YAMAHA YS125 (2017-on) Review

Published: 04 October 2017

Yamaha’s no-frills commuter gets a facelift and a new name

YAMAHA YS125  (2017-on)

Yamaha’s no-frills commuter gets a facelift and a new name

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  10.5 bhp
  • 100 mpg  -  300 miles range
  • Medium seat height (795mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • New: £2,799
    Used: £2,300 to £2,900 See all YAMAHA YS125s for sale

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The YS125 is basic, but that’s its role in life and for a budget price you get a Yamaha-branded motorcycle that does all that is require of it. Despite its facelift it’s still not sexy, but it is very functional and that’s why it sells.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

In town it is easy to see why the YBR125 was such a hit. At just 129kg the YS125 is light, really agile and surprisingly good when it comes to flying around roundabouts. Its skinny tyres and big 18-inch wheels grip well enough and although soft and basic, the suspension is also acceptable for city usage while the riding position is comfortable. The motor is vibe-free and the clutch nice and light.

Engine 3 out of 5

In town the engine is perfectly acceptable, but on a dual carriageway the YS125 feels so slow. You are basically limited to 60mph and unless you get a tow from a passing lorry 70mph is the stuff of dreams. The five-speed motor is a slug but Yamaha claim over 100mpg, giving a tank range of over 300 miles!

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The YBR125’s motor is basically indestructible and the YS125 should be similarly robust. The finish appears god, but again, this is a bike built to a price so you can’t expect too much. Overall it has less of a feeling of being a disposable product that you can get on cheap Chinese bikes, but it’s not brilliant.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Priced at £2872 the YS is only £200 more than the YBR125 was and that’s good value for a machine from a recognised Japanese brand. There are cheaper bikes out there, but it is worth paying a few quid more for the peace of mind that comes with owning a bike with a big name brand’s name on its tank.

Equipment 3 out of 5

You can’t expect much on a bike costing this little. It is a shame the YS125 doesn’t have ABS, but in all honesty it doesn’t really demand it and the UBS is acceptable in its performance. The fact the dash has a fuel gauge is a pleasant bonus and the shocks have adjustable spring preload, which is nice. It’s built to a price point.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £2,799
Used price £2,300 to £2,900
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £18
Annual service cost -
Max power 10.5 bhp
Max torque 8 ft-lb
Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 100 mpg
Tank range 300 miles
Engine size 125cc
Engine type Four-stroke, air-cooled, 2v SOHC single
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 129kg
Front suspension Conventional forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Twin shocks, adjustable spring preload
Front brake 1 x 245mm disc, one-piston caliper; UBS
Rear brake 130mm drum, UBS
Front tyre size 2.75 x 18
Rear tyre size 100/80x18

History & Versions

Model history

2017: Model introduced

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