BULLIT SPIRIT 125 (2017 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£60|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Spirit is a fantastic looking café racer 125 that is on fashion as well as on the money. Its price alone makes it worth a second look and it’s a great intro to two-wheels for fashion-conscious learners.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The clip-ons aren’t too aggressive and the seat (which is a solo unit only) is comfortable. Weighing just 118kg and riding on cheap suspension with questionable Timsun tyres does make it feel a little skittish in bends, and again it’s not a patch on something like a 125 Duke, but it’s not that bad and I suspect most machines will spend their days in city streets anyway. The brakes, which don’t have ABS but are combined to pass Euro4 regs, are weak in their performance but they do provide adequate levels of stopping power if you pull the lever hard enough and also use the rear to add some bite.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 qualityNext up: Value
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 Spirit appears well finished, however a few years down the line may well tell a different story.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
At just £2395 the Spirit is great value for money, but it’s a Chinese-built 125 so you expect it to be cheap. The fact it also looks unique should help it hold its value in the used market, unlike most other run of the mill Chinese 125s, which is a bonus. Provided fashions don’t change…
The Spirit comes with a fuel gauge, electric start, chrome pipe, pillion seat cover, piggy-back style shocks, inverted forks, mini-indicators and a centre stand all on a great looking 125 that is even Euro4-compliant. Now that’s impressive, irrespective of where it was built.
|Engine type||Four-stroke, air-cooled 2v sohc single|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||7 litres|
|Front suspension||Inverted forks, non-adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Twin shocks, adjustable spring preload.|
|Front brake||1 x 275mm disc, three-piston caliper; CBS|
|Rear brake||210mm disc, two-piston caliper CBS|
|Front tyre size||110/70X17|
|Rear tyre size||140/70x17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||80 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||£60|
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||120 miles|
Model history & versions
2017: Model introduced
Owners' reviews for the BULLIT SPIRIT 125 (2017 - on)
3 owners have reviewed their BULLIT SPIRIT 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£60|
Remove all the cheap and nasty plastics and replace with good quality chrome and it takes a good looking bike to awesome
Swap mirrors, indicators, headlamp, and exhaust and it just gets better all for an extra £200 or so its worth it.
Buying experience: Dealer good price just a crap dealer.
Annual servicing cost: £60
Overall a great little machine, just needs the support of Bullit UK.
So far so good
Little under powered compared to its rivals
Since new Ive had a few issues, battery, steering lock and indicator light all needing replacing or repairing, the bike has less than 600 miles on the clock and I get no response from Bullit on there website or social media ... saying that I love the bike and the ride is great ... every one says how well it looks.
First service £60
No gear indicator which you get on some of its competitors
Really Great Cofe Racer. Specially good for Begginers. Coll looking bike really :)
Buying experience: TOP :)