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Written by Del Fuego    Friday, 29 August 2008 12:00     E-mail
Yamaha Cygnus X125 - Page 3
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Fuel economy was also very good, especially when taking into account the peppy acceleration. The Cygnus returned 3L/100 (78mpg) around our test circuit. Top speed was around 105kph (65mph) although acceleration from 70kph (46mph) was slow enough to warrant keeping freeway trips infrequent. I must mention though that the Cygnus didn’t have any real problem holding 100kph(62mph) speeds once it got there.

All in all the Cygnus is a solidly built, good looking modern, classically styled machine at a reasonable price (in most territories). The good storage and useability, along with handy acceleration and braking are only slightly let down by the unusual front suspension issues and somewhat cramped (for tall riders) riding position. All in all the Cygnus is well worth a ride, especially for one who wishes to maintain a more “corporate” image and wants something that will not look out of place ridden in a suit*, just don’t try and ride it in your local duck pond… you will scare the swans.

*T.S.R. does not advocate the riding of scooters without appropriate protective clothing, unfortunately some people will never learn…

PriceNZ $4,495 Euro €2,495 UK £1,999 Aus $3,999
50-80km/h9.8 Seconds
Lap Time---
Fuel Economy 3L/100kms - 78MPG
Speedo Accuracy

50kph displayed = 47kph actual


Fantastic features & Storage, Peppy acceleration, Solid styling

Cons:Strange front Suspension performance, No good for tall riders

Fuel Consumption
Value for money
Ease of use
Build quality

Overall Score


Manufacturer Specifications

Max power at shaft 8 Kw (10.7 HP) @ 8500 rpm
Max torque9.3NM (6.9ft/lb) @7500 rpm
Engine TypeFuel injected, Single-cylinder 4-stroke
Cylinder Capacity124.8 cc
Seat height785mm
Dry weight 116kg
Kerb weight ---
Fuel tank capacity7.1 liters
StartingElectric & Kick
Transmission“Twist and Go” Automatic Transmission (CVT)
Storage volumen/a
CoolingAir cooled
Bore X stroke52.4 x 57.9 mm
Compression ratio10:1
Front suspensionTelescopic fork
Rear suspensionUnit rear swing arm
Front brake245mm Hydraulic Disc
Rear brake150mm Sealed Drum
Front wheel/tyre110/70-12"
Rear wheel/tyre120/70-12"
Length1855 mm
Width685 mm
Wheelbase1295 mm
Max speed (km/hr) ---
Type approval---
Consumption (ECE applicable text cycle)---
Consumption @km/h - km/l---
Audible Indicatoryes
Full helmet storageyes (small size only)
Glove boxyes (half sized, open)
Fuel Guageyes
Trip Meteryes
Seat release (via remote control)no
Seat release (remote, ignition/switch) yes
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written by Martin , January 08, 2009
I have the 08 cygnus, and its fuel injected, but the reason why its not for taller people is mainly because of the market, most of these bikes are sold in taiwan and taiwanese people are fairly short when it comes to heigh, im 5'7 myself so i cant moan but i can get the bike around fairly easy and love racing it around in the summer.
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written by vincel , September 23, 2008
Hey Greg, yes... the Congo... I am 6'3" so have to be a bit careful when saying a bike is cramped... but yes for your info as of a couple years ago ('05) the National Centre for Health Statistics reckons the average height for a male in the USA is 5'9" and a bit (Europe as a rule is a bit shorter again). So yes it is ok... just, for an average, or slightly less than average rider... in the western world... who is male. Quite tight for a man of my altitude. I agree though... it should have been better thought out in the riding position... a lot better thought through.

And KT, as always... the majority of our readers couldn't give a big rats proverbial as to how many valves a scooter has... they want to know how it goes, how it feels, how economical it is etc. I know you don't believe me... there are always a very small percentage of people who want to know the tech specs... most prefer to know the end result... they don't care if it is carb'd or injected just if it is fast or slow, or does it guzzle gas or not. I'm sure you get the idea. But thanks for coming, I would love to see your site/reviews that shows your "professional" to our "amateur".
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written by KT , September 13, 2008
A review that fails to mention how many valves and whether or not it has fuel injection? These days, those are the first things a savvy customer looks for, and these guys totally IGNORE those two critical buying factors??? Amateurs.
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written by Greg Harper , September 01, 2008
5' 10" or more is ..."particularly tall"...?
How is life among your Congo jungle tribe, sir?

I suggest that even today the biggest potential market for 'deluxe' specification and price scooters is in the Western economies, where the majority of the buyers are ethnic Europeans, and mostly male, for this category of machine.

Therefore, a design that is cramped for riders over 5' 10" loses a lot of potential sales.
If this design is intended as a compromise, Yamaha has produced the scooter counterpart of the committee which tried to design a horse,...creating a 'camel',...rather than a 'swan'.
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