New Akita 125 is the latest L plate friendly affordable retro from Mutt Motorcycles

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Meet the Mutt Akita 125: a new minimalist L-plate friendly retro costing £955 less than Yamaha’s incoming XSR125.

Priced at £3495 before OTR costs, the Akita is the latest creation from Birmingham brand Mutt Motorcycles and features an air-cooled 125cc four-stroke single producing a claimed 11.8bhp – said to be capable of 70mph.

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Coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox, performance is then converted into noise via a neat underslung stainless steel exhaust. It’s not going to set any land speed records and is trumped by the Yamaha’s 14.8bhp liquid-cooled unit, but it’s plenty of poke for a trendy inner city run around.

Away from the engine, the Akita borrows styling cues from 60s Brit bikes, with chunky 18in knobbly tyres on spoked aluminium rims coming together with minimalist bodywork. To the rear you’ll find a set of twin gas shocks, which sit below a tanned seat – the shortest on any bike in their range.

This is said to help draw you attention to the 17-litre fuel tank, which will actually take on 16-litres of motion lotion and sports a pair of broad shoulders – just like its four-legged namesake.

Elsewhere, other neat touches include TIG welded stainless steel mudguard brackets and a gear lever and shift peg finished in aluminium.  

Moving to the front of the bike, there’s also wide aluminium bars – a feature shared by many Mutt machines and branded bar ends for a premium touch. A metal headlight grill and rubber fork gaiters help complete the look.

The Akita is available in a choice of matt black, silver, and also as a more powerful £4250 single-cylinder 250. For more information and to order your own visit: