Yamaha is best known in India for its offerings in the performance bikes segment, but recently, the company forayed into manufacturing scooters, with an aim to capture a substantial share of the market. To survive the heavy competition, Yamaha needs to offer a scooter that is aesthetically pleasing, performs admirably, and above all, offers great value for money.
Enter the Ray Z, Yamaha’s second offering in the scooter segment. While the company’s first scooter, the Ray, was targeted exclusively at women, the Ray Z aims to make it even by focussing on solely on male consumers.
Does the Ray Z possess what it needs to take on the market leaders? We at ChooseMyBike.in will help you find out!
Design & Ergonomics
Targeted at male consumers from the younger generation, the Ray Z offers a design that uses sharp creases and flat surfaces combined with the chequered flag body graphics to project a sporty look.
The Yamaha Ray offers a seating posture that is comfortable for most people, thanks to a well-padded seat and a neatly-shaped foot board. The front fairing is recessed, which allows the rider’s knees to rest comfortably. The low seat height allows shorter riders to place their feet flat on the road, although taller riders may feel cramped for room.
Engine and Performance
The Yamaha Ray Z is powered by 113cc air-cooled single cylinder engine that produces 7 bhp and 8.1 Nm of torque. Initial acceleration is a bit dull, but this is compensated by a strong surge of torque that arrives post 40 kmph. The sweet spot is between 40 – 75 kmph, after which the acceleration tails away.
The peppy mid-range of the engine combined with its low weight helps the Ray Z stay ahead in city traffic. Keeping the throttle pinned will propel the Ray Z to a speedo-indicated 85 kmph.
The Ray Z is equipped with telescopic forks at the front, and a hydraulic monoshock at the rear. The suspension setup is well-balanced, soaking up most speed breakers and potholes with remarkable efficiency, while retaining composure when cornering.
An interesting point to note is that although the Ray Z has a low ground clearance (128 mm), it does not scrape its underbody on speed breakers or potholes, even when riding two up.
Although the Ray Z might seem small in size, it is actually longer than most scooters. The short height and narrow width lend the scooter a compact feel, which when combined with a short turning radius makes the Ray Z a very nimble scooter to ride. The longer-than-average wheelbase helps aid stability while cornering.
The Ray Z comes fitted with 130mm drum brakes on the front and rear wheels. The brakes do a commendable job at shedding speed when applied below 60 kmph, but operate with reduced efficiency above that mark. This is common on scooters equipped with only drum brakes.
In a braking test that we conducted, the Ray Z came to a complete stop from 40 kmph in 9.5m.
The Ray Z uses lightweight fibre-reinforced plastic body panels in its construction. The scooter enjoys a build quality that is at par with its competitors, although the quality of the plastics in the foot-well area could be better.
The Ray Z is equipped with many features, such as a sporty front visor, chequered flag body graphics, underseat storage space, front cubby holes and a chunky aluminium grab rail. Although the underseat storage measures 15L in volume, it is shaped flat and wide, and can accommodate only a half-face helmet. Thankfully, Yamaha has included two utility hooks under the seat, which can be used to secure helmets.
Front cubby holes and utility hook:
Underseat storage space:
Yamaha has over 400 sales and service centres spread across the country. Reach is good in urban and sub-urban areas, but it needs to expand further to the cover the length and breadth of the country.
With the Ray Z, Yamaha has a solid product to threaten the current market leaders. The Ray Z offers a fantastic combination of performance, efficiency and comfort, all offered in a stylish package that will appeal to the younger generation. Yamaha need to work only on making their quality consistent and expanding their after-sales support network. At a price of Rs 49,105 (ex-showroom, Delhi), it also turns out to be great value for money. Go for the Yamaha Ray Z if you are looking to purchase an easy-to-ride and comfortable scooter for your everyday commute.
|Engine||Air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder|
|Power||7 bhp @ 7500 rpm|
|Torque||8.1 Nm @ 5000 rpm|
|Chassis Type||Underbone type|
|Brakes||Front:Drum, dia. 130 mm
Rear:Drum, dia. 130 mm
Rear:Unit Swing with spring loaded hydraulic dampers
|Fuel Tank Capacity||5|