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Yamaha Ray Long Term Review


Yamaha Ray Long Term Review

The Yamaha Ray is one of the best packages in the 110cc scooter space of India

Yamaha Ray Long Term

Bike Tested: Yamaha Ray
Kms Done: 1548 kms
Test Started at: 3616 kms
Test Concluded at: 5164 kms
Fuel Cost: Rs. 2700/-
Liters: 34
Mileage: Highway: 51.6 km/l, City: 42 km/l, Worst: 37 km/l, Overall: 46 km/l
Service Costs: None during the test.

The Yamaha Ray is a well-balanced scooter with sharp handling and excellent mileage.

If there is a two-wheeler manufacturer who is absolutely silent these days it has to be Yamaha. After launching the Ray Z this year, pretty much nothing has been done. At least whatever must be going on or whatever decisions are being made are not seen coming into the market as a product. Colour revision is what Yamaha does frequently through the world for their important models in the respective countries. We think this way because we know Yamaha has made it pretty clear that it would take up swords and spark plugs to fight for volumes in the commuter segment. Scooters is what Yamaha looks at because they have their thoughts and pillars strong in that line of construction. Globally Yamaha makes some pretty interesting scooters. However, what we are getting here in India is the best in segment but not something exciting and amusing (for the enthusiast). The Yamaha Ray has been a part of the long term fleet and impressed us with a lot aspects that other scooters fail to do. Bullet proof reliability combined with fun to ride characteristic are it’s forte. We rode everyday in the city and did healthy kilometers to gauge this Yamaha better.

Yamaha Ray Value For Money

The Yamaha Ray doesn’t look feminine at all and can be ridden by everyone

Styling seems to raise questions. While top actresses endorse it and women make these scooters in Yamaha’s factory, it does not mean the scooter is meant purely for the fairer gender. During our stint with the scooter, nobody ever said it’s for females nor did anyone give us the look of “why are you riding this”. Sure it is small and edgy but that does not mean it’s only for Powerpuff girls and not for Swat Kats. Choose the right colour and you can go to college or work on this with your chest bloated. Choose the Ray Z and you have nothing to worry about whatsoever.

Yamaha Ray Instrument Console

Clean easy to read instrument cluster has nicely laid out fonts

The triangular instrument cluster blends in with the overall design. It uses clear lens for superior visibility, be it day or night. The fonts and icons used look very digital and futuristic while the speedometer needles look lego inspired. Overall, something new and yet does not disappoint any customer of any age.

Yamaha Ray High Speed Stability

Comfortable ergonomics are well suited for short riders as well

Ergonomics are like that of any other typical scooter. Upright and comfortable. Handlebars are positioned slightly lower which goes totally unnoticed at first, since we did spend a lot of time we discovered this. Rear view mirrors are positioned slightly forward so you have to sit slightly behind to get a good view from the rear view mirrors. Seat comfort is spot on for both rider and pillion and the seat fabric is high quality too. Seat height is ridiculously low. Anybody can get their feet down easily. If you are under 5 feet tall, you can still manage the scooter quite well. Surprisingly taller people in our team also found the scooter quite comfortable for short to medium rides. Long rides (200 kms+) is pain for them (which is 6 feet and above).

Yamaha Ray Performance Review

Fuelling of the 113cc motor is spot-on and the scooter starts on first crank always

Coming to one of the two best parts of the scooter, one of which is the fuelling. It is the best and unseen on any other scooter. The Yamaha Ray will instantly start on a cold morning after five days of rest without a hiccup. Idling starts at the very first crank which is insane and unseen on any scooter (without choke). Every morning we always ended up thinking if we have fired up the R15 or the Ray, it’s as good as fuel injection for petrol sake! The engine produces 7 BHP of power at 7500 RPM and 8.1 Nm of torque at 5000 RPM. Numbers are tempting indeed. Coupled with a low kerb weight of 104 kgs, sounds fun too. Engine is immensely tractable. Yamaha has made efforts to make it sound a little different and they succeeded as much as they intended too. Scooter sounds marginally different than any other scooter out there.

