Lit­tle Brix­ton

New badge and new bike – the Brix­ton BX125

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The Brix­ton is built in the Far East, aim­ing at the grow­ing mar­ket for retro 125s. Hum­ble as the ori­gins are, it does look pretty cool. There’s a hint of Har­ley Sport­ster in the slab-sided tank (no, we’re not jok­ing) and the colours are down­played with a choice of grey or dark green and black. Shorty chrome mud­guards, chunky look­ing tyres, cranked up chrome si­lencer and a wrapped down­pipe set it all off.

Hop onto the Brix­ton, start up, and it set­tles to a 2000rpm idle speed. The fuel in­jec­tion sys­tem (com­pul­sory on new 125s) works well, with no hic­cups right through the range. The Brix­ton’s neat lit­tle rev counter reads up to 16,000rpm, but the bike never gets that far, an ig­ni­tion cut-out do­ing its stuff from 11,000. The test bike would wind up to an in­di­cated 60-65mph, but it did have only 120 miles on the clock so once loos­ened up it would prob­a­bly push to a bit more.

It’s easy to ride, fast enough in city traf­fic, and the brakes (both of which are op­er­ated by the pedal) bring the bike to a rapid halt. The sus­pen­sion feels rea­son­ably sup­ple and the chunky CST tyres grip well, while the ribbed seat was the most comfy I’ve ever tried on a 125.

If the style ap­peals, go for it. A street scram­bler and cafe racer fol­low later in the year.

Just five BT-01RS will be made The bikes are based on a CX500 The R model gets a car­bon tank and tail unit La­kic likes the feel and sound of twins The Brix ton is full of retro charm The Far East­built 125 is a com­fort­able per­former

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