Originating in America, but later adopted by the Europeans and Japanese, Custom Motorcycles (AKA Cruisers) popularity grew pretty quickly because of their easy rideability, unique look and relaxed riding position – it’s a style which has stayed in demand and on trend to this day.

On this new list we are looking at the top 10 125cc Custom Motorcycles for 2021. Now these bikes don’t have anything on the industry leading brands such as Harley Davidson or Indian Motorcycle, but with smaller engines they are perfect for those looking for a learner friendly option that looks the part.

There are so many different 125cc Motorcycles out there that there really is something for everyone, and as they’re affordable, time-saving and perfect for commuters and freshly passed riders there really is no greater place for your two-wheel passion to start. If you are interested in their never-ending list of benefits make sure to check out our guide on why you should buy a 125cc.

Lexmoto ZSB 125 EFI

Centring around a contemporary exterior and CBB balance shaft air-cooled engine, Lexmoto’s ZSB plays on a much-loved design that delivers a smooth power supply. A handy luggage rack, digital display, 15L fuel tank and 124cc displacement means you’ll have everything you need for everyday use in or out of town. If you’re a beginner looking for a 125 with basic amenities, then we think it’ll be difficult to beat this bargain bike priced at £1,299.99. 

Engine 124cc, 11.4hp, air-cooled
Tank Size 15L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat Height 740mm
Weight 125kg
Price £1,299.99

UM Renegade Sport S

Developed in the USA, and in pure American style, UM’s Renegade features sporty looks, a relaxed seating position and modern tech to make cruising comfortable and effortless. Thanks to a 140mm rear tyre you’ll really feel that sharp throttle response and a 280mm front disc brake gives you great stopping power. One of few on our list to feature a liquid-cooled engine, for £2,099.99, this is a great price for an entry level 125 of this spec.

Engine  124.6cc, 13hp, liquid-cooled
Tank Size  18L
Brakes Front and rear disc 
Seat Height 750mm 
Weight 172kg 
Price £2,099.99

Keeway K-Light

Retro styling shows off the roots that have influenced this cruiser’s image and really help to get you more involved in the ride. A low seat height (715mm) and 144kg weight form an easy-handling machine that breezes through traffic and rural roads smoothly. Rear suspension with pre-loaded steel spring sets you up for a soft and comfy ride. Again, coming in at £2,199 this is an economical option for anyone starting out or returning to two-wheels so securing this bike would feel like a steal!

The K-Light is a new addition to the Keeway family and between that and it’s sibling the Super-Light (featured further down our list) there isn’t much between them regarding price, power, weight or speed, but the K-Light comes out as the most expensive with less tank capacity, lower seat height and heavier overall weight.

Engine 124cc, 10.4hp, air-cooled
Tank Size 11.8L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat Height 715mm
Weight 144kg
Price £2,199

Motorini Box 125

Motorini have certainly thought outside the box when creating this deceptively powerful looking beauty. Sharp bodywork with chrome detailing captures the iconic character famously found in many of this bike’s ancestors. A strong parallel twin 125 motor makes it learner friendly, so even with ‘L’ plates you’ll feel all levels of cool. A whopping 19L fuel tank allows this bagger to travel longer distances at ease. In terms of our list, it is one of the more expensive but for £2,699.99 it’s still a relatively cheap choice.

If you are a new to two-wheels, or are thinking of making the change, make sure you read our guide to get the answers to some of the most frequently asked new rider questions.

Engine 125cc, 11.3hp, air-cooled
Tank Size 19L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat Height 710mm
Weight 164kg
Price £2,699.99

AJS Highway Star

In a galaxy far, far away you’ll find this star most at home when shooting its way through country lanes or commuting down city streets. Stay on trend and loyal to that laid-back cruiser look with turbine wheels, twin shot-gun exhaust mufflers and low seat height. At a more premium price, but with an air-cooled engine producing 11.3hp and a rather large 19L fuel tank, life really will feel like a highway that can be ridden all night long.

