BULLIT SPIRIT 125 (2017-on) Review

Published: 14 July 2017

Half-price hipster

BULLIT SPIRIT 125  (2017-on)

Half-price hipster

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  11.5 bhp
  • 80 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • Medium seat height (840mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • New: £2,395

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Spirit is a fantastic looking café racer 125 that is on fashion as well as on the money. Its price alone makes it worth a second look and it’s a great intro to two-wheels for fashion-conscious learners.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The clip-ons aren’t too aggressive and the seat (which is a solo unit only) is comfortable. Weighing just 118kg and riding on cheap suspension with questionable Timsun tyres does make it feel a little skittish in bends, and again it’s not a patch on something like a 125 Duke, but it’s not that bad and I suspect most machines will spend their days in city streets anyway. The brakes, which don’t have ABS but are combined to pass Euro4 regs, are weak in their performance but they do provide adequate levels of stopping power if you pull the lever hard enough and also use the rear to add some bite.

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 Spirit 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 £2395 the Spirit 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

The Spirit comes with a fuel gauge, electric start, chrome pipe, pillion seat cover, piggy-back style shocks, inverted forks, mini-indicators and a centre stand all on a great looking 125 that is even Euro4-compliant. Now that’s impressive, irrespective of where it was built.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £2,395
Used price -
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 120 miles
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type Four-stroke, air-cooled 2v sohc single
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 118kg
Front suspension Inverted forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Twin shocks, adjustable spring preload.
Front brake 1 x 275mm disc, three-piston caliper; CBS
Rear brake 210mm disc, two-piston caliper CBS
Front tyre size 110/70X17
Rear tyre size 140/70x17

History & Versions

Model history

2017: Model introduced

Other versions

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