YAMAHA BWS 125 (2010 - on) Review
At a glance
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Air-cooled, 4-stroke, 4v single|
|Frame type||tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||6 litres|
|Front brake||189mm disc|
|Rear brake||150mm drum|
|Front tyre size||120/70-12|
|Rear tyre size||130/70-12|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||54 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||9 bhp|
|Max torque||7 ft-lb|
|Top speed||65 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||72 miles|
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