DAYANG VPS125 Ultimate Edition vs. SUZUKI UY125: An Ultra-Detailed Comparative Review
Not long ago, DAYANG launched the VPS125 Ultimate Edition, which retains the ABS and TCS features while eliminating the hybrid and idle start-stop. All other configurations remain unchanged, and the price has dropped to an impressive 9,999 yuan. It is currently the only mainstream 125cc brand scooter under 10,000 yuan equipped with ABS and TCS. Following the TCS edition of QJMOTO’s Hong 125 priced at 10,699 yuan, it has once again brought the 125 scooter to new heights. So how does the DAYANG VPS125 Ultimate Edition compete against the best-selling SUZUKI UY125 priced at 10,680 yuan?
Recently, the Chinese motorcycle media “Motuocaizhi” conducted a super-detailed comparative evaluation of these two motorcycles. As this review is very detailed and contains a lot of information, today we will first present the static part of the comparison, with the dynamic part to be shared in the next section.
Both the VPS125 and UY125 employ a liquid crystal display speedometer, offering clear and intuitive data reading under sunlight. The only distinction is that the VPS125 comes with a built-in tachometer, which makes everyday use more convenient.
The maximum power of the VPS125 is 7.2kw/7000rpm, with a maximum torque of 10.5N.m/5500rpm.
The UY125, on the other hand, boasts a maximum power of 6.9kw/7000rpm and a maximum torque of 10N.m/6000rpm.
Whether it’s data or actual acceleration experience, the VPS125’s power is stronger. The specifics can be found in the dynamic acceleration test section of the next part. As for the spark plug configuration, the VPS125 and UY125 are on par, a feature that is extremely practical for northern riders. However, it is a minor regret that the VPS125 Ultimate Edition does not come equipped with DAYANG’s proprietary V-Core hybrid technology.
In terms of configuration, the VPS125 uses a front single-way dual-piston caliper and rear single-piston caliper brakes, with standard ABS and TCS, fully stocked on safety configurations. The UY125 uses a front single-piston caliper brake and rear drum brake. It’s clear at a glance which model has the upper hand.
Rear Shock Absorbers:
The VPS125 adopts dual-spring rear shocks, offering robust support and resilience. It can provide excellent support even with two riders, greatly enhancing comfort. The UY125 uses a single-sided rear shock, which doesn’t support adjustability. Undoubtedly, the VPS125 has a clear advantage here.
Both the VPS125 and UY125 feature LED double-lens headlights, with designs that closely resemble each other. The difference lies in the VPS125’s embellishment with two light strips, making its contour sharper and sportier. The turn signal and tail lights also use LED sources. The UY125 tail light, however, combines an LED tail light with halogen turn signals.
In a nighttime test, the VPS125’s light spot was slightly larger, offering better road coverage, and the close-range lighting effect was also quite impressive. In terms of brightness, there wasn’t a significant visual difference between the two motorcycles. Using a light meter to test both motorcycles’ combined high and low beams (both at around 5 meters, 25 cm height), the VPS125’s illumination was 802 lux, while the UY125 measured 670 lux.
Both the VPS125 and UY125 employ generic handlebar buttons, with a rather average tactile sensation, both featuring dual throttle cables. Worthy of commendation, the VPS125 provides an engine cut-off switch that also supports manual TCS button shutdown, while the UY125 lacks an engine cut-off switch.
Both the VPS125 and UY125 adopt a front double storage box design. The VPS125 has the upper hand in terms of storage box depth, but the UY125’s storage box volume under the key switch is somewhat larger. Both motorcycles come with hooks and USB charging ports.
The VPS125’s under-seat storage is slightly shorter than the UY125’s, but they are essentially the same in depth. If you attempt to place a 3/4 helmet, it won’t close the lid; only a half-helmet can fit. If you want to increase the carrying capacity, you’ll have to add a top box later. As for the UY125, it comes with a standard top box that can accommodate a full-size full-face helmet in its factory state. In this respect, the UY125 takes the lead.
Exhaust System and Noise:
From the perspective of exhaust pipe shape, both models are very similar and there’s no significant difference. In terms of idle noise, the VPS125 is noticeably quieter than the UY125. When the throttle is fully twisted, the maximum noise of the VPS125 is only 0.2 decibels louder than the UY125, which can be disregarded. The data shown in the graph represents the maximum noise when the throttle is twisted to its limit at a standstill, not representing the noise during acceleration. During acceleration, the noise of the VPS125 is noticeably louder, while the UY125 is slightly quieter and smoother.
Both motorcycles use the same vacuum tire specifications: front 90/90-12 and rear 100/90-10. However, the VPS125 uses Chengyuan regular street tires, while the UY125 chooses Tensen semi-hot melt high-grip tires. In terms of road grip, the UY125 takes the upper hand.
In terms of fuel tank capacity, the VPS125 is equipped with a huge 10L fuel tank, larger than the tanks of most 150cc scooters, while the UY125’s fuel tank is only 6.1L. Therefore, in terms of cruising range, the VPS125 takes a crushing victory.
The official seat height data for both motorcycles is the same, at 740mm. From actual experience, this is indeed the case, with both offering a user-friendly seat height.
In summary of the static comparison, the VPS125 Ultimate Edition wins with its ABS+TCS and higher configuration, as well as the ultra-low sale price of 9,999 yuan. Of course, in addition to the differences in configuration, the dynamic riding experience is also extremely important. For the differences, please stay tuned for the dynamic PK in the next section.
Pictorial Instructions: All pictures in this article follow the order of DAYANG VPS125 first, followed by SUZUKI UY125.