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Sinnis TRACKSTAR 125 Naked Motorbike Review

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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Produced by Brighton-based Sinnis, but manufactured in China, the Trackstar is a cheap, trendy 125cc alternative to the CG 125 or the Virago. It’s very easy to control and manoeuvre, making it an attractive option for learners or novice bikers. It’s also got the looks and charm to interest scooter riders, commuters or city-dwellers who are won over by its unassuming, low-power appeal. Price is the biggest selling point, at £1,549 new it’s unparalleled, and if sales take off Sinnis may just redefine our perception of Chinese-made bikes.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke 124cc heart is based on Suzuki’s GS 125 engine. Sinnis use more or less the same design across their range and it seems to do the job perfectly well. Vibration becomes quite off-putting and uncomfortable at the top end of the rev-range, but cruising at 55mph is perfectly smooth in fifth gear. This is still an 11bhp bike, so power and torque are not things you’ll even consider while riding it. That said, once you’ve fought your way up to cruising speed it’ll hold it well and makes for a relaxing, un-threatening experience.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The brakes are gentle but effective, after all at 107kg there’s really not much weight to stop. The riding position doesn’t put any stress on your back or legs and the bars are half-way between street bike and cruiser. It’s easy to lean around corners, has a fantastically small turning circle and the springy suspension is aimed more at comfort than performance. It’s very, very light and manageable, making it good for the commuter, the rookie and the petite alike.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

The retro styling is cute and appealing, with a pleasing little speedo, digital gear indicator and comfy stitched seat. The mirrors are large and well placed and the electric start is welcome. The best word to describe the bike is ‘dinky’. It can’t carry much weight, but it’s frugal, good looking and has the same kind of dainty charm as a miniature railway. That said, what you see is what you get and there are few features beyond what’s legally required. Compare and buy parts for the Trackstar in the MCN Shop.

Sinnis Trackstar 125 (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £1,549
Dealer used prices
£1,690 (2013) - £1,750 (2013)
Private used prices
£1,520 (2013) - £1,580 (2013)
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Engine size 124 cc
Power 11 bhp
Top speed 65 mph
Insurance group 3 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Quality is good for a budget bike, though it is obviously built for affordability, not luxury. Sinnis offer a two-year warranty with all new models, which offers peace of mind and shows that they’re confident in their product. To keep the warranty valid they ask that you have one service at 635 miles and another at 2000 miles. There haven’t been any reported problems with the other models in their range and they claim they’ve never had a case of engine failure.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

At £1,549 the Trackstar is superb value. That’s £450 cheaper than a CG 125 for a very similar product. By trying to prove to the world that Chinese built bikes can be as reliable and attractive as their Japanese or European rivals, Sinnis have given themselves a difficult job. However, with such aggressive pricing, and a bargain little product, they might just be on the verge of doing it single-handed. Find a Sinnis for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 3 of 17

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Model History

Model introduced in 2010.

Other Versions

Sinnis’ Stealth, Apache, Blade and Vista all use the same engine as the Trackstar, it’s the frames and stylings that are different. Worth investigating if all of the above sounds tempting.

Specifications

Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 11 bhp
Max torque 7 ft-lb
Weight 107 kg
Seat height 760 mm
Fuel capacity 10.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 100 mpg
Tank range 231 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 3 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification Air cooled, single cylinder, four-stroke. Five gears, chain drive
Frame steel
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment none
Front brakes disc
Rear brake drum
Front tyre size 90/90 - 18”
Rear tyre size 120/80 -16”

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • EXCELLENT BIKE

    bumbletrumpet

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Great quality bike for the price. Uses the same bulletproof engine as the Suzuki GZ125 Marauder. Very light and with a low seat height. Perfect for learning or commuting. I dropped mine off its stand and broke the clutch lever, a mirror and an indicator. I rang my local Sinnis dealer and got them the next day. Great service. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Sinnis bike.

    09 September 2011

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Sinnis Apache 125 around the world adventure!

There's an Irish guy doing a round the world trip on a Sinnis Apache 125 dual sport. He vlogs on You Tube. If there is a test that's going to try out this m/c this has to be the ultimate. He is in Mongolia at the moment, crossing roadless stone tracks and broken wooden bridges. His vlog is at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Sinnisify

09 January 2012 21:17

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SINNIS Apache

i have just put a deposit down on a SINNIS Apache and i can tell you you cant go wrong with SINNIS bikes. these are one of the first decent bike to come from china. The build quality is so solid altho one thing i am changing when i pick it up is the grips, they are a bit on the cheep side and i would not like to ride with them for more than and hour. But apart from that i can not see any other problem you will have with a SINNIS bike.

29 October 2011 12:30

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