MOTO-HISPANIA RX125 (2009 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£120|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Moto Hispania is a Spanish company with a reputation for quality at a price, which sums up the RX125R to a Tee. The newcomer is a stylish, sports learner 125 with a Yamaha-alike four-stroke engine. It’s competitively priced, with sports biased handling, big bike looks and a reliable engine.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
From the set-back rearsets to the replaceable tubes in the clip-on handlebars, The Moto Hispania RX125 all lends to hectic race bike-like action at every roundabout. Another plus point is the way the RX loves to drop oh so quickly into turns. Quick-steering geometry goes hand in hand with the bike’s styling and this eggs-on everyone to explore the bike’s lean capability. But instead of learning fast cornering techniques you’ll end up finding the limit of the Continental tyres. Which comes very soon on cold but dry Tarmac.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Moto Hispania RX125 is powered by essentially the same unit found in Yamaha’s successful YZF-R125. This liquid-cooled, four-valve lump is virtually unbreakable and runs sweet as a nut. Where the Moto Hispania’s RX125 unit differs from the Yamaha is it is fuelled by carburettor instead of fuel injection. The only downside to this is fuel consumption at 66mpg (average), down by 7mpg compared to the Yamaha’s 73mpg, and a manual choke is needed when the weather is cold. Other than that nothing is detrimental to its everyday running, though town or flat stick on the favourite ring-road. And yes, the RX125R is Euro 3 emissions compliant.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Moto Hispania RX125 has decent components and, on the whole, build quality but it’s more highly strung than Japanese rivals and we wouldn’t expect it to be necessarily as rugged and robust – the front brake mastercylinder’s mounting clamp wouldn’t be out of place on a low-cost bicycle, for example. But on the whole, it’s not bad, and if looked after should be OK.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
At £2999 it undercuts the £3769 Yamaha by £770, which, when you consider the majority of 125cc machines are learner stepping stones only, counts for a lot: like putting the money saved towards a decent set of riding clobber. Find a Moto Hispania RX125 for sale.
The Moto Hispania RX125 is better equipped than most learner bikes and that shows in the brand names in the spec: Paoli forks and Galfer wave-style discs o name but two. Compare and buy parts for the RX125 in the MCN Shop.
|Engine type||liquid-cooled sohc 4v four-stroke single cylinder|
|Frame type||Dual beam pressed steel|
|Fuel capacity||12.5 litres|
|Front suspension||41mm inverted Paoli|
|Rear suspension||Single shock, preload adjust|
|Front brake||300mm disc with four-piston caliper|
|Rear brake||220mm disc|
|Front tyre size||100/80 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||130/70 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||88 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||£120|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||16 bhp|
|Max torque||9 ft-lb|
|Top speed||75 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||245 miles|
Model history & versions
2009: Moto Hispania RX125 launched
Owners' reviews for the MOTO-HISPANIA RX125 (2009 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their MOTO-HISPANIA RX125 (2009 - 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|
Annual servicing cost: £150
Great 125, has the same engine at the YZF 125R so looks like it will be reliable. I would recommend it to anyone, stuck on a 125 licence. The bike invites for an aggressive ride, the low clip ons and stable suspension make it great when on a nice dry and quiet B road. The wind protection is a little limited above the shoulders, but below that point it's well protected. The suspension makes it turn in tightly and you can keep tightening up bends. The Continental tyres that come with it are vague as hell, especially on the final third of the tyre. Michelin do some much better tyres for the UK climate, where as the Conti's are obviously made for the Spanish/Italian weather. Would be a worth while investment. Would also be nice if R&G did some crash bobbins. If you ever are looking for parts, the Peugeot XR7 is identical in everyway, bodywork, frame, electrics.
Best brakes in it's class, nothing comes close. Galfer Radial caliper and Paioli USD forks, used on many of the Bimota range.
Yamaha YZF R125 engine what's more to say? It revs to 10k and most power from the little single, surprisingly is at around 9k.
Engine and running gear are great, but the plastics are a little less of decent quality.
Would be able to get 80mpg+ out of it, this is dependant on what you are wearing and whether you can tuck yourself in like Alex Marquez. Oil is a straight litre, so cheap and filters again are from a Yamaha YZF R125
Again good equipment, nice digital dash, with lap timer. Mirrors are the same as those used on the Aprilia RSV, Rear light same as on some Ducati's
Buying experience: I bought privately, was advertised at £1500 and I bought it for £1200. It had 1400 miles.
Annual servicing cost: £80
The bike is edgey but stable, making it great around countryside roads. On a 70mph journey, can get a little tedious, stuck on flat out throttle.
For a 125 the equipment is about as good as it gets. The suspension is forgiving but very informative of front or rear grip decreasing. The brakes could stop a much bigger bike if the wanted to. Probably the best thing about the bike, possibly the most important thing about a bike.
Sounds lovely, nice thumpy sound, but anywhere outside 6-9k and you'll soon run out of puff, after overtaking your mate on his yamaha.
The only problem I have had is the battery dieing during cold weather. Feels solid even when fully on the anchors.
My bike has returned 100 mpg minimum on every journey even when flat out 90% of the journey. Between 2.5 and 3 litres for a 70 mile trip. Worth investigating some better rubber. Bikes can be picked up for around £1500 normally cheaper than a YZF125
Dash is a beautiful sight, move from the Continentals to Dunlop. Also it's a shame there's no bubble screen available.
Buying experience: Bought private and paid £1400 for it, 4 years old on a 2010 plate.