The Bangkok Internationa Motor Show served as the launch venue for the all-new 2017 Yamaha QBix. Yamaha Thailand touts it as the “smartest scooter ever.” The futuristic scooter seems positioned squarely against Honda’s Zoomer-X.
It’s powered by a 125cc Blue Core engine paired to a fully automatic transmission. The QBix features LED headlights, tail lights and brake lights. Mounted on the handlebars is a full LCD digital meter panel. Entry level models get a conventional key with an answer back system, allowing the rider to find his/her bike in a crowded parking lot. Top of the line models get the smart key system wherein the key fob has a transponder allowing the bike to be started with the key simply in the rider’s pocket. The ignition also has a multifunction mode to start the engine or unlock the storage spaces.
Speaking of storage spaces, it features a 22.5-liter underseat box capable of storing two helmets and features built-in illumination. Up front is a closable box that hides a mobile charger socket and slot for a smart phone.
The QBix makes city cruising a breeze with intelligent features in its powertrain. It features a Stop & Start system that turns off the engine when idling for 5 seconds. It comes to life again with a simple twist of the throttle. It’s brought to a stop with a cross-drilled front disc brake governed by ABS (for top-of-the-line model). The rear is slowed down by a conventional drum brake. Finally, it rides on wide 140mm tires mounted on 12-inch alloy wheels.