The 125cc motorcycle market has come a long way in recent years and with the sheer variety of bikes on offer, there really is something for everyone.
One of the major improvements we've seen is the overall quality of the bikes being produced, with even budget offerings looking and feeling better than ever before.
In my last blog we looked at the 125 sportbike category, this time we will be looking at some of the very best custom cruiser style 125cc bikes currently available. I think this list really shows how far 125cc motorcycles have come - just a few years ago you would be hard pressed to find a cruiser below 800cc and here we are with 10 low capacity 125cc options!
All of these motorbikes are learner legal and can be ridden on a CBT as long as you are aged 17 or above. One of the strengths of this category, aside from the cool style, is the economical commuting power they offer. A 125cc cruiser will give you comfort, high fuel capacity, great mpg and best of all, most of them can be purchased brand new for under 3 grand!
So with the introduction out of the way, let's take a look at 10 of the best 125cc custom cruisers in 2020.
Top 10 125cc Custom Motorcycles 2020
Keeway Superlight 125 LTD
The Superlight 125 from Keeway is a beautiful 125cc motorcycle that has managed to achieve the traditional cruiser look and feel whilst living up to its name with a 134 kilo dry weight. According to Keeway, this is now their top selling bike and it's easy to see why.
The engine is a single cylinder 4-stroke with 10.5hp at 9000rpm which is pretty decent for the 125cc category. On top of that it has a huge 15 litre fuel tank and can achieve 110 mpg making it a very economical commuter, especially combined with its low price of £2,099.
The Superlight comes in a range of finishes - all look great, and all come with blacked out pipes and stylish chrome detailing. There is also an SE version for an extra £100 that adds a front screen, leather saddlebags and protective engine bars in chrome finish.
Zontes Mantis 125i
Zontes are a relatively new Chinese brand who have been producing surprisingly good budget bikes and the Mantis 125i is one of them.
It's certainly unique, looking like an interesting fusion of street bike and chopper with its low slung seat and high bars but aggressive angular front light. The Mantis is powered by a 124cc 4-stroke engine that puts out a respectable 10.7hp.
There isn't much in the way of cutting edge features but it does have electronic fuel injection providing good fuel economy and with a price of just £1,499 brand new, this is a great little commuter for the money.
Sinnis have created another head-turning 125 here with the Hoodlum! In fact at first glance it's hard to believe this is a learner legal motorcycle, looking and feeling like a true custom cruiser.
The blacked out engine and pipe are nice touches, with a range of matt paint jobs that all look fantastic. The high bars and classic circular headlight all add to the traditional vibe of the bike.
The Sinnis Hoodlum uses a 125cc single cylinder 4-stroke engine and at 11.2bhp is one of the more powerful bikes on the list and combined with the electronic fuel injection, this motorcycle will handle city commutes in style.
The Hoodlum starts at £2,199 and for an extra 40 quid you can get a cool looking leather luggage set for the front and rear.
UM Renegade Commando 125
UM specialise in producing American style motorcycles and as the name suggests, the Commando is based on vintage US military bikes, creating something pretty unique on this list.
The Renegade Commando is a beefy 125 both in its size and performance, another 125cc 4-stroke, the 12.1hp puts it near the top of this list in terms of power. It's also one of the heaviest bikes however, weighing in at 172 kilos with a full tank.
Speaking of the tank, its a massive 18 litres so in UM's own words, this is a bike built to be ridden long distance and for hours at a time.
The UM Renegade Commando 125 is priced at £2,249, has a look all of its own and comes with a handy USB charger.
Another lovely looking bike in a vintage custom cruiser design, the Lexmoto Michigan 125 is a Chinese built budget machine that offers great value for money.
It may be Chinese but the Michigan exudes American cruiser style and has real big bike looks. The engine is an air cooled single cylinder with a maximum power output of 10.5hp. Capable of 100mpg and with a 13.5 litre fuel capacity the main selling point of this bike is as an economical commuter.
The other huge selling point is the price, just £1,649 brand new. It may not have a lot of fancy features but it looks great, has solid build quality and gets the job done without costing an arm and a leg.
AJS Highway Star 125
The Highway star 125 from AJS Motorcycles is one of the more expensive bikes on the list but it still remains under the £3k mark and is an absolute stunner!
This is a learner legal bike that at a glance, could be mistaken for a fully fledged Harley. It comes only in black with stylish chrome plating and a twin-shotgun exhaust. The thick USD front forks and whopping 19 litre fuel tank further add to its big bike feel.
The huge fuel tank isn't just for show either, combined with electronic fuel injection, the bike can achieve 94mpg and with a comfy cruiser riding position, this is another economical and effective commuter bike that will soak up the miles. The engine is a 125cc 4-stroke twin with a maximum 11.4hp output but it is on the heavy side for a 125 with a dry weight of 164 kilos. Still, that isn't a lot compared to a traditional custom cruiser.
The price on the AJS Highway star 125 starts at £2,999.
Motorini Box 125i
Motorini is another Chinese brand who, as the name implies, usually specialise in Italian styled motorcycles. The Box 125i is a bit of a departure in that regard as it is another fantastic looking American style cruiser.
Available in a lovely Thunder Grey colour scheme, this is a beautiful looking bike with its blacked out engine and chrome detailing, as well as chrome pipes and USD forks. The low seat and high bars along with its big bike proportions all add to the authentic custom cruiser feel and the angular bodywork gives it a unique spin.
The engine is a 125cc 4-stroke parallel twin with a 11.3hp maximum output. The bike comes with LED indicators and rear light and a digital instrument dial. Another colossal fuel tank for a 125 here, at 19 litres this motorcycle can go on long journeys and give you a comfortable commute.
The Motorini Box 125i is priced at £2,699.
Hyosung Aquila 125
Hyosung's Aquila 125 has been given a huge update for 2019 with a brand new look that transforms it from vintage style cruiser to blacked out sportster style custom.
The Aquila 125 is the most expensive bike on the list starting at £3,629 but it's also the most powerful. The engine is a liquid cooled V-Twin with a maximum power of 14bhp, which is right at the limit of learner legal 125cc motorcycles. The usual high weight of custom bikes, in this case 165 kilos, means it won't quite keep up with the 125 sportbikes in acceleration but it will reach 60mph smoothly and keep on pulling.
The Hyosung Aquila 125 offers great build quality, strong performance and the new design looks fantastic.
Keeway K-Light 125
We already looked at Keeway's top selling Superlight but that isn't the only great custom 125 in their line-up. Where the Superlight goes for a vintage cruiser look, the K-Light 125 is a fusion of modern and retro style in a custom 'garage-built' design.
The K-Light uses the same tried and tested single cylinder engine as the Superlight with its 10.5hp output, so you can expect similar performance. There's another huge 15 litre fuel tank here and with a claimed 110mpg achievable, this is a fantastic budget commuter.
With a price starting at £2,099, the Keeway K-Light 125 is a stylish and affordable 125cc custom that easily earns a place on this list.
UM Vegas 125
The final bike on this list is another American inspired bike from UM - the Vegas 125.
The Vegas has a very unique look amongst these 125 customs, UM call it a 'sport cruiser' and it's a chunky, streamlined brute that has a lot of attention to detail in it's visuals. Fully blacked out with red trim and big bike proportions it's definitely a head-turner.
The engine is a 125cc 4-stroke single that puts out 11.7hp but all that big bike muscle results in a 172 kilo kerb weight. It's not the lightest of bikes but that kind of goes with the cruiser territory.
The UM Vegas 125 starts at £2,399, has a great look and comes with a USB charging port and digital display.