Review of Honda AirBlade 125 and Yamaha Nouvo GP 125

With major changes in design and integration of excellent technology, Honda AirBlade 125 and Yamaha Nouvo GP are two motorbike products that are causing consumers a headache to choose in the luxury scooter segment. central.

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In the Vietnamese motorbike market, people have long talked about the fierce competition between two giants from Japan: Honda and Yamaha. The two had races in design, technology, engine… to bring Vietnamese consumers a satisfactory scooter.

Recently, Honda’s launch of the new AirBlade 125 and Yamaha’s introduction of Nouvo GP on the Nouvo SX platform have once again proven that the battle for market share and the battle for affection from Vietnamese consumers seems to have just begun.

Overall design

First, let’s look at the Yamaha Nouvo GP. Although still retaining the platform of the old Nouvo line (Nouvo LX), the 9th generation Nouvo has taken on a youthful, sporty and angular appearance when Yamaha changed the cover for the Nouvo SX and most recently, the GP stamp.

Compared to the previous version, the parameters such as length x width x height remain the same as 1955 mm x 705 mm x 1,080 mm. If viewed from the side, the Nouvo’s shape looks “long” and neat, but from a frontal perspective, there are many aggressive features because Yamaha has attached many angular details to the mask and throughout the body of the vehicle to show its “majesty”. paralysis” for the car.

As for Airblade, Honda’s styling and design, in terms of aesthetics, have never been as highly appreciated as the cars of rival Yamaha. It is not a car that has personality, sportiness or appeal when operating on the road. Simply, Honda has its own direction. All designs of the Japanese automaker are practical, they are not exceptionally beautiful but they integrate and apply technology excellently.

Both have been racing to bring Vietnamese consumers a satisfactory scooter.

In this 4th generation, Honda continues to maintain the overall design that has helped Air Blade dominate the Vietnamese scooter market since its inception. Some details have been changed and improved, and with Honda, they are not just for decoration.

Yamaha Nouvo GP – Honda AirBlade 125: 1 – 0

Technology and gadgets

Projector headlights

Both Honda and Yamaha have preferentially equipped their two beloved products with the most modern headlight technology currently available on motorbikes: projector headlights.

The advantage of projector-style lights is that they are not scattered, the light area radiates evenly and farther… In fact, projector lenses are often used on mid-range cars and above, and motorbikes are all high-end. new app. Surprisingly, this type of light is equipped on Air Blade and Nouvo GP.

Returning to the Yamaha Nouvo product, when testing the light area provided by the projector headlights plus the light source provided by the halogen bulb, it is clear that with the application of this new design, the Nouvo SX has provided a good light area. for the driver when traveling in the dark.

But be careful when driving Nouvo, just one carelessness will destroy the large glass area of ​​the car’s headlights, and the cost for this detail is not small at all. If you look closely, you will see that the lampshade glass has a beautiful design, but is also very susceptible to collision and breakage.

Air Blade is also equipped with a project headlight system that looks like an owl’s eyes. The new double model allows two bulbs to light at the same time in each mode (near or far beam). Same new light technology, but Honda seems to have a more optimal design than Yamaha.


The information dashboard design is also a new design on both cars. At Nouvo, the dashboard consists of 2 parts, a traditional speedometer and next to it is an electronic information cluster about gasoline, instant fuel consumption, speedometer… A modern technology. What is usually only seen in cars has now been re-applied by Yamaha to Nouvo, which is the Fuel Eco feature. This meter will report instant fuel consumption at a certain speed, and also provide the distance that can be traveled with the remaining fuel level in the fuel tank. This can be said to be very useful information for users.

In the new Air Blade watch, in addition to the speed needle and indicator lights, the remaining parameters are integrated into one LCD screen: fuel, timer (new), odometer. , trip meter…

Car trunk

The new Nouvo’s trunk is designed with a larger capacity thanks to the change in trunk height. Therefore, this trunk can hold up to 2 half-face helmets. The fuel tank is also equipped with a removable soft rubber overflow tray. Very useful in case of fuel overflow and even when cleaning the trunk.

Nouvo GP trunk (left) and Air Blade (right)

The Air Blade’s fuel tank storage compartment has been removed. Therefore, from now on, riders will completely depend on the trunk under the seat. We still like the design of the older Air Blade Fi (with 2 small storage compartments on both sides, convenient for water bottles, disc locks, gloves, masks)… or Air Blade 2011 (for wallets, phones…).

In some specific utility equipment, the Air Blade 125 is even better than the Nouvo GP when it integrates an electric stand, refueling without opening the trunk, car finder…

Yamaha Nouvo GP – Honda AirBlade 125: 0 – 1


The biggest difference in Nouvo GP (actually Nouvo SX) is that the engine only has a capacity of 124 cc and is equipped with YMJet-Fi electronic fuel injection technology, compression ratio 10.9:1. This is considered a fuel economy race between Yamaha and Honda in the Vietnamese market. This engine produces 7.78 kW of power at 8,000 rpm and maximum torque of 10.47 Nm at 6000 rpm.

Meanwhile, the engine is probably the biggest step forward on the new Honda AirBlade when using a 125cc capacity, liquid-cooled, maximum power of 7 kW at 8,000 rpm and maximum torque. 10.1 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The new engine is much more powerful than the engine parameters of the old Honda Air Blade.

Air Blade is always a pioneer in fuel saving technology

If Nouvo GP reduces engine capacity to increase fuel economy, Honda Air Blade increases capacity (from 110cc to 125cc) but fuel economy is not that bad. And it seems that in the engine part, Nouvo is losing points compared to Air Blade.

