Yamaha YZF-R125 Review

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Yamaha YZF-R125

It looks like a bigger bike but it's super light with excellent handling and economy.

- Rating: 10 / 10
Big bike feel, looks pretty sweet, headlight, speed, handling, economy
× Indicators aren't LED as standard, no fancy TFT dash, mirrors, noisy engine

What Is It?

The 2019 Yamaha YZF-R125 is a premium learner friendly sports bike which was first launched in 2008 and upgraded in 2014.

Engine: 125 cc Single Cylinder VVT, 15 bhp

Economy: 85 mpg

Range: 220 miles

Seat Height: 825 mm

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What Is It Like?

Yamaha YZF-R125

What's Good?

  • Excellent handling
  • Good tyres as standard (Michelin Pilot Street)
  • Torque is adequate but a little on the high end of the revs which makes it feel sportier
  • Looks like a bigger bike
  • LCD display is great and makes it feel like a more premium sports bike
  • Riding position is aggressive but not overly so
  • Good on fuel
  • Light

What's Not So Good?

  • A little tall to sit on if you’re a shorter feller like me
  • Chain needs tightening more often than I’d like
  • 1st and 2nd gears are super short
  • Insurance prices
  • Mirrors

- Jamie G, 2019

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Yamaha R125 (2014-2018) - Previous generation without Variable Valve Timing.

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