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Yamaha has launched the new Saluto range in India with UBS at a starting price of Rs 52,500 while the top-spec 125cc model with front disc brake retails at Rs 60,500 (ex-showroom).
Unified Braking System (UBS) is Yamaha's version of what is commonly known as Combi-Brake system. Combi-braking systems are becoming more and more popular with every passing day as users become more aware of safety.
Government rules and regulations too are playing a huge role in the growth of combi-brake systems in India. A new mandate passed by the government makes it compulsory for all motorcycles with engine capacity up to 125cc to have a combi-brake system starting April 01, 2019.Motorcycles above the 125cc mark will have to be equipped with ABS.
The new mandate will definitely be beneficial to consumers, especially in terms of safety. This however, has sent motorcycle manufacturers back to the drawing board as a new plan would have to be put in place.
The Yamaha Saluto RX and Saluto 125 have been re-launched with the combined braking system just to meet this mandate. A combined braking system is one wherein, the front and rear brakes are linked together and equal pressure is applied on both brakes even if the rider only applies pressure on one lever.
This way, the chances of just one wheel locking up during emergency braking gets reduced to a great extent. The only major change in the new Yamaha Saluto RX UBS and Saluto 125 UBS is the addition of the Unified Braking System. The mechanicals remain the same as the outgoing model.
The Yamaha Saluto RX UBS is powered by the same air-cooled, 110cc single-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 7.5bhp and a peak torque output of 8.5Nm. The Yamaha Saluto 125 UBS is powered by the same air-cooled, 125cc, single-cylinder engine that produces 8.3bhp and 10.1Nm. A 4-speed gearbox drives the rear wheel in both variants.
The Yamaha Saluto RX UBS competes with the likes of the TVS Radeon, Honda CD 110 Dream DX, Bajaj Platina 100ES, etc. The bigger 125cc variant competes with the Honda CB Shine, Bajaj Discover 125 and the Hero Super Splendor.
Thoughts On Yamaha Saluto RX UBS and Saluto 125 UBS
With the launch of the Saluto series with UBS, Yamaha has started making its product line-up compatible with the mandate that is yet to be enforced. We can expect more such launches from Yamaha with the addition of combi brake systems or ABS to its motorcycles.
This however, would also affect the manufacturers and sales as well since the prices of the motorcycles will have to be increased owing to the addition of the new features. The Yamaha Saluto is definitely not the best-selling commuter motorcycle, but it has been making Yamaha's presence felt in the segment. With the addition of UBS, it might start selling more.