Yamaha Saluto vs rivals: Specifications comparison

    Here's the Yamaha Saluto's specs, in comparison to its rivals – the Yamaha SS125, Bajaj Discover 125M, Honda CB Shine and the Hero Super Splendor.

    Published On Apr 17, 2015 05:15:00 PM


    Today, we compare five motorcycles in the strategic 125cc segment. This segment is one of the most important ones for the Indian motorcycle consumer, because it usually offers a blend of good fuel efficiency, decent yet stylish looks and the ability to transport two in comfort. Quite naturally, the strongest players in the market strive to provide excellence in every way possible on these visibly small but sales-garnering motorcycles. Let’s take a look at their details. Provided below is also a concise spec sheet.


    Compared to its sibling, the Yamaha Saluto is now powered by a full 125cc, whereas the SS125 only has a 123cc engine. The Bajaj Discover 125M, the Honda CB Shine and the Hero Super Splendor are all powered by 124.7cc engines.

    Displacement table
    Yamaha Saluto125cc
    Yamaha SS125123cc
    Bajaj Discover 125M124.6cc
    Honda CB Shine124.7cc
    Hero Super Splendor124.7cc


    It’s amazing to see how all five engines generate almost the same cubic capacity, but still are tuned to produce varied brake horse power. So, in this respect, the Bajaj Discover 125M takes the lead, producing 11.3bhp at 8,000rpm followed by the Yamaha SS125 and the Honda CB Shine, at just below 11bhp. And the Yamaha Saluto produces the least here at 8.2bhp made at 7,000rpm.

    Power table
    Yamaha Saluto8.2bhp at 7000rpm
    Yamaha SS12510.9bhp at 7500rpm
    Bajaj Discover 125M11.3bhp at 8000rpm
    Honda CB Shine10.5bhp at 7500rpm
    Hero Super Splendor9bhp at 7000rpm


    All three motorcycles produce almost the same amount of torque at 1.1kgm, but peak torque is achieved at different rpms. The quickest peak-torque delivery is achieved by the Hero Super Splendor that makes it as early at 4,000rpm. Yamaha is not far behind with its new Saluto, making the same at 4,500rpm. If we solely compare this to the older Yamaha SS125, we can see that it makes the same at 6,500rpm, which is not most ideal. Therefore, Yamaha advances technically now.

    Torque table
    Yamaha Saluto1kgm at 4500rpm
    Yamaha SS1251.1kgm at 6500rpm
    Bajaj Discover 125M1.1kgm at 6000rpm
    Honda CB Shine1.1kgm at 5500rpm
    Hero Super Splendor1.1kgm at 4000rpm


    All five bikes here are equipped with telescopic front suspension and dual shocks at rear.

    Suspension table
    MotorcycleFront suspensionRear suspension
    Yamaha SalutoTelescopic suspensionDual shock absorbers, tubular swingarm
    Yamaha SS125Telescopic suspensionDual shock absorbers, box section swingarm
    Bajaj Discover 125MTelescopic suspensionDual shock absorbers, box section swingarm
    Honda CB ShineTelescopic suspensionDual shock absorbers, tubular swingarm
    Hero Super SplendorTelescopic suspensionDual shock absorbers, box section swingarm

    Fuel-tank capacity

    A spot that takes a hit on the new Yamaha Saluto is the minimal fuel-tank capacity, at just 7.6 litres. The Hero Splendor has a capacity of 13 litres and the Honda CB Shine is equipped with a 10.5-litre tank.

    Fuel tank capacity
    MotorcycleFuel tank capacity
    Yamaha Saluto7.6 litres
    Yamaha SS12513.6 litres
    Bajaj Discover 125M9.5 litres
    Honda CB Shine10.5 litres
    Hero Super Splendor13 litres



    The Yamaha SS125, Honda CB Shine and the Bajaj Discover 125M do offer an optional disc brake up front for a safer ride. The Yamaha Saluto and the Hero Super Splendor are offered only with a drum brake up front. Rear wheels on all five bikes use a drum-brake setup for braking.

