The Yamaha Motor Company announced the release of a brand new scooter model - Yamaha Ray. The design of the Yamaha Ray is intended to be attractive to female drivers, with vivid, eye-catching curves and edges, and it's certainly something different in a market that is all too prone to generic design. The sharp lines of the bike's body are bold, almost aggressive, but its lights and clear-lens indicators are softer and more feminine. The main body of the bike is painted in the body color with striking black accents. The headlight fixtures are strong and nicely shaped, and the bike includes a silver tone back mirror. Overall, the body of the bike is expected to weigh 104 kilograms, placing it in the low to medium range of scooters. The scooter is certainly far more compact than many of its rivals, in keeping with its aim of attracting female drivers.
The Yamaha Ray's smart analogue instrument console is eye-catching and visually appealing. It features a twin pod speedometer cluster, accompanied by low fuel, low oil and low battery indicators, and a number of other modern features that will help to set it apart from the analogue consoles of its rivals. All of the dials and displays are clear and striking, easy to read both in bright sunlight and in night conditions. The Yamaha Ray is powered by a 113cc four-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine. It claims a top power output of 7 Bhp @ 7500rpm and a maximum torque of 8.1 Nm @ 5500rpm. This kind of power should be adequate for the average female driver, but it's a distinctly underwhelming entry into a market dominated by scooters with 125 cc engines, and many drivers may choose to pass up on the Ray for this reason.
Yamaha has established itself as a manufacturer of scooters that are pleasant and comfortable to drive, and the Ray looks set to continue this. Its seat is well proportioned and spacious, with plenty of room for both driver and pillion, including ample foot room. The seat is of good quality and its upright position will ensure comfort over long journeys. The Yamaha Ray features telescopic fork front suspension, similar to many of its competitors. Yamaha bikes generally offer well-built suspension that performs well on a range of road surfaces and on off-track drives. The shade on display at the Expo was a vivid purple combined with jet-black. The production version of Yamaha Ray is available in six seven eye-catching shades: White (NEW), Pink, Purple, Blue, Burgundy, Grey and Black.
Yamaha Ray was expected to be available in a standard and deluxe variant, with the deluxe variant offering plenty of added extras and a more capable braking system. But for now, Yamaha India has decided to sell Ray in only one variant featuring drum brakes at front and rear. Yamaha Ray competes Honda Dio, Honda Activa 3G, Suzuki Swish and TVS Scooty Zest.