LEXMOTO MICHIGAN 125 (2015 - on) Review
- Cheap and cheerful cruiser
- A1-compliant with reasonable running costs
- One of the larger 125cc bikes
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£50|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Despite its looks and name, the Lexmoto Michigan 125 is no more American than a full English – it’s made in China.
But if you’re restricted to an A1 licence and like the cruiser style then it’s worth a look. It’s physically big for a 125 with a long wheelbase (1435mm), fat 130-section rear tyre and high bars, all of which help to maintain the proportions of the bike, adding up to a fairly plausible take on a large cruiser in an A1 licence friendly package.
There's a thriving community online at the Lexmoto Owners Facebook group.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
It’s an easy bike to ride; all thanks to the light clutch, easy gear change and simple switchgear. It’s comfy too, with a low seat that gives a decent riding position that wouldn’t discredit a full-size cruiser.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The spoiler that this bike isn’t what it first appears comes with the tiny 125cc single that nestles under the tank, even though it doesn’t look too ridiculous. Being a budget Chinese machine, it’s carb-fed, air-cooled and in a low state of tune, all brought home as soon as you fire it up with its neighbour friendly, whisper-quiet idle.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The quality of the bike looks good. The paint, chrome and welds are of a higher quality than the early crop of Chinese machines. It’s too early to comment on the reliability and durability of the machine but if it does go wrong, Lexmoto have a good parts backup and a UK importer.
We've got 3 Lexmoto Michigan 125 owners' reviews on the site, with an overall score of 4 stars out of 5. There are some build quality issues mentioned. We'd suggest looking very closely at this bike and some rivals before taking the plunge.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The bike is made and targeted at the budget conscious rider. It’s excellent value for money and as it’s a 125, will cost very little to run and insure. The fuel tank holds an impressive 13.5 litres, so given a typical consumption of 100mpg, a 300-mile range looks within reach - all the excuse you need to hit the open road.
Being a budget machine, you wouldn’t expect there to be much in the way of extras. It’s a simple and straightforward, it certainly isn’t a bike with any bells and whistles attached, but for the price you wouldn’t expect it to be.
|Engine type||Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke Air Cooled|
|Fuel capacity||13.5 litres|
|Front suspension||Telescopic Forks|
|Rear suspension||Twin Shock Absorber|
|Front brake||Hydraulic Disc|
|Front tyre size||90/90-18|
|Rear tyre size||130/90-15|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||£50|
How much to insure?
Top speed & performance
|Max power||10 bhp|
|Top speed||65 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Owners' reviews for the LEXMOTO MICHIGAN 125 (2015 - on)
3 owners have reviewed their LEXMOTO MICHIGAN 125 (2015 - 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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Comfortable enough when it works.
Fuel cap issues and spare parts availability had it of the road for months before breaking again in less then a month. Got rid of it for a Yamaha and never looked back.
Well at first it was stalling at every stop but with a little setting to the carburettor is giving so much fun and even under a tunnel it is a turn head situation from anyone around. The bike is smooth and very comfortable. Looking forward to pass the running in so to check her top speed. It is a small engine but good enough for a smooth and a fun ride. Will recommend it as a beginner bike or a city user.
Very smooth and brakes responsive when needed.
it is quite impressive for a 125 cc
The actual material if looked in detail is not a high standard but it is the money's worth paid for the whole bike. I think it is the most genuine affordable bike compared to the price. It is useless to buy another brand for three times as much.
The speedo. Very cool it lights blue in the dark. What I do not like is small condensation build up after few minutes.
Annual servicing cost: £50
looks like a harley davidson with design features from such bikes The bike looks the part, all the parts match in size and style, to many 125 custom/cruisers do not look quite right thin forks, handle bars, etc this includes the big 4 japanese makes. like the MCN review points out only the single cylinder engine shows thats its a 125 cc I am over 6 feet tall and the bike fits me perfectly The top speed of 65mph once the bike is run in is possible but is revving very high, I would recommend changing the front sprocket from a 14 tooth to a 15 or 16 tooth for a more relaxed top end speed and comfort I have just put on a 17 tooth sprocket but its now to relaxed but did reach 72 mph on a slight down hill road, so food for thought
great riding position and very comfy, very stable in the bends and leans well, just watch out for the floor boards as there are quite low and I have caught them twice but they are spring loaded and fold up for safety. Excellent rear drum brake that has great feel and is progressive in use the bike is very easy to ride around towns and on the B roads as well as keeping up with traffic up to around 50 mph the bike will easily stay at around 55 mph in 5th up long hills
Honda engine copy/clone with balance shaft same or similar as Honda CBF125 but without the fuel injection very smooth power delivery
The bike has been put together very well there is no bad fitting parts or cheap panels all the chrome parts are of a high quality plastic which is good as they will not rust or corrode and if I had to complain I would say that all the nuts and bolts are of a cheap quality and should be changed to stainless steel type
I service the bike myself its so easy to do and only basic skills required I would point out that the service book requires you to services this bike at the dealer based on mileage or time which ever is the soonest which means that I would have had 5 services within 9 weeks of ownership, I feel that the service interval is so close as this is how the dealers make their money. hence 2 stars for servicing costs I have adjusted the tappets gap twice and changed oil 3 times along with the filter/strainer. chain is very cheap type and would recommend changing this to a high quality o ring type
gear indicator, floor boards, comfy seat, sissy bar available for under £30.00
Buying experience: brought from dealer paid full price £1499 on the road