Tall, upright and commanding, the Yamaha DT125X is perfect for town riding and (slowish!) twisties. Long travel suspension soaks up bumps and lumps while good, firm brakes will safely bring to you a halt. The handling’s the best bit though: throw the motorcycle around and it’ll respond brilliantly. The sharp steering’s a dream. Very stable.
The Yamaha DT125X's proven two stroke single’s been driving these little motorcycles around for donkey’s years. Simplistic but it does the job. Restricted learner motorcycles can still be fun but remove the restrictors and you’ll have a revvy bundle of laughs on your hands. Minor flat spot in the midrange and keep on the gears for ultimate performance. Electric start, carbed and reliable.
Methuselah probably rode a Yamaha DT125 in his teens, they’ve been around that long, so worries about reliability or durability are unfounded. Yamaha's DT125X is proven, easy to work on, solid and simple. Lack of frills means lack of fuss and fewer things to go wrong. Usual wear and tear but check exhausts and frames for chipping paint and early rust.
Cheap to buy, insure and run, the Yamaha DT125X (and its current RE brother) represent great value, either as learner motorcycles or trusty commuters. Parts are easy to source, relatively inexpensive and the machines are simple to work on. Aprilia’s MX125 is a serious rival, however, and has a pretty flash spec, too.
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The Yamaha DT125X is a basic motorcycle but that’s part of its charm. Tall seat (which is a mite uncomfortable) and wide bars help manoeuvrability: the turning circle’s tiny. The dash is pretty old-fashioned but it all works: analogue speedo and trip, big light grid for oil etc but no rev counter or fuel light. Mirrors work effectively but the choke’s on the carb making it hard to reach when you’re riding.