YAMAHA XT125R (2005-on) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Straightforward, four-stroke learner trailie"

Yamaha XT125R motorcycle review - Riding

"Straightforward, four-stroke learner trailie"

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  12.5 bhp
  • 55 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • High seat height (860mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • £2,999

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Once upon a time the learner motorcycle world was only filled with two-strokes. And once your eyes had stopped running the only quality trailie was Yamaha’s DT125. And it was madly expensive. Nowadays the place is full of four-stroke cheapies like Yamaha's XT125R and we should be grateful. But we’re not because de-restricting two-stroke learners was a piece of cake - you’re stuck with the XT125R’s 12.5bhp. Boo.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The beam/cradle hybrid chassis is great and combined with the Yamaha XT125R’s wide bars you can sling this motorcycle about like a terrier with a soft toy. The only limiting factors are the tall, narrow tyres. The XT125R's brakes are fine – striking a balance between usable bite and new-user friendliness.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Yamaha XT125R's motor has just 12.5bhp rather than the full 15bhp legal limit Yamaha ‘unleash’ in the identically-engined YBR125. Why? Who knows, but the SOHC air-cooled single tries its hardest all the same. This motorcycle is helped particularly by its low weight – just 111kg. The Yamaha XT125R is cheeky enough in its allotted element, namely the town, but it can bustle along OK along light trails providing the going’s not too sticky.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Yamahas enjoy some of the best build quality in the 125 sector – they’re nicely screwed together and well-finished and the XT125R is typical of the breed. 

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The Yamaha XT125R is cheap to buy new, coming in around the same price as Honda’s super-popular CBR125RR. But do you really want to be dropping so much cash on a motorcycle you’re realistically only going to have for a year or two at most? Secondhand DTs are cheaper, offer more bang for your buck and cost less to repair if the motor goes pop. Running costs are higher for the stroker, though. Find a Yamaha XT125R for sale

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Equipment 3 out of 5

The Yamaha XT125R is well presented and well equipped, with the exhaust tucked high up out of harm’s way and a bash plate to protect the motorcycle's sump. The bars are sadly made of bend-o-matic monkey metal and even gentle drops wreck them.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA XT125R (2005-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 3.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.6 out of 5
Engine 3.4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.8 out of 5
Equipment 3.4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Great

10 September 2012 by Savas77

My first bike. It gets me not just in London but I went to Scotland, Europe too. I will never sell her. Read more

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
4 out of 5

My Yamaha xt 125r

14 July 2008 by Yrkuk

Had this bike just over 8 months, got it new for 2,599 at Padgett's in Batley. I do enjoy my bike, but its slow in comparison to other 125 in the similar price range, the build quality is shocking, its starting to rust everywhere, i had a serious... Read more fuel leak a few months ago which made me out of action for 1 month of riding, maybe its just my bike but my mate had very similar problems so i think its just the bike its self, i would seriously recommend a CBR125 and i wish i had of picked that in the first place.

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
1 out of 5

worst bike I've ever riden

01 April 2008 by cassandra 2

Yamaha XT125X. My first Yamaha motor cycle but own 4 motorcycles. This replaced a Honda XR125L we had for 2 years and was brilliant but fancied a change! big mistake. Collected new 29th March 2008 from Shepherds Bush dealership. 10 mile journey home.... Read more This is the worst bike I have ever riden in my life, it's horrible. Faults found but dealer not interested nor is Yamaha. Told to call out Yamaha assist to repair it. Ride one before you buy, I didn't find a dealer locally who had a demonstator to test one and regret not doing so. Appalling (customer care) from dealer. Will never buy another Yamaha.

Overall Rating 1 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 1 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 1 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great for 12.5 BHP

04 November 2007 by whaleboy7

I brought my secondhand XT125R in June 2007 and have used it prety much every day. I mostly ride it round London and find it great fun. I once rode it back from from Nottingham to London which is when I discovered it can go a bit when you have long... Read more enough road to crank it up, but your ass will probably be broken by the time you get to your destination! The seat is comfortable for riding round town but not for 3 or 4 hours in the saddle! Overall very happy with the bike. It was great to learn on and I passed my test on it.

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

not a bad 125 at all !

24 September 2007 by blm1989

i have an xt125r and i think its a nice bike to ride it is far superior to a cbr125 as its a full size bike and looks very rugged and moto-x. the top speed is around 73mph but is very slow from 60 onwards but very quick to 60mph. i have a full uk... Read more motorbike licence but have a restriction for 2 years and think this is a spot on bike for learners and would recommend one hope this helps brett

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 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 2005
Year discontinued -
New price £2,999
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 5 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 12.5 bhp
Max torque 7 ft-lb
Top speed 71 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 21.9 secs
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type 4v single, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 10 litres
Seat height 860mm
Bike weight 118kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 245mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 120/80 x 18

History & Versions

Model history

2005: Yamaha XT125R introduced.

Other versions

XT125X supermoto version, 2005-2014

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