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.

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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 -
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
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

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