Updated Lexmoto LXR 125 gets Euro5 engine, new springs and TFT dash for sub-£3K

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Chinese small-capacity bike firm, Lexmoto have updated their immensely popular LXR 125 sportsbike range, promising a fresh engine, new graphics, updated suspension and even a TFT dash – all for under £3000.

In dealers from Tuesday, 23 March, the LXR is available in two flavours – a £2499 standard model, plus a more premium £2799 SE. Both machines come fitted with a more powerful Euro5-compliant 125cc liquid-cooled single, producing a claimed 12.3bhp and 8.1lb.ft of torque. This should be enough poke to keep up with traffic, but don’t expect any more than around 65-70mph. Lexmoto also say the new motor provides better performance through the revs, plus improved throttle pickup. 

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Also revised for both models is the rear shock, which hopes to improve the riding experience. The outgoing LXR SE was previously criticised for being too firm and the seat height is now up from 800mm to 820mm, however a lowering kit is available. Wrapping both options are new graphics kits and there are twin petal discs up front.

Cornering on the 2021 Lexmoto LXR

The differences between the SE and the base-spec LXR are most apparent at the front end, with the more expensive machine wearing a set of adjustable upside-down forks – something not seen on some alternatives from mainstream manufacturers, such as the £4499 Suzuki GSX-R125. Further tweaks to the chassis can be found at the rear, with the SE receiving a claimed lighter aluminium swingarm.

A closer inspection also reveals a TFT screen, showing you revs, speed, gear position, fuel and more. The standard LXR sports a more traditional part-analogue set-up. 

With the equivalent class-leading Yamaha YZF-R125 costing almost double the price at £4799, the LXRs could represent serious value and undercut the rest of the market. That said, what you save in cash, you lose in performance – with the Yamahas, KTMs, Suzukis and Kawasakis of this world all producing closer to 15bhp and likely to be of better build quality.   

That said, plenty of riders are willing to make this sacrifice, with Lexmoto registering 236 LXRs in December 2020 alone – making it the most popular bike in the ‘supersport’ sector of that month of any capacity.

Lexmoto LXR 125 range explored:

A static shot of the 2021 Lexmoto LXR 125

  • New engine The 12.3bhp single-cylinder is up slightly from the old bike’s circa 12bhp output. Paired with a six-speed box, fuel capacity is 13.5 litres. 
  • Going up The seat height has jumped from 800mm to 820mm. Fearful this might alienate some novices, a lowering kit is available.
  • A dash of quality More expensive SE models gets a TFT dash – something not shared by more premium sports 125s from European and Japanese manufacturers.
  • New graphics Lexmoto have updated their choice of liveries for 2021, offering options for black, white or red.
  • Plenty of weight The LXR weighs a claimed 167kg wet – which is 33kg more than an equivalent Suzuki GSX-R125. Don’t expect to be winning any traffic light GPs.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade