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Yamaha Alpha Test Ride Review

Yamaha Alpha Test Ride Review

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2014 Yamaha Alpha Review

Bike Tested: 2014 Yamaha Alpha

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 57,185/-

The Yamaha Alpha is here to dominate and show the competition from the same homeland that value for money is very much possible.

Getting up in the morning and going to work is a very common phenomenon for everybody. Hitting traffic and getting stuck in it is also one of same things we all encounter. However there a lot of common things we face but there is one more thing which is getting common, that is scooters. While warming up my bike, I always see my neighbour bringing his scooter to life in many ways, which also has become a common sight. Scooter popularity is growing higher and higher. Thanks to a household name, Honda, now everybody wants a scooter or desires one. Other companies have started cashing in on the idea as well and Yamaha has readied their latest offering to target the market leader and Honda’s best selling product, the Activa. Yamaha also has a reputation of making high quality, extremely durable products and with the same mission they are launching the Alpha with a price tag that undercuts the market leader while offering more to the consumer. While the Activa continues to get dated by lacking in several counts except the engine, will the Yamaha Alpha take over till the next generation Activa arrives? We find out.

Motor Quest: Yamaha has been making scooters since quite sometime now but its first scooter in India was launched only a couple of years back, in the form of the Ray. The Alpha is Yamaha’s second scooter in India (the Ray Z is not really different from the Ray).

Yamaha Alpha Review Test Ride2014 Yamaha Alpha Review

The front of the Yamaha Alpha has a car like grille, the rear isn’t very striking but overall it looks good

Styling – The Yamaha Alpha is fresher of the lot and still it hasn’t used the advantage in terms of styling. The front of the scooter has swooping panels with the headlight mounted on the handlebar which looks pleasing. The headlight does have a different appearance than the Activa and Jupiter, so it does score marks here. However, the headlight ends up resembling the Suzuki Swish, which yet again does not fall in sync with the design except the front.

The side profile of the Yamaha Alpha projects a ‘long’ look, unseen in this category

The side indicators at the front and rear look disappointing, tail light is oddly placed and the shape is not pleasing either. The designers have tried to show that the indicators have a teardrop design but they are not executed well. The side profile of the Alpha was being designed to give it contemporary looks, but it ends up looking confused, depicts no flair and does not have character lines to catch up either.

The instrument cluster has a slightly funky appearance thanks to body coloured panel

Instrument Cluster and Switch Gear – The instrument cluster has some flair due to the coloured body panel which houses the indicators at the front to the instrument cluster at the top (it’s one huge piece). Basic switchgear and instrument cluster with needles being borrowed from the Ray are present on the Alpha. The odometer, fuel gauge, solitary indicator light remain the only things to be displayed in this scooter’s console.

21-litre under-seat storage is the biggest in the class and can easily hold big things

Practicality – The Alpha now has a wide and long comfortable seat. The seat has the right balance of cushioning and is equally suitable for short and small rides. Seating position is upright and visibility is good at the rear due to well-positioned rear view mirrors. Floorboard was a weak link for the Ray and the Alpha corrects it by a huge margin. Floorboard space is the same as any other scooter in the segment. The Yamaha Alpha has only one hook to carry bags. The scooter yet again, like the Ray, misses out on the left brake lever clip to stop rolling on slopes. The Alpha sets a benchmark by having 21-litres of under seat storage while the Ray had a puny 15.5 litres. The long body has helped Yamaha to liberate immense space inside including a separate pocket to keep documents, first aid and tools. The rear grab rail resembles the Activa’s and is made of aluminium which is comfortable to hold for the pillion.

The Alpha has the same engine as the Ray which is smooth and refined as always

Performance and Gearbox – The Alpha has a 113cc engine which is carried over from the Ray. This mill is terrifically refined and smooth in nature because of the all aluminium structure. Starting up the engine is also a delight because of the digital noise which is unlike any other scooter. The Alpha produces 7.1 PS of power at 7500 RPM and 8.1 Nm of torque at 5500 RPM, having a roller type rocker arm in the cylinder head with a free piston which makes the best use of air and fuel ratio. Performance is brisk and off the line the Alpha feels quicker than any other scooter. Low and mid-end torque is where the Alpha feels at home. Roll on the throttle in moving city traffic and the engine always has abundant torque to keep you pushing forward.

