Which 2017 125cc bike would you choose?

Published: 25 September 2017

Among all the 200bhp+ headline grabbing sportsbikes and Starship Enterprise-spec adventure bikes for 2017, it's easy to overlook the 2017 bikes that were brought in for this year. 

There have been a handful of new 125s entering a competitive market dominated by bikes such as the Honda CBF125 and Yamaha YZF-R125. New riders now have a huge array of bikes to choose from, suiting any need and thickness of wallet. Below are the newcomers for 2017.

Yamaha YS125


Yamaha's YBR125 has proved a popular machine over the years, shifting over 150,000 units in the last 10 years, and the YS125 is its replacement. The new YS is Euro4 compliant, has a larger 14 litre tank (which should push the range up to 200 miles), a 15mm higher seat at 795mm and will cost just £2,799 mid-March.

Suzuki GSX-S125


Another newcomer to the naked commuter market is Suzuki's GSX-S125. The all-new bike looks a bit Marmite, but Suzuki say it has the best power-to-weight ratio in the class thanks to its lightweight of 133kg. It's got an LED headlight, Bosch ABS and a seat height of 785mm. Price and release date are yet to be announced. 

KTM 125 Duke


KTM's 125 Duke has been around for a few years now, and was already one of the coolest 125s available, but this update makes it look almost exactly like its bonkers big brother Super Duke. It's much sportier than bikes like the CBF125 with a seat height of 830mm and WP suspension. Keeping it inline with the Duke family it gets a full colour TFT dash.

Aprilia Tuono 125


Much like the KTM, Aprilia's new Tuono 125 will most likely sit towards the sporty end when it comes performance. IT looks just like a baby Tuono and comes with upside down forks up front and a 810mm seat height. It even comes ready to install Aprilia's Quick Shift system

Suzuki GSX-R125


Suzuki are finally giving us a GSX-R125, and one that they say will be the top performer in its class, and at a much lower price point than the competition. Comes with LED headlight, multi-function LCD dash and keyless ignition. IT doesn't look quite as good as the R125, but if Suzuki's claims are true it could be a winner. Available in summer 2017. 

Bullit Hero 125


Bullit are a Belgian brand who will be releasing their scrambler-styled Hero 125 early this year. The Hero 125 is fuel injected and comes with beefy-looking upside down forks and cool retro styling. The Hero will cost just £2400 when it's released. 

 

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