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Suzuki GS125ES (1982-2000)



Detail Value
Engine size 124 cc
Power 12 bhp
Top speed 65 mph
Insurance group 3 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 2 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

If you want to get to work, carry a butty box and do it all on about 69p per day, then the Suzuki GS125ES is for you. It's about as exciting as cold porridge, but like the Honda C90, or Kawasaki KH125, the Suzuki GS125ES simply provides basic two wheeled transport and costs peanuts to run.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Suzuki GS125ES's four stroke single cylinder motor is virtually bulletproof, but makes a claimed 12bhp... eventually. A five speed gearbox lets what power there is get you to a cruising speed of about 55mph, although the Suzuki GS125ES will buzz its merry way to about 65mph on a good day.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 5

Basic suspension and skinny wheels, with later Suzuki GS125ES models featuring cast alloy items, offer a slightly bouncy but competent ride. Probably more rebound in the beefy dualseat than the Suzuki GS125ES's twin rear shocks to be honest...

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

Relatively roomy seat, tiny nose fairing and a digital gear indicator on later model Suzuki GS125ESs are the main highlights, on what is otherwise a basic, no-frills mode of transport. The Suzuki GS125ES does have a centrestand however, which some 125cc custom/commuters lack.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Change the oil once a year, adjust the chain occasionally and put petrol in it. That's about all you'll need to do to a Suzuki GS125ES in a typical decade of ownership. The mid 1990s Suzuki GS125ESs had a black painted exhaust which tended to look tatty in winter, but otherwise a durable little bike.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

If you can pick up a Suzuki GS125ES from a bloke called Derek, who has burbled to work on it for the last eight years, you will find you have a virtually indescructible commuter for as little as 500 quid secondhand. Bargain. Find a Suzuki GS125ES for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 3 of 17

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Model History

1982: Suzuki GS125 launched. Costs £899 new.
1988: Suzuki GS125ES with cast wheels and electric starter appears.
1994: Suzuki GS125ES styling updates see black paint on engine cylinder & exhaust.
1998: Suzuki GS125ES loses fork gaiters and gets chrome exhaust again.
2000: Suzuki GS125ES deleted.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 7.2 ft-lb
Weight 103 kg
Seat height 745 mm
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Average fuel consumption 80 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 3 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 4 stroke, single, 5 gears
Frame Steel tubular type
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 220mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 2.75 x 18 in
Rear tyre size 3.00 x 18 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 5(1 review)

  • Suzuki GS125 1983

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 5

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    This bike is very reliable, i bought it for £350 and have never had any problems. Starts first time in the mornings (hot or cold), Came off it once and it just slid along the floor - no damage done!. Really think you should buy one, very good to learn on. Bit bouncy but still handles very well. Great bike 10/10

    12 February 2013

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