    Brake table
    MotorcycleFront brakeRear brake
    Yamaha SalutoDrum brakeDrum brake
    Yamaha SS125Disc/Drum brakeDrum brake
    Bajaj Discover 125MDisc/Drum brakeDrum brake
    Honda CB ShineDisc/Drum brakeDrum brake
    Hero Super SplendorDrum brakeDrum brake



    Another very crucial detail Yamaha has worked on is decreasing the kerb weight of its Saluto. This two wheeler weighs only 112kg, making it the lightest motorcycle in the segment. It is followed by the Bajaj Discover 125M at 117kg, and the CB Shine at 118kg.

    Weight table
    Yamaha Saluto112kg
    Yamaha SS125125kg
    Bajaj Discover 125M117kg
    Honda CB Shine118kg
    Hero Super Splendor121kg



    The Yamaha Saluto is the longest motorcycle in this list measuring 2,035mm. Similarly, the Honda CB Shine has the broadest stance at 762mm, making it the widest. The tallest here is the Yamaha SS125 at 1110mm.

    Dimension table
    Yamaha Saluto2035/700/1080mm
    Yamaha SS1251995/730/1110mm
    Bajaj Discover 125M1986/678/1044mm
    Honda CB Shine2014/762/1071mm
    Hero Super Splendor1995/735/1095mm



    At Rs 52,000, the Yamaha Saluto makes for a decent proposition as it joins the most-affordable club with Bajaj’s Discover 125M, which is only a bit cheaper at Rs 51,274. The Honda CB Shine costs Rs 55,524 and the Hero Super Splendor costs Rs 53,600.


    Price table
    MotorcyclePrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    Yamaha SalutoRs 52,000
    Yamaha SS125Rs 56,555
    Bajaj Discover 125MRs 51,274
    Honda CB ShineRs 55,524
    Hero Super SplendorRs 53,600



    Specifications table
    SpecificationsYamaha SalutoYamaha SS125Bajaj Discover 125MHonda CB ShineHero Super Splendor
    PriceRs 52,000Rs 56,555Rs 51,274Rs 55,524Rs 53,600
    On saleNowNowNowNowNow
    Fuel tank capacity7.6 litres13.6 litres9.5 litres10.5 litres13 litres
    Kerb weight112kg125kg117kg118kg121kg
    Engine layoutFour-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooledFour-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooledFour-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooledFour-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooledFour-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled
    Power8.2bhp at 7000rpm10.9bhp at 7500rpm11.3bhp at 8000rpm10.5bhp at 7500rpm9bhp at 7000rpm
    Torque1kgm at 4500rpm1.1kgm at 6500rpm1.1kgm at 6500rpm1.1kgm at 6500rpm1.1kgm at 6500rpm
    Specific output65.6bhp per litre88.6bhp per litre90.7bhp per litre84.2bhp per litre72.2bhp per litre
    Power to weight73.2bhp per tonne87.2bhp per tonne96.6bhp per tonne89bhp per tonne74.3bhp per tonne
    Gearbox4-speed, all down5-speed, 1-down, 4-up4-speed, all up4-speed, all down4-speed, all down
    Front suspensionTelescopic forksTelescopic forksTelescopic forksTelescopic forksTelescopic forks
    Rear suspensionDual shock absorbers, tubular swingarmDual shock absorbers, box section swingarmDual shock absorbers, box section swingarmDual shock absorbers, tubular swingarmDual shock absorbers, box section swingarm
    Front brakeDrum brakeDisc/Drum brakeDisc/Drum brakeDisc/Drum brakeDrum brake
    Rear brakeDrum brakeDrum brakeDrum brakeDrum brakeDrum brake
    Wheels5-spoke alloy5-spoke alloy10-spoke6-spoke5-spoke
    Rim size18 inch18 inch17 inch18 inch18 inch
    Tyre size80/100 x 18 - 80/100 x 80 inches2.75 x 18 - 3.00 x 18 inches2.75 x 17 - 3.00 x 17 inches80/100 x 18 - 80/100 x 80 inches2.75 x 18 - 2.75 x 18 inches

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