Yamaha YBR125 Custom


  • Excellent in town, easy to maintain
  • Cheap to run, great range, well built
  • A stylish bike to learn on, then keep


  • A handful at high speeds / when windy
  • Can be susceptible to rust
  • Budget for better tyres


In 2008 Yamaha launched a Custom variation of the YBR125, featuring high bars, a tear drop tank, lower seat, wider rear tyre, storage rack and more chrome/chrome effect plastic, albeit at a slightly higher price. The lower seat should be a bonus for learners.

The air-cooled 10bhp fuel injected engine is housed in a steel frame with a single 245mm disc at the front and only a 130mm drum brake at the rear. Maximum power is achieved at 7,800rpm.

The wheels are 9-spoke, over the the 5-spoke sportier wheels of the standard YBR-125, but they are more in keeping with the overall look of the bike. All in all a stylish way into bikes!

The custom is available in silver, black and red.

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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2008 £1,350 £1,100 £950 18,800
2009 £1,400 £1,150 £1,000 17,600
2010 £1,500 £1,200 £1,050 16,300
2011 £1,550 £1,250 £1,100 14,800
2012 £1,650 £1,350 £1,150 13,300
2013 £1,750 £1,400 £1,250 11,500
2014 £1,900 £1,500 £1,350 9,700
2015 £2,050 £1,650 £1,450 4,100
2016 £2,200 £1,750 £1,550 3,100

Prices Updated: 25th September 2018

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I've had my YBR for two and a half years now, I bought her for £750 with 25,000 miles on the clock. Since then I have covered 29,000 miles to bring the total mileage to 54,500 miles with only minor problems or consumables. Only once has the bike been un-rideable, and that was due to the timing sprocket snapping off of the camshaft at 53,750 miles.

It was back on the road within 6 hours. The engine is strong, and pulls nicely. In 2010 the camshaft was redesigned to improve economy and top end power, however it sacrificed a lot of bottom to mid range torque.

The bike is strong and can really absorb abuse. I live near the coast and I ride in all weathers along some of the worst maintained roads in the country but the bike has tackled everything that's been thrown at it and has come out on top. The bike can handle just about anything, and seems to run forever.

The main downside to most people will be the lack of speed however as a commuter bike or a 125 for long journeys it is perfect. The YBR is built strong; it survived my crash, I rode home and then rode to A&E in the morning.

I often cover more than 100 miles in a day, sometimes more than 300 miles a day and with a tank range of around 250+ miles it's fairly effortless too.

I'd recommend the YBR to anyone. The rear brake is a little weak, but it does the job and the front brake is strong enough to make up for it if you know how to ride. If you want a cheap, efficient, fun, light weight, and reliable 125 there is nothing better. However regular oil checks and top ups are needed and the standard headlight bulbs are prone to failing on rough roads. It is the ideal 125 for anyone.

- Kieron W, 2018

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How many bikes like this are around, by year of production, including those licensed for use on the road and those off the road with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).

Year On The Road Off The Road Total Around We Monitor
2008 126 28 154 Rarely for sale
2009 377 77 454 Rarely for sale
2010 357 47 404 Rarely for sale
2011 288 28 316 Rarely for sale
2012 364 19 383 Rarely for sale
2013 389 1 390 Rarely for sale

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