LEXMOTO LXR 125 (2021 - on) Review


  • All-new Euro5 compliant motor
  • Increased seat height
  • Bargain price tag

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 2.7 out of 5 (2.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £170
Power: 12 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: Low (368 lbs / 167 kg)


New £2,800
Used £1,900 - £2,700

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

What was the UK’s best-selling sportsbike last year? Believe it or not, it was the Lexmoto LXR 125. Yep, this Chinese-built 125 topped the 'sportsbike' charts.

What was the secret to its success? A price tag of under £3000 certainly helped but you have to hand it to Lexmoto, when you look at the LXR with its radial brakes, sporty fairing and big-bike silhouette it certainly doesn’t appear inferior to the likes of its far most costly rivals from Japan (built in the Far East), Italy (built in Italy) or Austria (built in India).

The Lexmoto model range are built by Chinese company TARO and then imported into the UK, however they are far from just 'off-the-shelf' products. TARO actually send prototypes to Lexmoto for testing and evaluation in the UK and the firm’s feedback helps form the new model’s final specification.

Cornering on the Lexmoto LXR 125

The LXR, for example, has UK-specific gearing, suspension settings, lights and even the dash was a result of the UK’s technician’s comments and input. Lexmoto have been working with TARO for 14 years and for 2021 the LXR has been upgraded to meet Euro5 regulations through an all-new twin-cam four-valve motor, which is the bike’s first update since its launch in 2019.

To be brutally honest the rest of the bike is basically identical to before and aside from a new shock, which is longer and raises the seat height by 20mm to 820mm, the 2021 LXR is identical to the 2020 model (the Lexmoto LXR SE gets more updates).

And that’s how it rides and looks – exactly the same as before but with a slightly more spirited engine that is frustratingly vibey when revved.

We rode the cheaper standard model but there's also a a more expensive SE version with a slightly higher spec including upside down forks, a TFT dash and an aluminium swingarm and top yoke.

A side view of the Lexmoto LXR 125

Ride quality & brakes

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

Lexmoto have increased the length of the shock on the new LXR, upping the seat height from 800mm to 820mm and putting more weight over the front wheel. The more expensive SE model benefits from 37mm upside down forks and a claimed lighter alumnium swingarm, too.

In terms of its handling the changes in the standard bike aren’t apparent, mainly as the CST Magsport tyres are fairly rock hard and not that confidence-inspiring, but the suspension is certainly adequate for road use.

It’s nowhere as assured as KTM, Yamaha or Aprilia’s offering (so kneedown is out of the question) but it is ok for most road riders to feel happy with. What is annoying, however, is how the tank’s edges press on your inner thigh, making it uncomfortable over distance.

Riding the Lexmoto LXR 125 on UK roads

It’s a real shame as the 'big bike' feel of the LXR means it has a relaxed riding position with lots of room even for taller riders, it’s just let down by the tank’s sharp edges.

Small capacity bikes have an exemption that means they aren’t obliged to run ABS and while most premium models choose to have it, the Lexmoto makes do with combined brakes instead.

A cost-saving choice, the LXR’s twin four-piston radial front calipers run braided lines (the lever has a span adjuster) and wave discs and are fine in their power and feel however the rear is just too sharp, making it hard to apply precise pressure at low speed.


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

The all-new learner legal 125cc motor is Euro5-compliant and has a four-valve head with double overhead cams where the old model had a single overhead cam and just two valves.

A touch more spirited than before, it revs quickly but isn’t as refined or smooth motor as more expensive rival 125s use and also not as fast. The Lexmoto is happy to sit at 60mph but up this to 65mph and once the rev counter goes past 8000rpm the motor’s vibrations are quite intrusive, even more so at 70mph, which is when it runs out of puff.

The engine on the Lexmoto LXR 125 is now Euro5 compliant

The clutch action is nice and light and the gearbox fairly good but overall it feels a bit raw and rough due to the vibes. On the go the exhaust (which is stainless steel) sounds pleasingly fruity and when you are doing 30 or 40mph passers-by do tend to turn their heads, which doesn’t make you feel embarrassed as the LXR is a great looking bike that certainly doesn’t appear a 125 to a casual observer.

