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.
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.
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.
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.