Lexmoto Adrenaline Review
What Is It?
The 2015 Lexmoto Adrenaline is a learner friendly supermoto bike which was updated to Euro 4 spec in 2017 with combined brakes and fuel injection.
Engine: 125 cc Single Cylinder, 11 bhp
Economy: 80 mpg, 190 miles
Top Speed: 70 mph
Seat Height: 890 mm
Wet Weight: 133 kg
What Is It Like?
|✓||Great value, suspension, loads of kit|
|×||Tall seat for a learner model, tyres|
I have covered 880 miles since new and it has been a solid and dependable bike to get me to and from work with the occasional ride out with other 125 owners. It's got the ability to hit 72mph while being cheap to run and fun to ride even at lower speeds and with the right additions it can make a practical daily commuter.
The only real quibbles I have is that it comes fitted with Chinese nylon tyres, Timsun 130/70/17 and 110/70/17 to be precise for the rear and front respectively. They're fine in the dry and the wet as long as you don't drive the bike like your Valentino Rossi but they're okay for a daily commute. Also the adjustable USD forks are tricky to get to without removing the handlebars.
I've covered 880 miles so far a mix of town and dual carriageway and its quite happy doing 70-72mph though bare in mind you will be hitting 9k on the rev counter and there will be vibration through the handlebars which can lead to your hands going numb on a long ride. Personally I don't mind this myself but to each their own. It's had it's break in service which cost £50 and due for its 2nd service which costs £75.
What I've Done To It
I've installed a Lextek luggage rack made for the Adrenaline and a Lextek 42 litre top box which has made it very practical. You'll be surprised what you can fit in there. I've also bough the Lextek OP1 exhaust kit for £107; the standard exhaust is perfectly serviceable just not to my taste as its quite heavy and makes the bike too quiet for my liking.
I've also recently purchased a KK Moon Waterproof tailbag to use for the ride outs instead of the top box and I've taken off the pillion footpegs to reduce weight. I'd like to get some of the Lextek billet brake clutch lever and pedals they're always out of stock though.
Sure it's not the fastest or most powerful 125 around however you'll pay nearly double the price for a extra 10mph top speed and a bit faster acceleration. In short you'll be hard pressed to find a bike this well spec'd for anything short of £3000 from any of the big manufacturers.
If you decide to buy one I'd suggest signing up to the Lexmoto owners groups on Facebook including Project 125. You'll find a lot of helpful advice and groups looking for people to come on ride outs. If you get any issues they are a great source of information and help.
- James B, 2018
How Does It Compare?
The Second Opinion
Now I've had my Lexmoto Adrenaline two years now and at first I was worried. People can be very hasty to judge a Chinese 125 but I thought hey ho let's give it a try. Coming in at £1990 I thought it was worth a shot. Got it from superbike factory.
Well let me tell you boy am I impressed! It's never let me down and it's the most fun I've ever had on a 125! I think it's like anything if you look after it, it'll look after you. The thing that impresses me about these bikes is how much fun it is to change things on them and how easy it is to do bits yourself. Mines all self maintained and I've done everything myself.
So far the things I've changed from stock are I've added a Lextek hexagonal exhaust, Renthal handle bars, red DID chain and sprockets, Acerbis hand guards, red footpegs and different mirrors, Rockstar decal vinyl wrap. Red fuel piping and general red tape and bits where I can.
So for me it's been the best motorbike I've owned. For new owners what I'd say is don't listen to the stereo types of people who hate Chinese bikes, take a chance and get one you'll have fun. I promise that and at the price who can complain it's only a 125 why spend 4-5 grand, when you can have just as much if not more fun customising these good-looking machines.
- Sam R, 2018