SUZUKI DR125SM (2008 - 2012) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
- Related: Supermoto 125 group test
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||2v four stroke single, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||9 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||75 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||£100|
How much to insure?
Top speed & performance
|Max power||12 bhp|
|Max torque||7 ft-lb|
|Top speed||75 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||180 miles|
Model history & versions
DR125 Trail, 1985-2001
Owners' reviews for the SUZUKI DR125SM (2008 - 2012)
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Annual servicing cost: £100
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
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
Can use a few HP more so it would run 100kph better
Runs great, so far no complains on actual build of the bike. Would have loved a few HP more tho (10hp from factory)
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)
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
Vile, buzzy, sluggish little abomination. All the fun and excitement of a night of cribbage with the vicar.
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.
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.
Usual Suzuki quality, furry fasteners and weeping welds.
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.
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.