Reliability & build quality

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

This is a big concern for buyers as there is an impression that Chinese bikes will be built to a budget and build quality and reliability will suffer as a result.

When MCN tested a 2019 LXR 125 SE we were disappointed about the finish as after just 600 miles its paint was starting to flake in some areas.

That said, Lexmoto have fitted the LXR with a stainless steel exhaust and you have to take into account the fact the bike is very cheap to buy and also spare parts are extremely budget-friendly.

Cornering on the Lexmoto LXR 125

As our 2021 LXR was virtually brand new (less than 1000 miles on its clocks) we can’t use it as a yardstick however riders don’t seem too upset with their LXR models when you look at the owners’ reviews on MCN’s website and the LXR comes with two years warranty, which is reassuring.

A few forums complain about the ignition barrel failing but in general it seems as though mechanically the LXR is solid.

Value vs rivals

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

Chinese bikes are generally considered to be cheap to run and as the LXR 125 is small in capacity, insurance (depending on age) isn’t too horrible. Spare parts are both plentiful and cheap via a link on Lexmoto’s website to www.cmpoparts.com with a whole front caliper costing just £43.99, mudguard £25.99, side panel £26.49 and top fairing £29.49, which is excellent and means a silly spill won’t cost the earth.

Most 125s can average around 80mpg and the LXR is no exception with MCN recording mid 80s mpg numbers.

Costing £3099.99 as tested (or £3399.99 for the higher-spec SE model with its inverted forks and TFT dash) the LXR 125 stacks up well against the competition. Premium models such as the Yamaha YZF-R125 (£4800), Kawasaki Ninja 125 (£4199), Aprilia RS125 (£4600) and KTM RC125 (£4499) are considerably more expensive (and not always built in the same country and the firm’s big capacity models).

The sporty Lexmoto undercuts the price of the competition

Although there are a few other Chinese bike importers, aside from Hyosung with the GT125R (£2699) Lexmoto is the main one to import a sportsbike style of bike into the UK were rivals tend to stick to naked bikes.

When it comes to used prices you have to expect to take a hit and second hand LXRs tend to get advertised for about £1500, which is £1300 off the new price. Most bikes are sold in private sales so getting rid of it again after you have outgrown this 125 could be more of an issue than with a 'known' brand, which you are likely to be able to part exchange with a dealer against the price of a bigger capacity model.


3 out of 5 (3/5)

As standard the LXR comes with radial brakes, wave discs, a stainless steel exhaust and digital display (which has a fuel gauge and gear indicator). The SE then also gets a full-colour TFT dash, with USD forks completing the look.

Lexmoto sell their own range of parts through their website and as well as spares you can get a tinted screen, luggage rack, bar ends and a few other items to enhance its looks. Another source of kit is online sellers with screens, exhaust end cans and crash protection fairly easy to locate. Given its sportsbike looks, you'll find quite a few Lexmoto LXR 125 exhausts and frame sliders for sale too.

Lexmoto LXR 125 dash


Engine size 125cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled DOHC single
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 13.5 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 167kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable conventional forks
Rear suspension Mono shock
Front brake 299mm twin disc (linked)
Rear brake 240mm single disc (linked)
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £22
Annual service cost £170
New price £2,800
Used price £1,900 - £2,700
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 8.1 ft-lb
Top speed 69 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2019: Lexmoto LXR 125 launched as a budget-friendly sporty 125. It is powered by a SOHC 2-valve liquid cooled engine but comes with radial brakes, wave discs and a digital dash to give it a more premium appearance.
  • 2019 – Adds inverted forks to the LXR’s base alongside an aluminium swingarm and yoke. The SE costs a £300 premium over the stock bike.
  • 2021: Upgraded with an all-new six-speed DOHC 4-valve motor that is Euro5-compliant and a taller shock, upping the seat height to 820mm from 800mm.

Other versions

  • 2021: Lexmoto LXR SE 125 gains the same Euro5 motor and shock change as the LXR but otherwise is identical to before. It costs £3099.99 compared to the £2799.99 base model.

