of this one Jack and how much are they in Thailand ?


    2013 Honda 'Airblade'

    As you know the dealers here in Pattaya do not normally stock 2013 Air Blades. I got a price on one a few months ago and as I recall it was about the same price one pays for a Nouvo 125 SX. In 2006 I did this bike review on an Air Blade I rented in Krabi Krabi Thailand Yamaha Nouvo, Honda click and Air Blade tests I loved this bike then. But the earlier models had 108 c.c. engines whereas the new Air Blade has a 125 c.c. engine.

    At that time I owned an air cooled Yamaha 113 c.c. Nouvo MX and felt the Air Blade was an improvement over it. Later I got my 135 c.c. Yamaha Elegance and I used a tape to make measurements on the old model Nouvo and my new Elegance and found that the passenger sat 2 inches closer to the front wheel on the Elegance versus the Nouvo MX as well as 2 inches higher. I thought that Yamaha had been very clever by making those physical changes in its newer and better Elegance. I felt the bike would now steer as quickly as any Air Blade while retaining the MX's better straight line stability due to its 16 inch wheels and longer wheel base. And of course the 135 c.c. engine of the Elegance would give it a decisive edge over the Air Blade with its smaller 108 c.c. engine.

    Okay....horsepower on the new Air Blade is about the same now as it is for a 135 c.c. Yamaha Elegance. Versus the new Click 125 i, the new Air Blade has twin rear shocks and it has the far superior bracing of a true underbone. Keep in mind both Honda Click 125 i's I rented I had problems with the seat latching mechanisms. The turn indicators have poor user unfriendly positions. So I feel the new Air Blade would be a much better choice than the 125 Honda Click. However, the Click has a 5.5 liter fuel tank versus a 4.3 liter tank for the Yamaha 125 SX and the Air Blade's 4.1 liters. I am put off by these smaller tanks as I feel range is important. But the good city fuel mileage of the 125 Yamaha SX still enabled me to do quite a lot of driving for this relatively small tank capacity.

    I know a lot of people feel Honda has the best quality, but I keep reading about various issues with PCX's whereas both I and my friends have had no issues with Yamaha Nouvos. A good friend of mine has 33,000 kilometers on his Nouvo Elegance and he's not had to replace the belt yet. I've bought two Yamaha Nouvos, one Yamaha Fino for a previous gf and recently bought a 2013 Filano for my current girlfriend and have found all four bikes to be about perfect. So my preference is for Yamaha over Honda (but I own and love my Honda Civic).

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    I read an interesting write up in that 125i engine Honda uses in the Click. Apparently it's quite a piece of engineering.
    Honda Develops Engine with Enhanced Durability, Quietness, and Fuel Economy for 125cc Scooters Equipped on Global Scooter Models
    Tuesday, 27 September 2011 @ 06:48 AM ICT
    Contributed by: news
    http://www.motorcycle.in.th/article....Scooter-Engine

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    I managed to score a PCX 150cc on my recent trip. I have always eyed them jealously from my diminutive Click on previous trips since the shop always 'no have'. Anyway It is so much more civilised to ride than the smaller bikes and not much less nimble or squeezable into small parking spots and massive 2 helmet under seat storage.

    The extra grunt is also great. Even with a 20 year old massage girl on the back on her day off it pulled up the steepest hills that Phuket could offer with barely a grumble!

    Would be a nice bit of kit to have in Aussie for nipping to the beach without worrying about parking except that scooters cost way more in Aussie than they do in Thailand.


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    I have had the Honda Click and Nouvo SX. Prefer the SX. Would have liked the fuel capacity of the Honda though.

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