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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Taiwanese-built WK 125R is an entry-level 125cc motorcycle for British riders on a budget. Imported by the same team behind Quadzilla Quads, it’s a cheap, cheerful and functional alternative to more expensive European or Japanese learner machines. It’s a little basic, quite heavily outmoded and unlikely to last a lifetime, but it’s also fairly cool, fun to ride and gets the job done for well under two grand.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2

WK won’t confirm the origin of the engine, but the ever-ready Honda CB125 is the most likely donor. It makes a smooth 11bhp, but requires the use of a choke to get it breathing. It’s nothing like as capable, low-maintenance or slick as modern fuel injected 125cc engines, but makes enough power to boost you around up to motorway speeds and adds to the bike’s 20th century parts-bin appeal.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

On the down side: very vague. On the up side: great for learners. The suspension is bouncy and soft and the gear selector and clutch are loose and imprecise. But, the clip on bars are easy to reach and mingle café-racer styling with learner-friendly handling. The mirrors are perfectly adequate, power rises very smoothly and the bike feels safe and stable at everything from low-speed manoeuvre speeds to the 70mph mark. It’s very difficult not to be charmed by the WK 125R’s comfortable, easy-going ride.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 1.5

An odd mixture. The clocks are incredibly imprecise: reading the full 10,000 revs whenever the throttle is opened (regardless of still rising engine noise) and indicating 90mph at what is clearly more like 70mph. The side stand is inexplicably short too. That said, it has a decent centre stand, a comprehensive grab rail and a helmet lock tab. Ultimately it’s let down by the WWII-spec analogue clocks which – though charming – are somewhere beyond obsolete. The Scorpion exhaust (a £299 extra) is well worth the investment, giving a fruity little burbling noise that seriously adds to the WK 125R’s appeal.

WK 125R (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £1,699
Used price range View Wk Bikes 125R bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 124 cc
Power 11 bhp
Top speed 78 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 2
Engine rating is 3 rating is 2
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 2.5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 1.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 2
Value rating is 4 rating is 2.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2

General quality is exactly what you’d expect for a £1699 bike: adequate but far from premium. WK bikes come with a 12-month unlimited mileage parts and labour warranty, which is reassuring. Whether it will survive a winter or a year of drops and scrapes remains to be seen.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

Even with the Scorpion exhaust, at £1998 the WK125R is £1172 cheaper than a Honda CBR125R and £1697 cheaper than a KTM 125 Duke. They’re in another league when it comes to performance and build quality, but are they twice the fun as well as twice the price? It’s doubtful. Resale values aren’t likely to be high, but with the initial saving in your pocket it’s easier to swallow.

Insurance

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Model History

2011: WK125R launched

Other Versions

2011: WK 125 Sport (£1899) – identical machine with a sports-styled fairing added

Specifications

Top speed 78 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 11 bhp
Max torque 9.5 ft-lb
Weight 135 kg
Seat height 845 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 267 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification Single-cylinder, air cooled, four-stroke, carburettored, 5 gears
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Hydraulic telescopic fork
Rear suspension adjustment Hydraulic adjustable shock
Front brakes Twin piston, 270mm disc
Rear brake Twin piston, 140mm disc
Front tyre size 110/70 - 17
Rear tyre size 140/60 - 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 2(4 reviews)

  • WKBikes faulty petrol can

    baronvonbroster

    Average rating rating is 1

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    Good Afternoon peps, If anyone has any problems with the petrol tanks - carbs - fuel lines on the WK range please could you inform Martin Ryder from the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, DVSA REF: VSD25395 Phone 0117 954 3486

    05 June 2014

  • wk sp125

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 1.5

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    bought mine 11/11/13 2014 strong smell of petrol but cap did not lock and was not air tight so now and then spilt petrol, few small puddles now and then but thought it was a coolant leak. turns out it was petrol leak, on the final 2 days 10 liters had leaked. how it did not blow i do not know. stripped sides off thinking it was a loose fuel pipe but turns out massive hole under the tank. i have researched the problem in depth and turns out it was only ever made for ethanol e5 and not the new e10 that came out in 2011, 99% of petrol pumps now use e10 and it rots the tank and fuel lines. spoke to the dealer, manufacturer who have basically said its my fault for using e10 not e5 even though this was never advised, no stickers no warnings, nothing in the manual and sold to use in the UK, asked why the tank does not conform with the EU regulations that state from 2011 all motorcycles are supposed to take e10 or above and they can not answer or give any good reason why it does not conform with the regulations? fit for purpose? erm no free from defects in material and workmanship? erm no. dangerous goods? i think so. if you are related to Evel Knievel? enjoy risking your life daily? like the smell of petrol? its the bike for you. if no then stay away from this bike its way to dangerous to contemplate buying. i was advised to ride the bike back to the dealers? wtf lol

