Coming in at under $4,000 ride away and only using two litres of fuel per 100km, the little Yamaha D'elight 125 scooter is incredibly good value for money, but what's it like to live with?
Many of you would have read I had a stack in March 2022, where I did damage to my hands when a jump landing went wrong. From December to just recently I was limited to scooters, so Yamaha came to the rescue with a new D’elight, here’s a quick review.
The features that make the D’elight appealing to me include the storage under the seat, which is big for a 125. It fits a full face and loads of stuff. I use a half face Shoei J.O and that fits, plus my RJAYS jacket, DriRider gloves, and there is still room for more stuff, including my Kovix alarmed lock.
I also like the fact that the fuel filler is easy access at the front of the scooter. This means there is no glovebox, but that trade off is fine by me. I would like a USB charge point, this is a must these days.
It is also light, at just 99kg, perfect for zipping around and easy to park, commute on and manouver.
I’ve been using the D’elight for running around to the local post office, getting a few groceries and supplies, often from the local drive through. The 50km loop I do some mornings is purely for enjoyment. It takes me out along the coast then back through Erina, West Gosford, up Kariong Hill (no problems sitting on 80km/h all the way up), then back down Woy Woy Rd to home.
There are many 70 and 80km/h zones and they are no issue for the Euro-5 engine, which I’ve topped out at 90km/h. I rode the D’elight 125 on a 200km round trip from the Central Coast to Marrickville and back, via the Old Road, with no issues. It was fun, actually! And only used 4L of fuel all up.
The little four-stroke is a bland engine that just gets the job done fuss free, but the gearing is great and even with the little 10in rear wheel the engine is not revving hard at 80km/h…
The little four-stroke Blue Core engine is a bland engine that just gets the job done fuss free, but the gearing is great and even with the little 10in rear wheel the engine is not revving hard at 80km/h. The sweet spot is 50km/h to 80km/h, it goes really well! It is super quiet and even with the auto stop/start deactivated (drives me crazy to be honest), sometimes I can hardly tell it is running…
It’s important to really keep an eye ahead for potholes, particularly now after the storms and floods recently, as hitting a big pothole would be a disaster on a scooter. Suspension is of course basic, the forks are proper ones but bottom out hard and the shock is on the limit with my fat ass on board (100kg), but that is to be expected and it handles everything OK considering…
The brakes are linked, which is fantastic for braking with one finger on each hand. The D’elight stops well, and the brakes have been getting better as they bed in more. There is no ABS, which worries me a bit with the cheaper tyres fitted, so I would like to see ABS on it in the future. Speaking of tyres, they are not too bad, even in the rain, but I would upgrade to a better brand eventually.
Fuel consumption is sensational. I got 238km from the first tank, which took 4.8L and that converts to around 49.5km/L. Comfort is fine for a small scooter, I am 187cm tall and am not cramped on it, my knees don’t hit the bodywork and there is enough room for my size 11 shoes, no dramas. The seat, though, is on the firmer side but still good for two hours at a time, which is rare to do on a scooter.
In terms of pillion riding, well, my pillion and a million and I just don’t fit on the D’elight! We would have when we first met 25-years ago! I can take my teenagers on the back, no issue, but two grown adults won’t fit on the little 125. There is a rack and top box option, I would be going for that if I owned it.
All up the Yamaha D’elight is exceptionally good at what it does. It’s not usual top spec Yamaha Japan quality, it has cheaper feeling switches, grips and finish (and tyres), but that is why it is just so cheap. I mean, under four grand ride away… It is definitely worth considering for the commuter, learner, returning rider or anyone after a cheap, economical, quiet, comfy and convenient runaround…
2023 Yamaha D’elight Specifications
Price: $3,949 Ride Away
Warranty: Two year, unlimited kilometre
Colour: White Pearl
Claimed power: 6.2kW@6750rpm
Claimed torque: 9.8Nm@5250rpm
Wet weight: 99kg
Fuel capacity: 5.5L
Fuel Consumption: 49.5km/L (measured)
Range: 250km (measured)
Engine: Blue Core, Air-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC, two-valve, 125cc, 52.4 x 57.9mm bore x stroke, 11:1 compression, V-Belt Automatic
Gearbox: CVT Automatic
Chassis: Backbone frame, Unit swingarm
Suspension: Telescopic forks, 81mm travel, rear shock, 68mm travel
Brakes: 180mm front rotor, 152mm drum rear brake
Tyres: 90/90 – 12, 100/90 – 10
Seat height: 800mm
Ground clearance: 125mm
Overall height: 1145mm
Overall width: 685mm
Instruments: Analogue speedometer, with digital display
The Verdict | Staff Bikes: Quick Test: Jeff’s 2022 Yamaha D’elight 125 Scooter