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        The new Yamaha Mio Aerox inherits the MT series’ ‘The Dark Side of Japan’ styling

        Its engine is similar to the MT-15 but slightly detuned
        by Aris Ilagan Nov 6, 2020
        PHOTO: Yamaha
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        Inspired by the phenomenal success of the Master of Torque series, Yamaha has unveiled the new Aerox in stealthy paintwork that was once exclusive to Team Blue’s hyper naked bikes.

        Now wrapped in ‘The Dark Side of Japan’ design scheme that became an instant hit with the first-generation Yamaha MT-07 in 2016 and adopted by the MT-09 a year later, the new Aerox called Mio Aerox in the Philippines—has been introduced to the Indonesian market with the same impressive styling and graphics. Almost every detail was retained from the previous Aerox model.

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        The latest Aerox comes with the Yamaha Y-Connect system, which enables smartphone pairing with the scooter instrument console. This allows the rider to view messages and phone call details from the fully digital, easy-to-read panel.

        The instrument console also shows preventive maintenance service schedules, system diagnosis, and parking location. Other premium features include LED headlights and taillights, a hazard lamp, a charging port, a 25-liter underseat compartment that can accommodate a full-face helmet, a kill switch, and keyless ignition. However, Yamaha Indonesia’s spec sheet does not say if it has the start-stop button that the current Philippine-spec Mio Aerox models are equipped with. This fuel-saving feature automatically shuts the engine off after five seconds of inactivity in traffic. The engine can be restarted by using the twist throttle.

        The Indonesian version also has gas-charged rear shock absorbers and a telescopic fork for a comfortable and enjoyable ride. At the heart of the new Mio Aerox is a new 155cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with variable valve actuation (VVA) and Blue Core technology that generates 15.15hp and 13.9Nm of torque, which is actually a similar but slightly detuned version of the MT-15’s powerplant. The fuel tank capacity has been increased to 5.5 liters from the previous 4.6.

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        It is interesting to note that Yamaha Motor Philippines imports Mio Aerox units from Indonesia, although it has plans to manufacture this hot-selling model locally soon.

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