Yamaha has set-up a new research and development facility in India where development of a new 100cc to 125cc bike is on-going and it’s set to cost less than £500!
Sadly it appears the new bike won’t make it to the UK at that price, and if it makes it at all, it’s likely to cost more in the region of £2000, we can but dream.
If you thought we had it bad, bear in mind that a Yamaha R1 in India costs the rupee equivalent of £17,496, compared to £12,132 In the UK, but a Yamaha YZF-R125 is just £1076 in India, compared to £4421 in the UK.
However, it apparently costs half the price to develop new bikes in India, compared to Japan, so expect more Indian-built budget bikes from Yamaha to be heading to UK shores in the next couple of years.
The cheapest Japanese motorcycle (not scooter) on sale in the UK right now is Honda's CBF125, an outright sales success at £2600. So let's hope Yamaha manages to make the accountants see sense and bring in a low-end budget bike.