YAMAHA TW125 (1999-2004) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"If you've a camper van and a beache to ride across – perfect. In every other way entirely impractical"

Yamaha TW125 motorcycle review - Riding

"If you've a camper van and a beache to ride across – perfect. In every other way entirely impractical"

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  11 bhp
  • 70 mpg  -  100 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

Overall Rating 2 out of 5

If you have a large camper van and need a bike to ride across beaches then the Yamaha TW125 is perfect, but in every way it is entirely impractical transport. A sluggish SR125 motor, circus clown riding position and questionable build quality make the Yamaha TW125 a bit too quirky for most people.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

Yamaha TW125's balloon sized knobbly tyres are OK on Weston beach, but not as useful on a wet Swindon High Street, and although the bike is relatively light the seat height is surprisingly high. The Yamaha TW125 isn't as easy to ride as some 125 novice buyers might expect.

Engine 2 out of 5

The Yamaha TW125's motor can trace its roots back to 1982, when the SR125 was launched. That's good in terms of reliability, but a lousy advert for performance. The Yamaha TW125 struggles to crack 50mph and stay there. In a word, gutless.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

The little Yamaha TW125 can rapidly look shabby. The exhaust rots too quickly, the forks get pitted, the paint loses its shine in one grimy winter. It's just not up to the job of commuting all year and the Yamaha TW125 should have been more durable for the money.

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

There are many better commuter bikes than the Yamaha TW125 out there, and that's just in the Yamaha range. If you want something that handles light off-road use, try a Kymco Stryker, or DT125 instead. If you really love the Yamaha TW125's sand dune style, then track down a grey import TW200 instead. Miles better. Find a Yamaha TW125 for sale

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Equipment 3 out of 5

The Yamaha TW125's cheap matt black exhaust, basic enduro style seat and a headlight cowl don't exactly yell `quality' at you. On the upside it has a luggage rack, electric start and a front disc, but the Yamaha TW125 looked a bit like developing world transport, yet cost a whopping 2500 quid new.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA TW125 (1999-2004) 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 4.2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3.2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.8 out of 5
Equipment 3.2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Its a dream to ride

27 November 2013 by TWPanda

Bought an 04 model back in March on Mothers day was in a beat up condition but with some basic mechanical knowledge and common sense whipped it in to shape and is running like a dream but as its a learner legal it had been thrashed to death for a... Read more 12000 mile bike its off the road due to the previous owner managing to crush the inlet tappet and mushroomed both valve tops so they are an amazing bike a literal do anything dual sport but beware of mistreatment

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

Gutless but a lot of fun.

02 February 2010 by bobthej

Bought in Nov 2000 as a winter/bad weather hack. Engine is fine but gutless no problems here. Exhaust is very thin and poor quality rusts too easily even when high temp painted. I am on my second down-pipe and muffler. Handling is superb you can... Read more almost lay the bike down on corners, the tyres grip so well. I have ridden in snow, ice, mud and on very wet roads and only 2 or 3 times (in nearly 10 years) have I felt a bit of a slide. The brakes are very good and I find the ride comfy, stress free and a whole lot of fun. A very big grin factor bike is the Trailway.

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

Great Fun

30 April 2009 by lilsammy

I have had this bike for 4 months now its been great not one problem with it at all mine is a 04 model and i picked it up for £1300 i live out in the country side and this can go down bumpy lanes very fast and the handling is really good i ride this... Read more bike every day thru mud and rain and it never has a problem. Only problems with my bike is pulling away in 1st you sometimes have to give it some revs a really slip the clutch other than that its been great. I have had 75 out of this going downhill and easy get 60 to 65 on the flats with my head down.

Overall Rating 4 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
3 out of 5

TW125 on high mileage

14 September 2007 by ks22

I now have 30K kilometers on the clock. (The bike was an import from europe). Originally bought after finding that the Yamaha DT125 had too high a seat for me. Initially used to do recreational green lane expeditions (Western section of the Ridgeway... Read more was good fun) which it handled very well. Then it was pressed into service as a L plate commuter bike between Reading and Liverpool St London. The MCN review is pretty much right, Yes it is looking a bit rough with rust on the exhaust and parts of the frame. The suspension on the bike is such that it stresses the chain over bumps and means that they have to get renewed regularly. I am on my fourth chain in two years. To date I have also replaced three sets of front brake pads, a front disk, two sets of sprokets, a clutch and battery. It also has a bit of a hard seat for longer journeys. However it has never let me down on route and has never been a problem to start. I'm doing my full test next month and will be replacing the bike soon and will probably miss it.

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

Yamaha TW125

25 June 2007 by byron_electric

I've been riding my TW125 for about 6 months now and think it is a good bike especially for a learner (which I am). This bike will comfortably sit at 50 without feeling like its going to fall apart and the handling is very forgiving for a learner... Read more also. My only criticisms would be the weight of the bike can make it a bit sluggish and it can be a pig to get going on a cold morning. All in all a good fun little bike for what it is.

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

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1999
Year discontinued 2004
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 6 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 11 bhp
Max torque 9.7 ft-lb
Top speed 55 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 18 secs
Average fuel consumption 70 mpg
Tank range 100 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type 4 stroke, single cylinder, 5 gears
Frame type Steel cradle type
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 118kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension None
Front brake 240mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 130/80 x 18
Rear tyre size 180/80 x 14

History & Versions

Model history

1999: Yamaha TW125 launched.
2004: Yamaha TW125 withdrawn from UK market.

Other versions

None.

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