The Yamaha Aerox 155 is unlike anything we have encountered.
Built on the maxi-scooter format, the Yamaha Aerox 155 immediately stands out from the regular-fare of flat floorboard scooters in India, thanks to the X-design motif, which covers the fuel tank and engine bay.
How does it feel to ride the Aerox 155 ?
Don’t be deceived by the silent humm upon starting, powered by liquid-cooled, 4-valve VVA 155cc motor derived from the R15, the Aerox has oodles of power across the rev-range.
The combination of linear power and smooth yet crisp throttle-response deliver a fantastic riding experience.
Mind-you, the Aerox doesn’t quite have that instant rush you get from an EV scooter, but once it gets going, it’s very rapid and linear, and doesn’t lose momentum until the speedo is showing triple digits.
With 15ps at disposal, the Aerox 155 is zippy, fun to tackle gaps in traffic and shrink the distances between stop lights. Weighting in around 126kgs, it’s effortless to ride in the city.
The massive under-seat storage space of 24.5L makes it practical for shopping runs and the office-commute.
Never before has a scooter felt so “in-element” outside the city, the Aerox is comfortable out on the highway, holding speeds of 90 to 100 kmph feels natural and not-strained.
Where it truly-shines is on a winding road, the Aerox 155 feels almost like-a-motorcycle through the corners, holding a line brilliantly.
Ride Quality and Suspension:
Unlike most petrol scooters in India that use a monoshock, the Aerox gets twin shock absorbers at the rear that are set up on the firmer side.
However the front fork sports a conventional telescopic shock absorber that isn’t as stiff as the rear.
Overall, at high speeds or on smooth pavement, there’s little to complain about, but going over bumps at city speeds isn’t the most pleasant affair.
Is the Aerox good for short riders ?
With a seat height of 790mm, it slightly taller than most scooters, hence riders below 5’4 won’t be at ease.
For the tall riders (above 6ft), legroom is in short supply. The front fairing constantly brushes the knee and the prominent step in the seat, holds back the rider from sliding back on the seat. In tight braking situations the knee rubs into mobile storage compartment knocking it open.
Pillion Ride Experience:
The pillion seat is decently flat and wide, sitting back-to-back is comfortable, whereas sitting sideways isn’t possible.
Although the visible grab rails are missing, the shape of the under-seat cowl provides a comfortable grip for the pillion.
Mileage & Full Tank Range:
Inspite of such performance on tap, the Aerox’s stellar fuel efficiency in the city is courtesy its excellent Automatic stop-start system.
- City: 40-50kms per litre
- Highway: 55kmpl at a steady cruise of 70kmph
- Expect a full-tank range of 180-200kms
Yamaha YConnect App:
The Aerox 155 connects with the Yamaha YConnect Motorcycle app via BlueTooth, unlike SIM-enabled connection on modern electric scooters.
Hence we don’t get features such as on-screen navigation instructions and music control, but you do get call notifications and SMS alerts.
Last Parking Location: At the outset this seems like a useful feature, but this only has details of the last time the scooter was connected to the phone over BT and cannot be used to trace a borrowed or stolen vehicle.
Where the Aerox 155 lacks:
Since the Aerox would compete with other 150cc ICE rivals and even electric scooters – it misses out on the following:
- No keyless operation , while the international variant has this feature
- Full-function LCD/LED display with SIM-enabled features such as vehicle tracking and full-navigation
- OE Replacement Tyres: The current tubeless tyres on the Aerox 155 are NOT available in India. Hopefully, owners will have more tyre choices available by the time these ‘Made in Indonesia’ IRC SCT-005 OE-tyres wear out.
- Front Smartphone Charging Pocket: too small, doesn’t fit a typical smartphone
- Under-seat Storage Amenities: NO charging point in the under-seat storage space
The Yamaha Aerox 155 is the ONLY AFFORDABLE maxi-scooter out there, that is an absolute joy to ride in city-traffic and even on the highways. A masterclass engine coupled with fantastic handling makes this the most fun scooter in India and yet is practical enough to make the domestic-errand runs.