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Rieju SMX 125 (1997-current)



Detail Value
New price £2,799
Engine size 124 cc
Power 14.5 bhp
Top speed 65 mph
Insurance group 5 of 17
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Overall rating is 4 rating is 0
Engine rating is 3 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 0
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 0
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Value rating is 3 rating is 0

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Rieju SMX 125 and 50 models are Supermoto styled bikes aimed at novices, with the 125 featuring a 14bhp Yamaha engine, Paioli suspension and a tall seat height. The 50cc SMX Pro version also has trick bits like Galfer wavy dics and a chromed exhaust system. Just that bit more stylish than the average learner bike.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Rieju SMX125 four stroke motor is - like many small four stroke singles - worthy but a bit dull. It gets there in the end and makes a healthy 14.5bhp ( claimed ) output, but few 17 year olds are going to feel really excited on full throttle. The 50cc version features a Minarelli which is fun, if derestricted, and features a 6 speed gearbox.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Classy Paioli suspension on the SMX models, although the SMX50 Pro has beefier forks than the 125cc model. It's worth noting that apart from the SMX50 Spike model, the rest of the range have a towering 900mm seat height, so if you're short in the leg you might struggle in stop-start traffic.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Rieju SMX50 Pro is equipped like a pukka Supermoto race bike, with wavy dics, 38mm forks and the version with the polished twin beam frame just looks stunning. In some ways it would be  a crime to hand one over to a vandalising 16 year old and watch its slow destruction. The SMX125 is a more basic motorbike and would make a decent commuter. 

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The overall quality of the Rieju SMX range is very high. There are a few details like the 125's black painted downpipe, or the plank-like saddles on the SMX bikes, which let the side down a touch, but otherwise these Spanish machines look in a different class from the average internet sourced 50 -125cc Supermoto. Proper UK importer too, so spares should be available promptly.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

At just over two grand the Rieju SMX50 ain't cheap, and £2700 for the SMX50 Pro is simply way beyond the reach of most 16 year olds. The SMX125 costs £2900, which is 200 quid more than a Yamaha XT125 and comes with half the warranty. Not good. Find a Rieju SMX125 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 5 of 17

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Model History

1997: Rieju SMX125 and SMX50 launched.
2003: New colours/graphics.
2004: New colours/graphics and SMX50 Pro launched.
2006: Rieju SMX50 Pro withdrawn from UK market. 

Other Versions

Rieju SMX50; SMX50 Spike; SMX50 Pro.

Specifications

Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 18 secs
Max power 14.5 bhp
Max torque 13 ft-lb
Weight 108 kg
Seat height 900 mm
Fuel capacity 7.4 litres
Average fuel consumption 80 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 5 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 4 stroke, single, 5 gears
Frame Steel twin beam
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes 260mm disc
Rear brake 200mm disc
Front tyre size 100/80 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 120/70 x 17 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 0(0 reviews)

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