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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Mid price cruiser style Suzuki GZ125 Marauder works well and makes a decent learner steed. It’s got more presence than the budget custom style 125s like Yamaha’s SR125 but it’s usefully cheaper than the twin cylinder alternatives which cost about a grand more when new. The Suzuki GZ125 Marauder makes a decent, frugal urban commuter too.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Air cooled, two valve, four stroke, single cylinder – engine’s don’t get much simpler. It only makes 12bhp – three less than UK learner law permits. But the Suzuki GZ125 Marauder is quite light so it’s not too slow off the line plus a single makes batter low rev torque than a twin. Get above 55mph and it get breathless – it takes determination to get 65mph on the Suzuki GZ125 Marauder's clock.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Low seat height makes it an easy bike to control, especially at low speed. Wide bars help more and the Suzuki GZ125 Marauder is pretty handy in town as a result. The suspension’s basic and the tyres thin, but the Suzuki GZ125 Marauder will still lean over in corners until the footpegs scrape – something that happens later than on most cruiser 125s thanks to good clearance.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Suzuki GZ125 Marauder is basic but effective as standard. The riding position’s pretty comfy and the pillion accommodation’s better than many 125s. Wind turbulence is never a problem due to the Suzuki GZ125 Marauder's modest speed. There’s plenty of extras available from Suzuki and other suppliers, many of which are chromed for added bling.

Suzuki GZ125 Marauder (1998-2011)

Detail Value
New price £2,965
Dealer used prices
£1,520 (2006) - £2,130 (2010)
Private used prices
£1,370 (2006) - £1,920 (2010)
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Engine size 124 cc
Power 12 bhp
Top speed 65 mph
Insurance group 4 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Reliability is good unless the Suzuki GZ125 Marauder is neglected. Low oil levels can harm the engine rapidly. Suzuki don’t build the most corrosion resistant bikes and their budget options are worse still. Rust can appear quickly on chrome parts and ruin the Suzuki GZ125 Marauder's looks – plenty of cleaning and protective spray should keep it at bay.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

There are cheaper learner-legal motorcycles than the Suzuki GZ125 Marauder – basic machines like Honda’s CG125 do the same job just as well for less money – but look plainer. Then there’s the Chinese / Korean alternatives – cheapo and some look funky but it's always a gamble. The Suzuki GZ125 Marauder provides a good balance of pose, performance and economy for the price. 100mpg is quite achievable and running costs are low. Find a Suzuki GZ125 Marauder for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 4 of 17

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Model History

1998: original Suzuki GZ125 Marauder launched

Other Versions

VL125 Intruder: Suzuki GZ125 Marauder's V-twin stable mate. Heavier, more powerful and more expensive.

Specifications

Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 22.3 secs
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 7 ft-lb
Weight 125 kg
Seat height 680 mm
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Average fuel consumption 85 mpg
Tank range 260 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 4 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 2v single, 6 gears
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment None
Front brakes 275mm disc
Rear brake 130mm drum
Front tyre size 110/80 x 16
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 15

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(9 reviews)

  • my first bike

    Luna

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my first bike, I only recently passed my CBT so I guess some might say I do not have enough experience to comment on this, but none the less I love this bike. Its comfortable, handles well, very efficient with fuel. It looks bigger than a 125 and people have asked me if its a 250 (one day I will advance). As someone that had never ridden a bike before doing my CBT, I was shocked how quickly I fell in love with this bike, This was not the one I used for the CBT but I did buy it a couple of days after passing, then other than riding the Marauder around the yard for about 10minutes the first real journey I did on it was a 22 mile trip home. That was also the first time I went out on the road by my self, but I found the bike easy to ride, comfortable and safe. I would recommend this bike to any beginner, it costs more than other 125's but for those of you that like that look and style of bikes then its well worth it, I was told by someone when I was deciding about it that if my heart was set on it, I should get it, because whats the point in getting a cheaper smaller looking 125 for the sake of saving money, when ok yes the Marauder cost more, but I love it and because of that I will want to spend more time on it and looking after it. So I pass that advice onto any one buying a bike, do not just buy the cheapest you can find, you should find one you love because you will do more to ride it and look after it.

