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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Yamaha’s all-new WR125X has everything it needs to be the class leading learner supermoto. It’s great looking, well-equipped, has a great new engine, is solidly built and is great fun to ride. The Yamaha WR125X is a serious, substantial piece of kit – the only slight downside for novice riders is its tall seat and high price.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha WR125X’s all-new, single-cylinder, water-cooled motor is the most advanced in the class and is free-revving, zesty and, for a 125, fast – especially compared to rivals. 70mph is achievable and I’m sure it’ll indicate 80mph on a down hill run with a tail wind and a whippet-like Danny Pedrosa for a rider.   

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha WR125X’s handling matches the engine performance: the suspension is firm yet plush and the rear has preload adjustment. It’s by no means difficult to ride, and anyone over 5ft 8in will have no problems, but new riders and those wanting to put a flat foot to the ground will find its seat high making heavy traffic precarious.  Once on the move it’s a doddle, of course. But the strong brakes are a tad sharp and could catch out an inexperienced rider in the wet.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Equipment-wise, the Yamaha WR125X is among the best in the class with stylish clocks, quality suspension and a great tool kit, to name but three – in fact, it has so many tools to unwrap it’s like Christmas Day, even including a preload spanner for the rear shock. Compare and buy patys for the WR125X in the MCN Shop.

Yamaha WR125X (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,199
Dealer used prices
£2,670 (2009) - £4,300 (2014)
Private used prices
£2,410 (2009) - £3,870 (2014)
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Engine size 124 cc
Power 15 bhp
Top speed 75 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha WR125X looks like a solid, chunky motorcycle – rare in this class of machine – and feels it, too, but in a good, substantial way.  The Yamaha oozes quality, is well built and feels like it would last.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Yamaha WR125X may be one of the more expensive machine in the class, but overall it’s worth it –  you get what you pay for. It’s the best all round package in the class, is well built and equipped and should be durable, too. Find a Yamaha WR125X for sale.

Insurance

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Model History

2009: Model launched

Other Versions

WR125R; Trail version with different wheels/brakes

Specifications

Top speed 75 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 15 bhp
Max torque 8.9 ft-lb
Weight 137 kg
Seat height 920 mm
Fuel capacity 8.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range 100 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 4v four-stroke single, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment 41mm inverted forks, no adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Single shock, preload and rebound damping adjust
Front brakes 298mm disc, four-piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm disc, single piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 140/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(2 reviews)

  • Lovely bike with the following Pros and Cons

    phobos4

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Have had my Yamaha WR125X since Nov 2010 and have clocked up over 3,000 miles so far. Its a great package overall - decent power for around town and A-roads, proper tires for grip and traction in all conditions, plus sharp, stylish looks. The large frame is quite unusual for a bike in this class with many people are quite surprised its only 125cc. The tall seat gives a rider plenty of leg room as well as a terrific view over traffic. The WR125X is also quite light so you can pedal it easily through traffic and blast off first in line at every red-light. The practical tool tool kit under the seat comes in very handy when you need to adjust or fasten those mirrors on the go. Overall, I'd say this is the best 125 Supermoto out there. The bad points: short riders will struggle with the (dare I say, KTM-style?) seat height of 920mm! The lack of a tachometer will bother those who want to know when they will red-line. Even though it'll do 68 mph or so, stay away from Motorways on this one - the combination of its high centre of gravity and meagre 137kg mean that you will get sucked into a lorry in windy conditions. The seat is also quite narrow, so rides longer than 50min can get quite uncomfortable.

    08 October 2011

  • The best 125

    WRtom

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my second bike and I love it. The handling is amazing and just falls into corners. The engine is good and will hit about 75mph at a push. The only downside is the seat height which for a learner bike is quite high. However it's great fun and leaves you smiling after every ride.

    14 November 2009

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