First ride: Motorini MT125RRi ‘a viable alternative to Japanese 125s’

Published: 21 December 2017

Dinky Motorini proves new 125s don’t have to cost the earth

If you’re in the market for a cheap 125 that looks the part and delivers generous fuel returns, then look no further. Priced at just shy of £2200, the Motorini MT125RRi sits in direct competition with used premium machines like Yamaha’s YZF-R125. 

At the heart of the MT125RRi lies a peppy two-valve, air-cooled, single producing just 9.4bhp. Though nothing to marvel at, the bike is capable of a genuine 58.4mph.

Although having a standard pipe, the bike we tested also sounded brilliant; offering a characterful warble and popping delightfully on the overrun.  

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Getting on the gas, the Motorini has a very long action throttle, which can cause wrist ache after long periods. 

The bike also feels soft and easily unsettled over bumps and ruts in the road. This is made worse by the budget Cordial tyres. 

To comply with Euro4 the MT uses a linked braking system, which to an experienced rider can feel unnatural. Pull the front brake on and you’ll feel the rear lever move. Apply the rear first and you can feel the front lever being squeezed. 

Unfortunately, our time spent with the bike wasn’t without its problems. The first thing we did was fill the bike with fuel to measure the MPG figure. This immediately lead to an airlock in the tank, causing the bike to splutter and refuse to go faster than 45mph. The bike rectified itself after a few miles, once the fuel level had dropped.  

Ridden in isolation, the MT is a perfectly acceptable entry point to motorcycling. It’s also very frugal, delivering 84.11mpg and 212.6 miles of range from its 11.5-litre tank.

The digital dash is also easy to read and something not found on alternatives like the £4700 Aprilia RS125, however the rev counter has around a second of delay. 

If your budget can’t stretch to nearly £5000 for a new 125, Chinese-built alternatives like the Motorini could act as a viable alternative, costing half the price and proving almost as capable as the premium-priced competition.

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