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Apr 13

Posts: 1

anglomaniac says:

125 commuter for a new rider

Been reading these forums and reviews for a few months (research) and would like some opinions. I’ve taken my CBT and am looking to buy a 125 as a commuter. Would appreciate input or recommendations.


My requirements are as follows:

Cost – ideally £1500 or less. Top end is £2k. For that i’d hope for less than 3 years old and under 5k on the clock. Is that reasonable??

Low ride height. I’m about 5’8” and i have a belly L

The bike is for commuting to work only, no racing, offroading etc. So probably an upright position.

Probably around 100 miles a week, and the longest ride being about 20 miles.

I do not have immediate plans to take my direct access. We have a car as a family but running a second one is expensive and the 125s seem to be the best for running costs and fuel economy. Effectively  i’m not looking for a bike for 6 months and then sell.

The Suzuki Van Van is probably best for my hobbit legs, but the lack of a fuel gauge irritates me, and the styling seems to attract a premium. There doesn’t seem to be much between the Honda CBF125 and the Yamaha YBR125.

Am I missing any obvious models? I’d happily buy an older CG125 as I prefer the styling, but all the ones within the M25 seem to have 25k on the clock.

My old man has a 1996 MZ SportStar 125 in the garage that probably wouldn’t take a lot to get going, but it hasn’t been ridden in a decade and with the death of MZ I assume parts and servicing would be a bit of an issue.

Chinese is not an option. I’ve read too much about general reliability and poor part availability. Sym is an unsure, I don’t know anyone to get an opinion.

I can get a pre reg 62 plate YBR125 for £2200 but thats a little beyond my reach.

Anyway, would love to get your expert opinions.


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Mar 09

Posts: 937

RoadieRoger says:

New 125cc

Find a Zontes Agent and look at their 3 models . One is bound to suit . Owners are pleased with them . They are imported by the Baotian Scooter Importer .

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Mar 07

Posts: 272

Ginnelli says:


Have you considered the Suzuki GN125, this has a low seat height and is a great bike. My mate ran one for ages. Also the Burgmann 125 scooter. I run the 200 at present and average around 70mpg on the motorways. Depends if you want gears or automatic.

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