The eight best 125cc bikes

Last updated by on November 8th, 2022

If you’re 17 and have completed compulsory basic training, or if you’ve already passed your motorcycle theory and practical test and are looking for your first set of two wheels – then here’s our handy guide to the best 125cc bikes on the market right now.

Honda CB125F: there are several reasons why this is one of the UK’s most popular 125cc bikes on the market; it’s reliable, easy to ride and has decent accessories. So, if you’re looking for something straightforward and economical to run, look no further than this. Maximum power is 10.45bhp.

red_honda_cb125f Honda CB125F

KTM Duke 125: this isn’t the cheapest bike in the 125cc market, but with neat touches such as the digital instrument panel, it’s one of the more refined and well considered bikes in terms of design. The Duke 125 offers an agile, fun ride, with maximum power of 15bhp.

ktm_duke_125 KTM Duke 125

Yamaha YZF R125: this has proven to be one of Yamaha’s most popular bikes since it was launched in 2008. Offering reliability, decent equipment and accessories, as well as styling, it’s suited to both urban and rural environments – a good all-rounder. Maximum power is 14.8bhp.

yamaha_yzf_r125 Yamaha YZF R125

Aprilia RS125: one of the best 125cc scooters in terms of design and quality, so if you’re after admiring glances, then this takes the top spot. It’s also a practical bike, offering you a decent ride and minimal maintenance costs (so long as you look after it). Maximum power is 15bhp.

aprilia_rs125 Aprilia RS125

Suzuki Burgman 125: a solid scooter that scores well for reliability and build – as you’d expect from a key player like Suzuki. Not the cheapest on the market, but you do get a huge amount of under seat storage and generous pillion seating. Maximum power is 12bhp.

man_riding_red_suzuki_burgmanSuzuki Burgman 125

Vespa LX125 3V: agile and nimble, this is best suited for town and city riding. Looks wise – what else is there to say other than it’s a Vespa, so it’s styled well and will turn heads. Maximum output is 11.6bhp.

vespa_lx125_3v Vespa LX125 3V

Kawasaki J125: perfect for city commuting, this is reliable, very economical and doesn’t skimp on storage. Bigger and heavier than other 125cc scooters, the J125 offers great stability. Maximum power is 13.8bhp.

kawasaki_j125_against_field Kawasaki J125

Lexmoto XTR125: when it comes to price, this is one of the best 125cc motorcycles around and owners really rate this bike for overall value and practicality. While it won’t set the world on fire in terms of style, desirability, or ride excitement, it will get you from A to B comfortably and economically.

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