With an October 2017 release date, the 2018 Yamaha X-Max 125 is the Iwata, Japan, firm’s take on a rider-friendly, urban mobility scooter for the European market. Designed for use on surface streets and suburban commuting, the X-Max 125 joins Yamaha’s X-Max-series of scooters.

New for the coming year is an increasing level of sophistication in small-displacement scooters, something we witnessed when we reviewed the 2017 Yamaha NVX 155. In the case of the X-Max 125, Yamaha’s Traction Control System (TCS) is standard equipment.

Using a sensor to monitor rear wheel speed, power is reduced the moment wheel spin is detected. This technology is shared with the larger X-Max scooters, the X-Max 300 and X-Max 400. Inside the cockpit are two instrument readouts with a large central LCD display for engine and ride information.

The X-Max 125 carries a 124 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder power plant that is rated at 14 hp at 8,750 rpm and puts out 12 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Power gets to the ground using a V-belt and CVT transmission, with the EU 4-compliant engine fed by EFI.

Braking – ABS is now standard for all EU-market two-wheelers – is done with hydraulic discs front and rear, and the X-Max 125 rolls on a 15-inch wheel in front, with a 14-inch hoop at the back. Wet weight is claimed to be 175 kg, and seat height is set at 795 mm, with fuel carried in a 13-litre tank under the floorboard.

LED lighting is used for the X-Max 125, a twin-headlight unit in the front cowl, and twin tail light. Also standard equipment is keyless start and USB charging port, while the underseat storage compartment swallows two full-face helmets.

To accommodate riders of various heights, the X-Max 125 comes with an adjustable screen, as well as handlebars that can be adjusted fore and aft with a choice of two positions. To increase comfort, a stepped seat is available that comes with a small, separate, rider’s backrest.

There are four colour options for the X-Max 125 – Radical Red , Sonic Grey, Phantom Blue and Blazing Grey, with availability slated for October 2017. No pricing was announced for the 2018 Yamaha X-Max 125, but the previous generation model had a retail price of 4,322 pounds sterling (RM24,175).