MOTO-HISPANIA RX125 (2009-on) Review

Published: 15 February 2010

"A stylish, sports learner 125 with a Yamaha-alike four-stroke engine"

MH RX125

"A stylish, sports learner 125 with a Yamaha-alike four-stroke engine"

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  16 bhp
  • 88 mpg  -  245 miles range
  • Insurance group: 7 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (795mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • New: £2,999

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Moto Hispania is a Spanish company with a reputation for quality at a price, which sums up the RX125R to a Tee. The newcomer is a stylish, sports learner 125 with a Yamaha-alike four-stroke engine. It’s competitively priced, with sports biased handling, big bike looks and a reliable engine.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

From the set-back rearsets to the replaceable tubes in the clip-on handlebars, The Moto Hispania RX125 all lends to hectic race bike-like action at every roundabout. Another plus point is the way the RX loves to drop oh so quickly into turns. Quick-steering geometry goes hand in hand with the bike’s styling and this eggs-on everyone to explore the bike’s lean capability. But instead of learning fast cornering techniques you’ll end up finding the limit of the Continental tyres. Which comes very soon on cold but dry Tarmac. 

Engine 4 out of 5

The Moto Hispania RX125 is powered by essentially the same unit found in  Yamaha’s successful YZF-R125. This liquid-cooled, four-valve lump is virtually unbreakable and runs sweet as a nut. Where the Moto Hispania’s RX125 unit differs from the Yamaha is it is fuelled by carburettor instead of fuel injection. The only downside to this is fuel consumption at 66mpg (average), down by 7mpg compared to the Yamaha’s 73mpg, and a manual choke is needed when the weather is cold. Other than that nothing is detrimental to its everyday running, though town or flat stick on the favourite ring-road. And yes, the RX125R is Euro 3 emissions compliant. 

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The Moto Hispania RX125 has decent components and, on the whole, build quality but it’s more highly strung than Japanese rivals and we wouldn’t expect it to be necessarily as rugged and robust – the front brake mastercylinder’s mounting clamp wouldn’t be out of place on a low-cost bicycle, for example. But on the whole, it’s not bad, and if looked after should be OK.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

At £2999 it undercuts the £3769 Yamaha by £770, which, when you consider the majority of 125cc machines are learner stepping stones only, counts for a lot: like putting the money saved towards a decent set of riding clobber. Find a Moto Hispania RX125 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The Moto Hispania RX125 is better equipped than most learner bikes and that shows in the brand names in the spec: Paoli forks and Galfer wave-style discs o name but two. Compare and buy parts for the RX125 in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their MOTO-HISPANIA RX125 (2009-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.

Review your MOTO-HISPANIA RX125 (2009-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

A 125 that looks more like a 600

24 June 2016 by Steveo

Great 125, has the same engine at the YZF 125R so looks like it will be reliable. I would recommend it to anyone, stuck on a 125 licence. The bike invites for an aggressive ride, the low clip ons and stable suspension make it great when on a nice dry... Read more and quiet B road. The wind protection is a little limited above the shoulders, but below that point it's well protected. The suspension makes it turn in tightly and you can keep tightening up bends. The Continental tyres that come with it are vague as hell, especially on the final third of the tyre. Michelin do some much better tyres for the UK climate, where as the Conti's are obviously made for the Spanish/Italian weather. Would be a worth while investment. Would also be nice if R&G did some crash bobbins. If you ever are looking for parts, the Peugeot XR7 is identical in everyway, bodywork, frame, electrics.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Best brakes in it's class, nothing comes close. Galfer Radial caliper and Paioli USD forks, used on many of the Bimota range.
Engine
5 out of 5
Yamaha YZF R125 engine what's more to say? It revs to 10k and most power from the little single, surprisingly is at around 9k.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Engine and running gear are great, but the plastics are a little less of decent quality.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Would be able to get 80mpg+ out of it, this is dependant on what you are wearing and whether you can tuck yourself in like Alex Marquez. Oil is a straight litre, so cheap and filters again are from a Yamaha YZF R125
Equipment
5 out of 5
Again good equipment, nice digital dash, with lap timer. Mirrors are the same as those used on the Aprilia RSV, Rear light same as on some Ducati's
Buying experience

I bought privately, was advertised at £1500 and I bought it for £1200. It had 1400 miles.

4 out of 5

Motorhispania for a funbike with a yamaha lump

25 September 2015 by MHwarrior

The bike is edgey but stable, making it great around countryside roads. On a 70mph journey, can get a little tedious, stuck on flat out throttle. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
For a 125 the equipment is about as good as it gets. The suspension is forgiving but very informative of front or rear grip decreasing. The brakes could stop a much bigger bike if the wanted to. Probably the best thing about the bike, possibly the most important thing about a bike.
Engine
4 out of 5
Sounds lovely, nice thumpy sound, but anywhere outside 6-9k and you'll soon run out of puff, after overtaking your mate on his yamaha.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
The only problem I have had is the battery dieing during cold weather. Feels solid even when fully on the anchors.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
My bike has returned 100 mpg minimum on every journey even when flat out 90% of the journey. Between 2.5 and 3 litres for a 70 mile trip. Worth investigating some better rubber. Bikes can be picked up for around £1500 normally cheaper than a YZF125
Equipment
5 out of 5
Dash is a beautiful sight, move from the Continentals to Dunlop. Also it's a shame there's no bubble screen available.
Buying experience

Bought private and paid £1400 for it, 4 years old on a 2010 plate.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued -
New price £2,999
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 7 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost £120
Performance
Max power 16 bhp
Max torque 9 ft-lb
Top speed 75 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 88 mpg
Tank range 245 miles
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type liquid-cooled sohc 4v four-stroke single cylinder
Frame type Dual beam pressed steel
Fuel capacity 12.5 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 120kg
Front suspension 41mm inverted Paoli
Rear suspension Single shock, preload adjust
Front brake 300mm disc with four-piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 100/80 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2009: Moto Hispania RX125 launched

Other versions

None

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