    28 June 2014

  • underpowered but cheap

    stbrewer

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    So this is my first motorcycle, I bought it for £800 and it looked fresh off the showroom floor. When using around built up areas you would be perfectly content, decent speed and acceleration to get the job done. However when you take it into the country prepare to be the bane of everyone. The engine lacks power and has you crawling up hills at 20mph with the engine screaming which isn't fun at all. On the A roads the situation gets worse, topping 50mph on the straights, getting up to about 60 - 65 downhill. However up the hills you're looking at more like 45mph. So prepare for lots of overtaking by large SUVs driven by angry middleaged men in a midlife crisis. Whilst on the A roads I experienced the most terrifying effect of cross winds. With the wind pushing me into the fast lane, you have to keep your wits about you and lean far into the wind. However I did 90mpg so the thing just sips fuel so it is perfectly cheap for the daily commute. I am 21 and pay £349 on insurance which is a drop in the ocean compared to my quoted car insurance (£1500). The comfort of the ride is brilliant, the sitting position is comfortable for long distances and the seat is well padded. However at full throttle on the A roads has the bike vibrating going straight through the foot pedals and into your legs so be prepared for pins and needles when you get off. But all in all I am content with my motorcycle, it has the look of a much larger bike and is comfortable for long distanced rides. Cheap to run and to buy so for a first bike I would strongly recommend to take one of these for a spin.

    11 August 2013

  • LOVE IT!

    José Évora

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    In Portugal, we ride 125cc without the stupid "L" plates. Thank God. About the bike... LOVE IT!!! I have the 2011 model and i can say its wounderfull. The only thing that lacks here is the engine, since is a 125cc, you can't expect much from it... But, oh well :) The style and riding comfort its super high! The sound gorgeous, and looks like a 800cc bike when rev it! I get more "likes" from people on the street than other old school big-bikes cruisers. Top speed (km): 85

    19 October 2011

  • Cruising

    archer618

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Fantastic bike cant go wrong with it well worth the money and its great for riding to no where.

    28 July 2011

  • summer 2010

    rashskitz

    Average rating rating is 4

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    very happy with my 2006 maruader have ridden 1000 miles so far - its nippy to 50 then does slow down but as long as you keep off the faster roads its no problem. handles well and very predictable . very cheap to run i average 75 mpg . need to clean it every couple weeks but so far so good :)

    05 September 2010

  • 2009

    BikerDan

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    I Bought my 2009 Marauder in march last year, and ive had nothing but problems with it, Before it left the Car Park its fuel injectors had gone, then its gear then its brakes then the clutch, recently the tank came loose and almost fell off, im not saying that the Marauders are Bad bikes, just that i've had nothing but bad luck with mine, and 3 mates have had similier problems with theres

    26 February 2010

  • Great learner bike

    Lee125C

    Average rating rating is 3

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    I bought my Marauder new in october 2008 . I used it through the winter & regularly do a 300 mile round trip to north Wales & back its very reliable comfortable & most of all cheap to run . The only problems I have found is rust & the paint is peeling off the frame underneath the bike

    26 May 2009

  • A brilliant first bike

    MelLev

    Average rating rating is 3

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    This is my first bike (not technically a 'Marauder', as it's an import). I've only had it for about 6 weeks and absolutely love it. I can't really compare it to other bikes (as I don't have experience with any others) but it looks great - the only thing that gives away that it's a 125 is the 'L' plates - and it costs virtually nothing to run. I've not found any nagatives yet...

    20 September 2008

  • Not to be sniffed at

    gareth medley

    FALKIRK , UK

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Had the Marauder since August 07 when i bought it new to use through the winter. Does get breathles after 55mph but i have seen 75 on the clock and i am 6'1 and 15 1/2 stone so it can get there. The handling is spot on and really suited for town riding. Equipment is basic but on the wee cruiser its all you need. My only gripe is the rust sets on really quick, watch underside of exaust and chain guard and keep clean of road grit.

    22 January 2008

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So, I have only had my bike a short time and the love affair is immensely strong.  I think the look and feel of this lovely machine is wonderful.  I was hesitant at first as I am only 5ft and quite a tiny woman but this friendly bike is superb!  I would highly recommend anyone starting out to grab one of these if you can!!

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