In town it is easy to see why the YBR125 was such a hit. At just 129kg the YS125 is light, really agile and surprisingly good when it comes to flying around roundabouts. Its skinny tyres and big 18-inch wheels grip well enough and although soft and basic, the suspension is also acceptable for city usage while the riding position is comfortable. The motor is vibe-free and the clutch nice and light.
In town the engine is perfectly acceptable, but on a dual carriageway the YS125 feels so slow. You are basically limited to 60mph and unless you get a tow from a passing lorry 70mph is the stuff of dreams. The five-speed motor is a slug but Yamaha claim over 100mpg, giving a tank range of over 300 miles!
The YBR125’s motor is basically indestructible and the YS125 should be similarly robust. The finish appears god, but again, this is a bike built to a price so you can’t expect too much. Overall it has less of a feeling of being a disposable product that you can get on cheap Chinese bikes, but it’s not brilliant.
Priced at £2872 the YS is only £200 more than the YBR125 was and that’s good value for a machine from a recognised Japanese brand. There are cheaper bikes out there, but it is worth paying a few quid more for the peace of mind that comes with owning a bike with a big name brand’s name on its tank.
You can’t expect much on a bike costing this little. It is a shame the YS125 doesn’t have ABS, but in all honesty it doesn’t really demand it and the UBS is acceptable in its performance. The fact the dash has a fuel gauge is a pleasant bonus and the shocks have adjustable spring preload, which is nice. It’s built to a price point.