BULLIT HERO 125 (2017 - on) Review

Highlights

  • Characterful 125cc learner bike
  • Extremely low list price
  • A number of natty colour schemes

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 3.8 out of 5 (3.8/5)
Annual servicing cost: £280
Power: 12 bhp
Seat height: Tall (33.9 in / 860 mm)
Weight: Low (267 lbs / 121 kg)

Prices

New £2,495
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Despite a horribly tall seat height, the Bullit Hero 125 looks and sounds the part (its exhaust is lovely and fruity), and on a 125 it's better to be upright and ready to take on the traffic rather than tucked into a racer-style crouch like its café racer sibling, the Spirit.

Of course, being a 125, it's possible to ride the Hero on a provisional car licence, as long as you're over 16 and have done a CBT. 

In response to customer feedback since launch, Bullit have launched a couple of special edition models. The black and gold scheme below was just a cosmetic styling exercise, while the famous Gulf livery comes with a number of additional features, including a matching watch...

Bullit Hero 125 in black and gold

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

While the wide, chunky, Kingstone tyres make the handling a bit lazy, the Hero’s upright stance and wide bars give you a real sense of dominating the road – despite the fact you are only travelling at 50mph… The Hero is ideal for carving through busy city streets, avoiding zombies and other such obstacles…

Engine

Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Bullit use a Chinese copy of Suzuki’s GN125 motor, an air-cooled two-valve SOHC engine that has been made Euro4-compliant thanks to a fuel-injection system. This lump is as old as the hills and irrespective of where it was built, is highly unlikely to have any mechanical issues as it is only making 11.5bhp.

It vibrates a bit and isn’t as smooth or powerful as a modern four-valve DOHC water-cooled 125, but in many ways this replicates the retro ethos of sacrificing performance for air-cooled authenticity.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

We are talking a Chinese-built bike here so while the engine is unlikely to misbehave, there will always be a few question marks over the general level of finish and plating on its nuts and bolts. When new the Hero appears well finished, however a few years down the line may well tell a different story.

We've got 2 Bullit Hero 125 owners' reviews on the site with an overall score of 4 out of 5 stars. Negative points include dealer support and lack of a gear indicator, but you do have to keep the price in mind when reading such comments. 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

At just £2495 the Hero is great value for money, but it’s a Chinese-built 125 so you expect it to be cheap.

There are plenty of firms importing trendy 125s to the UK these days and many share components or even whole motorcycles with the competition with different embellishments and tank badges.

Mutt Motorcycles use classy finishing touches on their 125s including branded CNC components. But you pay more for the privilege, with most of the 125 models costing £3495 plus on the road costs.

At the more economical end of the market is the Lexmoto Tempest GT at just £1899. Generally known for more modern style machines and sporty 125s, Lexmoto’s retro styled bike has everything you need to get motoring and no more, but it still looks good.

And in the middle of the market sits the Herald Brat 125, which costs £2999. What sets the Brat apart from the field is that it was designed in house in the UK before being built in China.

You could also pick up a second hand Suzuki GN125, the engine from which is copied in the Bullit but you would have to consider all the potential costs of running a classic.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

Unlike the Bullit Spirit, the Hero gets a monoshock with adjustable spring preload and rebound adjustment in its inverted forks, but the fuel gauge is gone and the single seat replaced with a bench seat, but again there are no pillion provisions. A bash-guard comes as standard as well as a small fly screen, wave discs and cool high-level exhaust.

Specs

Engine size 125cc
Engine type Four-stroke, air-cooled 2v sohc single
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Seat height 860mm
Bike weight 121kg
Front suspension Inverted forks, adjustable rebound
Rear suspension Monoshock, adjustable spring preload.
Front brake 1 x 275mm disc, three-piston caliper; CBS
Rear brake 210mm disc, two-piston caliper CBS
Front tyre size 4.10 x18
Rear tyre size 4.60 x17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 80 mpg
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost £280
New price £2,495
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 7.4 ft-lb
Top speed 60 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 150 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2017: Model introduced
  • 2020: Limited edition Black and Gold, and Gulf Oil, liveries revealed for Hero 125.

