Zontes ZT 125 G1 (2021-) review


  • Excellent value
  • Well equipped
  • Lots of tasty design

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Annual servicing cost: £140
Power: 14 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.3 in / 795 mm)
Weight: Low (353 lbs / 160 kg)


New £3,499
Used £2,700 - £3,300

Overall rating

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

It’s been a long time since 125cc motorbikes 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


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 peak power of 14.5bhp is just under the 15bhp limit imposed on 125s for learner riders on a CBT and A1 licence holders. Others in the category achieve the full 15bhp (or claim to) but many fall short of the Zontes's power.

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.

Our Zontes ZT 125 G1 owners' reviews show no prevailing problems you need to worry about.

You shouldn't have many problems with the Zontes ZT 125 reliability

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.

See how the Zontes ZT 125 compares to the Honda CB125R and Fantic Caballero 125 in this video:


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.

There are also quite a few aftermarket parts available from various firms to customise your bike. Fancy a Zontes ZT 125 exhaust, to make your bike sound fruitier? There are plenty on offer...

The digital dash offers the important information


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 £24
Annual service cost £140
New price £3,499
Used price £2,700 - £3,300
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.
  • 2023: Price crept up to £3499 +OTR (extra £150 for numberplate, registration fee and first year's tax)

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)

6 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: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £140
4 out of 5 Good - Not recommended !
06 November 2023 by Rafalle1001

Version: Zontes U1 125

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £250

Mediu Quality Bike on long term !

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Working as specified by manufacturer.

Engine 3 out of 5

Power cut - out in heavy rain !! Very dangerous moments !

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

The bike is OK, well build at first sight !

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

250£ on 5000 Miles ! Huge payments for a small bike , £1.20 per minute of mechanical assistance.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Spareparts are very dificult to find, usually cost more than for the japanese. Like 2-3 times more !

Buying experience: OK. Was next day available! Japanese had the waiting list 6 month on my purchase date !

5 out of 5 Why don’t you have one yet?
22 July 2022 by Mike

Version: Zt 125 u

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £70

Undoubtedly the best of the 125 market - I owned mine for less than a year because of an accident, which was declared as a write off. I had a lexmoto maxi scooter before having this and wouldn’t get anything apart from another one of these. Fantastic bikes, easy to ride, just Make sure that you get additional batteries for the fob before doing anything for the keyless models

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Abs put me at ease and never got off feeling queasy or unwell

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Mileage at the time was about 100 every 3 days so filled up once, maybe twice a week max

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Easiest bike I’ve purchased while it was on finance, it was amazingly easy.

5 out of 5 Quality Motorcycle
12 August 2021 by John Kirby

Year: 2021

Quality bike for a competative price and I would highly recommend to anyone buying in the future to compare to some of the other well known brands and see what you are getting for your money I think you will be pleasently surprised.

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

Buying experience: Dealer: Stevelin Motorcycles, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire. £2999+otr excellent service.

5 out of 5 Zontes scrambler Ace.
20 April 2021 by Jonny Mackey

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £100

So pleased with the bike, she doesn't feel like a 125. maybe the gearing is a little short lower down 1st-3rd, but it's totally fine.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Its a lovely bike to ride very flickable, tyres are grippy and planted trust levels keep rising. The breaks are Excellent!

Engine 5 out of 5

So far so good. Only done 300miles. I'm still bedding in the engine.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Solid wee bike. Everything feels quality.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

I entered £100 as I'll be servicing her myself. 4l of good oil. £25. Oil filter £10. Coolant is a couple of quid. I will only do around 1500miles a year.

Equipment 5 out of 5

All the equipment, switches, dash display and lights look and feel great.

Buying experience: Road and Racing in Manchester

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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