Many of you already know that Yamaha Motor Company is finally going to start its manufacturing facility in Karachi after facing many hurdles created by Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA) and Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM). Previously, Dawood Group and Yamaha Motor Company was manufacturing and selling Yamaha bikes in Pakistan with the name of Dawood Yamaha Limited (DYL) but now Yamaha Motor Company will be solely operating the business in the country.
Yamaha had plans to launch its first bike in September this year but it got delayed due to unknown reasons, and now it is being said that Yamaha is going to introduce its first bike after the first quarter of next year, probably in the month of May. The bike will initially be imported as a CBU and later on will be localized just just like Pak Suzuki did with the Suzuki GS150.
The first that Yamaha will launch in Pakistan is Yamaha YBR 125. The bike will be powered by a single-cylinder four-stroke 125cc engine with a 5-speed gearbox. The bike will be available in 3 different variants. The top of the line model will feature all accessories like sports exhaust, disk brakes, headlight cowling, self-starter ignition and allow wheels with an estimated price tag of Rs. 150,000, while the base model will have a simple exhaust, drum brakes, simple headlight without cowling, kick-starter and spoke steel wheels and is expected to cost somewhere above the Rs. 100,000 mark. The mid-range model will have some accessories from the top of the line model on the base model and is expected to cost somewhere between Rs. 100,000 and 150,000.
According to some dealers, who have started booking these bikes, Yamaha is handing out dealerships and training mechanics for after sales and service of the bikes. One of the dealers also mentioned that the exact launch date is 6 May, 2015, however, we could get Yamaha to comment on it. As soon as we get more information we will update you guys. Meanwhile, you can head back to the PakWheels Forums and join the discussion about the upcoming Yamaha bikes in Pakistan.
Here are some actual photos of the bike: