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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Vity 125 is not a cutting edge scooter. It’s not fast. It doesn’t look good unless you’ve got a thing for the 80s. But it does the job and has one big saving grace – a £1,799 price tag which, for a trustworthy 125cc Yamaha, is very cheap.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

There’s no nice way to say it – the Vity is slow. Top speed is around 60mph and it takes its time getting there, but that’s perfect adequate for the Vity’s intended use as a cheap town commuter. It lacks the zip of other 125 scooters such as Yamaha’s own (pricier) BW’s 125.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Vity only weighs 110kg wet. That and a very low 730mm seat make it very easy to drag around in parking bays and a doddle to u-turn. But on the move it feels unresponsive and a touch wobbly. As a way to get to work cheaply it will do the job, but it probably won’t raise a smile. 


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

For the bargain price tag you get a pretty practical package – underseat storage big enough for a full-face helmet, luggage rack, fuel gauge and a decent-sized non-lockable glove box deep enough to take a drinks bottle. For 2010 you also get some race-inspired speed-block style graphics. Compare and buy parts for the Vity in the MCN Shop.

Yamaha Vity 125 (2008-current)

Detail Value
New price £2,099
Dealer used prices
£1,100 (2009) - £2,110 (2014)
Private used prices
£990 (2009) - £1,900 (2014)
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Engine size 125 cc
Power 8.5 bhp
Top speed 60 mph
Insurance group 4 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 2 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Vity 125 is about as basic as you can get, so on the plus side there’s very little to go wrong. Plus if anything ever should, you’ve got the benefit of big-brand dealer and parts back-up to rely on. The leather-effect seat cover looks a bit naff and it’s a bit dated, but it doesn’t look badly made.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

If you’re in the market for a mid-sized 125 scooter, you can pay anywhere from £1000 for a cheap no-name model to the best part of £4000 for a tasty Vespa. So £1,799 for a Yamaha and all that entails sounds pretty good value – that’s cheaper than any of their 50cc scooters. But if your budget can stretch a little higher, consider the much better yet £100 more expensive Peugeot Tweet 125. Find a scooter for sale.


Insurance group: 4 of 17

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Model History

introduced 2008

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Top speed 60 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 8.5 bhp
Max torque 6.7 ft-lb
Weight 110 kg
Seat height 730 mm
Fuel capacity 5.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 77 mpg
Tank range 94 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 4 of 17
Engine size 125 cc
Engine specification 4-stroke 2v air-cooled 125cc single
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment none
Front brakes 153mm disc
Rear brake 100/90-10
Front tyre size 100/90-10
Rear tyre size 100/90-10

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(1 review)

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    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    i have 10 of these scooters to deliver pizzas they are absolutely amazing just oil brake pads tyres, one bike has been dropped 7 times just scratched panels, superb.

    14 September 2010


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