Yamaha Xenter launchedYamaha has revealed its new Xenter scooter, which incorporates several big bike features.
Foremost among these are the large 16” five-spoke wheels. They come shod in bespoke tyres - 100/80 at the front and 120/80 at the rear - that are claimed to give enhanced grip.
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The Xenter also gets monocross rear suspension, as found on the TMAX maxi scooter. Such a set-up is reckoned to offer an improved ride and more precise handling, plus it should make carrying a pillion passenger easier.
Although the 267 mm front disc and 150 mm rear drum brakes may be fairly modest, Yamaha's Unified Brake System comes fitted as standard. This is designed to balance out the braking pressures being applied to the front and back wheels, so providing more effective stopping power.
There’s no doubt that the Xenter is an attractive scooter, with twin headlights giving it a purposeful look. The handlebars house an LCD dashboard, while at the rear there’s an integrated luggage carrier and an LED light unit. Weight ready to ride is 142 kg (313 lbs), and the seat height is a low 785 mm (30.9”).
Two versions of the Xenter will be available, although the only things that differentiate them are the capacity of their fuel-injected, four valve, single cylinder engines and the paintwork options.
The smaller of the two has 125 cc, and its power and torque outputs are 12.3 bhp (9.2 kW / 12.5 PS) and 11.9 Nm (8.7 lb/ft) respectively. Buyers can choose from Midnight Black, Sky Blue or Avalanche White colour schemes.
In 155 cc guise, power rises to 15.5 bhp (11.6 kW / 15.7 PS), while peak torque is 14.8 Nm (10.9 lb/ft). This also comes in Midnight Black and Avalanche White, as well as London Grey. The name of that last colour choice seems somewhat ironic, seeing as it looks like only the 125 cc Xenter will be marketed in the UK.
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