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MT125 to MT-10 Buy­ing guide

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£273 / bhp, 0.1bhp / kg

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There’s no doubt­ing the MT-125’S visual ap­peal; at first glance it could eas­ily be mis­taken for an up-spec ver­sion of the MT-03. The 125cc mo­tor (bor­rowed from the YZF-R125) might only make a reg­u­la­tion 15bhp but the chas­sis has a heck of a cast list: up­side down forks, ra­dial four-pot caliper, Deltaboxstyle steel frame, beefy asym­met­ri­cal swingarm, Y-shaped thin spoke wheels and a fash­ion­able grey primer fin­ish as per the MT-10, MT-09 and MT-07. With the su­pe­rior ex­haust de­sign, a closer- fit belly pan and neater tank, seat and tail unit, the MT-125 looks in a dif­fer­ent class to some ri­vals.

So although the MT-125 is no worse than its ri­vals in terms of per­for­mance, spindly han­dling and, de­spite its front ra­dial caliper, tooth­less brak­ing, the Yamaha (made by MBK in France) de­liv­ers just enough go along with its im­pres­sive styling show. The prob­lem comes when you con­sider the price; over £4000 is painful. For a minted teenager’s first bike, how­ever, it’s faster and cooler than ped­alling.

MT-125 sec­ond­hand values Born in 2014, the MT-125’S hefty new price tag is quickly lev­elled out in the used mar­ket, where an early bike with 5000-10,000 miles will be in the £2500 area, which makes it a good used buy.

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