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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Suzuki Sixteen 125 is aimed at trendy teens looking for stylish transport (hence the name – continental teenagers can ride one from age 16), but the UK scooter market is different – it fits with a more mature rider, especially given the sombre colours. It’s not exciting, but it does a job.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

You have to cut 125s some slack – they’re small engines restricted on power by law, but the Sixteen is frustratingly slow to gather speed. It’ll eventually get to the other side of 60mph, but it’s barely faster than a 50cc scoot off the mark. Held flat out (and we mean, constantly flat out) our test bike gave an impressive 66.5mpg as part of a fuel consumption investigation – normal riding should yield anywhere up to 100mpg. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Suzuki Sixteen’s big wheels mean it’s more stable than small-wheel scooters, but the light weight and basic suspension still mean it wobbles at speed if you throw it around. Ride normally and its fine – the suspension deals with bumps but doesn’t wallow or crash around. The linked brakes stop the Sixteen briskly without being too powerful for novices.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Sixteen has an underseat storage compartment big enough for an open face helmet, but it won’t quite take a full face. The left hand brake lever activates both front and rear brakes to make coming to a controlled stop easier for novices, and the simple dash has a fuel gauge and a clock – simple touches of practicality that make a difference. The mirrors work, and the riding position is roomy enough for tall riders, but the seat is reasonably low. Compare and buy scooter parts and clothing in the MCN Shop.

Suzuki UX125 Sixteen (2008-2010)

Detail Value
New price £2,450
Used price range View Suzuki UX125 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 124 cc
Power 12.8 bhp
Top speed 63 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 0
Engine rating is 2 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 0
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 0
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 0
Value rating is 3 rating is 0

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

Suzuki’s build quality has improved since the firm gained a reputation for bikes that looked shabby quickly – but neglecting a Sixteen and you’ll still end up with a tatty corroded scooter. It won’t fall apart and the mechanicals are unlikely to break down, but washing and caring for it will pay dividends.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Sixteen is a great first scooter for the inexperienced, but the commuter 125 market is crowded and there’s a lot of bikes that cost less, or have better specification. You need to weigh up what’s more important – if you pick the Suzuki, it’ll do everything you ask. Find a Suzuki UX125 for sale.

Insurance

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Model History

2008 – Introduced, unchanged since.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 63 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 12.8 bhp
Max torque 8.5 ft-lb
Weight 133 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 8.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 66.5 mpg
Tank range 123 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification Two-valve, liquid-cooled single cylinder. CVT transmission.
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Disc, sliding two-piston caliper
Rear brake Disc, single-piston calliper.
Front tyre size 100/80-16
Rear tyre size 120/80-16

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