LEXMOTO VENOM 125 (2015 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £120
Power: 11 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.3 in / 770 mm)
Weight: Low (295 lbs / 134 kg)

Prices

New £1,350
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 & brakes

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

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.

Engine

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

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 quality

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

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 rivals

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

This bike represents great value for money and being a 125, the running costs will be minimal.

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Specs

Engine size 125cc
Engine type Air-cooled single cylinder
Frame type -
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 770mm
Bike weight 134kg
Front suspension -
Rear suspension -
Front brake singel disc, double piston caliper
Rear brake -
Front tyre size -
Rear tyre size -

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost £120
New price £1,350
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 11 bhp
Max torque 9.5 ft-lb
Top speed 68 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

2015: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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.

Review your LEXMOTO VENOM 125 (2015 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Engine: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Equipment: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £120
4 out of 5 30mile a day commuter rider.
04 July 2017 by Dave B

Version: Carb version

Year: 2017

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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Great brakes. Gears are fine too.

Engine 5 out of 5

This must be bullet proof; feels it.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Its from China... big deal. Never had an issue mechanical or otherwise. Maybe its how they are treated by their owners.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Do all my own work.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Motor smart in Dudley supplied. Great dealer and the after sales service is the best i have come across.

4 out of 5 reliving my youth
24 April 2016 by suzukiboy

Year: 2015

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!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Better than expected, have not been able to outbreak myself yet!

Engine 4 out of 5

Basic tech but that's the appeal for me

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Far improved from earlier Chinese offerings

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

self serviced and happy to do so

Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

5 out of 5 Worth every penny
05 February 2016 by Jack meredith

Version: Standard (white/blue)

Year: 2016

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!!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

So far so good!! Good response cheap to replace

Engine 4 out of 5

Good copy of the honda cb engine hopefully it last as a honda version would but I don't have any doubts

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Havent had any problems as yet but still early days

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

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

Equipment 5 out of 5

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

4 out of 5
31 January 2016 by Zubair11

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £200

Good bike. Some bits could be better

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Front judders whilst under braking. Maybe due to warped discs

Engine 3 out of 5

Under powered

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Has broken down once. Does seem to have a gear linkage issue

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Very costly to go to dealer so I do it my self.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Comes with MP3 player so that's good

Buying experience: Only paid 1200 with 140 mile on clock

4 out of 5
05 October 2015 by MrTrue

Year: 2015

for the price is good bike, in its own range compare with Sinnis SP 125

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

lextek exhaust system

Buying experience: bought it from a dealer. Advertised price is 1349.00, with OTR its 1450

5 out of 5
18 August 2015 by kel

Year: 2015

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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Apart from having to have a Service every 4 months that is ridiculous.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Every thing is fantastic about this bike apart from having to have a service every 4 months thats just a joke.

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