Yamaha Crux Bikes
106 cc, Petrol, 85 KmplRs 32,990*
Yamaha. For the most of the people from ‘80s and ‘90s, the very word arouses memories of RD350 & RX100. Enter the era of stricter emission norms and concern for fuel efficiency. Yamaha took a vacation for quite some years till it introduced the first 4-stroke commuter bike, YBX. But, unfortunately, YBX was phased out soon due to lack of Indian interests. The further introduced entry level bikes like Libero, G5 and Alba also couldn’t live up to the legacy the RX series used to carry. One such bike which is still breathing out in the performance-oriented stable of the Japanes manufacturer is Crux. The Yamaha Crux is existing on the Indian soil since the start of the 21st century, and is the cheapest mode of getting your hands on a Yamaha, here in India. The whole bike seems to be for a common man, who does his everyday commuting to office, taking his wife and a kid for a weekend cinema, and at times buying groceries, carrying it all over the bike. A judicious mix of robust and built-to-last build quality, mileage and an attractive price tag are some of the much-touted features of this puny Yamaha. The existing model has supposedly undergone certain cosmetic changes and is now better equipped with multi-reflector headlight and indicators, wet-air-filter and air induction system for a cleaner fuel emission. But is that enough to match the likes of steady competitors from Hero, Honda and Bajaj? Let’s find out.
The Yamaha Crux is a commute segment bike which impressed a good number of customers across the country. The overall height 0f the Yamaha Crux is 2,000 mm, width 735mm and 1,075mm. It has a ground clearance of 160mm while it's wheelbase is of 1260mm. This thing named Crux belongs to past in terms of appearance – reminiscent of the bikes from 20-30 years ago. It has a very basic design which borrows most of the styling bits from Yamaha’s RX 100. At the front, it has a round shaped Multi reflector light with no cowl and visor similar to most of the entry level bikes. This headlight is accompanied by orange colored side indicators. Its chrome plated front fender just above its spoke wheels looks very out-dated. There are flowing graphics on its side panels and fuel tank which try to hide its age and differentiates itself from others. Its chromed silencer and engine also lacks modernity. Yamaha has opted for black colored handlebar and rear carrier which don’t complement the overall styling of this bike. Its flat seat and outstretched rear fender are no good news either. It will be hard for you to find it stylish from any angle. Yamaha Crux’s analogue speedometer and odometer with basic tell tale lights complete its instrument console. Speedometer and odometer are housed together in one of the two circular pods while its other indicators rest in the second dial. The absence of fuel gauge enhances its lack-lustre character. The front view of the Crux speaks about the simplicity of the machine, it has a multi-reflector headlamp without cover or wind screen. Front turn indicators are placed at its regular slot. The bike boasts of chrome finish full size front mud-guard that make us remember old two-wheelers of our times. The fuel tank of the bike is flat and wide, it has body colour plus modern graphics. The graphics job is similar in both shaded. The fuel tank design gives support for knee recess as well.
Engine And Performance
Good wine in an old bottle - That’s what the phrase best suited for the mill used on this motorcycle. Yamaha has used a single cylinder 106cc engine in Crux. This 4-stroke, air-cooled, 2valve engine has the potential to give a power and torque output of 7.5 bhp and 7.5 Nm. These figures can be achieved at 7500 rpm and 6000 rpm respectively. This engine is equipped with a four-speed manual gearbox which has one gear down and three gears up-shift pattern, typical Yamaha fashion. Technically, this bike is similar to its rival, HF-Dawn, as these both bikes have almost same specifications. Yet, there is noticeable difference in the performance of these both bikes. Yamaha’s engine feels less refined and enthusiastic in comparison to Honda’s engine. The city performance of Crux is on the slower side due to delay in its torque arrival. Crux achieves its maximum torque at 6000rpm which results into frequent gear shifting. This may bother you in city traffic but on highways this bike feels better than its competitors. The bike can reach the top speed of 90km/hr, due to its strong high end performance. It has a taller fourth gear ratio which allows you to rev it hard and gives it an upper hand when it comes to highways. The power to weight ratios is also respectable. This engine turns a bit noisy only after the speed of 80km/hr. There are less vibrations but it isn’t calm either. It feels strained when you push it hard. This bike does 0-60km/hr in less than 9 seconds which is respectable according to its class. The gear transitions of Crux are smooth and easy but can’t go pass the quality of Hero bikes. Yamaha claims it to return a mileage of 91km/ltr but in daily usage, expect this bike to return a fuel efficiency of around 64-70km/ltr. These figures definitely improve on highways and it may give you anything around 70-75km/ltr. The gearbox is coupled with wet, multi plate coil spring clutch. This powertrain configuration ensures good mileage, power, performance and acceleration.
Braking And Handling
Yamaha Crux sports long telescopic forks at its front while it has swing arm with adjustable rear shock absorbers. The braking system consists of advanced 130mm drum brakes on its both wheels. The bike feels superior to many of its competitors in this segment. The upwardly placed handlebar adds right feel to this bike and one can easily steer this bike in city traffic. Even on highways, it feels quite settle and grounded. Its broad tyres and effective braking system gives you a nice control of this bike. The bike takes most of the bumps easily and feels more confident than others on Indian roads. The ground clearance of 160mm makes it easy for you to cross high speed breakers and big potholes easily with this bike. Its suspension system is equally matched with its weight and it shows at high speeds. The extended wheelbase of 1260mm is best in its segment which gives it stability around corners. Even with a pillion rider, the ride and handling of this bike is quite impressive. The broad seat of this bike is the best thing that you can notice on it. It’s extremely comfortable and its foot-pegs are also well placed. The bike offers commuter friendly riding posture which helps you to enjoy stress free rides. Interestingly, Yamaha has placed its handle bar way above than the regular position which feels quite convenient and optimum on long journeys. You can easily have a firm palm grip on this handlebar which comes with average quality of plastic buttons on it.
What more can you ask from the one of the least expensive bikes of Indian market. No disc brakes, no ABS - it's a no-nonsense, no-frill bike bike. Though the saree guard and leg guard are offered as optional fitmenets, as the rest of the bikes available.
Mid-range performance, smooth gearbox, vibration-free engine, price.
Poor looks, braking, not much appealing
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Yamaha Crux News
20 Sep, 2011 | 748 views
Yamaha Bikes has always been appreciated for its powerful performance and superior look. Sustaining same track proven record Yamaha Bikes has launched the facelifted version of Yamaha Crux by introducing with slight changes meeting requirement of present demand in bike segment. Yamaha Crux price in India for modified version as announced by Yamaha Bikes is Rs 33,000.Read More
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