LEXMOTO XTR 125 (2012-on) Review

Published: 22 June 2012

Cheap and cheerful Chinese-built CBR125R-alike

LEXMOTO XTR 125  (2012-on)

Cheap and cheerful Chinese-built CBR125R-alike

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  9.7 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (800mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • £1,250

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Not a bad sporty 125 that does everything you could want a 125 to do with litte hassle. Cheap price means these are a very tempting choice over more expensive, but better Japanese machines like the Honda CBR125. f you're not bothered about the name on the tank, the Lexmoto is a good choice.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The XTR125 goes round corners perfectly fine, with bumps upsetting the bike due to its lightweight and budget suspension. Of course it's nothing like an Aprilia RS4 or Yamaha YZF-R125, but what did you expect?

Engine 3 out of 5

The engine's nothing special, and it's certainly not a pleasant sounding thing, but it is a 125cc four-stroke that'll get you moving up to legal speeds in comfort and safety. On our test bike we were unable to get the bike in to neutral with the engine running.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

Our test machine had a mysterious nut rattling around under the seat, a missing end-plate off the chain adjuster and a couple of peeling stickers. These should all be sorted at the factory, and aren't problems you'd expect on new bikes. If it does go wrong, Lexmoto have a very good parts back-up and UK importer.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

It's hard to argue with a price tag of just £1099.99, although Lexmoto do have cheaper bikes available.

Equipment 2 out of 5

Equipment is basic, as you'd expect. You get two wheels, a frame, engine, seat and everything needed to get where you're going in relative comfort and safety. The test bike supplied had an ABS sticker on the fork legs, but there's no ABS.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their LEXMOTO XTR 125 (2012-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Fair Play

18 February 2014 by CaptAwesome

The bike isn't the greatest bike you can find on the market. An Re-branded CBR it isn't. What you cannot argue with is the price. You get a great product for the money. You will need to look after it a bit but still awesome value for money.... Read more Considering most people only keep a 125cc for a year you cannot go wrong and let's be honest the depreciation on a Jap bike would probably be as much as this is outright. Your money is better sent here as at least you have dealer backup with a new bike.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
1 out of 5

False economy

08 July 2013 by Kaseybora

This bike is a false economy. If you want a Jap bike, but can't afford it right now, just save your money, or you'll pay in the end. I had to replace the engine mounts twice, the throttle cable twice, constant electrical faults, and eventually the... Read more bike started breaking down every time it rained. Bolts and screws always come loose and I was buying new parts every week. Yes the parts availability is good on ebay and llexeter, but it has to be as they break so bloody often. If I could go back in time I would have got a second hand honda cbr125, at least I could have sold it on for more than £100 like what I got for the Lexmoto. Poor build quality, starts to rust quickly(especially the swing arm). I hope this saves someone the aggravation that I had with this pile of dog crap!!

Overall Rating 1 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 1 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued -
New price £1,250
Warranty term One year warranty, terms vary
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Max power 9.7 bhp
Max torque 8.5 ft-lb
Top speed 56 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Engine size 124cc
Engine type Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Air Cooled
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 115kg
Front suspension Telescopic forks, none
Rear suspension Single shock
Front brake Single disc
Rear brake Disc
Front tyre size 70/90 x 17
Rear tyre size 100/80 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2009 - model introduced

Other versions


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