Yamaha MT-125 Review
What Is It?
The 2014 Yamaha MT-125 is a premium learner friendly naked bike based on the YZF-R125 sports bike.
Engine: 125 cc Single Cylinder, 15 bhp
Economy: 85 mpg, 220 miles
Seat Height: 810 mm
Wet Weight: 140 kg
Top Speed: 70 mph
|✓||Looks, comfort, build quality, handling, brakes, dash|
|×||Plastic tank, no gear indicator, levers, large turning circle, tall seat|
The MT-125 is an excellent bike for people who want something that looks mean, fast and simply gorgeous. People will definitely be convinced that this isn’t a 125 at all, with how big it really is and the way it’s been designed to look like it’s older siblings. It looks especially good with the Yamaha LED indicators, which gives it that little bit more personality.
However, if you’re quite short, you may struggle riding this bike. I stand at 5’9 and I find it comfortable to ride, I can touch the floor just fine, but for others I’ve seen it can be quite difficult. Nonetheless I’m sure there are ways around this.
The MT-125 carries a 15BHP motor which loves to be pushed to its limits and you won’t be disappointed with the roar it makes once you start giving the throttle some attention. You can easily get to 80MPH making it one of the fastest 125cc bikes on the market at the moment, making it a strong competitor in the 125 wars. Regardless, it cruises like a dream and has a pleasant sound, not too loud, nor too quiet.
- Three section digital display
- Designed to look like a hyper sport
- Fast acceleration and top speed
- ABS (Anti Lock Braking System)
- Functions such as: clock, petrol gauge, average speed, trip time, miles and more
- A lot of modifications available
- Although the seat is comfortable for short period of times, can get uncomfortable after long trips. (although you can purchase a more padded seat from Yamaha)
- Uses a lot of fuel
- Pillion seat is very small and uncomfortable
- If you’re short, you may struggle riding
- Price (£4,400 New)
- No gear indication
To summarise, if you’re looking for a bike that looks the part, is quick for the engine size, have the money to spend and want to turn heads when riding, this is definitely the bike for you.
- Callum L, 2018
How Does It Compare?
The Second Opinion
This is my Yamaha MT-125 that I have owned for a little over two months but don't be fooled by the short time I have owned her. I've managed to put over 6000 miles in the saddle in this space of time and what a bike this truly is. For a 125cc it's stunning looks will fool you for a 400cc and you do get questioned about the L plates.
With these looks come the performance. It's snappy single cylinder is perfect for around town and awesome for the country roads, on these roads you will be taken back by how it handles. it may be a upright naked bike but it can still have the sportier bikes through the corners.
Due to being very upright it is a very tall bike. It's not great for a shorter rider like myself (5ft9) as you will spend most of your time tip toeing. There are lowering kits that you can buy that are fairly cheep. Being a bigger 125, if you drop it, parts are not exactly cheap. Trust me I know!
- Bar ends
- Up-rated brake pads front and rear
- Yamaha crash protection
- Seat cowl
- Tail tidy
- Rear peg delete
- Black widow full exhaust system
All in all it is an awesome 125 that gets lots off looks and will take you by surprise when you first throw your leg over, however with these good points there are a few bad points about this bike like the rattling at 6000 rpm due to the valves being very tappy. Don't be concerned however, this is a thing to take into consideration. Another point is the turning circle is the same as a small boat, not to great for cutting in and out of traffic, but once you pick up speed you will forget these in a heart beat.
- Max J, 2018