12 of the best 125cc motorbikes

125cc bikes can be the perfect entry-level motorcycle for new riders, not least because you only need to have taken a compulsory basic training (CBT) course to ride them if you are a provisional licence holder. However, the bikes are enjoyed by both new and experienced riders, being easy to ride, appropriate for a range of weather conditions and economical to run.

Here you can find a list of some of the best 125cc motorbikes, ranging in price, speed and the cost of insurance.

Affordable 125cc motorbikes

Cheap 125cc motorbikes are the easiest to come by if you choose to shop second-hand. Brands like Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki build their bikes to last and may be worth purchasing used. However, we understand you may be after a brand-new model without the hefty price tag to start your biking adventure.

1. Lexmoto LXR

  • Top speed: 68mph
  • Torque: 9.58Nm
  • Price: £2,200

The Lexmoto LXR 125 offers top speeds of up to 68mph. Known as the ‘flagship’ of the range, the vehicle offers combined braking and a digital display for ultimate control. The dual front disc brakes and mono-shock rear suspension allow the bike to comfortably stop, no matter the speed. The cooling system has been especially designed to optimise performance, and with a fuel capacity of 13.5 litres and a four-stroke engine, the 125cc bike meets Euro 4 emissions regulations. 

Inspired by the racetrack, the sports model comes in three colourways, meaning there’s an LXR for everyone. The robot trellis frame will allow you to continue using the vehicle for years to come.

2. Suzuki DR125SM

  • Top speed: 65mph
  • Torque: 9.5Nm
  • Price: £1,095-£2,295

The Suzuki DR125SM was manufactured between 2008-2012. When it was launched in 2009, this bike would have cost £2,599. It comes with a four-stroke motor and has a maximum power of 11bhp at 9,500rpm. 

Cheap to run as well as cheap to purchase second-hand, the Supermoto has had a few colourways over the years – including a sleek black and bright yellow option. The bike is of substantial size, accommodating for a range of ages and abilities. Dependable and simple, this stylish four-stroke has maintained a good reputation throughout the year.

3. Honda PCX125

  • Top speed: 67mph
  • Torque: 11.8Nm
  • Price: £3,599

The PCX125, the UK’s best selling 125cc in 2022, is powered by a liquid-cooled 4V engine, delivering smooth acceleration, while still returning impressive fuel economy. 

Smart, modern styling, wide tyres, long-travel rear suspension, ABS and Honda Selectable Torque Control ensure a smart ride, no matter the traffic conditions. The PCX125 has practicality on its side too with underseat storage for a full-face helmet.

Honda has an embarrassment of riches in the 125cc range and you could also consider the Honda CBF 125M or the Honda MSX125.

The fastest 125cc motorbikes

4. Suzuki GSX-R125

  • Top speed: 72mph+
  • Torque: 11.5Nm
  • Price: £3,899

Suzuki describes its GSX-R125 as having the “best power-to-weight ratio, torque-to-weight ratio and acceleration.” With a fuel capacity of 11 litres and a four-stroke engine, the bike offers 11kW of power. Six-speed transmission and front and rear suspension provides the rider with ultimate control.

The motorbike has an efficient engine that enables high speeds and good fuel economy. It also includes smart features such as the Suzuki Easy Start System and keyless ignition. Combining modern technology and aerodynamics suitable for the race track, the bike is ideal for new and experienced riders alike.

5. Yamaha YZF-R125

  • Top speed: 75mph+
  • Torque: 11.5Nm
  • Price: £4,674

Inspired by the Yamaha MotoGP bike, the YZF-R125 offers a sporty style for the everyday. Yamaha’s Variable Valve Actuation system features in the motorbike’s engine, optimising torque, power and fuel efficiency. Additionally, the 11-litre fuel tank can easily be removed during maintenance. 

This two-passenger 125cc motorbike offers a sporty handling performance due to a low weight and rigid frame. Smooth acceleration makes for a thrilling ride – especially when you can reach speeds over 75mph. Light handling improves the ease of riding this vehicle, while a high-visibility LCD display provides you with all the information you need no matter the time.

6. Honda CB125R

  • Top speed: 75mph
  • Torque: 10Nm
  • Price: £3,989

Honda advertises this bike as an ‘early entry’ for new riders, helping to grow your confidence as you progress. The CB125R has a four-stroke engine with a maximum power output of 9.8kW at 10,000rpm. With a 10.1-litre fuel tank, six-speed gearbox and a simple LCD display, the bike has been designed with minimalism in mind. 