Take a look at the series of gas-saving technologies equipped on the Air Blade to see that. Idling Stop technology helps save fuel effectively and is environmentally friendly thanks to the ability to automatically shut off the engine and switch to standby mode if the vehicle stops for more than 3 seconds. The engine is restarted when the driver accelerates without pressing the start button.

In addition, the Air Blade also has an ACG starting system that acts as the engine starter. Thanks to the above technologies, even though the engine capacity is larger, it saves up to 23% (according to Honda Vietnam) compared to the previous generation.

Yamaha Nouvo GP – Honda AirBlade 125: 0 – 1


After 5 years of being criticized as weak compared to its competitors, Honda has rebalanced its “technique”. Now the remaining issue is “experience”. Indeed, even though it is 110 cc, the Air Blade is still rated well in terms of acceleration (1 person load). But when loading 2 people or going uphill, the power of the 110 engine block will immediately reveal its weakness and noise.

Nouvo GP is highly appreciated for its acceleration, high-speed stability and cornering grip

As for the Air Blade 125, as soon as the start button is pressed, the engine operates smoothly. There is no more noise but the gentle, crisp sound of the potty. Try pulling the throttle, the engine revs smoothly, not “sluggish” like the old one.

Perhaps it is due to increasing engine capacity and reducing rpm at the highest torque, making operating the vehicle quite easy. Quickly reach 40km/h in a distance of 50m, then 60km/h immediately after without having to accelerate. When releasing the gas, it doesn’t stall immediately. No more feeling pushed forward. The car runs compactly even though the weight has increased by 5kg and the tire size remains unchanged.

Try carrying 2 people. The car still jumps easily and doesn’t take long to reach a speed of 60km/h. No more noise. The sound of the engine is easily swallowed at a speed of 20km/h (in the city). If you switch from the Yamaha Nouvo 135 to the Air Blade 125, you won’t regret it. Air Blade 125 will ensure you get the perfect boost with every twist of the throttle.

With the integration of the most advanced technology on the engine such as friction reduction technology, perfect combustion ability, engine with integrated ACG starter and PGM-FI electronic fuel injection system, the new Air Blade brings to more powerful performance but more fuel efficient than the 110cc Air Blade.

Stepping into operating the Nouvo GP, just gently pull the brake lever and the starter and the engine starts immediately, with a smooth idle sound. The vehicle’s acceleration is impressive, although not as good as the previous generation due to the use of a smaller engine capacity and the fuel supply system is electronic fuel injection. However, the Nouvo GP’s acceleration is better than the Honda Air Blade.

But when suddenly decelerating in forced idle mode, that is, applying the accelerator and then releasing it, the car jerks violently. This problem may be due to the clutch and belt friction in the transmission system. cause. Therefore, it does not have the smoothness of drifting like the Air Blade.

When accelerating evenly, the car accelerates smoothly and smoothly. Moving evenly from the speed range of 60 – 70 km/h, the car has good balance, without the feeling of “flying”. At higher speeds, vibrations on the steering wheel appear more.

Yamaha Nouvo GP – Honda AirBlade 125: 1 – 1


The price factor is still the point that makes consumers most dissatisfied with Honda products. Air Blade 2013 can be considered the most anticipated car model of 2012 because since its inception, Air Blade has never stopped being “hot”.

Consumers anxiously wait for the new car model to hit the market, but when they have the opportunity to “see with their own eyes and touch with their own hands” the product, they sigh in frustration because from the date of official sale, the price of Air Blade has increased. 125 is never sold at the suggested price. From 4-5 million VND to a common level 1-2 million VND higher than the suggested price.

In contrast, Nouvo GP, although a best-selling product of Yamaha, has both a lower factory price (37.2 million VND compared to 39 million VND of Air Blade) and is quite stable in price.

Yamaha Nouvo GP – Honda AirBlade 125: 1 – 0


The balance score of 3 – 3 is only a relative assessment, but it also shows that it is difficult to choose if two cars are placed on the scale. Because, both Yamaha Nouvo GP and Honda AirBlade 125 are products with excellent improvements in technology, design as well as engines of two car companies from Japan. The problem is only the factor of consumers being loyal followers of which car company.

Technical data sheet

Parameter Yamaha Nouvo GP 125 Honda Air Blade 125
Dimensions (length x width x height) 1,955 x 705 x 1,080 mm 1,901 x 687 x 1,115 mm
Saddle height 776mm 777 mm
Petrol tank capacity 4.3 liters 4.4 liters
Weight 111 kg 115 kg
Engine 4 stroke, 2 SOHC valves, liquid cooled, electronic fuel injection PGM-FI, gasoline, 4 stroke, 1 cylinder, liquid cooled
Cylinder capacity 125cc 125cc
Wattage 7.78 Kw/8,000 rpm 8.2kW/8,500 rpm
Torque 10.47 Nm/6,000 rpm 11.2N.m/5,000v/min
Transmission box Continuously automatic, V belt Continuously automatic, V belt
Front shock absorber Hydraulic shock absorbers, telescopic Hydraulic shock absorbers, telescopic
Rear shock absorber Hydraulic shock absorbers, springs Hydraulic shock absorbers, springs
Front brake system Disc brake Disc brake
Rear brake system The drum is empty The drum is empty
Front/rear tires 70/90-16″ / 80/90-16″ 80/90 – 14 M/C 40P ; 90/90 – 14 M/C 46P
Price 37.2 million VND 39.99 million VND

The Dat (TTTD)

Photo: Le Thang

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