7 GREAT 125ss FOR
NEW RIDERS Why learner riders are spoilt for choice
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