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May 13

Posts: 2

blockman says:

125 for 6'1 16+stone new rider

Hello Guys!

I am thinking of ditching the car and getting on a bike, I am 28 years old, 6'1 and between 17 and 16 stone but trying to lose weight as we speak! 

I was hoping for some help on what would be a good bike for me? It will be used for commuting around Bristol, I am planning on doing the Direct Access asap, but if I find a 125 I like I might delay that and get some more experience, but my main worry is as I am pretty heavy that would make a 125 rather slow?

I was looking at a Sinnus Apache, but my housemate says all Chinese bikes are dog doo, would a CBF 125 be ok? Subject to me getting finance!



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Apr 08

Posts: 1036

geoffart says:

small bike

my advice is dont go for anything too expensive, because youc'll likely drop it a few times, whilst youre learning. ybr125 is a lovely little bike. i wqs riding mine to work every day for the last two weeks and was getting 220 miles on a tenner's fuel. 

you should be ok with weight i would have thought. itll effect acceleration but maybe not top speed i would have thought.

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May 13

Posts: 2

blockman says:

small bikes ftw

Thanks for your help! I quite like the Ybr 125, and 220 on a tenner? That has won it for me! I will be doing my cbt in 3 weeks after I have done my blue lights course, I wish I looked into 125s sooner!

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Oct 11

Posts: 3054

roseyeric says:

I can

endorse geoffart's recommendation

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Aug 02

Posts: 497

Dabbsy says:

new bike

The Varadero 125 is physically big, so would fit you well....

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Nov 08

Posts: 879

I'm short in the leg

and a couple of stone less than the OP, and anything less than the Varadero feels like a toy, so I'd say look for a tidy one

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May 13

Posts: 2

Fubar123 says:

Which bike ?

Thanks for the replies , I'm in the same boat as Blockman.Very similar size and shape.
Another Chris

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Mar 09

Posts: 937

RoadieRoger says:

125 for a big bloke

Why wouldn`t you support a Bristol Importer ? Superbyke do the RMR 125 a Super Motard type . My Son bought one , used it to gain experience and then did Direct Access . When he sold it he had 12 people after it . Similar to the Sinnis Apache .

Perhaps your Mate had a bad experience , but take it from me , it was a decent machine and I`ve been riding since 1958 .

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Dec 12

Posts: 9

wagend says:


Varadero is a full sized bike with a 125 engine but they're expensive.

The Yamaha YZF R-125 is also a full sized bike with a small engine and the bike I had (I'm same weight and 2 inches taller than you) and it fit me great, but again it's expensive. 

If purchase price is an issue, maybe look toward a crosser style bike.

As for the YBR / CBF -- I tried them both and hated them with a passion. Too cramped and soggy suspension with weight on. 

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Jul 12

Posts: 9

cbtnewbie30 says:


I'm 16 stone and have ride a cbf for 2 years, they are great bikes for getting around and very good on fuel.

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