Other versions

There have been two limited edition paintjobs including a black and gold version and a Gulf Oil tribute. The standard bike comes in grey or racing white. There are also 250cc or 50cc versions available.

Owners' reviews for the BULLIT HERO 125 (2017 - on)

4 owners have reviewed their BULLIT HERO 125 (2017 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BULLIT HERO 125 (2017 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 (3.8/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3.8 out of 5 (3.8/5)
Engine: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Reliability & build quality: 3.8 out of 5 (3.8/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.8 out of 5 (3.8/5)
Equipment: 3.5 out of 5 (3.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £280
4 out of 5
15 October 2020 by Derek Light

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £29

problem with cutting out sorted wiring bad connection ,fuel warning gauge failed ,replaced ,one month later failed ;high beam warning bulb not working bought bike from new covered only 2000 km but i really like the bike

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

service myself

Equipment 3 out of 5

Buying experience: poor dealer support

3 out of 5 Second thoughts
12 March 2019 by Charade Raptor

Year: 2017

Annual servicing cost: £800

Definitely a head turner. You get compliments at a petrol station or the traffic lights. A high seat gives a good view and loud engine exhaust keeps other drivers aware of Hero's presence. However, weaving through the slow traffic is difficult as the handle bar is too wide. Comfortable ride with perfect mechanics but the electrical is the worst part. I've been to Bullit's main dealer and to other mechanics. Replaced ECM, TPS and other electronics which are expensive but the bike would let you down again and shut off. I am the second owner and don't have the warranty and spent a lot on repairs.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Disc brakes are very efficient along with good front shocks.

Engine 4 out of 5

A decent 125cc engine with 5 gears. Sometimes the gear shifting from higher to lower gear at slow speed or while stationary becomes difficult to change but one can still manage it.

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

The build seems good and no signs of rust. However, the speedometer wire snapped well before the 1000km mark. While running smoothly, the engine would just shut off. I've been to three different workshops including Bullit's main dealer but can't find the fault. Replaced all possible electronic parts but to no respite.

Value vs rivals 1 out of 5

The amounts include parts and labour in six months. The Bullit dealer in North London, after my complaint kept the bike for one day and didn't find any fault and billed me labour charges but the same day I took the bike on road and it stopped again. There is no professional satisfactory, after sales service and support. There is also no company email available on the website. For support the Bullit website will refer to local dealers near or around London where I live.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The speedometer is in KM instead of MPH. For maintaining speed limit on road I have to make my own markings on the glass of the speedometer which may not be very accurate. The tyres look good but honestly on slippery situation, rain or ice one has to be very careful. One should go for road tyres if the bike is used for the roads alone. Side view mirrors angle and design can be improved. The view remains partially blocked by the rider's arms/shoulders himself.

Buying experience: I was the second buyer and bought it privately. The first buyer sold it within a year. Now I avoid taking it to work and stay near my home. I have this fear that I'll get stranded. I am still hoping for reliable repair or I'll have to go for another bike.

4 out of 5 Bullit Hero 125
28 June 2018 by Tim

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £25

Great styling and does turn heads.

Ride quality & brakes 2 out of 5

Brakes are disturbingly useless. Vibrates a huge amount. Wanders all over the road.

Engine 4 out of 5

Quick to the top end but lucky to hit 55mph downhill.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Standard tyres are horrible and cheap.

Buying experience: Great buying experience from my dealer roadhouse motorcycles.

4 out of 5 Bullied hero 125 buyer review
02 February 2018 by Plaz

Year: 2017

Pros... Great styling, good on fuel, nice seat hight, very comfortable, exhaust sound nice and growly. Cons... only a 125cc lowish power for longer journeys, would be great in a 250cc or 500cc version.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Comfortable to ride, good smooth gear changing and decent braking.

Engine 4 out of 5

Average power output for a 125.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Overall no problems with the bike . It does have a recommended engine running in process. I basically stayed below 40mph for first 700 kilometres.

Buying experience: Bought for £2399 on the road.

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