‘Honda quality is the greatest’
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.