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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The idea behind the Yamaha YBR125 Custom is dead simple: take the straightforward YBR125 commuter, customize it a bit with high bars, more chrome and a lower seat, bump up the price a tad, and there you go, a pointlessly more expensive and less tasteful runabout. In reality, it makes a lot of sense as the low seat makes it even more easy to ride and it’s more practical thanks to the addition of a rack.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha YBR125 Custom’s no-frills, air-cooled single doesn’t set the earth on fire but is a little, willing puppy of a motor which whirrs harmlessly and trundles happily. In town it’s brisk enough to purr past and through everything. But show it a dual carriageway or road rated at over 50mph and you’re in trouble.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The YBR125 Custom’s chassis is even more simple: ridiculously low, slim and light. It’s so easy to ride that anyone with more experience instantly starts to muck about on it. Perfect learner fodder, in other words. If you want a word to sum it up it’s: ‘unthreatening’. 

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Nothing much to get excited about, but lots of common sense where it counts. Clocks and controls are decent, the new nine-spoke alloys are a sweet touch and the addition of a mainstand and rack is a bonus. Compare and buy parts for the Yamaha YBR125 Custom.

Yamaha YBR125 Custom (2008-current)

Detail Value
New price £2,599
Dealer used prices
£1,470 (2008) - £2,640 (2014)
Private used prices
£1,260 (2008) - £2,380 (2014)
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Engine size cc
Power 10 bhp
Top speed 70 mph
Insurance group 2 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Better than its roadster cousin, so it’s halfway there already, c/o chomy mudguards, ‘slash cut’ silencer, white faced clocks etc. As for reliability, it’s understressed and neither version has yet reported any problems.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

As a riding proposition, the YBR125 Custom offers nothing more (for £150 extra new than the roadster, so arguably it’s worse value. On the flip side, the Custom’s better equipped and finished, easier for novices and more stylish, too. You can’t ask much more for the money. Find a Yamaha YBR125 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 2 of 17

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Model History

2008: Model launched

Other Versions

Yamaha YBR125 roadster

Specifications

Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 10 bhp
Max torque 7.1 ft-lb
Weight 118 kg
Seat height 760 mm
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Annual road tax -
Insurance group 2 of 17
Engine size cc
Engine specification 2v aircooled single, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel diamond
Front suspension adjustment Telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Twin shocks, preload adjust
Front brakes 245mm disc, twin piston caliper
Rear brake drum
Front tyre size 3.00 x 18
Rear tyre size 3.50 x 16

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(7 reviews)

  • Chinese crap unfortunately.

    madchemist

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    This is one to avoid. First off its actually Chinese and you can tell if you look close up. Dodgy welds, cheap plastic, a wretched scratchy sounding starter motor along side a cheap looking exhaust. 125cc bikes are generally poorer quality than the older generation but this one really takes the P*~s! £2800 for a new one! This bike is also slow. The engine gets to 10000rpm at 70mph and believe me that speed requires a hill to achieve. This bike feels very vague to ride. Top heavy, almost wobbly around corners and the stock tyres are JST or some rubbish; nylon tyres from Thailand. This bike has no real presence to it. It sounds a bit like a hoover when it cruses along and not a powerful hoover like a dyson or something, a manky old henry thats been beaten all day every day and has lost the will to suck. Keep the 2800 quid and spend it on something better like a big bike when you pass your test or maybe a crappy lexmoto arrow bike and another 2.5 Arrows as spare parts. at least then you know you are buying rubbish. Credit where credit is due though, it does have a Yamaha badge and that means a better resale price. It also comes with a rack and kickstarter (why I dont know cause its fuel injected). If you are 17 and looking for a 125 to last for a couple of years to come then get a cbf if you must buy new. Otherwise get one reasonably cheap. Granby motors imports Suzuki GN 125 bikes from France for a grand less. also Chinese tho... bloody japs are selling out!

    05 July 2014

  • A great first bike

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I decided that I needed some cheap transport now that I have retired. Looking into motorcycles and how things have changed, I decided that I did not want a bike that pretended to be a moto gp contender but a comfortable ride. I settled on the YBR custom after reading all the available reviews and I must say I am very impressed. Not having been on a bike for over 45 years, I found that (you never forget how to ride a bike) is totally wrong. Booked CBT and after 60 miles of town traffic and 2.5 hours of absolute terror I passed. Now, having 1500 miles under my belt, I am really enjoying the bike. It has enough power to keep up with most traffic (65 tops)and handles well at slow speeds. The engine is also freeing up so is getting better all the time. I have fitted a top box and this gives more of an impression of being a bigger bike than it is. Down side. It could do with a sixth gear, top speed is at top revs. I would recommend to all but boy racers. Now looking for a bigger cruiser, but is there one that does 130 to the gallon????????

    15 October 2013

  • Good all rounder.