The 113cc motor is peppy and offers linear performances, mid-range is strong

The engine feels peppy and throttle response is linear. The Alpha feels at home in the city but lacks top-end power like other scooters which offer marginally more top speed on the highway. This Yamaha strongly pulls from 30 km/hr to 60 km/hr, while most of the competition pulls from 50 km/hr to their top speed. City drivability as we can see, is bang on. When we had the Ray with us for a long term, we did mention that this is the only scooter with best in class highway efficiency numbers and with the same engine being carried over and no added weight, it still remains the most economical highway friend to the consumer. Returning 40 km/l in the city is what we got during our test run. Numbers are bound to increase after first service. The Ray used to fetch 47 km/l in the city and 52 km/l on the highway.

Yamaha Alpha Road Test

Super sharp dynamics and sporty damping makes the Alpha a fun to ride scooter

Riding Dynamics – Based on the same platform as the Ray, the Alpha gets all the sportiness when it comes to the ride and handling department. Stiffly sprung telescopic forks at the front and single sided rear suspension makes sure the Alpha is quick to turn and has a lot of reassuring grip. Excellent grip is also courtesy of the fabulous tyres provided on the Alpha, just like the Ray. All this is achieved with the same wheel and tyre size as any other competitive scooter in the market. Like we always say, tyres are extremely important and the Alpha proudly displays its abilities and marks the enthusiast true in this regard.

Ride quality of the Alpha is much improved over the Ray, the suspension is pliant

Ride quality has been the minus point of the Ray and now it’s sorted when it comes to the new Alpha. When comparing the ride quality over the Ray, it has seen a drastic improvement. We confirmed tyres pressure (stated by manufacturer) to double check the fact. Short wheelbase and engine being stressed member makes the scooter very compact and helps reduce mass and center of gravity. Weighing exactly the same as the Ray despite increase in dimensions and body panels was a much needed feat and Yamaha has managed to do so. Coming to the brakes, we always loved the brakes of the Ray and the same are carried over. Excellent feedback and stopping power. There is no doubt that the Alpha remains the most dynamic rich scooter in the entire Indian scooter market right now.

Yamaha’s excellent quality and practicality is spot on achieved in the Alpha

Verdict – The Yamaha Ray was the best scooter, as you all know since we suggested everyone to consider it when you asked us for help (it was also our scooter of 2012). The Yamaha Alpha is a very strong product from Yamaha’s portfolio indeed. The Alpha manages to set new records in terms of practicality and carrying the reassuring Yamaha DNA which includes quality and excellent fun to ride characteristic, making it a tempting buy for the customer. There is nothing from Japanese manufacturers in the 110cc segment except the dated Activa. Suzuki is yet to launch the Let’s. If you are looking for a 110cc Japanese scooter, look no further than the Yamaha Alpha.

The Yamaha Alpha is a value for money scooter when considered over the Ray or other Japanese offerings. It will be the pick of the lot for people who want their scooter from the land of the rising sun.

The Alpha is a well finished, high quality product from the most loved motorcycle brand

What’s Cool

* 21-litre under-seat storage
* Comfortable yet excellent dynamics

What’s Uncool

* Styling subjective to others
* Missing goodies at this price point

Is the Yamaha Alpha a dead end to the 110cc scooter segment? We will see!

Yamaha Alpha Specifications

* Engine: 113cc, 2-valve, air-cooled, 4-stroke
* Power: 7 HP @ 7500 RPM
* Torque: 8.1 Nm @ 5000 RPM
* Transmission: V-belt automatic
* Top Speed: 85 km/hr
* Fuel Consumption: 47 km/l
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Suspension: Telescopic forks (Front), Unit swing (Rear)
* Tires: 90/100-10 53J (tube type)
* Brakes: 130 mm drums

Yamaha Alpha Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 1795 mm x 675 mm x 1124 mm
* Wheelbase: 1270 mm
* Ground clearance: 128 mm
* Seat Height: 775 mm
* Underseat Storage Volume: 21-liters
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 5.2-liters
* Kerb Weight: 104 kgs

Further Reading –

Yamaha Alpha vs TVS Jupiter

Pictures – Om Vaikul

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Raj

    which one is better considering value for money factor Yamaha alpha or TVS Jupiter?

    • Shreerag

      Go for the tvs jupiter…this scooter frm tvs has already won 4 scooter of the year awards & counting…gr8 job frm Tvs..A more practical scooter thn yamaha alpha.. But yamaha has tht top class quality….

  • Arun

    Jupiter is the best value for money scooter available in the market, I have been using it since 16 feb 2014 and Iam totally satisfied with the performance of the scooter. U would not be regretted by buying Jupiter.

