Yamaha YZF-R125 review
I had one of these before passing my DAS.
The reason I chose it was due to its size. I'm not a small person, and the Mito, Aprilia RS125 and CBR125 were like childrens toys. So small, dinky and ultimately like push bikes. Imagine an elephant riding a unicycle and you have the look!
It was quick enough, looked nice and was very reliable. If you want a quick bike, pass your test and buy something with a proper engine attached to it. These are not about speed.
I bought mine second hand, I wouldn't have bought it new. Yamaha have put the price up this year across their R range, and the R125 was not excluded. This makes them very expensive for a 125.
I sold it after a year, with 4000 miles more on the clock for only £100 less than I bought it a year before. I don't think that is a bad deal. I also sold it very quickly due to its popularity.
My biggest issue with this bike was riding it after passing my test. The front end felt like it had no grip, no weight over it to hold it down. Roundabouts become terrifying experiences because it felt like the front would wash out. I had not noticed this until riding a much larger bike.