Yamaha YZF-R125 Bike Overview
You might be riding on ‘L’ plates and a provisional A1 licence, and restricted to just 15bhp – but you still want to do it in style, right? And Yamaha’s YZF-R125 is one of the slickest-looking sporty learner machines around.
Okay, it’s not got the performance potential of the old-school TZR125 and RD125 two-strokes from your grandpa’s day. But particularly with the latest variable valve timing model, Yamaha has worked hard to give the maximum possible fun from a road-legal learner engine.
The original R125 first appeared in 2008, and brought the looks of the supersports R6 and R1 models to the learner class. Under the R-class bodywork is a basic steel tube frame, bouncy unadjustable suspension and a 15bhp single-cylinder motor. Top speed is around 80mph depending how skinny you are and how much you can tuck in, but fuel consumption is miserly in the extreme. A slick LCD dash is easy to use, and as a good-looking, sharp handling everyday mini-superbike, it’s hard to top.
The latest version launched in 2019 moved things on again though. The long-stroke engine got a total overhaul, with larger valves, and the first variable valve system on a 125 road bike. The VVA setup has two cam profiles in use, one for low-down torque and the other for free-revving top end power. An ECU-controlled solenoid moves a locking pin into place around 7,400 revs, bringing the top-end cam into play and giving a superb spread of power. It’s the strongest-feeling 125 four-stroke engine you’ll ride we reckon…
Yamaha YZF-R125 Bike Spec
- Top speed78mph
- Seat height810mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC
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Not very comfortable seats comfy but wrists hurt after about half an hour as i find it hard to lean forward all the time like your meant to handlebars are low down.
Yamaha are usually good i got sold a bad bike i think as been in garage twice since i bought it 6 weeks ago
Very good brakes.
Rides well easy to turn and control very light
Fast for the engine size acceleration is good.
Very cheap good on fuel lasts a long time.
It's really comfortable with a pillion passenger, easy to handle and suitable for a short trip
Amazing build quality. Its called King of 125. I had no issue over a year of time.
ABS is installed. So, brake performance is good but stopping distance is long
This bike is amazing for smooth ride and very easy to corner and medium weight.
Compare to 125cc engine and HP is really strong.
Its a bit expensive than other 125 cc bikes but compare to performance cost is nothing.
Ride is good.
Very well built.
The brakes are amazing.
Powerful for a 125cc.
Very cheap to run.
Could do with more power.
tried various bikes as part of mod 1 and cbt. it handles like a much bigger bike. Very positive enjoyable ride
top end bike for the 125 rating. Comfortably does 70
no isses after 2 years. easy service . on issues on mot
very positive brakes.just right for a 125
Easy to ride, corners well. In high cross winds it does feel like the bike is about to disappear from below you. So far it hasn't, but that is just a small bike issue.
It's a 125... It's a great 125 but still a 125.
Wing mirrors don't have the best visibility. I know this is a weigh-up between over-sized dragging or over protruding, but they just seem to miss the mark for a bike you will inevitable sit up and tuck in on.
No ABS, rear brakes feel a little, all or nothing.
Takes corners and bends very well
Absolute excellent and very good
Bigger back tyres
Built on plastic apart from frame work
ABS, can't really argue with that
Even though it's a Yamaha (good quality) it has a plastic fuel tank cover which makes it feel a little cheep would be nice to have it metal.
Brilliant, best handling 125cc on the market
Best 4 stroke engine on the market power wise. Smooth and responsive
142 miles per gallon. Less than a tenner to fill.
Solid reliability, if maintained following Yamaha's recommend guidence.
Usually comes with brembo as standard
Beautiful cornering, eye catcher
Bulletproof engine. Low revs to highest ones has constant torque (3000 to 10500) with peak at 7000rpm.
Install immobiliser, tracker, use chain ( expensive one, not cheap crap) otherwise it will be stolen from you. It is a dream bike for so many youngsters in the street.
Very well done, superb. After so many slides etc , so many miles , 38000, still love it
You cant go wrong with factory installed brembos !!! New models now i see on the street are even with ABS