Suzuki’s smart new 125s

RiDE (UK) - - Ride's Month In bikes - JON URRY

CON­SIST­ING OF A fully faired model, the GSX-R125, and a naked ver­sion, the GSX-S125, both of Suzuki’s new 125s slot neatly into the firm’s es­tab­lished model fam­i­lies. But other than their brand­ing, ev­ery­thing else on the bikes is new. They share a steel frame and the same liq­uid-cooled 124cc sin­gle, which has a four-valve head, twin cams and a more over­square de­sign (big­ger bore, shorter stroke) than any ri­val. Power is capped to a learner-le­gal 15bhp, but with a claimed 122mpg, it is fru­gal.

With power a level play­ing field for all 125s, Suzuki has fo­cused on mak­ing its bikes as light as pos­si­ble – the GSX-S is 133kg, the R 134kg — giv­ing them the best claimed power-to-weight ra­tio in the class. This ded­i­ca­tion to weight re­duc­tion is dis­played in how they ride too, both GSX mod­els de­liv­er­ing the high level of agility you’d ex­pect of light ma­chines.

But Suzuki hasn’t gone too far in shrink­ing its bikes. Even 6ft-tall rid­ers won’t feel cramped though the S, with its flat bars (which are 100mm higher than the R’s), is more com­fort­able. The R costs £4072 while the S is £3772.

Small Suzukis punch above their weight

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