Yamaha Spark 135 spotted on the race track in Chennai
Recently, during the track riding and testing event of the TVS Apache RR 310 at the Madras Motor Race Track, a track-prepared Yamaha Spark 135 was spotted. The model was launched way back in October 2005 for the first time in the Indonesian market followed by the Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam markets.
The Yamaha Spark 135 is a scooter with a step-thru frame and was also known as the T135 in the Asian markets. The front fascia of the scooter gets a diamond-shaped frame with LED headlights and also bears a front telescopic fork, whereas, a motocross suspension setup is present at the rear to provide smooth handling of the vehicle on tough terrains. In terms of braking system, the scooter gets a disc brake at the front wheel and a drum brake at the rear.
The spotted scooter misses out a front fender and features a race number sticker. The scooter is powered by a 134.4 cc SOHC liquid-cooled engine that manages to churn out a top power output of 11.4 bhp at 8,500 revolutions per minute against a peak torque of 11.65 Nm at 5,500 revolutions per minute. For transmission purpose, the engine is paired with a four-speed manual gearbox and also features a centrifugal clutch. The scooter runs on the 17-inch tyres.
In 2008, Yamaha presented the fuel injected variant of the scooter. The Japanese auto-manufacturer updated the Yamaha Spark 135 with a 5-speed manual gearbox later in 2011 and the scooter spotted here is the same unit. However, the business dropped the manual version in 2016 by launching the Yamaha T-150, which features a 149.7 cc liquid-cooled engine and is combined with a constant-mesh gear-box.
The reason behind the presence of the Yamaha Spark 135 in India is still not clear. As the fact that India is not a good market for the step-thru scooters and there are no number plates on the spotted unit, we can guess its occurrence here is to be used within the track premises only. Considering that India doesn’t like Step-thrus we don’t think Yamaha will consider launching it (or its successor T150) in our market either. But while we are at this – do you think – like scooters India may adopt Step-thrus in their second innings? They have the practicality aspect of scooters along with the positives of motorcycles