Looking for a new bike to play about on, or your first 125cc machine to get around? There are so many options and variety on the market to choose from, so we decided to put together a top 10 list of the UKs favourite 125cc motorcycles.

It is influenced by sales statistics from 2018, but we’ve also shaken it up a little bit by adding in some head turners to the list. Don’t be shocked that your favourite didn’t make it, this list will be updated with new bikes and old favourites regularly! If you think we missed an obvious bike from the list, let us know on social media. Quick note as well, for top speed figures it an approximate maximum – dependant on rider weight, road surface and angle and wind… these 125cc bikes are generally quite light, so adding a heavy rider will obviously slow you down!

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10. Mutt Mongrel 125

Mutt Mongrel 125

We start off with a stunning custom bike, the Mutt Mongrel is a properly British style motorcycle which will take you back to the classic days. Based in Birmingham, Mutt HQ hand finish each bike to give you that authentic and unique true biker feel. Some Mongrels also come with a carburettor, which is hard to find on newer models of bikes – although there is also the fuel injection option. Expect to pay about £3050, which is respectable for a 125cc with this much style.

Engine:4 stroke single cylinder air cooled, 12 bhp
Transmission:Manual 5 speed
Top speed:70 mph
MPG (approx..):80 mpg (12 L tank)
Brakes:Front and rear disc
Weight:105 kg


9. Benelli TNT 125

Benelli TNT 125

The Benelli TNT (or Tornado Naked T) has proved to be a great option for those looking at smaller bikes on the market, but bikes that still pack a punch. Along with the design and style (typical from a bike designed in Italy) you get an impressive 11 bhp to play with – and it's definitely not the heaviest on the list either at 121 kg weight. Price is around £2199.

Engine:4 stroke single cylinder air cooled, 11 bhp
Transmission:Manual 5 speed
Top speed:65 mph
MPG (approx..):86 mpg (7.2 L tank)
Brakes:Front and rear disc
Weight:121 kg


8. Kawasaki Ninja 125

Kawasaki Ninja 125

With a recent introduction on to the UK market, the Ninja was finally revealed (alongside the Z 125) in 125cc form – something we’ve been eagerly anticipating for a while! It goes without saying that the Ninja still retains its iconic looks from its older brothers in the Ninja range, even keeping the full trellis frame. Perfect to get new riders in the Ninja family when working their way up through licences. This one is built to be just within the CBT learner legal limit to power at 14.7 bhp – and it can be yours for £4400.

Engine:4 stroke single cylinder liquid cooled, 14.7 bhp
Transmission:Manual 5 speed
Top speed:74 mph
MPG (approx..):Not known (11 L tank)
Brakes:Front and rear disc
Weight:148 kg


7. Suzuki GSX-R 125

Suzuki GSX-R125

According to their own website, it’s the fastest 125cc out of 6 sporty 125cc that MCN tested – as well as topping the track day table. Clearly this bike is a true L plate thriller! The GSXR 125 also comes with ABS, keyless ignition and specifically designed aerodynamic bodywork for the bike. This does come at a price though, expect to pay around £4100 for a base model.

Engine:4 stroke single cylinder liquid cooled, 14.7 bhp
Transmission:Manual 6 speed
Top speed:75 mph
MPG (approx..):122 mpg (11 L tank)
Brakes:Front and rear discs
Weight:134 kg


6. Keeway Superlight 125

Keeway Superlight 125

The most popular cruiser styled bike on our list, the Superlight has proved to be a great option for new riders who want to get on the road on a bike that doesn’t look remotely like a 125cc. You get bucket loads of style, but with comfort to match – and at superb value for money at just £2100.

Engine:4 stroke single cylinder air cooled, 11 bhp
Transmission:Manual 5 speed
Top speed:< 60 mph
MPG (approx..):Not known (15 L tank)
Brakes:Front and rear disc
Weight:134 kg


5. KTM 125 Duke

KTM Duke 125

A firm favourite for many riders in the UK, is the Duke from KTM. It may well be the entry-level bike for the KTM range, but it only just fits under the maximum limit for power on a CBT, as it was designed to fit perfectly in the 14.7 bhp limit. You get the full KTM treatment with ABS and upside-down forks as standard, but even with the promised performance parts the Duke still gives great economy and is perfect in traffic. The 2019 125 Duke will likely cost you around £4250.

