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.
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.
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.
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.
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.