ZONTES ZT125-G1 (2021 - on) Review

Highlights

  • Excellent value
  • Well equipped
  • Lots of tasty design

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 14 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.3 in / 795 mm)
Weight: Low (353 lbs / 160 kg)

Prices

New £2,999
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

It’s been a long time since 125s were really desirable, especially in the current four-stroke era. Japanese offerings have become less inspiring and more expensive over the years and you could basically write off what you paid for a cheap Chinese runabout as it reduced to a pile of rust in the first sprinkle of rain. But the Zontes ZT-125-G1 Scrambler is different.

It follows the same ‘neo retro’ style as bikes like the Husqvarna Svartpilen and Honda CB1000R. Bodywork is sculpted and it’s peppered with detail giving the Zontes the feel of a bike costing a lot more, making it tempting not just for new riders, but for experienced commuters, too. 

It’s as tight and 'together' as any of its more established rivals, looks great, is equipped and great to ride. The latest generation Zontes have proved to be durable and reliable, too. Not bad for a 125 that costs less than three-grand.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Spoked wheels and dual purpose 17" CST CM-ADD tyres are there for the style than to rough it off-road, but there’s plenty of grip and ride quality is decent with no crashes or bangs from its soft suspension.

Steering is neutral, it’s nimble through traffic and front and rear brakes have all the power you need. It has a natural, spaced-out riding position that’s roomy enough for taller riders but being a naked, expect to get it in the neck from the elements.

The Zontes ZT125-G1 has a single front disc

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Zontes is compact, easy to ride and power from its belt and braces liquid cooled 14.5bhp 125cc four-stroke engine is delivered cleanly. It might sound uninspiring, like all four-stroke 125s, but it has the pep to keep up with traffic and when you want to get a move on it bangs excitedly into its rev limiter in the lower gears. After that it saunters up to an easy 70mph, plus change, but its tall top gear is more like a cruisy overdrive.

The single-cylinder engine packs decent performance for a 125

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Bodywork, engine and chassis are so well finished you could easily pass it off as 125 costing thousands more if you slapped a Honda or Yamaha badge on the tank. Whether it’s durable over time is another question, but the latest generation Zontes have proved to be reliable and durable. It’s a class act.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

It’s one of the best equipped 125s around, making it great value for money, especially when you can pay up to a grand more for a Japanese or European naked.

Popular, albeit more expensive, rivals include the Bullit Hero 125, Lexmoto Tempest GT 125 and Honda CB125F.

Cornering on the Zontes is impressive

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

Few 125s come with such big bike detailing. It has a huge 20-litre fuel tank for a 125 (which explains its high kerb weight), so you’ll rarely need to fill up, an LCD dash, bar end mirrors, lever protectors, chunky switchgear, bronze-finish USD forks, yokes and bars, a comfy seat, LED lights, crash bars and protectors, an underslung stainless-steel pipe, bellypan, radiator shroud and inside out banana swingarm. It also comes with a two-year warranty.

The digital dash offers the important information

Specs

Engine size 125cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4v single
Frame type Tubular steel spine
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 160kg
Front suspension 37mm USD forks, non adjustable
Rear suspension Single shock, non adjustable
Front brake 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper. ABS
Rear brake 230mm disc with single-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/60 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost -
New price £2,999
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 14 bhp
Max torque 10 ft-lb
Top speed 74 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2021: Model introduced

Other versions

If you fancy a bit of knobbly-tyred supermoto style from your 125 the ZT125-U1 has the same engine and chassis as the Scrambler with keyless ignition and off-road inspired bodywork. A sports naked ZT125-U completes the new range at a few hundred quid less.

Owners' reviews for the ZONTES ZT125-G1 (2021 - on)

2 owners have reviewed their ZONTES ZT125-G1 (2021 - 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 ZONTES ZT125-G1 (2021 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
5 out of 5 Premium 125
15 January 2021 by David Nunes

Version: G1X

Year: 2021

The best equipped 125 ...’New Wave’ Scrambler...with futuristic design

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5
22 December 2020 by Churchy

Year: 2021

Great bike easy to ride on issue is 2nd N 1st Very close

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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