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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Suzuki DR125SE, is a straightforward but attractively styled four-stroke learner trailie that was only available for a limited period, so rare now. Earlier twin-headlamp “Raider’ was more common, but most are by now unserviceable. A good Suzuki DR125SE is a valid alternative to an XT125 or the like.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2

The Suzuki DR125SEis home to a softly tuned, proven, and solid four-stroke single. Identical to that used in Suzuki’s enduring GN125 learner custom. So don’t expect much in the way of thrills from the Suzuki DR125SE but there’s plenty of good-to-honest motive force here.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

Again, fairly straightforward fare – the Suzuki DR125SE has a long history, after all and most of the basic mechanicals were carried through from the 1980s – but when it comes to rugged learner trailies there’s not much wrong with that. The Suzuki DR125SE is big enough for larger riders, a doddle ride and relatively comfortable, too, just don’t expect to go dicing with the Aprilia or Cagiva 125 sportsbike boys.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

What you see is what you get with the Suzuki DR125SE. Minimal, off-road style switchgear and single clock surrounded by idiot lights; reasonable quality brakes, suspension etc and a token pillion seat. Nothing more, nothing less…

Suzuki DR125SE (1985-2001)

Detail Value
Engine size 124 cc
Power 12 bhp
Top speed 65 mph
Insurance group 4 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 2
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 2.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Suzuki DR125SE is among the more rugged of the Japanese 125 trailies which is why, although now long in the tooth and never imported in great numbers, there are still some Suzuki DR125SEs around. Basic mechanicals and cycle parts are fine if looked after with no major reliability issues.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

There aren’t many Suzuki DR125SEs about, which helps keeps used values up, but if you find a good un’ they’re decent value and you could be onto a winner – all the rugged peace of mind and style of , say, a Yamaha XT125, but with a whole bundle more exclusivity. Find a Suzuki DR125 for sale.


Insurance group: 4 of 17

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Model History

1985: Suzuki DR125 Raider launched.
1993: Raider discontinued.
2000: Suzuki DR125SE launched.
2001: Suzuki DR125SE discontinued.

Other Versions

Suzuki DR125 Raider: Paris-Dakar styling with twin headlamps.


Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 24 secs
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 8.7 ft-lb
Weight 116 kg
Seat height 725 mm
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 4 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 4v single, 6 gears
Frame Steel tube double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 230mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 80/80 x 21 in
Rear tyre size 90/90 x 18 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3(2 reviews)

  • Average rating rating is 3.5

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    12 June 2013

  • A lot of fun

    Dan Pert

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    First bike I owned. I bought an old MoT failure and used it to run around the farm. I think that I bought a real bodged up dog of a DR but I'll tell you about what I found anyway. The bike is a lot of fun to ride (when it starts). The kick start can tke a few attempts but once it is running it's great. Very easy and has a fair amount of grunt for a 125. The suspension on mine had completeley had it unfortunateley. It would bottom out both front and rear over any types of bumps I encountered but I think that considering the state of the bike, I can't really make a fair judgement. The brakes howver were good as they weren't too sharp which is good on slippy grass. All in all, it's a great bike for ragging round the farm with and very novice friendly. Have ridden a good one which was very good. Certainley worth a look.

    25 April 2010


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Hi Everyone i would like to give you the honest answers to all the questions you are asking yourself! Is the bike reliable?: yes it is a brilliant little bike rugged and durable ive only ever broken a break lever from flopping it off-road. Is it fast?: hell no it is 50mph max! but you dont buy a 125cc trail to go fast do you ? MPG?: about 100 110 if you ride it like your nan Can i wheelie this beast?: you have a better chance wheelieing a wardrobe the engine isnt up for it and your sat rather far forwards. Can i trail with this?: I have put off-road tyres on it, geared it down and moved the pegs back and yes it's brilliant! though due to its low cc engine breaking is a bit hopeless but thats every 125cc bike seating positition? : upright and comfy, the seat is a beautiful thickness too height?: its a tall bike im 5,10 and i would say it fits me just snug should i buy this bike?: yes its a fun little machine! price?: £700 on a cheap day but make sure to change oil filters and check chains ! these bike are all 17-19 year old owners (me included) so may need a little TLC thank-you for reading my essay! any questions bugging you or have i missed anything? give me a text on 07811 528379 (UK only)

12 June 2013 20:13

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