Lightweight, agile and efficient commuter scooters are the kings of the road in most countries in Southeast Asia. With congested city streets, densely populated urban areas and the increased need for personal mobility, sales of scooters and light motorcycles in the region have exploded. With the growing popularity of scooters, most manufacturers have started to exploit the technological features of their larger bikes.
Just a few years ago, finding features like ABS and even smartphone connectivity on a scooter was virtually unheard of. Nowadays, features like these are becoming ubiquitous, even among entry-level machines. This is the case with Yamaha’s latest scooter in the Asian market, the NVX. Launched in Malaysia as NVX, as well as in the Philippines, the Aerox, this bike is equipped with a choppy engine and nifty technical features, making it a very strong contender in the high-end commuter segment. .
Starting with the engine, Yamaha equipped the NVX with its popular 155cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder mill. This tiny engine features Yamaha’s Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology, which maximizes low-end efficiency and increases high-end power by adjusting the valve timing. With this feature, it produces an energetic 15 horsepower, which is more than enough for commuting into town or even taking a lively ride in the mountains.
To make things even better, Yamaha has included a sophisticated IOT function in the new NVX. It allows the rider to connect to the scooter via the Yamaha Y-Connect app. Through this application, the rider is able to monitor all the vital information of the scooter in real time, as well as set service reminders, view the results of checking the general condition of the vehicle, as well as identify the last known location of the scooter. The smartphone integration system even includes built-in alerts that will be displayed on the scooter dashboard whenever you receive new texts and calls.
The new Yamaha NVX was priced at RM 8,998 or $ 2,185 for the base model and RM 10,998, or around $ 2,671 for the ABS version. Although the introduction of this model in the European and American market is unlikely, this scooter will certainly prove to be a popular option in the Asian market.