BULLIT HERO 125 (2017-on) Review

Published: 14 July 2017

Post-apocalyptic A1-legal transport

BULLIT HERO 125  (2017-on)

Post-apocalyptic A1-legal transport

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  11.5 bhp
  • 80 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • High seat height (860mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • New: £2,495
    Used: £2,200 to £2,500 See all BULLIT HERO 125s for sale

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Despite a horribly tall seat height, the Hero looks and sounds the part (its exhaust is lovely and fruity) and on a 125 its better to be upright and ready to take on the traffic rather than tucked into a racer-style crouch like its café racer sibling, the Spirit.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

While the wide, chunky, Kingstone tyres make the handling a bit lazy, the Hero’s upright stance and wide bars give you a real sense of dominating the road – despite the fact you are only travelling at 50mph… The Hero is ideal for carving through busy city streets, avoiding zombies and other such obstacles…

Engine 3 out of 5

Bullit use a Chinese copy of Suzuki’s GN125 motor, an air-cooled two-valve SOHC engine that has been made Euro4-compliant thanks to a fuel-injection system. This lump is as old as the hills and irrespective of where it was built, is highly unlikely to have any mechanical issues as it is only making 11.5bhp. It vibrates a bit and isn’t as smooth or powerful as a modern four-valve DOHC water-cooled 125, but in many ways this replicates the retro ethos of sacrificing performance for air-cooled authenticity.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

We are talking a Chinese-built bike here so while the engine is unlikely to misbehave, there will always be a few question marks over the general level of finish and plating on its nuts and bolts. When new the Hero appears well finished, however a few years down the line may well tell a different story.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

At just £2495 the Hero is great value for money, but it’s a Chinese-built 125 so you expect it to be cheap. The fact it also looks unique should help it hold its value in the used market, unlike most other run of the mill Chinese 125s, which is a bonus. Provided fashions don’t change…

Equipment 3 out of 5

Unlike the Bullit Spirit, the Hero gets a monoshock with adjustable spring preload and rebound adjustment in its inverted forks, but the fuel gauge is gone and the single seat replaced with a bench seat, but again there are no pillion provisions. A bash-guard comes as standard as well as a small fly screen, wave discs and cool high-level exhaust.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £2,495
Used price £2,200 to £2,500
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £18
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 11.5 bhp
Max torque 7.4 ft-lb
Top speed 60 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 80 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type Four-stroke, air-cooled 2v sohc single
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Seat height 860mm
Bike weight 121kg
Front suspension Inverted forks, adjustable rebound
Rear suspension Monoshock, adjustable spring preload.
Front brake 1 x 275mm disc, three-piston caliper; CBS
Rear brake 210mm disc, two-piston caliper CBS
Front tyre size 4.10 x18
Rear tyre size 4.60 x17

History & Versions

Model history

2017: Model introduced

Other versions

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