    AdamMillerAM

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Good 125 for the money you pay. Got a great engine, not massively powerful but good for slower inner city riding. Very comfortable riding position but doesn't feel as well put together as other 125cc bikes on the market.

    29 May 2013

  • B.e.a.u.tiful

    Nickhunter

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is a truly great bike for learners and my first geared bike. It's great fun, has a perky little engine and just looks awesome. I would say getting it to 70mph is a bit of a task, it feels as if it could do with a 6th gear just to get to 70-75mph more easily but 70mph can be done on a flat road with no wind but this little yam will trundle along at 60mph all day long. I love this bike and just take any excuse to go for a ride (Like getting up three hours early for work so i can take the very very long way there :D) all in all a great bike If it's you'r first geared bike this is way better than a sporty cbr or yzf-r 125.

    17 September 2011

  • If God made 125's...

    hypermarket

    Average rating rating is 5

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    They wouldn't be any better. Sublime and wondrous in everyway.It's taken a right pasting by wind, blind motorists and me own learner mistakes and it hasn't dropped a beat. lusciously glorious in everyway, except 1st -2nd needs a good old tug to avoid neutral. Can't see any reason at all to upgrade to a 600, it's a keeper.

    19 January 2011

  • I like it

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    My First ever bike. I have to say I like it a lot. I bought mine new directly after CBT and I took time to run it in properly. If I had any complaints it would have be that the top end could do with another 5 MPH on the level. I have had mine to 75 MPH on the flat with no headwind, but even on a slight gradient and a slight headwind she won`t cruise at 65MPH. I have had to make the decision to sit behind very slow traffic,@ "48 MPH" as I could not rely on being able to get past safely. Re Fuel ecconomy . It`s good but if you Charge about all day @65 then you will see the needle drop faster than what you might want. Drive it sensible and the trips to the gas station will be every fortnight. Now I have to say the the bike is very pretty. I have had loads of comments about how nice she looks. If Yamaha did something along the lines of this in a bigger engine size it would probably be my perfect ride. i think the retro styling is understated and tasteful but then again I did buy one

    10 August 2010

  • YBR CR

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After reading the MCN review I have a few nags that need putting right. As a testosterone filled college student, it would be an understatement to say I spank my CR, and still never fail to get less than about 250-60 miles on a brimmed tank which at current prices is only 11ish quid. After having a slightly larger sproket on the rear at around 4000 miles, I have cruised from the Southampton area to Bedford using the m25 etc, at approx 60 mph without feeling out of place or as if a piston was gonna join me on the seat. My last nag has to be about the handeling though. If you don't mind a few scratches on the pegs it can go knee down as I rather stupidly discovered after tryin to keep up with a mates R6. The testosterone aside however, after all this abuse and the occational adventure under a heavily flooded bridge on the way to college, it has never put a foot wrong. Only costs bout 20-30 quid a month in fuel doing a 20 mile commute 5 days a week and the best bit is the cheap as chips servicing costs of around 80. One bit of handy advice though, the rear tyre is a bit tricky to find but metzler do a brill one for around 40 quid. You won't need to worry though till around 6-7000 for the rear however, and a more standard sized front is still going strong after 10500 miles in just over a year. Buy a custom and all your days will be merry with the added bonus that girls actually like the dam thing!!! Woop Woop! Love the reviews and advice from MCN though, keep up the good work!!

    05 December 2009

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hypermarket

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Superb bike

I live in an area of heavy traffic, endless speed camera's but some nice A and B roads. This bike is perfect. So good I'm going to keep it, never upgrade, and buy exactly the same model again when it packs up. I don't need a 600, this will do very nicely, had several crashes, blowing overs by the wind etc and it still runs perfectly, it's got style and substance and chutzpah. Were getting married next week, my own one.... 

19 January 2011 18:13

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ybr 125 custom

as a first time small woman rider, this bike is top. she is reliable and so good for handling. iv had to emergancy stop in just two weeks of riding and even tho i skidded she just stayed straight and safe. i love riding her and would reccomeend to any 1st time riders. good looking little bike, that might not get many wows but defo gets awwww and nice bike. sounds lovely to. pop her in 3rd and thats where you really feel her pulling power. jumps into 5th pretty quick and yeh you do feel sometimes you could do with more ummph but then 1st time riders shouldnt want more than 70mph. its not just you, you gotta worry about but other idiots. i havnt had 70mph yet but maybe as she's brand new i just need to get her fully warmed up. outta ten i give her a 9. the 1 missing point had just got to be small things like overall top speed ( but you defo stil get that wind pull experiance) and maybe a little to small on the tires but ride and handling and looks, all top. shes defo my baby!!

17 November 2009 21:02

twowheelshirlz

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125 ybr

just had to say i got this bike after failing my test, its great rides like a dream and ive got short legs and still nearly on tip toes lol had it five month now with no problems at all, most i can get is 64 not 70 thou x

15 November 2009 16:21

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