Yamaha SS125, it is a new bike or just a Gladiator 125 in new colors?
There has been no official announcement about this one, but a couple of days back a new (?) model appeared on Yamaha India's website.
Named as "SS125", this bike appears just as the 125 cc Gladiator in new colors. But a closer look at the product portfolio of Yamaha India on its website reveals that this particular model has been given an all together new name and branding.
Both the "SS125" and the "Gladiator Type SS/RS" are presented as different models on Yamaha India website. By the way the earlier "Gladiator Graffiti" model has been removed from the website.
Phew..!! one will definitely go bonkers keeping record of the changes.
But the question is does this "SS125" deserve an altogether new branding separate from the Gladiator brand? That too when it looks exactly like the Gladiator?
A "microscopic" examination of the current tech specs of both the "SS125" and the "Gladiator Type SS/RS" models reveal that the "SS125" at 1295 mm is 5 mm shorter in the wheelbase compared to the Gladiator (at 1300 mm).
The over all length is also marginally shorter at 1995 mm compared to the 2065 mm of the Gladiator. The seat height at 795 mm is also 5 mm lower than the Gladiator. The kerb weight at 125 kgs is also 3 kgs lighter than the 128 kgs of the Gladiator.
Is the new "SS125" branding justified or would it only confuse buyers?
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Yamaha SS125: Technical Specifications
- Engine type: Air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC
Bore & Stroke: 54.0 x 54.0 mm
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Maximum output: 11 PS/7500 rpm
Maximum torque: 10.4 Nm/6,500 rpm
Fuel supply: Carburettor
Starting: Electric starter and kickstarter
Clutch type: Wet, multiple-disc
Ignition type: CDI
Transmission type: 5-gear Constant mesh
- Frame type: Diamond tubular type
Suspension (front/rear): Telescopic fork / Swingarm
Brake type (front/rear): Disk / Drum
Tyre size (front/rear): 2.75-18.4PR / 3.00-18.6PR
Headlight: 12V 35/25W Halogen bulb
- Overall length x width x height; 1995 x 730 x 1110 mm
Seat height: 795 mm
Wheelbase: 1,295 mm
Minimum ground clearance: 155 mm
With oil and fuel: 125 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 13.6 litres
Engine oil volume: 1 litres
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