Of all the new concepts being debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show today, it’s this Yamaha Y125 Moegi that’s drawn the most interest from our friends and readers. Why? It’s probably got something to do with the inherent conservatism of motorcycling — the styling is relatively retro with that peanut-ish tank — but it’s also likely demand for lightweight, practical, stylish city runabouts. The Moegi weighs just 176lbs and returns 188mpg.
Update: now with 4 high-res images.
The idea here seems to be to adapt bicycle functionality to near-motorcycle performance. The weedy USD forks and tiny, single-caliper disc brakes, thin wheels and belt drive could all have come off a high-end bicycle, but the exposed engine and passenger seat are distinctly motorcycle.
Equipped with a 125cc four-stroke, power should be in the 10-15bhp range, giving the Moegi a top speed in the ballpark of 75mph. Plenty for scooting around a city. What it lacks, however, is the practicality of a scooter — there’s no storage or weather protection and it looks like there are gears. Is style enough to make up for limited practicality?