For your first bike, you really need something small, easy to handle and easy to ride. These little bikes are great fun and you only have to have a CBt to ride them on the road. As well as that there are loads and loads of 125cc motorbikes for sale. This also means that young riders love them, and they are hugely popular with certain age groups. These range right though from retro to very modern, and are all aimed at this section of the market. Below I have made a quick list of some bargains, classic and a few favourites of mine.
- Suzuki RV125 Van Van. I thought we’d start with the retro one, as it reminds me of my own teen years. First brought out around the end on the 70′s, these modern thowbacks have been loving recreated. They feature balloon tyres, chrome clocks, and as with the old version are really underpowered. Still, it has big bars, a comfy seat and makes a great little cruiser.
- Cagiva Raptor 125. This is essentially a paired down version of the Cagiva Mito, and used to be called the Planet 125. It has some lovely features like big Brembo brakes with massive stopping power, a chrome petrol tank to look at yourself in and the looks of an old Ducatti monster. If I sell my motorbike, I might have to pick one of these up.
- Derbi GPR125. The Derbi is the one for you if you want something more sporty. It looks amazing, with faring styled to look like a supersports bike. With custom front and rear suspension by Derbi and claims of 33bhp, this bike was made for carving around the streets.
- Yamaha XT125R. This is another model that has been around for 20 years or so, along with the van van. The smooth 4 stroke engine is a real powerhouse, and when combined with the wide bars and low weight give it a real supermoto feel. It’s also suitable for some bits and pieces of offroad riding, becasue it comes with a high bashplate and the option of off-road tyres.
- Yamaha YZF-R125. This is the smallest of the RZF range. It comes with a four stroke engine, good for 80mph+, and looks like a mini R6. It’s a great choice for older riders starting out, because it’s quite a large bike, but a very good all rounder. The only problem is that they are expensive when new, so another good option is to look at we buy any bike or other second hand shops.
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