113cc, 4 stroke,
SOHC, 2 valve
7.2hp @ 7500rpm
8.1Nm @ 5000rpm
Back in the 80s and 90s people used to look
up to rockstars as icons, during the 2000 it was the reign of pop stars and now
people look up to rappers and DJs for their style statement. It was only
befitting for Indian Yamaha Motor to rope in Badshah, the famous Punjabi rapper
to endorse their stylish new iteration of the Cygnus Ray Z - the Cygnus Ray ZR.
But is the Ray ZR only about bling or does it perform as well?
First things first, the Cygnus Ray ZR looks
full of swag. The bold and chiseled design up front looks intimidating. The
headlamp and turn indicators which used to be together in the earlier version
have now been separated to give them a more pronounced look. There is also an
increased distance between the front fender and the mud guard to give it a sportier
look. The bold and stylish design continues on the side as well. You get the
letters ZR printed in a big bold font along with the words 'Next Generation'
and 'Hi-Tech Performance'. Although the rear of the Ray ZR looks good but when
compared to the front and the side it looks sort of simple. The sporty looking
graphics all over really sell this as a scooty that designed to be a looker.
Coming to the performance the Ray ZR has a 113cc
single cylinder engine the puts out 7.2hp at 7500rpm and 8.1Nm of torque at
5000rpm. While these figures might not sound too extraordinary, they get the
job done. Cruising around the city is relaxing and this scooty will be used
mostly for that. Even on highways this is a good and stable ride. I, being
extremely light weight (close to 55kgs), was able to take the Ray ZR to a top
speed of around 85kmph but for people with more weight this will still go upto
80kmph. The Ray ZR also returns a fuel efficiency of 66kmpl.
One of my favorite aspects of this scooty
are the 90/100 10inch tyres. These are tubeless tyres and come with 6-spoke
alloy wheels. They along with the way the scooty has been designed, provide a
great amount of balance and stability. I felt confident while taking sharp
corners. The scooty even manages to keep its balance for a few seconds even after
you bring it to a complete halt. The suspension setup consists of a telescopic
fork in the front and a single swing in the rear. While the suspension is stiff
it does manage to soak in a lot of the smaller bumps. It is just the bigger
ones that hit you a bit hard.
The Cygnus Ray ZR comes with a front disc
brake variant and we reviewed the same. The 170mm disc is good enough for this
scooty and can bring you to a halt in case of panic braking. The rear drum also
works well and feels gradual.
The analogue 3D meter console mounted atop
the handlebar also ups the level of swag. There are four section, one houses
the speedometer, the one above it has a meter for fuel and on either side you
have the turn indicator and high beam indicator. While we liked how the meter
console looks, we still think that a digital meter would have done more justice
to the scooty. The switch gear is within reach and the fit and finish is
fantastic. There were no loose or rickety parts.
The seat on the Ray ZR is long enough for
two people to sit comfortably and the foot board also provides enough space for
tall people to sit comfortable and have enough space for their legs. Under the
seat you get 21 litres of storage and it is enough for most conditions however
it cannot accommodate a full sized helmet. You also get the fuel lid placed at
the rear of the under seat area.
The drum variant of the Cygnus Ray ZR is
priced at Rs 52,000 ex showroom Delhi and the disc brake variant comes at for
Rs 54,500 ex-showroom Delhi. For the style quotient and stable performance that
the Ray ZR offers, we feel that this price is justified.
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