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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

On the surface the Rieju does enough to be considered ahead of bikes from more established brands like Honda – with a fast engine and extras like a quickshifter with the R version - but poor build quality and bad handling can’t be ignored.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The liquid-cooled single-cylinder Minarelli four-stroke is identical to the engine used in the Yamaha YZF-R125, with the exception of the Rieju using carbs instead of fuel injection which has enabled the Spaniards to squeeze a little more performance out of the motor.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

The race rep appeal conveyed by the upside down forks and racy swingarm doesn’t translate into confidence inspiring handling, with a lack of feel and too much weight over the softly sprung front end. On the brakes and tipping in to corners it always feels like the front is going to tuck.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The RS3 comes with a gear indicator as standard and can be gadget-laden with the £400 R kit which comprises of a race-style quick shifter and auto-blipper that blips the revs on downchanges.

Rieju RS3 125 LC (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £3,399
Used price range View Rieju RS3 125 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 124 cc
Power 15 bhp
Top speed 81 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 2 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Despite sharing the Yamaha YZF-R125s engine, it doesn’t share the same build quality. Bodywork is flimsy, the gear linkage poor and clunky, cheap looking clocks, a low screen and mirrors that fold back above 60mph all add to the impression that it wouldn’t last as well as competitors from Honda, Yamaha or Aprilia after a year of hard ownership.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Whilst being nearly a thousand pounds cheaper (and slightly faster) than the YZF-R125, the Rieju doesn’t have the quality finish or big bike feel of the Yamaha and is more expensive than the well-built and confidence-inspiring Honda CBR125R.

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Model History

2011: Model introduced

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed 81 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 15 bhp
Max torque 9 ft-lb
Weight 128 kg
Seat height 845 mm
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, single cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valve, SOHC
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment 40mm USD forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Single rear shock, adjustable for pre-load only
Front brakes 280mm front disc, four-piston radial caliper
Rear brake 220mm disc, single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 100/80/17
Rear tyre size 130/70/17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(3 reviews)

  • Awesome 125!

    Simon2012uk

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've had this bike from new for about 6 months now so thought it time i gave my two cents worth. It was bought for my nephew but for reasons i fail to understand he decided he prefered his scooter! Pfft! I passed my test 17 years ago so been through quite a few different bikes in this time and tbh i had intended to sell this bike on....but then i rode it haha. Firstly...this is a proper bike, sounds like a bike should and does what i bike should. Im 6'1 tall and the bike accommodates me fine giving a good comfortable riding position. Some have said the handling is poor with this bike but in all honestly i have found the opposite to be true (infact handles a darn site better than some of the yamaha and honda's ive ridden). Feels nice and light when riding and great fun on the cornering. Not found any problems as yet with build quality, like any new bike keep its servicing up to date and look after it and you wont have a problem. Top speed for me has been 78mph but then again im not a light as the average teenager,im sure they would make the 80 mark. What i really like about this bike is the acceleration, for a 125cc this is really quick of the mark!! I tend to overly look after my bikes,so much so that all the fairing is removed once a month so i can give everything a good clean etc. Now on many many bikes this would seem like a nightmare,but it literally takes me 15mins with an allen key to remove the lot......trust me, if you do your own servicing this is a god send! lol Talking of servicing, being a Spanish bike i thought finding parts would be difficult but theres several Rieju dealerships around now all of which can obtain parts within a matter of days, Urban Bikes (google them) are also fantastic at providing anything Rieju related and i highly recommend them. If i really have to give a negative on this bike, its that it doesnt come with an alarm as standard,coz trust me,i'd wanna nick it! lol Great looking bike, great sounding bike, theres even a malossi 183cc cylinder kit available for when you pass your test ;-) Awesome little bike ;-p

    26 February 2013

  • Rieju RS3

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I have had my Rieju from new for 4 months. It's a great little bike to learn to ride on & will pull 70 mph up bluebell hill in chatham in 5th (restricted version). It handles ok & brakes well. Ok the the build quality may not be that of the Yam or Aprillia but its £800 less. You gets what you pays for! Minus points: chain went slack very quickly; handlebars dont have end weights, it needs them; seat removal is awkward and clumsy; can never find the horn. Plus points: Its quick for a 125 four stroke & produces power from low revs; you can ride it like a little race bike, great fun; it looks fantastic, this bike turns heads; its £800 cheaper than a Yam or Aprillia. As for the folding mirrors, I have an allen key that came free with an Ikea flat pack. Send me a S.A.E. and its yours!

    09 October 2011

  • Rieju RS3 125

    urbanbike

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Yamaha speed and reliability, fast 50s and 125s have been made and abused in spain since two wheels got engines, mine hits 85 by gps (89 on clock) in most conditions and for on road (never tried on a track) handles great (also easily made full power unlike the Yam or Aprilia)some bolts are not as good quality as my old Aprilia, but at a grand cheaper and faster speed i can live with that!

    05 October 2011

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exhaust

Just got a Ixil race pipe for my RS3 and now it sounds the dogs too, image on the facebook page under riejumotorcycles

07 October 2011 10:53

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Spanish Rieju 125

surprised about the handling and flimsey body work comment, last month in Ride magazine it won best overall value 125 in massive group test and in Motorcycle monthly last week raved about the quality being as good as the aprilia and yamaha but nearly a grand less money and much faster!

05 October 2011 16:14

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