Engine:4 stroke single cylinder liquid cooled, 14.7 bhp
Transmission:Manual 6 speed
Top speed:70 mph
MPG (approx..):Not known (13.4 L tank)
Brakes:Front and rear disc
Weight:137 kg


4. Yamaha MT 125

Yamaha MT 125

The MT 125 can officially take the crown of most popular 125cc naked bike in the UK! Or, at least according to this top 10… This bike is often considered a perfect premium option for a rider on CBT, especially a rider looking for the feel of a bigger bike but within their A1 licence (or CBT) limit at 14.7 bhp. Of course, buying new does mean paying a premium of £4300.

Engine:4 stroke single cylinder liquid cooled, 14.7 bhp
Transmission:Manual 6 speed
Top speed:70 mph
MPG (approx..):130 mpg (11.5 L tank)
Brakes:Front and rear disc
Weight:138 kg


3. Yamaha YZF-R125

Yamaha YZF-R 125

If you’ve got your eye on the supersports bikes, but can only get a 125cc due to your licence, a great solution is the YZF-R125. Looking at this bike you can quickly tell it is hugely influenced from its older siblings in the YZF-R family with the race themed look. Having now been around for quite a while, this motorcycle is continuing strong to retain its place in the top 3 of 125cc motorcycles. From new, they sell for around £4500.

Engine:4 stroke single cylinder liquid cooled, 14.7bhp
Transmission:Manual 6 speed
Top speed:Noted at 75 mph
MPG (approx..):110 mpg (11.5 L tank)
Brakes:Front and rear disc
Weight:142 kg


2. Honda MSX 125

Honda MSX 125 Grom

The Honda MSX 125 (or more affectionately known as the Grom) is Honda’s solution to the smaller bike market (we mean both size and cc) – by releasing the immensely popular MSX 125. A perfect learner bike, it has sold extremely well the past few years with 2018 being no exception. Finding it’s way on to 2nd on our list, the MSX 125 is well deserving of it’s almost cult status of mini streetfighter on the roads. You could get one for around £3400 new with ABS, upside down front forks and LED lights.

Engine:4 stroke single cylinder air cooled, 9.6 bhp
Transmission:Manual 4 speed
Top speed:60 mph
MPG (approx..):185 mpg reported (5.5 L tank)
Brakes:Front and rear disc
Weight:101 kg


1. Honda CB 125 F

Honda CB125F

You may be slightly surprised with the number 1 pick for best 125cc motorcycles, but the CB 125 F has proved it’s the absolute perfect geared bike for learners – simply because you’ll find one in near enough every training school nation-wide. It’s not going to exactly blow you away, but it’s a perfect first bike that’s reliable, efficient and fun to ride – so no surprises that it’s one of the best selling bikes for 2018. You could find one at about £2800.

Engine:4 stroke single cylinder air cooled, 10.4 bhp
Transmission:Manual 5 speed
Top speed:65 mph
MPG (approx..):151 mpg (13 L tank)
Brakes:Front disc, rear drum
Weight:128 kg


Top 125cc Motorcycles Summary

So that concludes our top 10 best 125cc motorcycles! We’ve got a few surprises in there, and have had to miss out some of the other more obvious picks to keep it varied, and not just a top 10 comprised of two manufacturers (looking at you Honda and Yamaha). The list currently is missing out on some incredible bikes (we wish we could fit them all in) such as the Kymco VSR 125, Lexmoto LXR125 and Sinnis RSX 125 - maybe these will find themselves on the list in the not too distant future.

This list is going to be continuously updated with the latest and greatest 125cc motorcycles, so watch out for changes - if you have any recommendations then let us know on social media or in the comments section below.

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