YAMAHA VITY 125 (2008-on) Review

Published: 18 August 2010

"For a trustworthy 125cc Yamaha, very cheap"

Yamaha Vity 125

"For a trustworthy 125cc Yamaha, very cheap"

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  8.5 bhp
  • 77 mpg  -  94 miles range
  • Medium seat height (730mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • £2,099

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Vity 125 is not a cutting edge scooter. It’s not fast. It doesn’t look good unless you’ve got a thing for the 80s. But it does the job and has one big saving grace – a £1,799 price tag which, for a trustworthy 125cc Yamaha, is very cheap.

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5

The Vity only weighs 110kg wet. That and a very low 730mm seat make it very easy to drag around in parking bays and a doddle to u-turn. But on the move it feels unresponsive and a touch wobbly. As a way to get to work cheaply it will do the job, but it probably won’t raise a smile. 

Engine 3 out of 5

There’s no nice way to say it – the Vity is slow. Top speed is around 60mph and it takes its time getting there, but that’s perfect adequate for the Vity’s intended use as a cheap town commuter. It lacks the zip of other 125 scooters such as Yamaha’s own (pricier) BW’s 125.  

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The Vity 125 is about as basic as you can get, so on the plus side there’s very little to go wrong. Plus if anything ever should, you’ve got the benefit of big-brand dealer and parts back-up to rely on. The leather-effect seat cover looks a bit naff and it’s a bit dated, but it doesn’t look badly made.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

If you’re in the market for a mid-sized 125 scooter, you can pay anywhere from £1000 for a cheap no-name model to the best part of £4000 for a tasty Vespa. So £1,799 for a Yamaha and all that entails sounds pretty good value – that’s cheaper than any of their 50cc scooters. But if your budget can stretch a little higher, consider the much better yet £100 more expensive Peugeot Tweet 125. Find a scooter for sale.

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

Equipment 3 out of 5

For the bargain price tag you get a pretty practical package – underseat storage big enough for a full-face helmet, luggage rack, fuel gauge and a decent-sized non-lockable glove box deep enough to take a drinks bottle. For 2010 you also get some race-inspired speed-block style graphics. Compare and buy parts for the Vity in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their YAMAHA VITY 125 (2008-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 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 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

vitys

14 September 2010 by topcat2002

i have 10 of these scooters to deliver pizzas they are absolutely amazing just oil brake pads tyres, one bike has been dropped 7 times just scratched panels, superb. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued -
New price £2,099
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 4 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 8.5 bhp
Max torque 6.7 ft-lb
Top speed 60 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 77 mpg
Tank range 94 miles
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type 4-stroke 2v air-cooled 125cc single
Frame type tubular steel
Fuel capacity 5.5 litres
Seat height 730mm
Bike weight 110kg
Front suspension none
Rear suspension none
Front brake 153mm disc
Rear brake 100/90-10
Front tyre size 100/90-10
Rear tyre size 100/90-10

History & Versions

Model history

introduced 2008

Other versions

None

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