Is Yamaha Exciter still “king”?

Hit the right market share. Equipped with many outstanding technologies. Create your own mark and style. That’s what Yamaha has done with Exciter (manual clutch version), and in fact they have succeeded, at least for now.

>> Yamaha Exciter manual clutch – Need to find an opponent

>> Yamaha launches Exciter 2013

>> Yamaha Vietnam launches Exciter 2013, priced at 37 million VND

“Time makes heroes”

Yamaha Exciter manual clutch version was officially introduced by Yamaha in the Vietnamese market in 2009. At that time, the manual clutch Exciter really created a fever among young people, and since then, the car seems to be is “alone, one way” when competitors in the Vietnamese motorcycle market have not yet produced manual clutch versions for any of their products.

Exciter manual clutch has really created a fever among young people

This Japanese motorbike company has very cleverly researched the market carefully when targeting young, dynamic people who love speed but only with a small budget. For many young people, using an automatic clutch bike is too idle and not “high” enough. If many people do not have enough financial conditions or passion to own large displacement motorbikes, the appearance of Exciter has given them a very reasonable choice.

In Vietnam, the popular car segment that uses a sporty and powerful manual clutch is still only the Yamaha Exciter. Because there is no competitor, Yamaha has not made any changes for 2 consecutive years to both Exciter 2012 and Exciter 2013, other than the car stamp set.

The car model that is considered to be the most “equal” to the Exciter is only the Suzuki Axelo 125, because other than Axelo, there is no other car company that wants to participate in this segment. Many consumer opinions say that Axelo 125 is difficult to “compare” with Exciter in terms of design, engine and technology.

If you look broadly at the economy-class manual clutch vehicle market, it is difficult to compare car models that have appeared in Vietnam with the Exciter. Honda MSX 125 or Honda CBR 150 both sit at the “top” in terms of both price and class. Suzuki EN-150A and GZ-150A are “too old” and “too old” while Visitor Phoenix R125 is still skeptical about quality and brand.

Leadership qualities

In addition to hitting the right market share and launching at the right time, it is hard to deny the plus points on Exciter from its design, engine, performance and on-board amenities. Meaning that if Exciter wants to be a “king”, the car itself must have “qualities”.

Yamaha Exciter 2013 still shows its inherent strength and personality

In the latest version – Yamaha Exciter 2013 still shows strength and personality through design details. The car body maintains a modern aerodynamic design. High-quality lighting system, unique speedometer interface, and compact, elegant Monocross single shock absorber.

Exciter uses a 135cc cylinder engine (larger capacity than common digital cars), SOHC 4-stroke, 4-valve and liquid-cooled. This cooling system helps absorb noise and maintain stable engine operation.

In 2011, Yamaha upgraded the Exciter with a new vacuum carburetor (BS) to replace the old one (VM-21 X1), combined with a throttle sensor (TPS) equipped for all versions. 2010. TPS helps distribute a sufficient amount of air and fuel to the engine for ideal vehicle operation whether when starting, accelerating or traveling on crowded roads or traffic jams.

DiASil cast cylinder technology with effective heat dissipation and reduced fuel consumption. This type of cylinder is highly durable and is the pride of Yamaha. It’s easy to understand why Yamaha Vietnam offers a separate engine warranty of up to 5 years/50,000km.

The most worth mentioning thing about Exciter is that the 4-speed manual clutch transmission has been upgraded to 5-speed (from the 2011 version), so the potential power of the 135cc engine is maximized, while helping to increase the speed. Speed ​​becomes smoother.

Exciter still feels good when operating

Exciter is equipped with 2 disc brakes for both front and rear wheels, wide rear tires (100/70), front tires (70/90). Tubeless tires and 17-inch 5-spoke cast rims also contribute to increasing the sportiness of the car. Since the 2011 version, the front shock absorber has been designed with an additional 5mm of travel compared to conventional models, providing a smooth feeling when operating.

Don’t sleep on your throne

So in Vietnam, the popular car segment that uses a sporty and powerful manual clutch still only has the Yamaha Exciter. Because there are no competitors, plus the life cycle of launching a new product is about 4 to 5 years, Yamaha has not made many changes to its products. exciter 2013.

Yamaha has not made many changes to the 2013 Exciter

There are not many major changes and improvements, other than the vehicle’s stamp set being redesigned every year, it seems that Yamaha is content with the success of Exciter in Vietnam. However, users don’t think so.

They are feeling the Exciter fading. The design is beautiful, but even if you are a “beauty queen”, you will get bored looking at it forever. The engine is powerful, but driving a 135cc vehicle forever is boring. Users need more, a 150cc engine version, for example. Operation is smooth, but the feeling of “running” the Exciter gradually lacks excitement or is not to say boring.

If you don’t want Exciter to “rest on your laurels”, if you don’t want Exciter to become the former king, Yamaha will definitely have to change in the next versions.

Currently, Yamaha Exciter 2013, with not many changes, has a suggested retail price: 37 million VND for the R version and 40 million VND for the RC version.



  • Dimensions (length x width x height): 1,960 x 695 x 1080 mm
  • The standard long: 1,255 mm
  • Saddle height: 775 mm
  • Petrol tank capacity: 4.0 liters
  • Weight: 106 kg
  • Engine: 4 stroke, single cylinder, 135 cc, liquid cooled
  • Wattage: 8.90 kW/ 8,500 rpm
  • Torque: 11.75 Nm/ 6,000 rpm
  • Transmission box: 5 levels
  • Front shock absorber: springs, hydraulic shock absorbers
  • Rear shock absorber: Single sports shock absorber
  • Front/rear brake system: plate hydraulic
  • Front/rear tires:70/90-17, 80/90-17

The Dat (TTTD)Photo: Le Thang

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