  • Vidurar

    It’s raining scooters in India. Yamaha also came with one named the ‘Ray’ which is a pain to to ride on less than perfect surfaces due to the stiff suspension. A cramped floorboard , no parking brake lock and shortage of under seat space, all add to the woes. Now like every other company they’ve also shamelessly cloned the Activa!.

    • antony

      Completely agree with what you said. I recently rode my friend’s ray. It felt very small and cramped. What’s worse, it lacks pickup also. I don’t understand why all auto websites blindly praise ray. Its engine is not at all powerful.

    • Faisal Khan

      Because it’s handling is fantastic.

  • Shreerag

    has any1 noticed the low ground clearance of yamaha alpha? the down part gets scraped whenever a big hump/bump is encountered…wt is yamaha doing? Mohitji wt do u say? can the ls2 fit in the underseat storage?

    • Mohit Soni

      Shreerag, We could not fit our LS2! About the low ground clearance, stiff suspension does not let it scrape until two heavyweight champions sit on it and go through a LARGE speed breaker!

    • Akash

      hey put up a long term review of Honda stunner

    • Sanjay Das

      Mohit ji, i am confused between yamaha alpha, tvs jupitar and hero maestro. which one gives better mileage and durability? pls inform

    • Rival

      @Sanjay Das- Go for Hero Maestro. Muscular look with comfortable ride with lots of features.
      And main point Hero service Network.

    • Shreerag

      tvs jupiter any day.. if ur more concerned abt mileage-comfort-style-best in class, features,etc…

  • Pranali

    40kmpl mileage is less than Ray and way lesser than what the company has claimed..
    I need to pick between the ray and alpha as my next scootor and the mileage is the only deciding factor.. So way confused now!!

    • Faisal Khan

      Mileage of Alpha is better than Ray.

    • Shreerag

      Alpha has a competitive edge over ray/z ..alpha is more practical than the ray siblings. . But this scooter does look odd in some angle… But who cares wen its from Yamaha..!

    • Yunus

      I got 63 kmpl on highway and 56 kmpl in city with yamaha RAY. Both ray n alpha are good. But for family purpose alpha is the best. If for styling it’s only RAY

    • Pranali

      Woah.. That’s much more than what company has claimed for ray..

    • Faisal Khan

      Exactly, so it should return more mileage.

    • Faisal Khan

      How is the service for the scooter?

    • Mohit Soni

      We were riding it hard and fast hence the figures. Like we mentioned the Ray fetched excellent numbers in the long term and since the Alpha carries same engine. It will return the same. Ray is excellent for short riders and Alpha is definitely for the male with 5’7 and above.

  • karishma

    Hi all, I’m so confused between tvs Jupiter and Yamaha alpha…. I’m not able to decide which one to buy…. Please help with your valuable votes n comments… Thanks…

    • Mohit Soni

      Jupiter or Ray. Alpha seat height won’t impress women!

  • amar

    dio got all the features pick up ,mileage n style :) comforts it does lag a bit :) but owning a dio is worth :)

    • Faisal Khan

      No telescopic forks in Dio.


    i purchased alpha, i tried to buy honda activa ,there unable to find any model vehicles in might be their over confident in martket.
    i heard honda activa from past 10yrs in market that is only reason we are finding more vechiles on streets.
    india people are very poolish to buy,they dont want any thing just they will go blindly based on vehicle count in roads.
    Yamaha alpha vehicle is good and compartable.its much more than hero pleasure and Honda activa.i dont heard any one from honda getting more than 40KM’s millage.

    YAMAHA Alpha needs to be promote their vechiles , its like in IT sectors they want to go for campagins programs.then it will reach easly to the market trends.


  • Kiran

    Hi, Its been 2 weeks i am using the Yamaha Alpha, Its smooth and spacious comfortable, HOwever have oil leakage issue, Mileage not really great.
    Buyers please think before buying, i cannot recommend any other 2 wheeler as this is my first and not very Happy with it.

  • Pranali

    Hey guys.. I finally bought the yamaha alpha in white.. One day delivery! I was considering tvs Jupiter too but couldn’t bear with their 3 months waiting period. I wanna say a huge thanks to the guys at MotorBeam.. This site really helped me to narrow down to alpha..

    • Sam

      Hi Pranali,
      Congratulations on your Yamaha Alpha!!
      Do you notice any problem in Alpha; how is the fuel efficiency?


    • Pranali

      Hi Sam.. No problems yet! I am getting 47 kmpl.. Hoping the fuel efficiency will increase after first servicing!! Its a good bike!

