YAMAHA MT-125 (2014-on) Review

Published: 01 May 2015

It’s got the looks, the handling, the components and the gizmos. The MT-125 is a hit

YAMAHA MT-125  (2014-on)

It’s got the looks, the handling, the components and the gizmos. The MT-125 is a hit

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  14.7 bhp
  • 134 mpg  -  340 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • New: £3,899
    Used: £2,900 to £4,400 See all YAMAHA MT-125s for sale

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Yamaha has produced a bike perfectly suited for today’s youth. It has all the makings of a potential champion in the 125 stakes. Design is just as important as handling when it comes to modern 125s and Yamaha has got both aspects pinned. It has the big-bike styling, clever design, quality components and handles and rides brilliantly.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The MT package works perfectly. At 138kg it’s light enough to dodge between cars and get away with it. The 125 gets a sturdy 41mm KYB inverted fork and an improved rear monoshock, the springs are firm enough when piling on the gas and whacking in and out of tight corners and soft enough to soak up road imperfections. The 292mm front disc with a radialmounted caliper offers a strong, progressive bite, especially for a 125.

Engine 4 out of 5

The 15bhp motor packs a decent punch and begs to be screamed. Yamaha has thoughtfully included a shift light to aid those with eager throttle hands and nice touches like that add to the MT’s bragging rights. Get onto the motorway for a mini commute and the baby Yam sits poised and stable at 85mph. Yamaha reckons it will return 134mpg, which means 340 miles between fillups thanks to an 11% efficiency increase over last year’s model. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The liquid-cooled Minarelli engine has been used in the YZF-R125 since 2008 and has proved reliable in that time. The baby MT is put together incredibly well so problems should be minimal.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The MT-125 is essentially a naked version of Yamaha’s YZF-R125 except with an upright riding position and street fighter design, taking its styling cues from its MT-09 and 07 siblings. So we have an already great bike, peppered with upgraded components, for less money than the faired version… and naked. Who wouldn’t want that? 

Equipment 4 out of 5

The MT gets a sharp LED headlight, beefed up by (fake) air intakes either side and a slick three-section digital dash with a host of functions including a clock, petrol gauge, trip time, mpg, distance to service and average speed – all controlled by a button on the right switchgear. Yamaha has done a clever job of making the 125 look like a big bike by including a bellypan, flicking up and shortening the tail unit and fitting wide bars for that hunched-over look. 

Owners' Reviews

10 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA MT-125 (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your YAMAHA MT-125 (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.1 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
5 out of 5

BEST 125 ON THE MARKET

14 June 2017 by Bryony

I honestly cannot fault this bike. The comments and head turns are constant. The ride is impecable. Perfect leaner bike with great handling throttle and braking responses. Has this bike 2 years, done almost 20k miles serviced it once, still runs like... Read more a dream. Sits happily at 85 on the motorway. If I could put a 600cc engine in it and use it as my A2 bike i would!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Great little bike

19 May 2016 by Brad

Excellent little bike. Looks bigger than the usual 125. Just need a little ACF for those little bits that might rust. Mine is kept outside under a cover. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Bikes pretty good. After 45 mins my bum gets a little sore but I'm just over 15 stone, so a bit of a lump. Suspensions is a little firm over bumps too. Slight vibe in the bars.
Engine
5 out of 5
Great
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Reliable so far but a few bits of rust after a year.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Excellent digital display. Would have been nice to a have a gear indicator as occasionally in second when I needed to be in first.
Buying experience

Bought from a dealer

3 out of 5

Yamaha MT 125 abs pre 600 mile review

25 April 2016 by George

Don't get me wrong it looks fantastic, bought brand new and hoping after the run in period the bike will loosen up. it vibrates terrible your hands feel like you been working a kango after a 50 mile jaunt, seriously lacks any go after 55mph is... Read more unable to hold anything above 60mph in 6 gear (which is a useless gear) and its first tank of fuel did 150 miles the second 180 but the 3rd has hit 220 miles which is nowhere near the claimed 134mpg average. I've come from an Aprilia rs4 125cc well known for being the slowest bike on the market but honestly it knocks socks off the MT 125 for grip performance and mpg so far.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
comfy at 40mph 45mph low revs brakes very sharp and very good. depending on the ride I've lasted 10 mins before wanting to get off, other times I've done half hour but really does depend on the roads and speeds
Engine
2 out of 5
considering its bang on the power limit for a 125cc god damn its terrible, but as I said hoping it will get better once it loosens up. its a fairly torquey engine4-8000rpm is pretty strong, its gutless and slow and juicy though.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
nothings fallen off which is quite remarkable considering the vibrations through the foot pegs handle bars etc.
Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
Poor mpg so far around 60 mpg!! not a cheap bike to buy at £4200
Equipment
4 out of 5
mpg computer (useless always read 99.9mpg which is totally inaccurate) three trip computers, abs brakes tool kit Michelin pilot tyres belly pan drl running light led rears, rear foot pegs (hasn't got enough oomph to carry a passenger) upside down forks, bike is pretty well equipped
Buying experience

JT Swansea Yamaha main dealer. Had no discount due to purchasing bike on PCP deal, did express my dislike to the bike after 200 miles, after paying £4200 for it they offered me £2800 to buy it back!!!!!!

