Meet the MT family
MT125 to MT-10 Buying guide
£273 / bhp, 0.1bhp / kg
Yamaha: “Don’t be afraid of the dark!” MCN: MT styling with entry-level A1 licence performance.
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.