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Restricted power but the Rieju SMX125 still has lofty ambitions

By Chris Pearson -

First rides & tests

 21 May 2008 10:21

Rieju is fast becoming one of the 125 class’s leading lights thanks to its combination of European style and Japanese engineering, quality and price, as its new SM125 proves.

With a seat height as lofty as a full-blown supermoto, standing tall at 900mm, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Rieju’s SMX125 for a much larger machine. But it’s not. It’s a full learner-legal bike and an extremely stylish and well-equipped one at that.

And it’s not just the seat that’s big – everything about the SMX is on a large scale: The brakes, forks and chassis all look the business and prove more than capable of keeping the SOHC Minarelli/Yamaha engine in check.

The Rieju SMX125 is priced competitively, too, and, with a burgeoning UK dealer network, it shouldn’t be too hard to locate one for a better look. There is also a ‘standard’ version of the SMX available, without the fancy cast wheels and radial brakes, but, with a saving of only £100 I know which I would opt for.

You can read more about Chris Pearson’s adventure on the Rieju SMX125 and see all the specifications in this week’s MCN, out Wednesday, May 21, 2008.