‘Honda qual­ity is the great­est’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

De­spite look­ing a lit­tle dated with its twin shocks and a drum rear brake, the Honda CB125F is the best bike here. It feels well put to­gether, has a greater qual­ity feel than the oth­ers, is smooth, easy to ride, has nice sus­pen­sion and is very user-friendly.

Push­ing the Honda close is the Lex­moto. For £1700 we didn’t have high hopes for the Chi­nese 125, but it’s ac­tu­ally rather good. If you don’t care about brand­ing and just want a great-value bike then look no fur­ther, it’s in­cred­i­ble value for money. The head­lights are more at­trac­tive than the Honda’s, the clocks are dig­i­tal, there’s a rear lug­gage rack and use­able stor­age under the seat. There is a rea­son they’re reg­u­larly get­ting into the top three of the best-sell­ers list.

The Hyosung brings up the rear by some dis­tance. I’ve chat­ted with some own­ers who love the size, and I can see why they say that – but the en­gine has no torque, it’s too big, too heavy and too cum­ber­some for a 125cc com­muter. It’s hor­ren­dous around town, the build qual­ity doesn’t in­spire con­fi­dence, and it’s the most ex­pen­sive on test. I’d rather have the Lex­moto ev­ery time.

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