This is what the modern-day Yamaha RX should look like…

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Does the Yamaha in these pictures remind you of another iconic Yam? If it does, you’re not alone. This is the Resonator125, a concept Yamaha will debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, and it leads us to ask a question: can this herald the birth of a new-age RX?
It has got all the right ingredients. It sports minimal bodywork, tall, slightly pulled-back handlebars, wire-spoke rims (with disc brakes front and back), a round headlight, and is based on a new, lightweight chassis. Looks delicious, doesn’t it?

The fuel tank and seat cowl feature the sort of wood panels you’ll find on Yamaha’s guitars, and engravings on brass plating similar to that found on wind instruments. If you look closely, you will also see a unique tablet-like instrument panel, and a camera placed on top of the headlight. Yamaha says this bike is “for young people who have not yet discovered the joys of motorcycling”, so it needs to have these modern-day gadgets on board to entice the youth. Or does it?

Because, if you peel away all the motor show gimmickry, you will find a motorcycle that is exactly the kind of thing that can be badged an RX. It is small, compact, feather-like and should be a hoot to chuck about.

But, of course, in this form, the Resonator125 can’t come close to being the sort of hooligan the original RX was with its fiery two-stroke motor which provided blistering acceleration.

Powering the concept is an air-cooled, four-stroke, 125cc single-cylinder motor (which looks quite similar to the Saluto’s unit), but that is all we have in the way of technical details for now. We wish Yamaha blesses it with a zippier powerplant, so we can finally have the new-gen RX we’ve all looked forward to.