If you didn’t already know, the Indian government has been pushing two-wheeler manufacturers to start focusing more on electric-powered two-wheelers. That might be a bad thing for us enthusiasts who really love the performance an internal combustion engine produces. So, it was pretty natural for us enthusiasts to get all giddy when Yamaha announced that they were launching the Aerox 155 in India. A two-wheeler scooter with the detuned engine from the R15 (their race-derived motorcycle)! This might be the perfect last hurrah that we petrolheads would cherish before the world migrates to electric mobility, but can it etch its way into our hearts? Let’s find out.
Design of the Aerox 155
The Aerox 155 does its part of looking like a maxi-scooter rather well. It has extremely bulky looking lines all across the body and is aggressively styled. The front looks mean with its bulging front apron with the split headlight design. For your information, all the lighting offered on the scooter are LED lights, front and rear. Look at it from the side, and you are certainly going to mistake it for a motorcycle at first. Thanks to the spine that runs across the centre of the scooter. Additionally, the Aerox does turn heads thanks to the 14-inch wheels at both ends wrapped in very chunky tyres, a meaty exhaust system and twin shock absorbers at the rear.
While it does look the part of being a maxi-scooter, it does have certain drawbacks. As this doesn’t have a flat floorboard, some riders might find it cumbersome to ride over long distances. Furthermore, tall riders would hit their knee on the handlebars while trying to manoeuver the scooter, also worth pointing out is the fact that the ergonomics of the scooter are too race-oriented, causing the rider to tire out early. Other areas, like the flimsy fuel filler flap, the pillion footpegs that don’t sit flush against the bodywork, and the uneven floor mats, don’t quite feel up to the mark. But all that being said, the scooter does redeem itself by offering under-seat storage of 24.5 litres, which means you can fit a full-face helmet inside with ease.
Engine, Performance and Handling
I must have pointed out quite a few drawbacks previously on the scooter its 155cc engine derived from the R15 certainly isn’t one. Its liquid-cooled, 4-valve 155cc motor produces a decent 15bhp and 13.Nm of torque. Also, this scooter brags of being the most powerful scooter in its class and with Variable Valve Actuation tech, it generously distributes torque all across the rev range. Quite honestly, it can give most 150cc motorcycles a run for their money too. Twist the throttle at any speed, may it be 40km/h, 60km/h or even 80km/h, the Aerox 155 just picks up pace swiftly and effortlessly. An added bonus here is that the scooter will happily cruise along at triple-digit speeds without even breaking a sweat.
Now, all that going does need some serious stopping power, doesn’t it? The scooter does offer quite a decent set of front and rear brakes, allowing the rider to stop the scooter instantly. The suspension is another aspect of the scooter that doesn’t really feel like a scooter. It is tuned to take corners with ease but makes it quite hard over our road surfaces. The ride can feel quite bumpy and harsh for your daily commute but show it some corners, and it will have you smiling from ear to ear.
Features of the Aerox 155
This is a place where the Aerox 155 does feel very bare-boned. However, it offers many tech features such as LED headlights and taillights. This digital instrument cluster shows information such as the trip and fuel consumption related data and a VVA indicator, and a tachometer. You also get Bluetooth connectivity which isn’t as comprehensive as the other systems available in the market. Thanks to the location of the fuel tank, the filler is, of course, external, and you needn’t get off the vehicle during fuel stops. Other features include an excellent stop-start system. Rounding out the package is a small cubbyhole on the back of the apron that features a DC charging port, single-channel ABS and a side-stand cut-off feature.
This is where things do get quite complicated. If you are in the market to purchase a regular commuter scooter that takes you from point A to point B, then look elsewhere, as the Aerox 155 isn’t the scooter for you. But if you are someone who loves to bring out the boy racer from within and scrape their knee around corners, the Aerox 155 might just tick all your boxes. It has the practically, features, and most importantly, the engine to back its credentials. But, most importantly, as I stated at the start of this review, with the world moving towards electric mobility, the Aerox 155 certainly is a scooter that will entice and excite most petrolheads and set their hearts racing.
Displacement – 155cc
Engine – Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve
Power – 15bhp @8000rpm
Torque – 13.9Nm @6500rpm
Weight – 126kgs (dry)