YAMAHA WR125X (2009 - on) Review
- Class-leading learner supermoto
- Excellent handling and entertaining engine
- Loads of kit as standard
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£40|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Yamaha WR125X has everything it needs to be the class leading learner supermoto. It’s great looking, well-equipped, has a great new engine, is solidly built and is great fun to ride.
If you're after a bigger bike, you might want to consider the Yamaha WR250X instead.
Watch: Supermoto 125 group test video featuring Yamaha WR125X
The Yamaha WR125X is a serious, substantial piece of kit – the only slight downside for novice riders is its tall seat and high price.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The Yamaha WR125X’s handling matches the engine performance: the suspension is firm yet plush and the rear has preload adjustment. It’s by no means difficult to ride, and anyone over 5ft 8in will have no problems, but new riders and those wanting to put a flat foot to the ground will find its seat high making heavy traffic precarious. Once on the move it’s a doddle, of course. But the strong brakes are a tad sharp and could catch out an inexperienced rider in the wet.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Yamaha WR125X’s all-new, single-cylinder, water-cooled motor is the most advanced in the class and is free-revving, zesty and, for a 125, fast – especially compared to rivals. 70mph is achievable and I’m sure it’ll indicate 80mph on a down hill run with a tail wind and a whippet-like Danny Pedrosa for a rider.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Yamaha WR125X looks like a solid, chunky motorcycle – rare in this class of machine – and feels it, too, but in a good, substantial way. The Yamaha oozes quality, is well built and feels like it would last.
Our Yamaha WR125X owners' reviews show overwhelming love for the bike, with just one reader giving it fewer than the maximum five stars. It only really gets marked down for the tall seat height.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The Yamaha WR125X may be one of the more expensive machine in the class, but overall it’s worth it – you get what you pay for. It’s the best all round package in the class, is well built and equipped and should be durable, too. Its main competition comes from the Aprilia SX125 and the SWM SM125R.
Equipment-wise, the Yamaha WR125X is among the best in the class with stylish clocks, quality suspension and a great tool kit, to name but three – in fact, it has so many tools to unwrap it’s like Christmas Day, even including a preload spanner for the rear shock.
|Engine type||4v four-stroke single, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel double cradle|
|Fuel capacity||8.5 litres|
|Front suspension||41mm inverted forks, no adjust|
|Rear suspension||Single shock, preload and rebound damping adjust|
|Front brake||298mm disc, four-piston caliper|
|Rear brake||220mm disc, single piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||110/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||140/70 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||£40|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||15 bhp|
|Max torque||8.9 ft-lb|
|Top speed||75 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||100 miles|
Model history & versions
2009: Model launched
WR125R; Trail version with different wheels/brakes
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Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA WR125X (2009 - on)
5 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA WR125X (2009 - 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£40|
Annual servicing cost: £30
I am both tall (6'3") and heavy (18stone) I have owned a few different 125 bikes over the years (yzf125r, nsr125, rs125) and this wr125x is the slowest but also my favourite by far especially for the riding I do, with my weight on it mine can only just manage to get to 70mph on a flat with a long run, but where I live I hardly ever go on any roads that allow more than 60mph so no big deal. The real benefit of a bike like this is you can get so good at slow manoeuvres on a bike like this which helps a lot in London and its tall slim profile means you can filter through any gap your handlebars fit through and its low weight means it feels like riding a bicycle especially if you have any experience on bikes that weight 200kg+, but it also has proper big bike wheels which make it feel like a real bike and inspire confidence in corners (but not on the stock tyres they are okay in warm dry conditions but horrific in the wet). all my friends who have ridden my bike love it when its moving but the shorter friends struggle to get their feet flat its the only real downside.
I can only ride this bike for about 45mins at a time then my lower back hurts but it is a supermoto this is what to expect. I upgraded the front brakes to HH sintered EBC brake pads they were very cheap at £20 don't seem to have worn out my disk much quicker than standard pads and work very very well with my pilot street tyres (and remember I'm very heavy and they keep me out of trouble)
this little engine is the best 4 stroke 125 engine around in my opinion (I have around 12k miles on this little engine over the years) it gives great performance and I regularly see myself getting 80-90mpg imp. even though I ride at full throttle everywhere (I mean like off the lights I'm at full throttle but also I don't always use the most efficient gear I have a tendancy to be down a gear from the one I should really be in for fuel economy) when ridden super economical I have managed 98mpg imperial But if the valves need a service I have seen it drop as low as 60-65mpg. power delivery is decent, it wont set the world on fire but it is sufficient for town riding. but you cannot really pass well above 50mph there isn't enough oomph so you gotta plan ahead.
I got mine second hand with 6000 miles on the clock. the bike is built very well and I found it to be very reliable all you have to do is check your oil properly and make sure its got enough but never overfill the oil and you are going to have a great bike for a long time.
