Top 10 125cc Motorbikes

Motorbikes with smaller engines can be a fun route into the biking world and there has never been more choice, from premium machines to keep after moving up to those designed as a stepping stone.

Check out our guides on the different styles of bike, getting your licence, the top ten cheap 125s and our top ten 125cc scooters.

The Best 125cc Motorbikes:

Honda Monkey

Honda Monkey For Sale

The monkey bike is back for 2018 and will only cost you 3,700 bananas (sorry pounds). The new Honda Monkey is essentially the popular Honda Grom but channelling the styling of the original Z50J monkey bike.

Just like the Grom it has a huge following, owners love it and the customisation options are mind boggling! Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 9.3 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 776 mm
  • Wet Weight: 107 kg
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Honda CB125R

Honda CB125R For Sale

Honda have cunningly fused modern and retro styling into a thoroughly up to date bike with the CB125R.

You get a cool LED headlight, LED lighting all round, decent suspension and brakes, wavy discs and a nice exhaust tucked under the bike for optimum mass centralisation.

It's easily one of the best looking 125s you can buy right now. Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 13.1 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 816 mm
  • Wet Weight: 126 kg

Yamaha MT-125

Yamaha MT-125 For Sale

The naked version of the R125 is new for 2020 and now features Variable Valve Timing, a new inverted LCD dash, fancy central LED headlight, a slip / assist clutch, wider rear tyre and improved seat. The old model sold incredibly well and this update should continue the trend.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 15 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 810 mm
  • Wet Weight: 140 kg

Suzuki GSX-S125

Suzuki GSX-S125 For Sale

New for 2017 the Suzuki GSX-S125 is a more subdued choice and quite a bit cheaper than the Duke 125 but it's just as up to date and boasts not only an LED headlight but also an easy start system and keyless ignition.

The fork is a standard design whereas most of the competition are rocking a better upside down fork. Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 14.8 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 785 mm
  • Wet Weight: 133 kg

Yamaha YZF-R125

Yamaha YZF-R125 For Sale

The new 2019 R125 is a complete overhaul of a very popular choice when it comes to learner friendly sports bikes.

Yamaha have been evolving it since 2008 and the latest generation offers a new chassis / dash / tank, wider rear tyre and new engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT).

All of that makes it the most sophisticated sports 125 you can buy and it looks pretty sweet. Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 15 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 825 mm
  • Wet Weight: 142 kg

Suzuki GSX-R125

Suzuki GSX-R125 For Sale

Suzuki's GSX-R125 is perhaps not the best looking sports 125 but it does have modern touches like a stacked LED headlight, easy start system and keyless ignition. Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 14.8 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 785 mm
  • Wet Weight: 134 kg

Lexmoto LXR 125

Lexmoto LXR 125 For Sale

The LXR looks fantastic and is a lot of bike for your money, including dual discs up front and LED indicators. It should definitely be on your shortlist if you are looking for something sporty.

For 2019 Lexmoto took it to the next level with the £2,500 LXR SE by including an upside down fork and Aluminium swingarm / yokes but unfortunately it's only available in red.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 12 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 800 mm
  • Wet Weight: 167 kg

KTM Duke 125

KTM Duke 125 For Sale

KTM's latest generation Duke 125 could be an excellent choice if you can live with the edgy styling.

It has a trick colour TFT dash, setting it apart from the competition, a funky LED headlight with LED lighting all round and decent brakes. Read the review

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 14.8 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 830 mm
  • Dry Weight: 137 kg

Lexmoto Venom

Lexmoto Venom For Sale

It's one of the best selling Lexmoto models and it's easy to see why. The Venom is cheap to buy, puts out a decent amount of power and it even has an MP3 player / FM radio with speakers on top of the fuel tank. Read the review.

You might also like their Viper model, which is basically the same bike but with better brakes, a taller seat and a more premium upside down fork.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 124 cc
  • Power: 11.4 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 770 mm
  • Wet Weight: 144 kg

Lexmoto Adrenaline

Lexmoto Adrenaline For Sale

The Adrenaline is a lot of bike for the money. Sure, it doesn't have the latest engine tech but it does have a sump guard, fork protectors, discs front and back, Steel braided brake lines and a gear position indicator.

Plus the plastics are designed to flex a bit when you inevitably drop it. Just check the seat height is okay though because it's on the high side for a learner model. Read the review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 11.3 bhp
  • Licence: A1
  • Seat Height: 890 mm
  • Wet Weight: 133 kg

How Did We Rank Our Top Ten?

We looked at all the 125cc bikes you can buy new and picked the top contenders for each type, such as sports bikes and naked bikes, taking into account style, power, technology and value for money.