    • Sam

      Thanks Pranali.
      Can u provide us the following details?
      1) OTR Price Breakup
      2) Is riding with a Pillion easy?

      Appreciate your response and help.

    • Pranali

      Hi.. I dont hv the brk up cos surprisingly they haven’t provided me with one, but it came at around 54690 in pune (inclusive of 1250 as insurance)..! With pillion riding is smooth..! The max wt of pillion here has been 60..! The dealer gave me no offers or free goodies- just a acrylic number plate and full bike cover! :( and only 6 free bike services!

      Hey whr r u from??

    • Sam

      Thanks for the response.
      How is your scooter going? Does Alpha has metal body or fibre? and does it feel durable?
      Im from WB.

    • Sam

      Hi Pranli,
      You might have hit multiple servicing by this time. How is the fuel efficiency you are getting? Any tips you wanna help us with for Yamaha Alpha?


    • Pranali

      Just done with one servicing as of now.. Had clocked 200kms then.. Now due for second in a couple of days and bike is clocked at 480..
      Mileage is coming around 47-48kmpl.. I think there is something wrong with my fuel indicator.. Even for a good amount of petrol it points at the lowest levels in the indicator.. Apart from this I have had no issues with this bike.. Just one word for it is that its Smooth.. Happy with my alpha.. Had checked for accessories a month back and they werent available then.. Hope atleast the ladies for rest will be available now..

    • Faisal Khan

      That is really good mileage Pranali.

  • Sreerej

    I bought Yamaha Alpha scooter from Hilton Yamaha, Thiruvananthapuram. Ride quality is good.. but NO TOOL KIT as promised in the booklet, No seat cover, So handle grip, No body grill, No ladies handle, everything NO STOCK What is this? Yamaha marketed this scooter without proper planning, or was it a hurried marketing? Only God knows whether I will get the same reply for any mechanical spare parts.

    • Sam

      I checked with yamaha dealer today; they quoted: ladies footrest @ Rs 650 and Allround body guadrd @ Rs 1500 .. may be you can check now if its avaiable ,,

  • Dwip joy

    Hi pranali i am agree with u . An all frez honestly activa will never provide u a comfortable ride because of its front suspension and tubeless tyre. And mileage is always less than 45 in hway/ city thats a true fact. In india hoda is known only for activa. This is like abtak 56 banaya bacha ek. Koi to dusra acha bike or scooty dekhaye from honda. And frends tips for polishing… Always use vegtable oil or cocunut oil but after applying oil dont fget to clean with soft cloth. Another tips to make a tube type tyre better dan tubelees tyre next time.

  • Dwip joy

    I bgth y. Alpha and i think this is the best scooter in india. Good mileage without the 1st servicin comfort 100% , very good suspensions . This is 4 dos who love their scooter very much .this is even comfy dan royal enfeild. Try for a test ride.

  • sivanarayanan pp

    I Purchased Yamaha Alpha Scooter on 13th March 2014.
    Before its first Service i got 48.7 Km mileage.
    But after First Service Its Mileage decreased to 32.5 Km.
    I don’t know reason of it. In My opinion the company cheating
    customers by offering high mileage. I have no Idea, is
    it the compliant of the company or the Services. if its mileage is very poor
    I will not recommend to others to buy Yamaha Alpha. I think that it is better to give
    case against the company

    I tried to logg a complaint through yamaha website using this address
    “”, in this web page there is no submit button to post my compliant

  • Karan

    What is the fuel reserve capacity (in litres) for yamaha alpha. I couldn’t see this information anywhere..

  • Murli

    From looks, specs and reviews and seeing these scooters, what I conclude is that Yamaha alpha is not suitable for Bangalore roads.It is best looking scooter in India today. However what goes against it is the low ground clearance at 128mm (compared to 145mm of activa and 150mm of Jupiter). Also the suspension is stiff which will break your back on uneven or broken roads. I still fail to understand why manufacturers create stiff suspension when ride comfort is most important. How many of the riders will use scooters for extreme cornering or racing. I have read mixed reaction about the refinement of the engine, so wont comment.

  • yog

    Hi all, i’m confused between tvs jupiter & yamaha alpha
    which one to buy?

    • Faisal Khan

      Did you read our comparison test?

  • yog

    Ha But me abhibi confused hu

  • Rakesh J S

    Yes Sreerej…i also brought one from the same….everything out of stock…what about mileage…i got it on 15-7-2014 and first service is over and as per the tech’s from the service centre at starting it will give around 30 KMPL mileage..but will is sure.??

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