SACHS XTC125 (1999-on) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"A fun, tough little bike that can certainly hold its own"

Sachs XTC125 motorcycle review - Side view

"A fun, tough little bike that can certainly hold its own"

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  15 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  285 miles range
  • Medium seat height (800mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • £2,999

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

A fun, tough little bike that, in looks alone, can certainly hold its own next to the Aprilias and Cagivas of the 125cc world. Performance is pretty good: that Suzuki engine’s smooth and grunty and the handling’s great but it’s painfully uncomfortable and really quite basic. A good laugh for a first bike, though.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The suspension’s pretty basic but it works well enough to match the engine’s capabilities. Handling’s very sharp, with brilliant cornering and decent stability at higher speeds. The brakes are particularly good and, while it lacks the all-out insanity of a two stroke, it’s still good fun to ride and not too wild to put off newer riders.

Engine 4 out of 5

A four stroke, Suzuki engine in a machine you’d expect to be a two stroke (as it once was). It’s strong and very reliable but remember, this is a learner-legal bike and it’s never going to be a rocket ship. As it is, it’s super-grunty down low and manages around 80mph without complaint (but no more). Lovely, smooth acceleration.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Well, the engine’s a good one and, being a Suzuki part, spares won’t be hard to find. However, the fairing and other plastic bits are prone to cracking easily, bringing down the otherwise-not-at-all-bad quality of the finish. Much easier and cheaper to maintain than a two stroke.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

Sachs have had a tumultuous year in 2006 but are still going; the cautious may want to investigate further before they purchase. The XTC is reasonably priced and quite a bit less than the delightful RS125 but then it hasn’t got the Aprilia’s badge, nor its USD forks, alloy frame, radial calipers… And then there’s the similarly-gorgeous (and pricier) Cagiva Mito… Find a Sachs XTC125 for sale.

Insurance group: 7 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Large analogue clocks, but no fuel or temperature gauges, and the speedo’s main dial is in kph (mph is there but it’s secondary and smaller). The tiny screen’s useless and the bike’s cripplingly uncomfortable with a madly high back end, pushing all your weight on to the bars. The tank’s huge, though.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their SACHS XTC125 (1999-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 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3.6 out of 5
5 out of 5

What a learner

07 January 2008 by Anonymous

Had this bike from new and love it. a 125 leaner with amazing looks, had no trouble with it what so ever, could of done with a fuel gauge, will do between 90 - 100mpg. great first bike. will reach top speed of around 85, would Recommend this bike to... Read more anyone who wants a race style when passing test, as this bike looks and feels bigger than a 125.

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

What a learner

07 January 2008 by Anonymous

Had this bike from new and love it. a 125 leaner with amazing looks, had no trouble with it what so ever, could of done with a fuel gauge, will do between 90 - 100mpg. great first bike. will reach top speed of around 85, would Recommend this bike to... Read more anyone who wants a race style when passing test, as this bike looks and feels bigger than a 125.

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

What a great little first bike. As a standard 125, beats all the rest!

29 July 2006 by dom_183

If you want a LEGAL 125 on L plates then this is your bike. 15bhp with a wicked 4-stroke engine. Sod the 2-strokes, my lawnmower sounds better. Obviously this bike doesnt beat a de-restricted 2-stroke, but then again I dont want to be laughed at... Read more for a crap sounding bike. Plus you get the nods from big bikes. Strengths: Underseat exhaust, trellis frame, beefy tires and brakes. 4-stroke! Weaknesses:
No accessories, could do with a double-bubble.

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

A good 125 that looks and sounds bigger, good build quality that makes it feel slower.

06 September 2005 by briannicole0

Not the fastest 125 but as standard with 14 stone on will stay at 80 and 87 down hill. Sounds very beefie and looks to mach' with no 125 stickers on when you through those l plates away you still look good. Only problem with these machines is the... Read more plastics crack and no hugger!!!! Strengths: The 125 4 stroke oil cooled engine, 15 bhp not fast but powerfull, only drops 5mph going up hill, and does not sound like a hair dryer. Weaknesses: PLASTICS AND NO HUGGER and I cant find a way to tune up any one got any ideas please let me know.

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

Best looking learner paid £3200 £1000 Rizla paint scheme 2004 model

23 March 2005 by elenegha

Looks fantastic does not set the world a light with speed but if you take the baffels out of the exhaust it sounds like a moto gp bike. Brakes are so good and the balance of the bike is good you can brake so late and bike does not move. 24 litre tank... Read more goes on forever. Strengths: Brakes, big fuel tank, reliable 4 stoke engine just looks so good. Weaknesses: My bike the seat cowel cracked and some parts of the fairings cracked and a leak in the fuel tank has kept of the road, so the build quality could be better.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 5 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1999
Year discontinued -
New price £2,999
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 7 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 15 bhp
Max torque 9.6 ft-lb
Top speed 80 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 19 secs
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 285 miles
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type 4v single cylinder, 5 gears
Frame type Steel tube trellis
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 130kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 316mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 150/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1999: Sachs launched the two stroke, XTC125 Supersport.
2002: The bike had a redesign. Although still very much based on the original bodywork, it got a new, four stroke engine, an underseat exhaust and five gears. They lopped off the Supersport bit and it became the plain XTC125.
2006: After a difficult year, Sachs give the bike another major overhaul including the use of a new four stroke engine from Italian manufacturer, Morini.

Other versions

XTX125 Supersport: The original, two stroke bike with six speed transmission (see above). Ran from 1999 to 2002.

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