Did you know that 'TFX' in the Yamaha TFX-150 stands for “The Fierce Experience”?
The new Japanese motorbike was launched by Yamaha Motor Philippines Incorporated (YMPI) at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City last Saturday. From its slogan alone, expect the new Yamaha TFX-150 to stir the lightweight local motorcycle segment as it is loaded with many strong characteristics that were once exclusive only to big bikes.
From the supermoto stance to the sports naked styling, the TFX-150 irrefutably belongs to the famed 'MT' family of Yamaha motorcycles that include the MT-03, MT-7, MT-09 and MT-10—all raking positive reviews worldwide.
Now to whet your appetite, the TFX-150 is equipped with 37mm upside down forks that translates to excellent riding and stability. Not even the high-end MT-07 is blessed with this feature since it relies on the old school telescopic forks for front damping.
The TFX, nonetheless, adopted the split-type seats similar to that of the MT-07. With this, it’s not farfetched that Yamaha will soon come up with a sporty seat cowl as an original aftermarket accessory to transform the TFX-150 into a single-seater racing machine. Another distinctive attribute of the TFX-150 that was plucked from its older brothers is its easy-to-operate red MT starter switch.
Pinoy motorbike enthusiasts should consider themselves lucky. YMPI brought in the 150cc mill instead of the smaller 125cc engine—called MT-125—now available in Europe and elsewhere. The TFX’s single cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC power plant generates 16hp @8,500rpm for maximum power and 14.3Nm @ 7,500rpm for maximum torque. There’s no indication yet if YMPI will later introduce the 125cc to the Philippine market.
On the other hand, the TFX-150 got a special trait of the MT-125: the world-acclaimed Deltabox frame known for its rigidity and strength. Even better, the TFX-150 shaved off some weight since it floats on an aluminum swingarm vis-à-vis the MT-125’s steel version. For a sportier stance, the TFX-150 has a sleek under cowl and more prominent side cowls.
During the launch, the riders’ eyes were pinned on the TFX 150's full LED headlamp with its Transformers-inspired design. It also has the same full-LCD display as the MT-07 at the center of the handlebar, but the former’s instrumentation panel is positioned in an inverted way.
Consider it love at first sight: Many guests agreed that the TFX-150 looks better in the metal than in photos. So see for yourself if this new lightweight street fighter's P139,000 price tag is really worth it.
UPDATE as of June 11, 2018: The 45th Tokyo Motorcycle Show in Odaiba was held from March 23 to 25 this year. The photos and videos shared by their visitors might have caused confusion among netizens since they have almost the same group of motorcycle companies showing off their latest hardware and technology. Moto Sapiens attended the Tokyo Motorcycle Show. This year, 135 companies with 882 exhibit booths showed off their latest two- and three-wheelers, modern electric bikes, accessories, and even riding paraphernalia. There were launch events of new motorcycles, relaunching of face-lifted units, and even revivals of classics by Japanese, European, American, and—wait—two Taiwanese brands.