5 affordable 125cc bikes for new riders

Published: 28 March 2017

Bikes for sale

Sometimes choosing your first motorcycle can be a nightmare, especially if you don’t know where to start with it all.

Some will want the sportiest machine they can afford, others will just want something to commute on and others will simply be plugging the gap until they can upgrade to a larger machine. 


Decide how you want to ride, if you’re after something that will only see you through to your full bike test then it makes sense to choose a bike with a good re-sale value. If you’re after something cost effective to commute to work on then it makes sense to look out for a practical bike, maybe with a top box or an option to fit one so you can carry some luggage. Or perhaps you want something sporty with bags of attitude.

We’ve had a scan of the MCN Bikes for Sale website to point you in the right direction. 

2016 Honda CB125F £2199

Seller says

“One owner & 1900 miles. 12 months Honda guarantee and AA cover remaining. This bike has just been serviced and is ready to go.”

MCN says

“The CB125F needs to be two bikes in one: a bike for those seeking an affordable commute and also a bike for those entering into the two-wheeled world. The 2015 model has hit the nail on the head in both categories.” 

2013 Yamaha YZF-R125 £2995

Seller says

“Here for sale is this great example of the best 125 bike that is available, the Yamaha YZF-R125 in. The bike is in great condition with low mileage, covering just 7022 miles from new. The bike comes with a tail tidy and full service history, service book, owner’s manual and keys. The bike is available for viewing and is well worth a look.”

MCN says

“Since 2004, Honda has had the learner sports bike market sewn up – the CBR125R flew out of showrooms faster than its larger capacity counterparts. Yamaha’s range had a gap for a 125 sport motorcycle, and the YZF-R125 fills that gap by combining the Honda’s easy-going ride with a little bit more poke and grown up looks – it’s actually slightly bigger than the YZF-R6 that inspired its styling!”

2011 Aprilia RS4 125

Seller says

“Just 1 owner and only 4050 miles from new. Fully Hpi clear and serviced up to 2092 miles. Complete with the original owner’s manual and fitted with a double bubble screen.”  

MCN says

“There are cheaper 125s but then none of those rivals have the same heritage or kudos. Despite making only 15bhp it’s great fun to ride - the fact the new four-stroke engine thrives on revs keeps the old RS spirit alive. It handles well, stops well, and most importantly looks the part.”

2015 Lexmoto Venom 125 £1199

Seller says

“With two owners from new, this bike is presented in excellent condition. We sold the bike to its previous owner a year ago and it has proven to be a good and reliable machine in that time. Comes with low mileage and a carbon look end can, it starts, runs and rides well. The bike will undergo a 52-point check plus a service.”

MCN says

“The Venom is at the flashier end of the 125cc geared market, with an air-cooled overhead cam engine (based on an old Honda unit) that accelerates reasonably well making it well-suited to the urban jungle. It’s a lively Chinese 125 with some decent touches – like an MP3 player and speakers! The line between flashy and tacky is blurred here and will come down to personal taste. But it’s good value and it looks like it’ll last.” 

2012 Yamaha YBR125 £1200

Seller says

“Very clean bike in excellent condition with only 8,300 miles on the clock. Mot until February 2018. It’s very reliable, runs and rides perfectly with a 70mph top speed. Excellent fuel economy at 90mpg. It’s just serviced in our workshop and makes a great 125 learner legal commuter. Free 7-day warranty and learner plates provided.”

MCN says

“Not the most stylish kid on the block but, as budget, basic learners go, the Yamaha YBR125 offers pretty good value for money. Gentle, easy going and practical, it’ll see you through your test and, if you want, beyond. The Yamaha YBR125 is best as a city ride, there’s enough poke to wind you through rush hour traffic and the handling’s not bad either.” 


And if this bike has sold, never fear. There are plenty more! Visit MCN Bikes For Sale website or use MCN's Bikes For Sale App.