MOTORINI MT125RRI (2017 - on) Review


  • Fun alternative 125cc sports bike
  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Excellent noise from the exhaust

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £500
Power: 9 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.3 in / 770 mm)
Weight: Low (315 lbs / 143 kg)


New £2,199
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

If your budget can’t stretch to nearly £5000 for a new 125cc motorbike, Chinese-built machines like the Motorini MT124RRI could act as a viable alternative, costing half the price and proving almost as capable as the premium-priced competition.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
2 out of 5 (2/5)

Getting on the gas, the Motorini MT125RRI has a very long action throttle, which can cause wrist ache after long periods. The bike also feels soft and easily unsettled over bumps and ruts in the road. This is made worse by the budget Cordial tyres.

To help it comply with Euro4 the MT uses a linked braking system, which to an experienced rider can feel unnatural. Pull the front brake on and you’ll feel the rear lever move. Apply the rear first and you can feel the front lever being squeezed.

Motorini MT125RRI ridden quickly on road


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

At the heart of the MT125RRi lies a peppy two-valve, air-cooled, single producing just 9.4bhp. Though nothing to marvel at, the bike is capable of a genuine 58.4mph.

Although having a standard pipe, the bike we tested also sounded brilliant; offering a characterful warble and popping delightfully on the overrun.

Motorini MT125RRI exhaust doesn't sound too bad

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
2 out of 5 (2/5)

Unfortunately, our time spent with the bike wasn’t without its problems. The first thing we did was fill the bike with fuel to measure the MPG figure. This immediately lead to an airlock in the tank, causing the bike to splutter and refuse to go faster than 45mph. The bike rectified itself after a few miles, once the fuel level had dropped, however started again once refilled at the end of the day.

Motorini MT125RRI rear fairing

Our Motorini MT125RRI owners' reviews don't indicate anything concerning on reliability in particular, but there is a mention of the kickstand flipping up every time you take pressure off it. One to keep in mind for the test ride...

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

If you’re in the market for a cheap 125 that looks the part and delivers generous fuel returns, then look no further. Priced at just shy of £2200, the Motorini MT125RRi sits in direct competition with used premium machines like Yamaha’s YZF-R125, the Suzuki GSX-R125 and KTM's RC125.

Motomorini MT125RRI wasn't the most reliable bike during our testing


3 out of 5 (3/5)

Ridden in isolation, the MT is a perfectly acceptable entry point to motorcycling. It’s also very frugal, delivering 84.11mpg and 212.6 miles of range from its 11.5-litre tank.

The fully digital dash is also easy to read and something not found on alternatives like the £4700 Aprilia RS125, however the rev counter has around a second of delay.

Motorini MT125RRI clocks


Engine size 125cc
Engine type -
Frame type -
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 770mm
Bike weight 143kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable
Rear suspension 222mm rear disc with two-piston caliper
Front brake Single 255mm front disc with two-piston caliper
Rear brake 222mm rear disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/60 - 17
Rear tyre size 140/60 - 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 84.11 mpg
Annual road tax £25
Annual service cost £500
New price £2,199
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year

Top speed & performance

Max power 9 bhp
Max torque -
Top speed 58 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 212 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • New Euro4 model for 2017

Owners' reviews for the MOTORINI MT125RRI (2017 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their MOTORINI MT125RRI (2017 - 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 MOTORINI MT125RRI (2017 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £500
4 out of 5 Brilliant light weight bike good to learn on
04 June 2018 by Oley

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £500

Light agile, quick in corners, dual breaking and not very powerful.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Dual breaking is weird to get used to but work brilliantly once worn in. Handles like a dream. I’m 6ft 2 and I just about fit on it but I can ride for well over 3-4 hours without a break or needing to stretch my legs.

Engine 3 out of 5

Lightweight 125cc engine producing 7Kw of power works well I find it very reliable, starts first time just wish it had a bit more power. I have Aprillia RS4 125s leaving me in the dust.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Has never broken down on me or fallen apart, just the kick stand flips up every time you take the pressure off of it.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

It tends to need a service quiet a lot to keep it sounding and working nicely.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Headlights are ridiculously bright and the tail light looks amazing.

Buying experience: I bought mine from a dealership specialising in 125s for around £2299.

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