    27 May 2014

  • Brilliant Bike

    slx2005

    Average rating rating is 4

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    My WK125r is the 2010 model and I agree, shuffy, I bought it second hand in late september and since then the only thing which i've replaced is the seat because the sponge inside was worn with the amount of times I rode it :), it's done ~5500 and going strong, i'm looking to do my big bike test soon and i'm looking to stick with this in my 2 year restriction, it's a beautiful bike i've had so many compliments from it, they say it looks bigger than a 125 and I agree it does, but the neit little 125 engine gets you from A to B easily enough. I've brought a new battery recently after accidently leaving the key in, but I fitted the battery no hassle and it's working fine now. Brilliant learner bike, and affordable.

    23 October 2012

  • Wk 2012 = crap

    Tanithcougar

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    I Want out and paid for the 2012 model form motorbike warehouse cost me about 2 grand I wish I did not bother atfer 3 weeks the battery had feted takeing out half of the bike electronics phone them up they said bring it down push started it got it to the shop they said we have it fix in a few days a week and a half later I get it back (not for getting this bike was brand new and only 3 weeks old) 2 weeks on I'm find more problem with it they have not screw in half the boady work I found cables sticking out phone them up all I get was go rebuild it your self

    06 August 2012

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baronvonbroster

baronvonbrostersays

WK Fuel Leaks

Good Afternoon peps,
If anyone has any problems with the petrol tanks - carbs - fuel lines on the WK range please could you inform
Martin Ryder from the
Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, DVSA
REF: VSD25395
Phone 0117 954 3486

 

05 June 2014 16:40

shuffy1989

shuffy1989says

STAY AWAY FROM MOTO CENTRE !!!!!!!!!

 Ok a bit of an update, My bike is now over a year old, still running strong my big bike test aint happining yet so i thought i would get intouch with MOTO CENTRE to fix this,

When i first brought this bike i was told by MOTO CENTRE any issues bring it back, 

So i rang them told them my issue and they gave me a contact number for a local dealer to fix my paint, So the guy wanted all service work, But i have done it all myself, I didnt really understand why my oil change effects my paint, and they said no to keep your warranty you need all service history.

What a joke so now i have no security, If they would have told me when i brought this bike i would have done as they said but no they just wanted a SALE,

Plus parts, what parts, Yep you cannot get parts i will say it again you will do hours and hours of research to see if different parts will fil, 

 

SO STAY WELL CLEAR OF MOTO CENTRE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23 August 2013 23:39

slx2005

slx2005says

WK 125r

My WK125r is the 2010 model and I agree, shuffy, I bought it second hand in late september and since then the only thing which i've replaced is the seat because the sponge inside was worn with the amount of times I rode it :), it's done ~5500 and going strong, i'm looking to do my big bike test soon and i'm looking to stick with this in my 2 year restriction, it's a beautiful bike i've had so many compliments from it, they say it looks bigger than a 125 and I agree it does, but the neit little 125 engine gets you from A to B easily enough.

I've brought a new battery recently after accidently leaving the key in, but I fitted the battery no hassle and it's working fine now.

 

Brilliant learner bike, and affordable.

23 October 2012 16:20

shuffy1989

shuffy1989says

wk 125r

hi tanithcougar, Just been reading you post, i have had mine now for 6mths its brilliant dont get me wrong i have my fair share of problems. When i did first get it i did tighten every bolt so no worries there, Over time my swing arm kept coming loose i have now sorted it eventually, flakey laquor around the petrol tank, i can take it back to have it done but just dont see why it is only to get around till i pass my test. And just to add you said dont bother well i disagree i have done 4000miles on this and is still running strong its a great learner bike,

23 September 2012 20:55

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