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5 affordable 125cc bikes for new riders

Bikes for sale

Sometimes choosing your first motorcycle can be a nightmare, especially if you don’t know where to start with it all.

Some will want the sportiest machine they can afford, others will just want something to commute on and others will simply be plugging the gap until they can upgrade to a larger machine. 


Decide how you want to ride, if you’re after something that will only see you through to your full bike test then it makes sense to choose a bike with a good re-sale value. If you’re after something cost effective to commute to work on then it makes sense to look out for a practical bike, maybe with a top box or an option to fit one so you can carry some luggage. Or perhaps you want something sporty with bags of attitude.

We’ve had a scan of the MCN Bikes for Sale website to point you in the right direction. 

Honda CB125F £1,995

Honda CB125F motorcycle for sale

Seller says

“This Honda CB125F has been extremely well cared for and comes with a full-service history and 4,500 miles on the clock. It’s a very clean UK bike with no damage or corrosion. Honda warranty and AA cover until March 2019.”

MCN says

“The CB125F needs to be two bikes in one: a bike for those seeking an affordable commute and also a bike for those entering into the two-wheeled world. The 2015 model has hit the nail on the head in both categories.” 

Yamaha YZF-R125 £2,499

Yamaha YZF-R125

Seller says

“This fabulous example of Yamaha’s YZF-R125 is presented in very clean and good condition. It comes with just 6,626 miles on the odometer and also has a full service history, with the last service carried out recently on Nov 14 2017. Like all R-series bikes, it features a lightweight Deltabox frame; linked to a cast aluminium swinging-arm it gives the R125 class-leading handling.”

MCN says

“Since 2004, Honda has had the learner sports bike market sewn up – the CBR125R flew out of showrooms faster than its larger capacity counterparts. Yamaha’s range had a gap for a 125 sport motorcycle, and the YZF-R125 fills that gap by combining the Honda’s easy-going ride with a little bit more poke and grown up looks – it’s actually slightly bigger than the YZF-R6 that inspired its styling!”

Aprilia RS4 125 £2,999

Aprilia RS4 125

Seller says

“This Aprilia has just arrived and is in excellent condition it has covered just 4542 miles from new. It’s a limited-edition model and comes with some service history and comes with all books and keys. The bike has been HPI checked and a certificate will be presented with the bike.”

MCN says

“There are cheaper 125s but then none of those rivals have the same heritage or kudos. Despite making only 15bhp it’s great fun to ride - the fact the new four-stroke engine thrives on revs keeps the old RS spirit alive. It handles well, stops well, and most importantly looks the part.”

Lexmoto Venom 125 £1199

Seller says

“With two owners from new, this bike is presented in excellent condition. We sold the bike to its previous owner a year ago and it has proven to be a good and reliable machine in that time. Comes with low mileage and a carbon look end can, it starts, runs and rides well. The bike will undergo a 52-point check plus a service.”

MCN says

“The Venom is at the flashier end of the 125cc geared market, with an air-cooled overhead cam engine (based on an old Honda unit) that accelerates reasonably well making it well-suited to the urban jungle. It’s a lively Chinese 125 with some decent touches – like an MP3 player and speakers! The line between flashy and tacky is blurred here and will come down to personal taste. But it’s good value and it looks like it’ll last.” 

Yamaha YBR125 £1200

Yamaha YBR125

Seller says

“I bought this bike back in April 2017 to ride the Mongol Rally which had a bike size limit of 125cc. I got as far as the end of Romania (2000 miles) and decided to continue by car due to only passing my DAS a week before leaving. In the build-up to the rally I had the bike fully serviced (new tyres, included in the price is spare spark plugs, air filter & Haynes manual), safety bars were installed (engine bar, headlight bar) & a USB charger added. The bike has the usual wear and tear for a beginner bike, but I've not had any problems with it. It is low mileage and is still only 4 years old. The reason I'm selling is that after it returning to the UK I'm looking to get a bigger bike. I've just had new front brake pads replaced and the bike has a full one year MOT."

MCN says

“Not the most stylish kid on the block but, as budget, basic learners go, the Yamaha YBR125 offers pretty good value for money. Gentle, easy going and practical, it’ll see you through your test and, if you want, beyond. The Yamaha YBR125 is best as a city ride, there’s enough poke to wind you through rush hour traffic and the handling’s not bad either.” 


And if this bike has sold, never fear. There are plenty more! Visit MCN Bikes For Sale website or use MCN's Bikes For Sale App.

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