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YAMAHA BWS 125 (2010-on) Review

Published: 18 August 2010

Updated: 21 November 2014

"Off-road inspired scoot that goes nicely and looks even nicer"

Yamaha BW's 125

"Off-road inspired scoot that goes nicely and looks even nicer"

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  8.9 bhp
  • 54 mpg  -  72 miles range
  • Insurance group: 5 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (780mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • New: £2,799

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The BW’s 125 is an off-road inspired scoot that goes nicely and looks even nicer - rugged styling marks it out as a small scoot aimed at blokes. At £2,499 it’s not the cheapest 125 scooter on the market, but nice detailing and decent performance help to justify the price.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The ‘BW’ in this scooter’s name stands for Big Wheel - which makes sense when you see that it’s fitted with chunky-treaded off-road style tyres. Yamaha claim this helps it find grip over potholes and on cobbled streets. We think it mostly just looks cool - which is no bad thing – and in fairness the BW’s 125 does have very stable and reassuring handling. The brakes are adequate if lacking bite – for the price it would be nice to see a disc on the back rather than a drum.

Engine 4 out of 5

The BW’s 125cc 4v 4-stroke single makes a claimed 8.9bhp. Like most 4-stroke 125cc scooters it tops out at around 65mph, which is just a bit too slow for the open road. But twist the chunky throttle grip and you’ll be rewarded with enough go to keep ahead of traffic around town. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The BW’s 125 is satisfyingly sturdy and rugged, with some funky styling touches, such as: big stacked headlights, shotgun tail-lights, an exposed tubular frame, red brake caliper, red stitching on the seat and motorcycle-style bars and clocks.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

The BW's 125's £2,499 price tag is about the going rate for a scooter from a big-name manufacturer like Yamaha. The Honda PS125i is £2,570, the Suzuki Sixteen is £2,549 and neither are as stylish as the BW. The BW’s 125 does come with a choice of either 3 years 0% finance or free TPFT insurance, but if you’re on a tight budget there are cheaper options out there. Find a scooter for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

A storage bay big enough for a full-face lid and a decent grab rail add practicality, but the BW’s 125 is styled to be minimalist, so you don’t get any cubby-holes or power sockets and it’s physically quite small. At 5’9” I was very comfortable, but taller riders may struggle. The fuel tank is only 6 litres too. Compare and buy parts for the BW's 125 in the MCN Shop.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £2,799
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 5 of 17
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost -
Max power 8.9 bhp
Max torque 7 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 54 mpg
Tank range 72 miles
Engine size 125cc
Engine type Air-cooled, 4-stroke, 4v single
Frame type tubular steel
Fuel capacity 6 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 121kg
Front suspension none
Rear suspension none
Front brake 189mm disc
Rear brake 150mm drum
Front tyre size 120/70-12
Rear tyre size 130/70-12

History & Versions

Model history

Introduced 2010

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