SUZUKI DR125 (1985-2001) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Straightforward but attractively styled four-stroke learner trailie"

Suzuki DR125SE motorcycle review - Side view

"Straightforward but attractively styled four-stroke learner trailie"

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  12 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  110 miles range
  • Medium seat height (725mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Suzuki DR125SE, is a straightforward but attractively styled four-stroke learner trailie that was only available for a limited period, so rare now. Earlier twin-headlamp “Raider’ was more common, but most are by now unserviceable. A good Suzuki DR125SE is a valid alternative to an XT125 or the like.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

Again, fairly straightforward fare – the Suzuki DR125SE has a long history, after all and most of the basic mechanicals were carried through from the 1980s – but when it comes to rugged learner trailies there’s not much wrong with that. The Suzuki DR125SE is big enough for larger riders, a doddle ride and relatively comfortable, too, just don’t expect to go dicing with the Aprilia or Cagiva 125 sportsbike boys.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Suzuki DR125SEis home to a softly tuned, proven, and solid four-stroke single. Identical to that used in Suzuki’s enduring GN125 learner custom. So don’t expect much in the way of thrills from the Suzuki DR125SE but there’s plenty of good-to-honest motive force here.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The Suzuki DR125SE is among the more rugged of the Japanese 125 trailies which is why, although now long in the tooth and never imported in great numbers, there are still some Suzuki DR125SEs around. Basic mechanicals and cycle parts are fine if looked after with no major reliability issues.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

There aren’t many Suzuki DR125SEs about, which helps keeps used values up, but if you find a good un’ they’re decent value and you could be onto a winner – all the rugged peace of mind and style of , say, a Yamaha XT125, but with a whole bundle more exclusivity. Find a Suzuki DR125 for sale.

Insurance group: 4 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

What you see is what you get with the Suzuki DR125SE. Minimal, off-road style switchgear and single clock surrounded by idiot lights; reasonable quality brakes, suspension etc and a token pillion seat. Nothing more, nothing less…

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI DR125 (1985-2001) 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 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.5 out of 5
Equipment 2.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

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12 June 2013 by Massher

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Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

A lot of fun

25 April 2010 by djpert1

First bike I owned. I bought an old MoT failure and used it to run around the farm. I think that I bought a real bodged up dog of a DR but I'll tell you about what I found anyway. The bike is a lot of fun to ride (when it starts). The kick start... Read more can tke a few attempts but once it is running it's great. Very easy and has a fair amount of grunt for a 125. The suspension on mine had completeley had it unfortunateley. It would bottom out both front and rear over any types of bumps I encountered but I think that considering the state of the bike, I can't really make a fair judgement. The brakes howver were good as they weren't too sharp which is good on slippy grass. All in all, it's a great bike for ragging round the farm with and very novice friendly. Have ridden a good one which was very good. Certainley worth a look.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1985
Year discontinued 2001
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 4 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 8.7 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 24 secs
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type 4v single, 6 gears
Frame type Steel tube double cradle
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 725mm
Bike weight 116kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 230mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 80/80 x 21 in
Rear tyre size 90/90 x 18 in

History & Versions

Model history

1985: Suzuki DR125 Raider launched.
1993: Raider discontinued.
2000: Suzuki DR125SE launched.
2001: Suzuki DR125SE discontinued.

Other versions

Suzuki DR125 Raider: Paris-Dakar styling with twin headlamps.

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