7 GREAT 125ss FOR

NEW RID­ERS Why learner rid­ers are spoilt for choice

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment - By Dan Suther­land

Honda CBR125R (2004-2010)

The model’s still in pro­duc­tion but the older gen­er­a­tion CBR of­fers fresh rid­ers Ja­panese re­li­a­bil­ity at a frac­tion of the price of a new bike. Pro­duc­ing a claimed 13.4bhp and 7.8ftlb of torque from its 124.7cc four-stroke, the minia­ture CBR has been a hit with new rid­ers since its launch. Its lack of fancy equip­ment and fea­tures made it cheaper than

Suzuki GN125 (1994-2001)

Pro­duc­ing around 12bhp, the GN is very easy to ride – light steer­ing, im­pres­sive fuel econ­omy and min­i­mal main­te­nance re­quire­ments. The cheap­est ex­am­ples are of­ten ex-train­ing school bikes. They may have cos­metic dam­age, but most will be me­chan­i­cally fine.

Suzuki Van­van (2003-on)

style and charm.

Yamaha YZF-R125 (2008-cur­rent)

With grown-up, sporty looks and a va­ri­ety of high-qual­ity mods avail­able, Yamaha’s YZF-R125 has been pop­u­lar with bud­ding sports­bike fans since its in­cep­tion. In its eighth year of pro­duc­tion, the highly-re­li­able and plucky sin­gle now pro­duces 15bhp at 9000rpm. Specs have im­proved over time – orig­i­nal ver­sions came with con­ven­tional forks but newer

Honda XL125V Va­radero (2001-2009)

The XL125V has al­ways been at­trac­tive to taller rid­ers, of­fer­ing big-bike styling and di­men­sions on a small-ca­pac­ity ma­chine. Hous­ing an easy to use, non­threat­en­ing V-twin mo­tor, this bike has a real pres­ence – mean­ing you won’t feel dwarfed by traf­fic. Pro­duc­ing 15bhp, the Va­radero has a top speed of around 70mph and will re­turn a de­cent range

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