SUZUKI GS125 (1982-2000) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"If you want to get to work, carry a butty box and do it all on about 69p per day, the GS125ES is for you"

Suzuki GS125ES motorcycle review - Side view

"If you want to get to work, carry a butty box and do it all on about 69p per day, the GS125ES is for you"

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  12 bhp
  • 80 mpg  -  180 miles range
  • Medium seat height (745mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

If you want to get to work, carry a butty box and do it all on about 69p per day, then the Suzuki GS125ES is for you. It's about as exciting as cold porridge, but like the Honda C90, or Kawasaki KH125, the Suzuki GS125ES simply provides basic two wheeled transport and costs peanuts to run.

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5

Basic suspension and skinny wheels, with later Suzuki GS125ES models featuring cast alloy items, offer a slightly bouncy but competent ride. Probably more rebound in the beefy dualseat than the Suzuki GS125ES's twin rear shocks to be honest...

Engine 3 out of 5

The Suzuki GS125ES's four stroke single cylinder motor is virtually bulletproof, but makes a claimed 12bhp... eventually. A five speed gearbox lets what power there is get you to a cruising speed of about 55mph, although the Suzuki GS125ES will buzz its merry way to about 65mph on a good day.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Change the oil once a year, adjust the chain occasionally and put petrol in it. That's about all you'll need to do to a Suzuki GS125ES in a typical decade of ownership. The mid 1990s Suzuki GS125ESs had a black painted exhaust which tended to look tatty in winter, but otherwise a durable little bike.

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

If you can pick up a Suzuki GS125ES from a bloke called Derek, who has burbled to work on it for the last eight years, you will find you have a virtually indescructible commuter for as little as 500 quid secondhand. Bargain. Find a Suzuki GS125ES for sale.

Insurance group: 3 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Relatively roomy seat, tiny nose fairing and a digital gear indicator on later model Suzuki GS125ESs are the main highlights, on what is otherwise a basic, no-frills mode of transport. The Suzuki GS125ES does have a centrestand however, which some 125cc custom/commuters lack.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GS125 (1982-2000) 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 5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Starter Bike

01 October 2014 by Carmadgaz

I decided (after 8years in a car) that rather than just jump to my big license to get the hang of 2 wheels on a little 125. This is how I ended up with my little GS125 and I have to say after a few months I have become rather attached to the... Read more little thing. It's been very reliable aside from a dodgy relay and a frayed throttle cable (both very cheap and easy to fix) Gear indicator is a nice little touch, rev counter is useful and having the center stand makes life soo much easier at times than just having a side stand Best way to describe it is a mountain bike with an engine. Very comfortable seat and riding position (even at 6'2"). The bike is so light it is very easy to just flick through the corners and the engine is quite happy to be thrashed (for progress keep it spinning above 5k rpm). Only downside is it tops out happily at 55mph, I have had it faster but you have to almost lie down on the bike and it isn't worth it for the extra 5 mph. I live in the sticks and getting round tractors takes some doing (but that could be aimed at any 125 I suppose). Like it enough I will be keeping it as a commuter when I pass my test (hopefully next year). It has certainly given me the 'biking bug.

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 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Suzuki GS125 1983

12 February 2013 by Anonymous

This bike is very reliable, i bought it for £350 and have never had any problems. Starts first time in the mornings (hot or cold), Came off it once and it just slid along the floor - no damage done!. Really think you should buy one, very good to... Read more learn on. Bit bouncy but still handles very well. Great bike 10/10

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 5 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1982
Year discontinued 2000
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 3 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 7.2 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 80 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type 4 stroke, single, 5 gears
Frame type Steel tubular type
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 745mm
Bike weight 103kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 220mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 2.75 x 18 in
Rear tyre size 3.00 x 18 in

History & Versions

Model history

1982: Suzuki GS125 launched. Costs £899 new.
1988: Suzuki GS125ES with cast wheels and electric starter appears.
1994: Suzuki GS125ES styling updates see black paint on engine cylinder & exhaust.
1998: Suzuki GS125ES loses fork gaiters and gets chrome exhaust again.
2000: Suzuki GS125ES deleted.

Other versions

None.

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