Yamaha Ray ZR – the name gets longer and denotes the new (the third) generation of the popular Yamaha Ray. If you would cast your mind back to January 2013 and the Motor magazine of that month you would remember our coverage of the first-gen Yamaha Ray. Among other points that impressed us on this very first scooter from India Yamaha Limited were: the sharp-edged styling and the uncommon paint scheme and graphics, the wedge silhouette, and the almost wrap-around front shield which could provide rider protection in inclement weather.Then came the second generation the Yamaha Ray Z (a couple years after the Ray) which clearly displayed that Yamaha had delved deeper into their design and technical resources since their first foray into the scooter market.
The Ray Z gave us Yamaha’s world famous ‘Blue Core’ engine, a larger saddle, batwing-shaped pillion rider’s grab handle, and the Yamaha brand high quality overall finish. All-new colour scheme and graphics wrapped the Ray Z in a desirable package. Reviewing the Ray Z in Motor I spoke of the fact that my personal love of two-wheeling welcomed more riders and that their families, too, could come to look at the simple-to-ride automatic scooters for their own riding needs and pleasure. Thus, we would have an increased rider population (of course, hopefully appropriately trained for safe and fun two-wheeling, I would add).
Today with the Yamaha Ray ZR, too, playing its part in the scooter market in Sri Lanka it seems that we do have a larger number of bikers and, we are told, by Yamaha that their talks with their customers prove the universality of rider gender and age. Evidently scooters have now become family assets with more than one member using the bike. Yamaha’s scooter range has expanded since the first Ray hit our market, and today the disc-braked Ray ZR is the latest offering to our riding public. The Ray ZR Disc version scooter comes in two colour schemes; battle green (the colour of the bike we tested and looking every bit a piece of military hardware) and the smart-looking dual-toned white/green variant.
On the road, the telescopic front suspension of the Ray range has always provided a comfortable ride and, together with the coil-over rear end the Ray ZR is a well-mannered machine. But before the Ray ZR and I could get out on our ride together we experienced an inordinately long ‘warming up’ period. Helmeted and ready to roll, I opened the throttle sufficient to gain momentum, then had the engine peter out on me within a few meters. After some adjustment of the choke mechanism and firings, the Ray ZR cleared its throat and we were on our way. Perhaps the glitch was due to a partially obstructed fuel feed which subsequently got cleared up. Once riding, the Ray ZR purred along just fine and we had absolutely no interruption.
The face of the Ray ZR is sportier in appearance now with the dark coloured meter cowling and bodywork with the large headlamp. With the previous iterations of the Ray I stated that the front shield would be useful in wet weather. With the Ray ZR we have the shield further grown to incorporate pods, and these pods are now the home for the front turn signal lights. The tail signal lights are now removed from the taillight assembly and are on stalks. I guess this arrangement of the fragile bits being in pods and on stalks could greatly ease replacement come the time and need.
I love and appreciate the AHO (Automatic Headlight On) and the passive reflectors on the sides of the front mudguard, both features making the bike more visible against the chaos and confusion of daily urban motoring.
The Yamaha Ray ZR Disc model that we rode is our first without the headlight on/off switch, the head and tail light automatically switching on when the engine fires up. The Ray ZR also comes with the BSIV (Bharat Stage IV) emissions standard compliant system that provides cleaner engine exhaust emissions. Both, the AHO and BS IV, came into effect in India April 1st this year and it seems like India Yamaha had keyed in these safety and environment-friendly features well in time.
The Ray ZR engine is a Blue Core design and is by virtue both rider and environment friendly, anyway. Blue Core is a Yamaha engine design technology that is so good, it is used in the MotoGP YZR-M1 engines. Analyzing the many elements of a working engine Yamaha engineers devised a model of efficiency in terms of component friction and of inlet/exhaust gas flow, around which a new generation of Yamaha motorcycle engines now run with reduced wear and enjoy increased fuel economy. Accordingly, the maker’s literature claims 66 km/l fuel consumption for the Ray ZR.
An observation was that the turn indicator lights on the meter panel were not clearly visible at some angles depending on the direction of sunlight falling on the meter. Perhaps a job for the fourth generation to clear up?
The underseat stowage is not only capacious but I found that placing my open face full visored crash hat within it did not need juggling around unlike on some scooters where the helmet has to be carefully positioned so as to allow for the seat to be closed.
The front disc brake is said by Yamaha to be 170mm and with the cross drilling and the new stylish cast alloy wheels front and rear provide a sporty backdrop to the Ray ZR.
From the Ray, to the Ray Z and now to the Yamaha Ray ZR : the name gets longer but the local Distributor Associated Motorways Limited (AMW) is still the same and offers our riding public the same high quality of two wheelers and of service, all while the lineage of the Ray brand keeps improving with each generation.
Air-cooled 4-stroke single-cylinder
50.0 x 57.8 mm Bore x Stroke
9.2:1 Compression Ratio
Electric / Kick
CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)
CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR
Wheelbase 1270 mm
Tyres F & R 90/100 x 10
Wheels Cast alloy
Brakes Front Hydraulic Disc
Rear Coil spring and damper
DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES
Length 1820 mm
Width 700 mm
Height 1115 mm
Seat Height 775 mm
Weight 103 kg
Fuel tank 5.2 lit
THE GO FACTOR
Max Power 7.2 PS (7.1 BHP) @ 7500 rpm
Max Torque 8.1 Nm @ 5000 rpm
COLOURS Battle Green, White/Green.
Warranty 2year/30,000 kms
ASSOCIATED MOTORWAYS LIMITED (AMW) AND YAMAHA
Associated Motorways (Private) Limited is a six-and-half decade old name and for about half that time the company has been the Sole Sri Lankan Distributor for Yamaha motorcycles and power products. In the early days the bikes came from Yamaha Japan.
Yamaha scooters came into our country with the introduction of the Ray in 2012. Since then India Yamaha has added more scooter models offered to our riders through AMW, the most recent being the Ray ZR Disc brake model, winner of the Scooter of the Year Award by Times Auto Awards 2016 and the Good Design Award 2017 by India Design Mark.
AMW-Yamaha Sales and Operations Manager Zahran Ziyawudeen, a long-timer in the industry, tells us “Yamaha’s Ray ZR Disc model is a scooter for a wide range of users, from 18 years to 35, even 40 year olds, who need a bike that is capable of satisfying multiple uses. The Ray ZR is suitable for all riding age members of the family. We find that the Ray ZR riders use their scooters for fun riding, utility, household and commercial purposes”.
“The Blue Core engine in the Yamaha Ray Z and ZR ensures a good pick up and a high level of fuel economy. Fuel consumption has been said to be in the 50-55 km/l mark under normal conditions by actual users.”
AMW’s Yamaha two wheeler network of over 550 Dealers spans island-wide and covers Sales, Service, and Spares.
The AMW-Yamaha two wheeler line up comprises six scooters (Ray Z, Ray ZR Disc brake model, Ray ZR Drum brake model, Fascino, Alpha and Alpha Two-tone), and seven 150cc motorcycles (Saluto with crash bar, Saluto without crash bar, FZ-16, FZ-S, FZ-S Two tone, Fazer, and the R15).