LEXMOTO VENOM 125 (2015 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£120|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Venom is at the flashier end of the 125 geared market, with an air-cooled overhead cam engine (based on an old Honda unit) that accelerates reasonably well making it well-suited to the urban jungle. It’s a lively Chinese 125 with some decent touches – like an MP3 player and speakers! The line between flashy and tacky is blurred here and will come down to personal taste. But it’s good value and it looks like it’ll last.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The Venom feels like a supermoto, perching you high and forwards, though the actual seat height is a reasonably low 770mm. Over 55mph high frequency vibes thrum through the seat and bars, despite the engine having a balance shaft. The seat itself is as cossetting as a plank of pine, but we can’t imagine many riders buying this machine for long hauls. The CST Magsport tyres are impressive and grip well. The suspension is good enough for the performance and the rear monoshock is preload adjustable. The brakes are very good, especially the twin-pot front disc.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The motor is a revvy little thing that winds up to 11,000rpm in the two lowest gears, according to the probably optimistic rev counter. It’s still enough for spirited performance, use the revs and the Venom sprints up to an indicated 50-55mph pretty quickly and will cruise at 60-65. It tops out at an indicated 68mph and won’t do any more, however flat you lie on the tank.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Being a new model, it’s too early to say but it looks well made. Tapered bars and LED tail light cluster are nice touches.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
This bike represents great value for money and being a 125, the running costs will be minimal.
A big analogue speedo sits next to a (colour changing) digital display with a tiny rev counter, fuel gauge, clock, trip meter and gear indicator. It’s called showroom appeal, and for young riders the Venom has it in spades. The LED tail light cluster is another nice touch.The Venom also features tank mounted MP3 compatible sound system that accepts both micro SD card and USB stick with speakers located in the side panels on the petrol tank. Music is audible up to speeds of 45mph, just remember to turn it down when stopped at red lights.
|Engine type||Air-cooled single cylinder|
|Fuel capacity||14 litres|
|Front brake||singel disc, double piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||-|
|Rear tyre size||-|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||£120|
How much to insure?
Top speed & performance
|Max power||11 bhp|
|Max torque||9.5 ft-lb|
|Top speed||68 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
2015: Model introduced
Owners' reviews for the LEXMOTO VENOM 125 (2015 - on)
6 owners have reviewed their LEXMOTO VENOM 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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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£120|
Version: Carb version
Annual servicing cost: £100
Very comfortable bike to ride. I am a full license holder and commute 30 miles every day to work (do not own a car) Great on fuel, cheap insurance and it has never let me down so far. Never use the MP3 player but it is quite a decent sound system.
Great brakes. Gears are fine too.
This must be bullet proof; feels it.
Its from China... big deal. Never had an issue mechanical or otherwise. Maybe its how they are treated by their owners.
Do all my own work.
Buying experience: Motor smart in Dudley supplied. Great dealer and the after sales service is the best i have come across.
Had loads of bikes (in my 50's!) and bought this for casual fun and has not let me down. If you haven't been on a 125 for a while try one, keep the throttle nailed and aim for the gaps!. Could not give a toss about brand junkies knocking Chinese bikes, am a mechanical engineer and know good value when I see it. able to maintain easily without electronic interference and quite a nippy wee bike around town. have not used mp3 player (not interested/don't know how to) but a real blast to relive my youth. no mechanical problems to date and the only mod done is to spring load the footpegs and "adjust" the exhaust note. Bargain!
Better than expected, have not been able to outbreak myself yet!
Basic tech but that's the appeal for me
Far improved from earlier Chinese offerings
self serviced and happy to do so
Good, in a Chinese style kind of way
Buying experience: Minimal really, knew what I wanted and knew I would never see them again, goes for Japanese manufacturers also.
Version: Standard (white/blue)
Annual servicing cost: £70
I love this bike apart from the brand and the abuse you get with that then there no reason not to like this bike looks good very cheap to run, buy and insure! parts were fairly easy to get and also very cheap. Havent had any problems as yet so far so good!! But every bike has problems whether its Japanese or not and eventually depending on how well its looked after!!
So far so good!! Good response cheap to replace
Good copy of the honda cb engine hopefully it last as a honda version would but I don't have any doubts
Havent had any problems as yet but still early days
Very cheap to buy, insure and run!! But also dont agree on havent to pay for it to be serviced every 4 months for the warranty not to be void
Like the speedo nice and up to date has an mp3 player which you can just about hear dont recommend it if your not a teenager tho as you would look an idiot but good down country roads where you cant be seen lol
Buying experience: Very good experience with a great dealer whos very helpfull from apex motorcycles
Annual servicing cost: £200
Good bike. Some bits could be better
Front judders whilst under braking. Maybe due to warped discs
Has broken down once. Does seem to have a gear linkage issue
Very costly to go to dealer so I do it my self.
Comes with MP3 player so that's good
Buying experience: Only paid 1200 with 140 mile on clock
for the price is good bike, in its own range compare with Sinnis SP 125
lextek exhaust system
Buying experience: bought it from a dealer. Advertised price is 1349.00, with OTR its 1450
Think having to have a service every 4 months at £70 a time is ridiculous just for the warranty,i totally do not agree with this.
Apart from having to have a Service every 4 months that is ridiculous.
Buying experience: Every thing is fantastic about this bike apart from having to have a service every 4 months thats just a joke.