Yamaha Ray z vs Honda Activa 125: Which One will you Buy

Honda has long since established its dominance over the Indian two-wheeler market in the country. With its wide range of bikes and automatic scooters, Honda has been the de-facto leader in this segment. However, Yamaha, who first started off by just producing its range of sport bikes in the country, also decided to run in the automatic scooter segment of the country to give competition to Honda and other manufacturers.

Currently, these two-wheeler giants have locked horns against each other in the scooter market with the latest offerings, the Honda Activa 125 and the Yamaha Ray Z being among the top most-selling scooters in the country. Today, we are going to pit these two against each other.


Honda is equipped with a very powerful air-cooled 124 cc engine which is better than the air-cooled 113 cc displacement engine used on the Ray Z. The greater displacement engine on the Activa in return leads to a larger power and torque output at 8.6 BHP and 10.12 Nm respectively as compared to the timid peak power of 7BHP and 8 Nm torque on the Ray Z

Winner – Honda Activa 125

Dimensions and Weight

The larger engine on the Activa 125 reflects on the overall kerb weight as it weighs a hefty 7 kg more than the Ray Z. Despite smaller weight, the Ray Z is overall longer than the Activa 125. The smaller height of the Ray Z makes it easier for shorter people to ride also.

Winner – Yamaha Ray Z


As the case with most scooters currently available in the country, both the Honda Activa 125 and the Yamaha Ray Z are equipped with an automatic speed transmission gearbox. However, the difference between the two lies on the type of transmission they use. While the Ray Z uses a V belt automatic transmission to go with a dry, centrifugal clutch, the Activa 125 is equipped with only a V-matic transmission type with an automatic clutch.

Winner – Yamaha Ray Z

Fuel Range and Efficiency

Despite having a smaller fuel tank capacity at 5-liters, the Ray Z stills manages to provide a better fuel efficiency than the 5.3-liter fuel tank of Activa 125. The average mileage of the Ray Z at 62kmpl easily beats the 54kmpl average mileage of the Activa 125.

Winner – Yamaha Ray Z

Chassis and Suspension

Both, the Activa 125 and the Ray Z are equipped with an underbone type chassis. Additionally, they both use the same front telescopic suspension to provide you comfort on the road. The Activa 125 uses a spring loaded hydraulic type suspension on the rear whereas the Ray Z is only equipped with a unit swing suspension.

Winner – Honda Activa 125


There is no separating the two gearless scooters in the braking department. Both uses the same set of 130mm drum brakes on the front as well as the rear end for braking purposes.

Winner – Draw

Wheels and Tires

The Honda Activa 125 uses a 90/90-12 front tire alongside a 90/100-10 rear tire whereas the Ray Z is equipped with 90/100-10 53J tires on the front and the rear end. Both the scooters are equipped with tubeless tires to protect you from sudden tire burst. The Activa 125 uses 12-inch alloy wheels while they are absent on the Ray Z.

Winner – Honda Activa

The Last Words

Both the Yamaha Ray Z and the Honda Activa 125 have managed to create a separate market among Indian customers for themselves. Despite a Rs. 6000 price difference between the two, the Activa 125 is suitable for people who want a more power scooter in their hands while the Ray Z is perfect for the budget-friendly customers.