Yamaha Ray Handling Review

Low and mid-range performance is excellent, top speed is a true 75 km/hr

The Ray has oodles of low end and mid range torque. Roll on the throttle from anywhere in the rev band and you are bound to hit 75 km/hr with utmost ease on a short empty stretch. It is so easy that once we ended doing the top speed run from one red light to the other and braked hard because we have always praised the brakes on the Ray and in this situation we realised that they were not going to let us down. There is only one way to describe this motor, it feels like a de-tuned FZ motor with an automatic transmission. It’s that potent when it comes to low end and mid range torque. If you have read our comparison with the Honda Activa and TVS Jupiter, you will know that the Activa was left nowhere and the Jupiter was always on the Ray’s tail when it comes to acceleration of the line. All scooters lack top speed and this lacks even more. Topping out at 75 km/hr (as per VBOX) is low while other scooter offer 85 km/hr in the 110cc segment.

Yamaha Ray Long Term Test

Chassis balance is mind-blowing and handling is razor sharp

If black magic was real in our world and manufacturers would go to them for their help in dynamics then you would always find Yamaha standing in the line first for blessings. The scooter is agile, nimble and the most dynamic scooter in the segment. It feels as if it’s a work of humans who are extraordinary or people who are out of this world. The way it quickly leans can surprise you the first time (for a scooter). Tremendous grip from the same set of wheels and rubber which is used on pretty much any other scooter in the market today, which proves the extraordinary values we spoke about. Major credit goes to the centre of gravity which is extremely low thanks to stupendously low stance of the Yamaha Ray.

Yamaha Ray User Experience

In spite of stiff suspension, ride quality is quite good on the Yamaha Ray

The MRF rubber used on the Yamaha Ray is sublime and offers awe inspiring grip Telescopic suspension at the front and single spring at the rear is so well tuned that it feels this setup comes from the racing department. Racing department mention is being made because the suspension is too stiff for the kind of roads we have. Ride quality is acceptable but not plush. Scooters are meant for relaxed and comfortable ride in the city. A scooter that is dynamically so rich makes it a double whammy! If a scooter is as good as this and has twice the horsepower we could see enthusiasts ditching motorcycles for scooters as daily commuters.

Yamaha Ray Headlight Performance

Headlight offers excellent illumination at night for city riding

The illumination and spread of the headlight is superb! Yamaha has always scored full marks in every segment when it comes to practicality in the “lights” department. The tail light makes way for the number plate light as well, seen on almost every Japanese motorcycle/scooter. The underseat storage is the only place where the Ray has a dark side. A full 4-litres less than any other scooter out there. You may think the scooter is narrow and it can’t carry bags on the floor board, but you are wrong. Clever packaging allows it to be as good as the class leaders such as the TVS Jupiter and Honda Activa. The long exhaust is a bit of trouble when in really tight parking spaces. The Yamaha Ray is by far the best scooter we have tested in terms of fuel efficiency. The km/l numbers obtained are the highest of any other scooter we have tested (46 km/l overall mileage during our long term test).

Yamaha Ray Long Term

Build quality on the Yamaha Ray is excellent and everything feels well put together

Build quality of the Yamaha Ray is spot on but it’s only the fuel filler cap which is thoroughly flimsy. Horn is good for a stock unit. Two pockets on either side of the ignition lock are there to hold a coke can, suit your needs here but avoid keeping expensive things, as it can be plucked or thrown out by a bump easily. When fuel gauge shows there is nothing left, there is still enough fuel to do 35-40 kms (under 1-litre of petrol remains). Ground clearance may not be much but with stiff suspension it does not scrape on big speed-breakers with even a pillion on board. Clamp on the left brake lever which stops the scooter to roll behind on slopes is missing, not a good omission from Yamaha.

Yamaha Ray India Scooter

Just like other Yamaha products, the Ray too is over engineered

Yamaha products are pretty much engineered to the very limit. It’s really hard to find what is wrong with it. After spending a lot of time with the Ray, we can’t find anything wrong with it either. This is where Yamaha has always scored and it has succeeded with the Ray as well, no doubt about that. The Yamaha Ray is one of the best scooters out there. If you are a scooter fan or you have been asking for scooter advice, you know that we have always considered the Ray as the best option in the market today. Apart from the small underseat storage and slightly stiff ride quality, nothing is faulty or non-adjustable. After all, the Yamaha Ray was our scooter of the year in 2012. This Yamaha product has a brought ray of hope to people looking for an affordable scooter. No need to go and stand in line for what is inferior in the first place. The Yamaha Ray is here to add sunshine to your motoring life.

The Yamaha Ray offers terrific dynamics and is very frugal too. It’s a scooter which can put an instant smile on your face, due to its fun to ride nature.

