SINNIS TRACKSTAR 125 (2010-on) Review

Published: 27 July 2010

"Manufactured in China, the Trackstar is a cheap, trendy 125cc alternative to the CG 125 or the Virago"

Sinnis Trackstar 125

"Manufactured in China, the Trackstar is a cheap, trendy 125cc alternative to the CG 125 or the Virago"

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  11 bhp
  • 100 mpg  -  231 miles range
  • Medium seat height (760mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • £1,549

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Produced by Brighton-based Sinnis, but manufactured in China, the Trackstar is a cheap, trendy 125cc alternative to the CG 125 or the Virago. It’s very easy to control and manoeuvre, making it an attractive option for learners or novice bikers. It’s also got the looks and charm to interest scooter riders, commuters or city-dwellers who are won over by its unassuming, low-power appeal. Price is the biggest selling point, at £1,549 new it’s unparalleled, and if sales take off Sinnis may just redefine our perception of Chinese-made bikes.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The brakes are gentle but effective, after all at 107kg there’s really not much weight to stop. The riding position doesn’t put any stress on your back or legs and the bars are half-way between street bike and cruiser. It’s easy to lean around corners, has a fantastically small turning circle and the springy suspension is aimed more at comfort than performance. It’s very, very light and manageable, making it good for the commuter, the rookie and the petite alike.

Engine 3 out of 5

The single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke 124cc heart is based on Suzuki’s GS 125 engine. Sinnis use more or less the same design across their range and it seems to do the job perfectly well. Vibration becomes quite off-putting and uncomfortable at the top end of the rev-range, but cruising at 55mph is perfectly smooth in fifth gear. This is still an 11bhp bike, so power and torque are not things you’ll even consider while riding it. That said, once you’ve fought your way up to cruising speed it’ll hold it well and makes for a relaxing, un-threatening experience.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Quality is good for a budget bike, though it is obviously built for affordability, not luxury. Sinnis offer a two-year warranty with all new models, which offers peace of mind and shows that they’re confident in their product. To keep the warranty valid they ask that you have one service at 635 miles and another at 2000 miles. There haven’t been any reported problems with the other models in their range and they claim they’ve never had a case of engine failure.

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

At £1,549 the Trackstar is superb value. That’s £450 cheaper than a CG 125 for a very similar product. By trying to prove to the world that Chinese built bikes can be as reliable and attractive as their Japanese or European rivals, Sinnis have given themselves a difficult job. However, with such aggressive pricing, and a bargain little product, they might just be on the verge of doing it single-handed. Find a Sinnis for sale

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The retro styling is cute and appealing, with a pleasing little speedo, digital gear indicator and comfy stitched seat. The mirrors are large and well placed and the electric start is welcome. The best word to describe the bike is ‘dinky’. It can’t carry much weight, but it’s frugal, good looking and has the same kind of dainty charm as a miniature railway. That said, what you see is what you get and there are few features beyond what’s legally required. Compare and buy parts for the Trackstar in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their SINNIS TRACKSTAR 125 (2010-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 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
5 out of 5

EXCELLENT BIKE

09 September 2011 by bumbletrumpet

Great quality bike for the price. Uses the same bulletproof engine as the Suzuki GZ125 Marauder. Very light and with a low seat height. Perfect for learning or commuting. I dropped mine off its stand and broke the clutch lever, a mirror and an... Read more indicator. I rang my local Sinnis dealer and got them the next day. Great service. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Sinnis 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
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £1,549
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 3 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 11 bhp
Max torque 7 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 100 mpg
Tank range 231 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type Air cooled, single cylinder, four-stroke. Five gears, chain drive
Frame type steel
Fuel capacity 10.5 litres
Seat height 760mm
Bike weight 107kg
Front suspension none
Rear suspension none
Front brake disc
Rear brake drum
Front tyre size 90/90 - 18”
Rear tyre size 120/80 -16”

History & Versions

Model history

Model introduced in 2010.

Other versions

Sinnis’ Stealth, Apache, Blade and Vista all use the same engine as the Trackstar, it’s the frames and stylings that are different. Worth investigating if all of the above sounds tempting.

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