Took my early lessons on the SR125. It's the cheese sandwich of bikes. Chances are given the choice you would take anything else on the menu but when it's take it or leave it, you take it. Nevertheless it does the job and is as forgiving as Jesus himself. Don't want to use the clutch? No problem, just give the foot pedal a kick and off you go into another gear. However, anyone over 15 stone will feel like an elephant sitting on a skateboard, but for that 1st gentle low risk introduction to motorcycling, you really need a forgiving pile of metal that can fall over, crash into fences, get thrashed a thousand times and get up again smiling, and thats the SR125 for you. As for top speed when pushed very, very hard it will scream its way north of 50-55 but then the slightest gust of side wind will make you soil your trousers. I think I made it to 60-62, just, not that you dare look down for a second to check as it feels like an Apollo rocket going into orbit when when you have lived inside large cars for 20 years. Anyway as you will already know, that first glorious, terrifying experience on a motorbike is almost as good as sex and if you have to eat a cheese sandwich to get it then fine. Goodbye poker and beer, hello the open road.