Last Call: Retro Minimalism Edition

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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15 responses to “Last Call: Retro Minimalism Edition”

  1. discontinuuity Avatar

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

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    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.

    1. neight428 Avatar

      Good luck with the leak, I’ll admit to fantasizing about swapping a turbo-4 into several cars after trying to get wrenches in around a V8.

      1. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

        You would love 60s cars with I6 engines in bays designed for V8s. A college roommate had a 69 Chevy C10 and you climb under the hood and stand on the front crossmember to work on it.

    2. Victor Avatar

      I had a small leak that was hard to pinpoint a product called Kseal solved it quickly. Cost around $15.00 .

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        This one?

        They don’t sell it here, but I guess it could be shipped from England. In either case, I always thought stuff like that did more damage than good; plugging whatever flow there might be in old radiators. I have been thinking about doing the cinnamon-thing, too. Just need to properly identify the leak first.

        1. Victor Avatar

          That is the right stuff , I was losing an overflow tank every couple weeks , Ford E-150 van . Cured it .

        2. Lokki Avatar

          Cures in a can are always a “nothing left to lose” last-try answer. If a serious leak really is a death sentence for the car, try this stuff and at least you may buy a little shopping time with which to look for another car.

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            …or for another nuclear submarine.

          2. Rover 1 Avatar
            Rover 1

            Sometimes cure leaks come with a GM part number. GM Caddillac recomended.

        3. Vairship Avatar

          You can always try Eggs Prestone, with or without pepper:

  3. Zentropy Avatar

    That is a beautiful machine.

  4. neight428 Avatar

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

  5. oldcarjunkie Avatar

    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.

  6. boxdin Avatar

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

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