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Yamaha was the brand that brought to life the sporty 125 cc commuter segment with the Gladiator Type SS and RS, and now they’ve begun focusing on the opposite end of the spectrum – the affordable, quietly-styled 125 cc commuter that competes with the premium 100 cc segment. Enter the Saluto.

The Saluto’s 125 cc engine is a new design, one based on their ‘Blue Core’ design philosophy. As such, it is a lighter engine and the Saluto tips the scales at a featherweight 112 kg, which makes it the lightest motorcycle of its class according to Yamaha. The company also says that the lack of weight also helps increase fuel efficiency by 10 per cent, which means that the 8 bhp and 1 Nm of torque is complemented by a ARAI fuel efficiency figure of 78 kmpl even though it has only a four-speed gearbox.

The Saluto has the longest seat in the class, electric start and alloy wheels but there is no disc brake option. It is available immediately at Rs 52000, ex-showroom, Delhi.