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SUZUKI DR125SM (2008-2012) Review

Published: 05 March 2009

Updated: 09 September 2019

Dependable, easy to ride, cheap to run, light, functional but with added extra Supermoto styling

Suzuki DR125SM - does what it says on the tin

Dependable, easy to ride, cheap to run, light, functional but with added extra Supermoto styling

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  12 bhp
  • 75 mpg  -  180 miles range
  • Medium seat height (836mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

It does what is says on the tin but with some added extra style. The four stoke motor is virtually bullet proof if on the slow side and old compared to the two stoke competition. But it’s dependable, easy to ride, cheap to run, light, functional but with added extra Supermoto styling.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

As you would expect form the price tag and the non adjustable suspension it’s not breathtaking, but adequate. For normal riding it’s more than enough not too soft, and copes well with pot holes and speed ramps. However, the rear is on the soft side and will skip over bumps if pushed a little too hard. Two up and the rear shock turns into a pogo stick. 

Engine 4 out of 5

The single cylinder, four stoke, fuel injected engines pushes out a claimed 12bhp, but a few of them seem to be hidden. On a flat dual carriage way the DR125SM will just about break the speed limit, eventually topping 70mph. It may not be revvy like a two stoke single, and older than Jimmy Savel buts its functional and the relatively torquey engine makes it easy to ride.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

There is no reason to doubt the engine reliability it should chug along forever, no matter how much you stretch the throttle cable. However, in places the Suzuki DR125SM feels a bit cheap and too plastic, like something made in China. There is no real feeling of quality; however you have to remember the low price tag.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

At just over £2500 it’s competitively priced virtually the same as the other Japanese competition from Yamaha in the shape of the XT. The engine is bullet proof, should chug along forever, and if you want a budget, Supermoto styled commuter, offering value for money then look nor further. Find a Suzuki DR125 for sale.

Equipment 4 out of 5

It’s straightforward as the price tag suggests. The clocks are basic and simple, there isn’t even a rev counter. The air cooled engine is simplistic, why couldn’t they have given us a new water cooled lump. But it’s not too bad the styling is relatively funky, better than most budget four stoke 125 machines.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £2,965
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost £100
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 7 ft-lb
Top speed 75 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Engine size 124cc
Engine type 2v four stroke single, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Seat height 836mm
Bike weight 121kg
Front suspension 35mm conventional forks
Rear suspension Single shock, non adjust
Front brake 1x 250mm 2 piston caliper
Rear brake 222mm disc single piston
Front tyre size 100/80x17
Rear tyre size 130/70x17

History & Versions

Model history


Other versions

DR125 Trail, 1985-2001

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI DR125SM (2008-2012) 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 SUZUKI DR125SM (2008-2012)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.5 out of 5
Engine 2.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Suzuki DR125SM 2010 review

13 June 2016 by kevrie

Really good handeling bike for comuting. top speed is around 100kph/60mph. Only bad thing is the fact it is all a bit "cheap". It doesn't feel that solid over times, but never let me down. I drive an average of 35km/l or 3l/100km

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Solid front brake. Had to put new fluids in the rear brake system because it was feeling way to sponsy. Feels best when driving around 80kph and loves to take turns
4 out of 5
Can use a few HP more so it would run 100kph better
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Runs great, so far no complains on actual build of the bike. Would have loved a few HP more tho (10hp from factory)
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
200 bucks each year, mostly for oil (every 3000km). Sometimes a new air filter and valve adjustment (But i do the valve clearance at home, so no idea how much that should cost)
4 out of 5
E-starter is great, dash is basic but shows everything u need to know. Would love to see something to know what rpm ur driving.
Buying experience

bought from a good friend. drove 5000km on it, then i bought it. So i knew what i was buying

2 out of 5

The Clark Kent of super-motos

18 May 2015 by Rogerborg

Vile, buzzy, sluggish little abomination. All the fun and excitement of a night of cribbage with the vicar.

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
Horrible seat that manages to feel both squishy, unsupportive and plank like. High seat and low bars makes you feel like a circus bear on a bicycle. It's top heavy and not confidence inspiring, although the turn radius isn't awful, so you can head home and get off it easily enough. The suspension goes both up and down, and the brakes bring the bike to a stop, which is great because you can get off and walk away.
1 out of 5
The worst engine I have ever experienced, bar none. Gutless, dull, wheezy, apologetic. You'll be on full throttle the entire time, rowing up and down the box seeking - but never finding - the right gear. It feels like it's got a rev limiter; it doesn't, it's just wimpy. I thought I'd got a bad 2008 one, so tried a 2011 model and it was exactly the same.
Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
Usual Suzuki quality, furry fasteners and weeping welds.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Insurance is surprisingly high because rogues can be fooled into thinking that this is a more interesting bike and therefore worth stealing. They'll be doing you a favour. Get the yellow one, it'll be nicked quicker.
2 out of 5
Strictly utilitarian. Speedo, idiot lights, that's your whack. The two gallon tank does at least ensure that you won't have to suffer the seat and riding position and that god awful engine for long though.

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  • Suzuki DR125SM - does what it says on the tin
  • Suzuki DR125SM - supermoto styling
  • Suzuki DR125SM - basic clocks
  • Suzuki DR125SM - no rev counter
  • Suzuki DR125SM - makes 12bhp
  • Suzuki DR125SM - carries on the DR name
  • Suzuki DR125SM - no real feeling of quality
  • Suzuki DR125SM - 250mm 2 piston caliper
  • Suzuki DR125SM - tool kit
  • Suzuki DR125SM - copes well with pot holes
  • Suzuki DR125SM - two-up the rear gets a bit bouncy
  • Suzuki DR125SM - should go on forever
  • Suzuki DR125SM - adequate suspension
  • Suzuki DR125SM - pillion view
  • Suzuki DR125SM - brakes
  • Suzuki DR125SM - good in town
  • Suzuki DR125SM - swingarm
  • Suzuki DR125SM - off-road kudos
  • Suzuki DR125SM - colour option
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