SUZUKI UX125 (2008 - 2010) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£50|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Suzuki Sixteen 125 is aimed at trendy teens looking for stylish transport (hence the name – continental teenagers can ride one from age 16), but the UK scooter market is different – it fits with a more mature rider, especially given the sombre colours. It’s not exciting, but it does a job.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The Suzuki Sixteen’s big wheels mean it’s more stable than small-wheel scooters, but the light weight and basic suspension still mean it wobbles at speed if you throw it around. Ride normally and its fine – the suspension deals with bumps but doesn’t wallow or crash around. The linked brakes stop the Sixteen briskly without being too powerful for novices.
EngineNext up: Reliability
You have to cut 125s some slack – they’re small engines restricted on power by law, but the Sixteen is frustratingly slow to gather speed. It’ll eventually get to the other side of 60mph, but it’s barely faster than a 50cc scoot off the mark. Held flat out (and we mean, constantly flat out) our test bike gave an impressive 66.5mpg as part of a fuel consumption investigation – normal riding should yield anywhere up to 100mpg.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Suzuki’s build quality has improved since the firm gained a reputation for bikes that looked shabby quickly – but neglecting a Sixteen and you’ll still end up with a tatty corroded scooter. It won’t fall apart and the mechanicals are unlikely to break down, but washing and caring for it will pay dividends.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The Sixteen is a great first scooter for the inexperienced, but the commuter 125 market is crowded and there’s a lot of bikes that cost less, or have better specification. You need to weigh up what’s more important – if you pick the Suzuki, it’ll do everything you ask. Find a Suzuki UX125 for sale.
The Sixteen has an underseat storage compartment big enough for an open face helmet, but it won’t quite take a full face. The left hand brake lever activates both front and rear brakes to make coming to a controlled stop easier for novices, and the simple dash has a fuel gauge and a clock – simple touches of practicality that make a difference. The mirrors work, and the riding position is roomy enough for tall riders, but the seat is reasonably low. Compare and buy scooter parts and clothing in the MCN Shop.
|Engine type||Two-valve, liquid-cooled single cylinder. CVT transmission.|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||8.5 litres|
|Front brake||Disc, sliding two-piston caliper|
|Rear brake||Disc, single-piston calliper.|
|Front tyre size||100/80-16|
|Rear tyre size||120/80-16|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||66.5 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||£50|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||13 bhp|
|Max torque||8.5 ft-lb|
|Top speed||63 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||123 miles|
Model history & versions
2008 – Introduced, unchanged since.
Owners' reviews for the SUZUKI UX125 (2008 - 2010)
1 owner has reviewed their SUZUKI UX125 (2008 - 2010) 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:||£50|
Annual servicing cost: £50
Yes a good solid scooter
65km /hour comfortable
Engine delivers adequate power and torque
The lights are excellent
Buying experience: Privately