Engine 125cc, 11.3hp, air-cooled
Tank Size 19L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat Height 710mm
Weight 164kg
Price £2,999

Lexmoto Michigan

Popular since it’s 2016 launch, Lexmoto’s Michigan features a 4-stroke single-cylinder engine that delivers a swift response and maximum energy. A low-slung seat, footboards and high bars with a 13.5L fuel tank producing 173mpg lets you take to the open road freely and cover a decent amount of miles. Coming in at £1,649.99, this easy rider is an extremely affordable pick, with a solid spec, for anyone looking to start their two-wheeled romance.

Engine 125cc, 10.5hp, air-cooled
Tank Size 13.5L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat Height 735mm
Weight 143kg
Price £1,649.99

UM Renegade Commando

Now this is a custom cruiser. Inspired by American military bikes the exterior, especially the matt green, bulky petrol tank and wide-set handlebars, gives us all types of nostalgia. A 4-stroke liquid-cooled engine producing 12.1hp with a top speed around 100kph delivers maximum performance and gives you that call of duty. Large fenders and a 140mm wide rear tyre protects this tough trooper from anything the road has to throw at it. Priced at £2,249.99, this Commando wants YOU for its next rider.

Engine 124.6cc, 12.1hp, liquid-cooled
Tank Size 18L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat Height 750mm
Weight 172kg
Price £2,249.99

Sinnis Hoodlum

Sleek and stealthy aesthetics with a 5-speed gearbox offers smooth shifting, so this heavy-looker is easy to ride and even easier on the eye. A 125cc air-cooled motor producing 11.3hp and the option to add a Toro exhaust ensure this Hoodlum stays true to its rowdy name. And in that traditional cruiser style, with a handcrafted seat, foot plates and ergonomic handlebars, you’ll have your feet forward and hands up so you can really sit-back and enjoy the ride on this learner legal motorcycle. 

In a BikeMatters road test Brett was impressed with the acceleration and top speed of the Hoodlum stating “it accelerates nicely and you can really stretch 4th gear well to help build up speed before committing it into 5th.”  He also mentioned how he thought “most 125 owners would be proud to have this as their ride!”

Engine 125cc, 11.3hp, air-cooled
Tank Size 13.5L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat Height 710mm
Weight 135kg
Price £2,199

Keeway Superlight

The Superlight has been popular in the UK for a few years now and has become one of the bestselling custom 125’s on market, and it’s easy to see how and why. An air-cooled 4-stroke engine with an electronic fuel injection allow this user-friendly old-timer to bring with it vintage styling and peak performance. So, if you’re a beginner who loves old school looks then this is your ride – and with a thrifty price tag of £2,099 (£100 cheaper with a 3.5L bigger fuel capacity then it’s sibling the K-Light) it’s even easier to rock and rule the roads.

Engine 124cc, 10.46hp, air-cooled
Tank Size 15L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat Height 730mm
Weight 134kg
Price £2,099

Hyosung Aquila GV125S

After five years of research, Hyosung’s Aquila GV125S has been upgraded and developed to feature all the attitude of a conventional cruiser, in that born to be wild style, but in a small capacity class. Aggressive styling crossed with the look of an urban cafe racer create a refined and modern classic sportster. Rear shock absorbers and a long-and-low riding position make this bad boy built for universal use that’s been designed with comfort in mind.

Now this might be the most expensive option on our list, but with a liquid-cooled engine producing 14.6bhp, it’s also the most powerful and, if you’ve got the budget, is easy to overlook the more premium price. So, if you’re looking for an introduction to the world of two-wheels then, as it’s grabbed our number one spot, we can’t think of a better 125cc cruiser to choose.

Engine 124.7cc, 14.6bhp, liquid-cooled
Tank Size 12L
Brakes Front and rear disc
Seat Height 710mm
Weight 165kg
Price £3,595

So, there we have it. What’s your favourite? Did we miss one? Why do you ride a cruiser? Make sure to share your thoughts and comments below or on social media.

If you’re looking for something with a little more power but keen to stick to that cool cruiser style, why not take a look at our Top 10 Cruiser Motorcycles for 2021.