5 out of 5

Best learner bike.

08 March 2016 by Heathrow Terminal 2

A perfect learner bike. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Settled, dependable, great brakes.
Engine
5 out of 5
Compared to the 3 other 125s I've ridden this is by far the smoothest and best behaved bike. In city traffic it might have a bit of a "blippy" throttle and forces you to compensate a bit on the clutch for smooth low-gear, low-speed riding.
Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
Never had any issues. My previous Aprillia 125 had problems constantly.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
A bit more expensive than other 125's but you can tell why it costs more when you try it out. Ultra smooth.
Equipment
5 out of 5
There is a decent amount of kit available. I've had success mounting some gear meant for the MT-03 and MT-07 as well. Get the Arrow exhausts.
Buying experience

No problems.

3 out of 5

If you're brave

29 November 2015 by J

This bike is in difficult territory due to the price. If you paid £2000 for it you'd except the niggles and design faults. These bikes are predominantly aimed at newbie learners but with the price tag of an sv650 which leaves you expecting it to be... Read more good. And it is! if you forget the cons I mentioned. I'm an experienced rider and have many bigger bikes this was a mere tool for me to commute on for fuel and size purposes it's ideal. Personally I don't like the Matt paintwork it looks unfinished and means you can never polish it. If you're looking st this as a premium learner bike I wouldn't bother unless you are 6ft+ living in a smooth road city with straight roads and have lots of spare cash to blow. You'll get a decent Chinese bike for £1500 which will do the same job and you won't cringe so much when you throw it down the road. And when I say decent, the reason they get a slating from many owners is their lack of maintenance and the Yamaha requires the same so ask yourself why spend that extra cash on something that's far from perfect and does the same job? Save the rest to buy a bigger bike when you're bored of it (around 4 weeks). If you're an experienced rider like me and want it as a little workhorse it will do the job but also consider perhaps the crf250L?

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
Brakes are poor, clutch feels crap, too tall, I have a R1200GS adventure too and the pillion seat on the Mt is higher which is stupid for a 125 road bike and when riding it feels too top heavy because of this feels weird. The suspension is crap far too hard there may as well not be one. However does feel better 2-up (not that many people would use it 2-up! The tank filler is a stupid design petrol will always splash back over the tank. The top layer on the seats absorb water. The trip computer only goes to 99.9mpg on a bike that does 135 renders it pointless. Indicator display hard to see
Engine
5 out of 5
Brilliant engine
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Hasn't broken yet. The quality of paint and plastics could be better given the price
Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
Obviously cheap to run but is it? When you take into consideration the price tag?!
Equipment
1 out of 5
Abs is optional extra! The trip computer does not work as it only goes to 99.9mpg on a bike which is averaging 130! Controls are fiddly and oh yea if you get a top box it sits over the pillion seat! What a load of crap!
Buying experience

Dealer was brilliant (though they were selling me a £4K 125cc bike)

4 out of 5

Good starter 125cc bike for a big feel

28 November 2015 by sdmilney2092

what can I say about the MT-125 it feels like a big bike and keeps hard in places as suspension is tuff. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The brakes on this bike after breaking into the bike they can feel spongy from time to time so I think it depends on the weather conditions more than anything. going round corners and using the back brake are very good and can help you maintain control.
Engine
4 out of 5
ok if you want a powerful 125cc bike I would look at the YZF 125cc instead but this does have a bit more power than the Yamaha YBR 125cc motorbike. but if the wind is against you it can get annoying and slow you down but in the gear before the highest it can increase the speed in the wind.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
It feels sturdy but you notice every bump in the road and feel every clunk with gear change. but with the sturdiness off the bike you know that it can take a knock or two.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
The Value of the bike is very good I work 7 night shifts in a week and it normally costs me about £15 pounds a week to keep using. so compared to a car it definitely saves you money.
Equipment
5 out of 5
I think the best feature is the main dashboard having a fuel gauge, oil level, time and the rev counter plus you can change parts for trip time, fuel for MPH to the gallon kind thing.
Buying experience

very good bike finance but recommend a deposit for lower monthly cost.

