Top 10 125cc Motorbikes

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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 CB125R

What Is It?

Honda have cunningly fused modern and retro styling into a thoroughly up to date bike with the CB125R. It's easily one of the best looking 125s you can buy right now.

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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £3,950
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 13 bhp / 10 kW
  • Top Speed: 75 mph / 121 km/h
  • Economy: 90 mpg / 3.1 L/100km
  • Range: 200 miles / 322 km
  • Seat Height: 816 mm / 32.1 inches
  • Wet Weight: 126 kg / 278 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.103 bhp/kg
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Yamaha MT-125

What Is It?

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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £4,450
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 15 bhp / 11 kW
  • Top Speed: 80 mph / 129 km/h
  • Economy: 90 mpg / 3.1 L/100km
  • Range: 200 miles / 322 km
  • Seat Height: 810 mm / 31.9 inches
  • Wet Weight: 140 kg / 309 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.107 bhp/kg

Yamaha YZF-R125

What Is It?

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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £4,500
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 15 bhp / 11 kW
  • Top Speed: 80 mph / 129 km/h
  • Economy: 90 mpg / 3.1 L/100km
  • Range: 230 miles / 370 km
  • Seat Height: 825 mm / 32.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 142 kg / 313 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.106 bhp/kg

Lexmoto LXR 125

What Is It?

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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £2,200
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 12 bhp / 9 kW
  • Top Speed: 70 mph / 113 km/h
  • Economy: 80 mpg / 3.5 L/100km
  • Range: 240 miles / 386 km
  • Seat Height: 800 mm / 31.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 167 kg / 368 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.072 bhp/kg

Honda Monkey

What Is It?

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! 

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £3,700
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 9 bhp / 7 kW
  • Top Speed: 65 mph / 105 km/h
  • Economy: 120 mpg / 2.4 L/100km
  • Range: 150 miles / 241 km
  • Seat Height: 776 mm / 30.6 inches
  • Wet Weight: 107 kg / 236 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.084 bhp/kg

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Suzuki GSX-S125

What Is It?

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. 

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £3,700
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 124 cc
  • Power: 15 bhp / 11 kW
  • Top Speed: 85 mph / 137 km/h
  • Economy: 90 mpg / 3.1 L/100km
  • Range: 220 miles / 354 km
  • Seat Height: 785 mm / 30.9 inches
  • Wet Weight: 133 kg / 293 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.113 bhp/kg

Suzuki GSX-R125

What Is It?

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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £4,000
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 124 cc
  • Power: 15 bhp / 11 kW
  • Top Speed: 85 mph / 137 km/h
  • Economy: 90 mpg / 3.1 L/100km
  • Range: 220 miles / 354 km
  • Seat Height: 785 mm / 30.9 inches
  • Wet Weight: 134 kg / 295 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.112 bhp/kg

KTM Duke 125

What Is It?

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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £4,100
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 15 bhp / 11 kW
  • Top Speed: 70 mph / 113 km/h
  • Economy: 85 mpg / 3.3 L/100km
  • Range: 250 miles / 402 km
  • Seat Height: 830 mm / 32.7 inches
  • Dry Weight: 137 kg / 302 pounds

Lexmoto Venom

What Is It?

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.

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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £1,350
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 124 cc
  • Power: 11 bhp / 8 kW
  • Top Speed: 65 mph / 105 km/h
  • Economy: 80 mpg / 3.5 L/100km
  • Range: 250 miles / 402 km
  • Seat Height: 770 mm / 30.3 inches
  • Wet Weight: 144 kg / 318 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.076 bhp/kg

Lexmoto Adrenaline

What Is It?

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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £1,700
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 125 cc
  • Power: 11 bhp / 8 kW
  • Top Speed: 70 mph / 113 km/h
  • Economy: 80 mpg / 3.5 L/100km
  • Range: 190 miles / 306 km
  • Seat Height: 890 mm / 35.0 inches
  • Wet Weight: 133 kg / 293 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.083 bhp/kg

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How Did We Rank Our Top Ten?

We looked at all the 125 cc 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.

FAQs

What is the most powerful 125cc motorbike?

The A1 licence limits motorbikes to 125 cc capacity and 15 bhp but within those limits there are a few things to consider. Some models, like the KTM Duke 125, are tuned for everyday usable low down torque while others, like the Suzuki GSX-R125, are tuned for high revving power.

Yamaha have recently introduced a clever Variable Valve System on the MT-125 and YZF-R125 models to give the best of both worlds. Below 7,400 rpm it's tuned for improved torque but above that level it shifts to another cam profile to provide the peak 15 bhp power.

How fast is a 125cc motorbike?

Modern 125 cc models with the full 15 bhp tend to top out around 70 mph but sportier models with a fairing, which have a big aerodynamic advantage if you are tucked in, can top out nearer 80 mph.

Models with less than the 15 bhp limit, usually in the 9 - 12 bhp range, tend to top out around 55 - 60 mph.

Can I drive a 125cc bike on car licence?

You will need to take a CBT to ride a motorbike or scooter with a capacity of 50 cc to 125 cc, after which you can ride a 125 cc with L-Plates. Here's a guide to getting your licence.