Yamaha Ray Service Costs –

* Paid service – Rs. 375/-
* Engine oil – Rs. 225/-
* Air filter – Rs. 150/-
* Front shoe pad – Rs. 600/-
* Rear shoe pad – Rs. 600/-

Further Reading –

Yamaha Ray Review
Yamaha Ray Z Review
TVS Jupiter vs Honda Activa vs Yamaha Ray

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  • Ninu

    good write up…(content writing)

    • Mohit

      Thanks Ninu!

      • Ishan

        Hi Mohit,
        Would you recommend a Swish or a Ray? I fell in love with the swish for it’s power and smooth riding, as i read in reviews and user opinions. But this review has made me rethink. I am unable to take test rides in my area, so i really need your help!! I am fairly tall (6ft), but will not be riding more than 100km if i were to take long journeys. Comfort is an essence though.

  • true

    The problem with ray is the low seat. Also, most scooters have high footboard, which results in uncomfortable seating position.

    • Mohit

      Ray comes with low seat height and lower floorboard so its not hard to adjust once you start riding.

  • Pranali

    Hi mohit.. Pls help me out here.. I need to buy a scooter and want your help to decide between Yamaha ray and mahindra rodeo.. The criteria is good mileage (I travel 20-25kms daily) and the ride quality should be smooth on roads full of bumps and pot holes…

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Get the Yamaha Ray, or if you want mileage, the Alpha is also a good bet.

      • Pranali

        Thnx for the reply faisal.. But with alpha using the same engine as ray, how will mileage differ than what ray gives..

      • Pranali

        Also, should I drop considering rodeo and test drive swish instead and them compare it with ray/alpha?

      • Dhinu W

        Do you think the Ray can take a total 160kg weight smoothly uphill?

        • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

          Yes it can but not smoothly. 125cc scooter recommended.

  • Barji

    Hey Faisal.. I am deciding between Ray Z and Dio.. and having a hard time deciding. I am mainly worried about maintenance costs. Purchasing Honda is like assurance from Honda, as i have been told by many. Honda will keep running if you don;t even service for a year, as i have been told. What about Yamaha? it’s a good brand, but will it stand up to Hondas standard? Will there be too much of maintenance costs?
    I want the bike to last long, with minimum maintenance.. i won;t be using it everyday.. only 4 days a week to cover short distances like 10km.
    Please adivse.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Trust me, Ray is way better than Dio and you are asking about reliability of Yamaha? They even trump Honda in that sphere.

      • Balaji

        Okay.. so overall Ray looks like a good option :)
        I will be purchasing Ray, not Ray Z.. they are both the same right? no difference?

  • Jessi

    Alpha or Ray???

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Depends on your requirements. Alpha is more practical.

  • ishAn

    Hi Mohit/Faisal
    Would you recommend a Swish or a Ray? I fell in
    love with the swish for it’s power and smooth
    riding, as i read in reviews and user opinions.
    But this review has made me rethink. I am
    unable to take test rides in my area, so i really
    need your help!! I am fairly tall (6ft), but will
    not be riding more than 100km if i were to take
    long journeys. Comfort is an essence though.

    pls reply :(

    • ishan

      Please respond :/ Faisal/Mohit! :’)

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Ray is small for your height, the Swish is better there.

  • Mohan MN

    One of the worst vehicle in the world is Yamaha Ray..Please do not buy Yamaha Ray…bakwas gadi…not worth for money…Yamaha also started to cheat people.

    I am getting only 38 Km per ltr.
    No power..overall worst !!!

  • Deepak Bhasi

    How many Kms i can ride with my Yamaha RayZ without Rest?

  • Chinmaya

    Could not agree more with your experience. I too bought a RayZ for my wife and Dad, but it is so good I am using it for my commute to office. My R15 is sitting idle doing duties only during weekend ride. Eevrything is so spot on Ray. Handling and fueling as you mentioned are just perfect. I can lean even more than what I do on my R15. Cutting traffic is so fun, with bikes literally struggling to keep up. This is by far the Best scooter I have ridden. For me it is Yes Yamaha.

  • Rinku Rawat

    hello mohan ji you are wrong i like to say you i have also purchase yamaha ray on 18 oct 2012 for my college purpose i am getting 53km/l average and pickup is very good i think its pickup is better than activa so its not worst scooter