Got a call at 5pm Friday evening from Hong Leong Yamaha, and the call was…. do you want to take the new NVX for review but got to collect it by 6pm! and….. I said no problem! 15 minutes later collected a black NVX from Sg Buloh, Yamaha Factory, while collecting the NVX, I had another call to collect banners for the weekend Malaysian Superbike Championship (MSBK) at Pandan Indah, if its was a car, I will reach there 2 hours later. Without a bag or anything, I put down the phone and dash to Pandan Indah. When I left Hong Leong Yamaha the time was 5.45pm, the lady on the phone said they close at 6pm. So…… dashing through the infamous Klang Valley Friday jam, it took me 19min to a shop I had never been, to collect the banner, and the 3, 5×5 feet banner was just fitted in the 10 liter compartment of the NVX under the seat. We seldom start the review about bikes when we just got it from the
distributor but this NVX, I just had to start from the minute we got it. With a full tank petrol courtesy from Hong Leong Yamaha, I made the dash through dreaded Kepong traffic then to Sri Damansara then to Penchala Link and to Federal Highway and exit to Sg Besi toward Pandan Indah, never had a moment with clear traffic. And astonishingly arrived 19 minutes later. To head back to my office still had to journey, but the NVX took the Friday jam like a piece of cake with vanilla icing.
Normally with scooters, the other thing that we would do, is to get pillion to ride with us just to find out how comfortable to sit at the pillion seat, so I took a friend on the pillion later in the evening, good comments overall but only one thing we took note of, is the pillion foot peg is really high and the foot peg also keep flipping back to close position with the slightest touch.
Normally we will ride any scooter with our foot on the pillion foot peg but not with NVX, so I ride with normal position like how everyone rides a scooter.
Let move on to handling, the handling if you compare to other scooters in the market, the NVX wins hands down, even with the slim double suspension, taking a sharp corner, or a high speed 80-90km/h corner a Kuala Kelawang, you can be assured with the responsive and right throttle control the NVX gives the rider the confidence to tackle, the hardest and the sharps corner within the speed the NVX provide, (max 123/km) fastest corner speed 80-90km/h and it’s so stable considering bumpy roads under the standard IRC 14” tyre straight out of the factory. We even rode it in the wet during the test ride for about 10km on the twisty Kuala Kelawang stretch.
Had the NVX for a couple of days but it was just commuting from home to office and to city. Just before we return the NVX, a fellow media, Hafiz from Careta.my, asked ask us to do the roadtest together to the famous Kuala Kelawang (KKiC) roads in Negeri Sembilan. So I packed my SLR camera, GoPro and Mavic drone fitted on a Givi softbag which fits in the 25L under seat compartment, and head out to meet him for the roadtest. I actually ridden NMAX there last year but this roadtest was a simply different feel with the NVX. The throttle and engine response simply was amazing, plus the handling was on par with any sportsbike or rather let’s compare with mopeds, throw it a Battlax or a Pirelli 14” and an exhaust plus an Ohlins rear suspension, you are ready to challenge anyone on any bigger cc!
Other features you should note that is its Keyless, with fully digital blue LCD display, I already fell in love when I switch on the keyless knob during the launch at MotoGP last October. Besides the fresh, sporty design, the NVX comes with an electric socket and compartment for charging devices, and a 25L under-seat compartment which can fit a full-face helmet plus other gear, eliminating the need for an additional compartment box or carry a bag which I usually do.
No rear disk brake on the NVX but actually its better even you hard squeeze the rear brake the rear tyre will not lock-up and with the front ABS front, I guess you will never experience a wheel lock-up anytime riding the NVX.
There is a front handbrake at the rear brake lever, while the 155cc Blue Core fuel-injected engine feature a eco start stop at any traffic light which can be turn On or Off with a switch.
Claimed 15hp @ 8000rpm and 14.4Nm @ 6000rpm is just great to zip pass anything in traffic without a worry. But the 4.6L fuel tank start blinking at 3.5L to give you warning to refuel up but still able to give more than 20km mileage (but its always better to fuel up when it blinks). Its easy to be carried away and full throttle all the time! Making the Yamaha NVX one of the most eye catching and fun scooter to ride. Believe me just go to the nearest dealer and try to get a test ride on the NVX, I’m sure you will have a smile on your face when you are done with the test ride. I covered almost 500km with the few days, I had it on my garage and loved it, the more you ride the NVX the more you will love it!
The NVX comes in three color schemes: Race Blu, Matt Red, and Black. The price of the NVX is RM10,500 including GST but without insurance and road tax.
Tested: Yamaha NVX 155
Engine: Liquid-Cooled 155cc Single Automatic
Power: 15hp at 8,000rpm
Torque: 14.8Nm at 6,000rpm
Wet weight (inc fuel and oil): 118kg
Brakes: Front Disc (ABS) and Rear Drum
Seat height: 791mm
Fuel capacity: 4.6 litres
Colours: Blue/Black/Matt Red
Price: RM10,500 inclusive of GST