Our final report from the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show looks at another retro-styled concept from a Japanese manufacturer. The Yamaha Y125 Moegi is a lightweight motorcycle designed after the 1955 Yamaha YA-1. Its 125cc SOHC four-stroke single-cylinder engine gets 80 km/l, or an astounding 188 mpg.
The YA-1 was Nippon Gakki‘s (later Yamaha) first motorcycle. Like the Moegi, it had a single, 125cc cylinder, albeit a two-stroke. It sold at a rate of about 200 per month and was immediately entered in the 3rd Mt. Fuji Ascent Race and the 1st Asama Highlands Race, both of which the Yamaha won.
According to Classic Yams, the YA-1’s distinctive dark-red-and-white paint scheme was patterned after the chestnut coat of a horse and developed by a team from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. It set itself apart from the typically black bikes of the day and garnered the nickname akatombo, or red dragonfly.
The Moegi wasn’t coated in the iconic colors of the YA-1, it’s white finish instead giving it an air of lightness. It weights just 176 pounds, or 33 less than the YA-1.