With everything feeling low and light, the Yamaha SR125 is a novice motorcycle which you can master very quickly. The front disc brake works OK, but the suspension is on the soft side and the motorcycle soon feels like a mini bouncy castle if you try and corner at all rapidly.
The Yamaha SR125 struggles to maintain its speed in 5th gear - any kind of headwind or incline will see you prodding 4th gear to keep it above 50mph. The SR125's engine is reliable, but it's so sluggish it's hard to believe Yamaha's claim that produces 12bhp.
The Yamaha SR125's motor is one of those understressed units (also features in the TW125 Yam ) that just keeps plodding along for years. The rest of the Yamaha SR125 can look a bit tatty after a few winters and corrosion can get at the exhaust and chassis components all too easily. There's a fully-enclosed chain however.
Yamaha SR125s go for about £400-£900 secondhand, which considering the SR125 once cost a whopping two grand brand new, is a fair price for a basic learner/cruiser motorcycle. Watch out for ex-training school models with bent forks, broken indicators, levers and dented exhausts - there's plenty about. Find a Yamaha SR125 for sale
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With the Yamaha SR125 you do get fuel, neutral and temperature warning lights, which some 125 learner motorcycles lack, but otherwise the Yamaha SR125 is a basic mode of transport, with few frills. Nice comfy seat though, plus grabrail and electric start, even going back to the 1991 models.