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MCN overall verdict rating is 2

Funky half-BMX, half-moped looks good and promises much as a cool urban tool for 16/17-year-olds. Shame it’s let down by disappointly feeble performance, iffy Chinese build quality and plasticine componentry.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 2

The aircooled, 4-valve single-cylinder four-stroke is old and slightly agricultural and won’t set anybody’s pants on fire. However, to its credit it’s simple, straightforward, fairly durable and, for the most part, idiot proof. Which, come to think of it, is probably what and engine in a machine like this needs to be. Just a shame it’s so slow…

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 1
Owners' rating rating is 3

None to speak of. The Madass is one step up from a Monkey bike. It’s small, cramped and silly. Its suspension is has less springing than a Bic biro and all the damping qualities of an overcooked pancake. Comfortable it isn’t. What it is, however, is a fun toy.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 2

Not a lot, that wouldn’t be in keeping with it’s urban-techno-grunge styling, now would it?. Instead you get the bare minimum (and cheap and nasty it has to be said) speedo and idiot lights; downright nasty switchgear and not a lot else… Headlight looks cool, though…

Sachs Madass 50/125 (2005-current)

Detail Value
New price £999
Engine size 124 cc
Power 11 bhp
Top speed 58 mph
Insurance group 3 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 2 rating is 3
Engine rating is 2 rating is 2
Ride & Handling rating is 1 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 2
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 3
Value rating is 2 rating is 2

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

Don’t expect much. We haven’t heard of anything terminal but in our (fairly serious, it has to be said) experience various bits rattled loose, bent or fell off and many of the components seemed to have all the durability of a cheap watch.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 2

The Madass isn’t exactly expensive, but then it isn’t exactly cheap either, is not well made or durable, and the bike isn’t particularly versatile or practical. Which makes it a fairly pricey, brittle toy. Hmmmm. Find a Sachs Madass 125 for sale.


Insurance group: 3 of 17

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Model History

2004: Madass 50 launched.
2006: Madass 125 launched.

Other Versions

Madass 50: The original, launched in 2004, with smaller (and even weedier) 49cc engine.


Top speed 58 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 18.3 secs
Max power 11 bhp
Max torque 7 ft-lb
Weight 85 kg
Seat height 865 mm
Fuel capacity 124 litres
Average fuel consumption 57 mpg
Tank range 70 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 3 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 4v single, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel spine
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 215mm disc
Rear brake 215mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 16
Rear tyre size 120/80 x 16

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 2.5(1 review)

  • So cool but so slow!

    Mike Angel

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    how to start? I started riding because of this bike: I had first bought the bike and then enlisted to the course and eventually passed my license. Or in other words, for some strange reason, I did bought the bike solely because of its looks! Now after 1 year of irregular use, only through the dry days, I can now confirm MCN review: its slow, poor equipment and weak engine. It is however fun and cool. Fun in slow way and cool as in the "matrix" movie. or at least to me it looks like some of its sentinels, with the twin lights above each other. I haven't tried any other bikes, except for a 20 year old Honda Dominator, so can't really compare, but at least breaks are fantastic and do stop the 100kg bike in no time. It doesn't go faster than 80 on normal situation, so for city slaloming its very good! As other reviewers have put it, its the king (or rather prince) in areas with speed limit 40km/h(up to 60km/h) :) Now I am stuck in the dilemma: tweak it maximum performance, or stop now and move up with smth like yamaha MT-03 or kawazaki Z750 or other naked bikes. Would I recommend it? Only if you do like it looks and you have to pass through the 125cc category. Quality has been ok. Nothing wrong so far. Value: cheep but what to do with it is the actual issue. P.S the specs are a bit wrong, power about 9 bhp and only 4 gears.

    14 August 2009


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THIS review missed the whole point of this machine.  There are HEAPS of performance mods including a 170cc version/kit + oil cooler and exhaust systems which will make this Madass into a BadAss.  The largest selling bike in History is the Honda Postie 110.  I don't hear anyone complain and whinge about THAT, which also happens to have reached CULT status for those so inclined. READ:You are MEANT to tinker with  this Madass with the spanner and anything else that comes to mind.  Think outside the square. For those with slightly more imaginative thinking, check out the clips on Utube.  This machine is sensational!  


21 July 2011 02:06

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