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Owners' reviews for the LEXMOTO LXR 125 (2021 - on)

3 owners have reviewed their LEXMOTO LXR 125 (2021 - 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 LEXMOTO LXR 125 (2021 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 2.7 out of 5 (2.7/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 2.3 out of 5 (2.3/5)
Reliability & build quality: 2.7 out of 5 (2.7/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Equipment: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £170
4 out of 5 piotr1984bike@googlemail.com
06 February 2023 by Peter

Year: 2021

Not bad bike however the previous model with 5 gears a lot more reliable. It looks like the 2021 models had some factory faults -cutting out, not starting up. So one day it would run,cut out (mainly in rainy weather)and would not restart,next day would start again... Dealer was helpless. Bike had new plug, coil, valve clearance done, fuel pump etc-no luck. Shame as bike looks great,performs well etc. The previous lxr with 5 gears was a lot more reliable -20-30k miles isn't a problem if oil changed regularly. Also higher top speed. Common problems are electrics-not protected against rain,resulting oxidation causing minor problems in ignition switch and switch gear-causing poor start, clocks not coming on.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5


Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Apart of cutting out issue,very reliable bike.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
1 out of 5 AVOID
26 September 2022 by Dean91

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £170

For a first bike this started out great, love the style the colour the handling and breaking are perfect but the bike itself wow, terrible. It broke down 2 weeks after I got it so I took it back to the dealership who had a for 3 weeks and said it needed new spark plugs as the ones that come as standard aren't great. Returned and 3 weeks later it broke down again, same thing. Cut to 4 months later it broke down again, so again the dealership had it for 10 days this time, said it was a faulty fuel pump and they had replaced it, and finally today just about to set off for work and it won't start up, exactly the same issue as the last 3 times, I don't understand how a bike can keep failing to start but frankly it's appalling, the supplier won't replace it for another model because in there eyes its 'fixed' so now I have to wait another week for it to be collected by them, then however long to look at it and fix it and then give me it back probably to break again in another few months. Just please avoid this bike, or it breaks down the first time.. just get rid of it. Each time it's broken down its cost me over £300 in train tickets to get to work whilst also paying for the bike and insurance.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

It's pretty good when it works, handling and the breaking is reliable even when raining

Engine 1 out of 5

Breaks down too often

Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5

Zero stars if possible..

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Servicing is done every 6 months, £85 at a local garage.

Equipment 5 out of 5

High beams, when driving down county roads they're very useful to remind car drivers to turn their full beams off before you need new retnas

Buying experience: Bought from superbike factory, so third party. Should have gone to the dealer directly £2300 for the bike which I thought was pretty good. Offered no refund of expenses for travel to work when they had the bike as the breakdown 'wasn't their fault'

3 out of 5 Have i made the right choice ??
26 October 2021 by Milldog

Version: SY125-10-SE-E5

Year: 2021

Its been a while since i been with a bike. Its a 71 plate and i do seem to have some issues, Touch the mirrors and they drop down facing the floor, needs replacement parts due to rust after being caught in the rain while out on its first ride out. Throttle grip has to be held while you regrip it to carry the twist to wide open. Rear brake peddle when pressed is facing the floor before i feel it breaking. Rear left indicator full of water after being in the rain once while being out in it. Suspension, well there isnt any, extremely hard on the back, and very off putting, So needs either setting up or replaced to a upgrade unit. it has 93 miles on it and im looking to change majority of the bike, Need to change tyre, indicators,chain from being stretched, sprocket , As for power, it hasnt been past 53mph granted it isnt run in yet but it sounds terrible, zero power as i struggle to keep up with a 30 year old vesper, also trying to find some handle bar grips that light up so i can see what im pressing.. All that said and done, i do like the bike, but before i can trust it and have faith in it when being out for a day or two on the rides, im having to, well lets say having to fix teething problems, So once ive bought these parts and had them fitted by lexmoto dealer, i'll up date this review..

Ride quality & brakes 2 out of 5

having to replace them

Engine 2 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Clocks are a real nice touch

Buying experience: Bought from a dealer, Cant fault them, they looked after me and still look after me.

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