5 brilliant 125cc sportsbikes

For those who dream of a life on two wheels, the place where most will start will be on a 125cc motorcycle, and the most desirable of those to many will be the sportsbike. Nowadays there are a number of small-capacity machines that will allow you to get your fix, while at the same time, look like larger machines. They’re often also the way for the 17-year-old rider to get mobile for the first time without relying on the taxi of mum and dad, or the horrendously slow bus service.

Choosing a new machine for newer rider can often be a minefield of overwhelming information, so we thought we’d give you our top 5 125cc sportsbikes to help you get started in your search for the perfect sporty bike to learn on.

 

Yamaha YZF-R125

Yamaha really hit the nail on the head with the YZF-R125. It looks like a proper full-fat sportsbike, despite being powered by a 14.5bhp single cylinder. It’s actually a little bigger than the old Yamaha R6 that inspired its styling.

Yamaha YZF-R125
Honda CBR125R

 

Honda CBR125R

The baby Blade offers everyday practicality with a comfortable riding position and enough poke from its 13.14bhp to still have a lot of fun on too. It’s also got a distinct advantage over the Yamaha in the pricing, coming in at nearly £1000 less than the Yam.

 

Aprilia RS125

Like the Yamaha, Aprilia’s RS125 has looks akin to the mighty RSV4 that inspired it. With the option to have a GP-liveried paint scheme too, this machine is a real head-turner that will make you the envy of your friends.

Aprilia RS125
Suzuki GSX-R125 GP


Suzuki GSX-R125 GP

Sitting in the middle ground between the humble Honda and the aggressively-styled Yamaha and Aprilia is the Suzuki GSX-R125. Like the other mini sportsbikes, the GSX-R takes its styling cues after it larger brothers from which it shares its namesake.

 

Lexmoto Hawk 125

Let’s face facts, for most 17-21-year-olds, cost can be a real deciding factor in purchases, especially when big figures are involved. After all, there’s only so far that a student loan can stretch… That makes the Chinese-built Lexmoto Hawk a real contender to get you to part with your hard-earned cash. Its modest 9bhp single-cylinder motor might be considerable less than some of the other bikes in this list, but with a price-tag that comes in at less than half of all but the Honda, it’s not to be sniffed at.

Lexmoto Hawk 125