Let's face it, no self-respecting 17-year-old wants a skinny-tyred naked 125, they want a fully-faired sportsbike which resemble the bikes seen on race tracks around the world.
That's why we've listed four of the best 125cc sportsbikes available below for those of you looking to start your biking career while still looking cool outside the local chippy.
If any of the bikes listed here are already sold we've thousands more to choose from right here
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 and makes it quite an engaging ride. It handles well, stops well, and most importantly looks the part. What more could a 17-year-old want?
The Derbi lacks the heritage and kudos of the Aprilia, but can more than hold its own against the Italian and the rest of the competition. The Derbi certainly looks the part thanks to upside down forks and a radial caliper, but the slightly cheaper price means build quality isn't quite to the same standard as the competition.
KTM's learner-legal RC is a proper sized bike with plenty of room for taller riders that handles, stops and goes expceptionally well. Suspension is by WP, and the excellent brakes are courtesy of Brembo's Indian division, Bybre.
The YZF-R125 was a huge wakeup call for the 125 sportsbike market. At a time when two-strokes were on their last legs, the R125 appeare and showed everyone just how much fun small-capacity four-strokes can be. The Yamaha combines the easy-going nature of the Honda CBR125 with proper sportsbike looks and handling.