The fuel tank seamlessly tucks under the rider’s knees and will power the bike as far as 480km. Flat handlebars place you in command, no matter where you’re riding. Reaching top speeds of 75mph, this stylish bike offers a sleek look and high velocity.

7. KTM 125 Duke

  • Top speed: 75mph
  • Torque: 12Nm
  • Price: £3,499

With six-speed transmission reaching highs of 75mph, the KTM 125 Duke is one of the fastest 125cc bikes on the market. It has a maximum power output of 15hp from the four-stroke engine – built with the same attitude of its larger counterparts, the bike has a lot to offer. 

Coming in three colourways, all with bright orange features, the powerful bike also looks the part. The lightweight frame allows an agile ride, perfect for the rush hours that come with city living. Offering safety and efficiency while guaranteeing an adrenaline-fuelled experience, the 125 Duke is great for both newcomers and those with more experience on the roads.

8. Kawasaki Ninja 125

Kawasaki Ninja 125
Image source: https://www.kawasaki.co.uk/en/products/Supersport/2020/Ninja_125/overview
  • Top speed: 70mph+
  • Torque: 11.7Nm
  • Price: £3,799

Part of the iconic Ninja series, this fan-favourite bike is agile and quick. Offering speeds above 70mph and 11.7NM of torque, Kawasaki provides a great gateway bike for those yet to get their full licence. With a frame similar to the Ninja H2 trellis and a 11kW engine, the Ninja 125 motorbike has a 2019 and 2020 edition, as well as the performance model. 

The vehicle features a four-stroke engine, six-speed transmission and 110mm front wheels. It can be purchased in a sleek black, or else with racing-inspired green or white bodywork.

9. Aprilia RS 125

  • Top speed: 100mph
  • Power: 15bhp
  • Price: £4,499

First released in 1995, the classic motorbike has been upgraded thoroughly in the last 25 years. Produced by Italy’s Aprilia, the RS 125 offers a six-speed gearbox that enables the bike to move at speeds of up to 100mph. The vehicle features a 14.5-litre fuel tank within the aluminium perimeter frame and complies to Euro 4 standards.

The sports bike has been specially designed with younger riders in mind. Using its experience in racing, Aprilia has created a lightweight bike. Offering agility and speed, the bike is ideal for both the road and the track. The vehicle’s aesthetic, which Aprilia describes as “an adult look for young riders,” is heavily inspired by the sport.

10. Yamaha MT-125

  • Top speed: 80mph
  • Torque: 11.5Nm
  • Price: £4,524

The Yamaha MT-125’s engine features the brand’s Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) system, which has two intake cams – enabling the 11.5Nm of torque. The assist and slipper allows the user to change gears easily and offers a smoother ride. The motorbike also combines sport handling and top speeds of 80mph to create a bike perfect for both the city and back roads.

Easy to use and practical, this bike is perfect for any rider. Styled like the other, larger-capacity bike in the MT range, the 125 offers the same attitude for a smaller price tag.

11. KTM RC125

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  • Top speed:75mph
  • Torque: 12 Nm
  • Price: £5,000

The new KTM RC 125 boasts an all-new chassis, dramatic MotoGP inspired styling, and improved handling and ergonomics. Using the proven 15hp, 125cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder four-stroke engine, the KTM enjoys revised engine mapping, improved torque figures and smoother power delivery. 

Completely redesigned, race-inspired bodywork provides excellent wind protection and a higher top speed thanks to optimised aerodynamics created by using Computational Flow Dynamics simulations.

12. Husqvarna Svartpilen 125

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  • Top speed: 75mph
  • Torque: 12Nm
  • Price: £3,699

The Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 is a learner-friendly retro-styled bike powered by a liquid cooled 125cc single cylinder engine generating 14.8bhp at 9,500rpm.

Husqvarna is part of the KTM group, which explains the repurposed KTM Duke 125 engine, frame and WP suspension setup. The wire-spoked 17in wheels take a Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 110/70 at the front and a 150/60 at the rear.

How to make your 125cc bike insurance cheaper

You may find the cost of insuring your 125cc motorbike changes depending on a few variables – such as the style of the bike, how it’s stored, its security features, the cost of repairs, how often you use it and how long you’ve been riding. However, you may find an older model drives down your premium, as it lacks new bike value.

Get a great 125cc motorcycle deal with Bikesure

With so many great 125cc bikes on the market, it can be hard to know which to pick. No matter what you choose, however, make sure you get a great deal on insurance to keep the overall cost down. We specialise in insurance for 125cc vehicles of all descriptions, so call us on 0330 123 1028 for an affordable quote or book a callback at a time that suits you.

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August 8, 2023