4 out of 5

27 November 2015 by Anthony

Owned mine for just over 1000 miles from new, and 400+ of those were a round trip to Bristol in a weekend! Feels like a much bigger bike, and certainly more like a 'real' bike than my old CG! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
I seem to struggle putting both feet flat on the floor sometimes even at six foot tall, but I put this down to having large thighs and preferring to sit back in the seat. As stated above it took me to Bristol and back without resulting in any real aches and pains beyond being cold!
Engine
5 out of 5
For a little 125cc bike it loves hills, even with it's rider being the bike's weight again! I can hit 56mph fully loaded with the saddlebags and tankbag and it just maintains it! Master of Torque indeed!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Had next to no issues with parts and corrosion. Minor complaint about a crack in the plastic tank cover, but because it took so long for me to notice neither me nor the dealer could be certain if it came like that from factory. Doesn't seem to affect the bike itself.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Did 100 miles to half a tank at constant speeds of 65-75mph fully loaded up with one very heavy rider, a full tankbag and two full saddlebags. Reckon if I'd done it without the luggage and been 3-4 stone lighter it might have hit Yamaha's claimed 300-odd mpg!
Equipment
3 out of 5
Basic 125cc naked fun. The Michelin tyres mine came with are fantastic in the dry, and only lose traction slightly on ironworks in the wet round corners, which I put down to the shoulders still being fairly unworn as I don't have to face high speed cornering too often. Yamaha also offer handguards and deflectors as well as flyscreens, along with a bunch of cosmetic options. Personally I bought mine completely standard. I recommend the official tankbag, even at £100 because I had real difficulty fitting anything else.
Buying experience

Bought through dealer with a three-year finance plan and guaranteed value at the end to put as a deposit on my next one! £4200 is a lot nicer with a £1500 deposit and only having to pay the rest off at £70ish a month - including interest!

5 out of 5

Yamaha MT-125cc - Awesome bike!

21 September 2015 by BOB

I went for this bike as it had received great reviews from magazines and websites so I ultimately decided to purchase this over other 125's on the market. This is the first bike I have owned so I do not have previous to compare it to but what I can... Read more say is that this bike is fantastic! It's a nippy thing that is good for 60mph with ease and capable of climbing higher to 80mph at a push. The LCD screen is visible in the brightest of sunlight and the gear change indicator is a nice touch too. The throttle response is very quick in the lower range and the handling is sublime. This bike has the same engine as the YZF-R125 and the combination of a quick 15BHP engine with a comfortable upright riding position allows for a great learning experience but also and most importantly, great fun. The one thing I would have liked to have had on this bike is a segment of the screen telling you what gear you are in. This is a 125 after all so learners could find this beneficial. I did not go for the ABS version as I feel it is a bit unnecessary on a 125cc. I would recommend this bike to anyone beginning to ride or requiring an economical and comfortable 125cc run around/commuter.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
A great handling bike but it's only flaw is the rear suspension. Catch a bump or dip in the road and it's quite a jerk. Front brake is very good but the rear a little sluggish.
Engine
5 out of 5
Very nippy. Great fun blapping up and down the gears too.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
99.9mpg average on the screen as it goes no higher than this. Never fallen below!
Equipment
5 out of 5
Not much extra equipment to this bike but the LCD screen is great and the gear change indicator is good too.
5 out of 5

great starter bike

13 September 2015 by JLM92

probably the best all rounder 125cc motorbike out there at the moment Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
done 70 miles between inverness and fort william alongside loch ness (not the best of roads at the best of times - especially in the rain) but didnt feel the need to stop once on the journey there or back. might not sound too impressive, but when doing between 50/70mph constantly on a bike when youre brand new to this like me, then i think thats quite an achievement. brakes worked like they are supposed too, good quality
Engine
5 out of 5
seems to top out at 76mph with me, but then again im a "big" guy so the listed top speed might well be possible under the right conditions. wee engine just asks to be thrashed and taken to the limit in each gear
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
only downside i can find so far is the mirrors have a tendency to come loose and need tightened into place every 100/150 miles or so. everything else working as it should so far
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
not getting the 340miles to a tank yamaha claim is possible but then again, most cars/bikes will give a best possible scenario figure for mpg etc. delighted the first time i filled with petrol when the fuel light came on - £8.79 for a full tank that gave me around 260 miles before needing fuelled up again
Equipment
5 out of 5
looks just like a big bike - feels like the size of one too! even with 'L' plates on, still turns plenty of heads when riding through the town centre. led screen is a nice touch with the digital speedo, good way to break a noob into biking - looks like that layout may become more popular with bikes in the future
Buying experience

got the bike brand new from a dealer on a 0% finance deal over 2 years, wouldve had to been crazy not to take the deal up - small deposit + 23 easily affordable monthly payments and the bike is mine at the end of the deal for no extra cost than buying the bike outright

5 out of 5

08 June 2015 by funky wobble

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Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
not bad for a hairdryer, only got 70mph so far 😀
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
first service just done, 85 quid
Equipment
4 out of 5
I've fitted acerbis hand guards & heated grips
Buying experience

Brought the ABS model just over £4000 I've been told I could have had a (proper) bike for that amount.....but you've gotta start somewhere.

Read all 10 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £3,899
Used price £2,900 to £4,400
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £19
Annual service cost £80
Performance
Max power 14.7 bhp
Max torque 9.15 ft-lb
Top speed 87 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 134 mpg
Tank range 340 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, fuel injected, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve, single-cylinder
Frame type Deltabox
Fuel capacity 11.5 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 138kg
Front suspension 41mm USD telescopic fork
Rear suspension Linked monoshock
Front brake 292mm single disc
Rear brake 230mm single disc
Front tyre size 100/80-17
Rear tyre size 130/70-17

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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