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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

As the name suggests, the Moto Hispania SM1125 is a Spanish made learner legal supermoto. It certainly looks the part and will have young potential customers drooling at shop windows.

It’s competitively priced, being one of the cheapest in its class, but is let down by poor build quality and by using an old air-cooled Yamaha engine.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The four-stroke, 4v, sohc air-cooled engine is actually an old Yamaha engine and is also still carburettor fed rather than fuel-injected. Yamaha has since replaced this engine with a more powerful water-cooled unit.

However, the old lump is learner friendly with a nice spread of power, if a little on the slow side.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The large front wavy disc may look like something straight from the race track, but it’s still no better than the standard brakes you’ll find on the competition. However the Duna is light, slender and nimble, making it fun through busy traffic.

The ride quality isn’t half bad, either, and both ends seem to be well suspended, far better than its budget price may suggest.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

It’s only just over £2500 so you can’t expect too much. However Moto Hispania have done their best: wavy discs front and back, Paioli upside-down front forks, race-style wheel rims, race hand guards, digital clocks and a large box section frame.

In short its spec ticks all the Supermoto boxes for the iPod generation.

Moto Hispania Duna SM125 (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £2,599
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Engine size 124 cc
Power 12 bhp
Top speed 70 mph
Insurance group 4 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

Despite MH using an old Yamaha there is no real reason to question the reliability of the engine and it should survive thorough teenage punishment.

However the bike’s cycle parts aren’t as confidence-inspiring: the body work is flimsy and bendy; the digital clocks appear fragile and the overall build quality is not as high as the Japanese competition.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

There’s no denying the Duna is an affordable mode of transport and for the youthful audience it’s aimed at it certainly looks the part.

It’s cheaper than Suzuki’s DR125SM – just – and considerably cheaper than Yamaha’s all new WR125X. But will it last as well as the Japanese competition?

If it was my money I’d opt for the Suzuki even though, style wise compared to the Duna, the DR is about as sexy as the NZ female rugby team… Find a Moto Hispania SM125 for sale.


Insurance group: 4 of 17

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Model History

2009; Model launched

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Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15 secs
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 7 ft-lb
Weight 105 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 7.8 litres
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 100 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 4 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 4v four stroke single, 6 gears
Frame Steel beam
Front suspension adjustment Paioli 37mm forks
Rear suspension adjustment Paioli single shock
Front brakes 280mm disc 4piston caliper
Rear brake 225mm disc two piston caliper
Front tyre size 100/80 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 17

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