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Last Call: Retro Minimalism Edition

Peter Tanshanomi October 30, 2018 Last Call, Two-Wheel Tuesday 15 Comments

The Yamaha Y125 Moegi was a concept bike displayed in 2011, and was intended to reflect the design of the very first Yamaha, the 1955 Yamaha YA-1. The Moegi featured an aluminum frame and bodywork and was powered by a fuel-injected, 125cc single-cylinder engine. The result weighed a claimed 176 pounds. The small, three liter fuel tank provided a range of about 150 miles. As motorcycles have gotten bigger, faster, and heavier, the Moegi looks as though it would be a phenomenal way to recapture a small motorcycle’s lost purity of function—without having to fold one’s self up on a three-quarter scale toy like the Honda Grom.

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  • discontinuuity

    I’d love to have a small simple bike like this with tall skinny tires.

  • Sjalabais

    After two months of continous rain, we were blessed with a couple of dry days. Those revealed that my coolant leak was gracious enough to grow in severity, so I could identify it. For now, I hope it is just the expansion tank (refueling needs and dripping traces suggest that), but if it is the radiator, that might be a death sentence…and I just passed on an essentially free spare car, because it was so used up, I couldn’t see valuable parts. Arg.
    …and while minivans have been on the up, popularitywise, I have to admit that the ultra-crammed engine rooms where you can’t even see anything, never mind touch and wrench on stuff, are a big downside.

  • Zentropy

    That is a beautiful machine.

  • neight428

    That looks pretty sharp, I had never seen it before.

  • oldcarjunkie

    That is pretty darn cool but I think my TU250X is about as small as I would practically want to go as highway trips are still do-able.

  • boxdin

    At the time I thought these were a copy of the Sachs Madass, a very cool bike.