New badge and new bike – the Brixton BX125
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.