I am amateur mechanic so servicing is very cheap for me, every 2 years i change the brake fluid and coolant, I do an oil change every 3000 miles or after a year has passed I only change the filter every 3 oil changes and it only takes about 1 litre of oil so its super cheap. This engine is tuned quite high for a 125 so if you ever experience a loss of top speed or you find your mpg is quite bad then its likely your valves need doing (it was always valves for me) I have done the valves every time I experience a loss of power and they were always quite out of spec but when put back to specification the bike was straight back to full speed and excellent MPG. (like the bike wont go past 55 mph or if I am getting 60mph but the fuel consumption is much higher) the valves are adjusted with screw type adjusters but you don't need the special valve tool because it is trash and doesn't have clearance to fit on some of the valves so I use needle nose pliers and a high quality set of feeler gauges because whats the point of doing the job if your feeler gauges are cheap and aren't accurate. also if you fit an aftermarket exhaust you will need to adjust your valve clearances more frequently.
I changed my tyres to Michelin pilot street radial (make sure to use radial they are higher quality than cross ply) this was the best upgrade I have ever made to a bike they work so well in the wet and the dry I really appreciate these tyres especially as I have crashed twice in the past when more expensive tyres lost traction in the wet (pirelli and bridgestone) There is a small toolkit attached to the bike its actually pretty good I have made good use of it twice in situations where I might have had to call someone for help otherwise it also includes a tool to adjust the rear shocks preload which is pretty nice.
Buying experience: bought mine from a dealer with 6000 miles on it for £2750 but it had been customised with Redbull decals which I removed after a while (I thought it looked horrific) dealer "Zenith motorcycles" in Tottenham is primarily a repair shop with 3-4 bikes for sale but after sales service was fantastic significantly better than my experience at 4 different main dealers.
I am a tall rider, use my bike for commuting to work. This is the perfect bike for nipping in and out of traffic. Seat height is high bit that is a massive plus for me. Deals will my weight fine as well, easy to flick through the gears and pulls enough for ease of use around town.
Great ride, longer travel than most learners so rides over potholes and speed bumps with minimal fuss. Brakes are sharp and responsive, but not to aggressive for a learner
Once run in runs like a dream. Quiet which is good but would be nice to hear it a little more. Would also help in traffic to let cars know you are there
Never had a problem with it
Loses a mark for high purchase price but I get over 125 miles from one tanks. Fill up costs £6.50!
It's basic, gear indicator would be nice but it does the job I put hand guards on which really help deflect wind off the hands in the colder months.
Buying experience: Can't fault the garage I bought it from, great service from the guys at A2 Motorcycles in Gravesend
Version: WR125 R
Annual servicing cost: £50
Really nice bike feels really smooth and love being above all the traffic around me. the previous owner had lowered it slightly and I find that its a bit too low for me im about just over 6ft and long legs and I sit on it with my feet flat on the floor. The bike is great for getting around and I just love going out riding it. I have been riding it for over a year and am an all around year rider and I can say it handles well in all weather conditions. if I had to change one thing about this bike it would be the weight. its not ridiculously heavy it just seems a bit heavy for a 125. but for me its a 5 out of 5 in the 125 category. I have experienced problems with it which I don't think is due to unreliability I think it was just down to being unlucky.
the bike is a decent all around bike. obviously handling better in dry and more fun to ride because your not too worried about it slidding out. I could easily ride this bike hours with no breaks. at first I thought the brakes were a bit soft not being sharp... but new brake pads were put in (which I needed anyway) and they were excellent
As you know my engine did brake but I don't think the bike is unreliable. only thing I think I don't like about the bike is the sound from behind to me it sounds a bit tinny but you would probably find this with all 125 4 strokes
The bike is built absolutely great the looks of it dominate the roads. only problem I had was the oil stopped flowing some reason to the top of the engine and caused the piston to seize up. I don't think this bike is unreliable I think it was down to unluckiness. I now have another engine out in and still runs perfect.
fuel is amazing on it i can easily last betweeen 100-115 miles on £5-£6 of fuel depending on wind direction...
The standard tyre is a bit too bold for my liking I changed them to a more motocrossy tyre because I like to do a bit of green lanes and off-roading every now and then ;)
Buying experience: I payed £1750 for mine and id say I got it on the cheap side! the previous owner was selling it for a while (because he had other bigger bikes) so I think he didn't mind it going for a few hundred £ less... originally he was advertising for £1900 and I think he had brought the price down then aswell.
Have had my Yamaha WR125X since Nov 2010 and have clocked up over 3,000 miles so far. Its a great package overall - decent power for around town and A-roads, proper tires for grip and traction in all conditions, plus sharp, stylish looks. The large frame is quite unusual for a bike in this class with many people are quite surprised its only 125cc. The tall seat gives a rider plenty of leg room as well as a terrific view over traffic. The WR125X is also quite light so you can pedal it easily through traffic and blast off first in line at every red-light. The practical tool tool kit under the seat comes in very handy when you need to adjust or fasten those mirrors on the go. Overall, I'd say this is the best 125 Supermoto out there. The bad points: short riders will struggle with the (dare I say, KTM-style?) seat height of 920mm! The lack of a tachometer will bother those who want to know when they will red-line. Even though it'll do 68 mph or so, stay away from Motorways on this one - the combination of its high centre of gravity and meagre 137kg mean that you will get sucked into a lorry in windy conditions. The seat is also quite narrow, so rides longer than 50min can get quite uncomfortable.
This is my second bike and I love it. The handling is amazing and just falls into corners. The engine is good and will hit about 75mph at a push. The only downside is the seat height which for a learner bike is quite high. However it's great fun and leaves you smiling after every ride.