To show that we really talk about the best motorcycles 125, and not half measures, we had no choice but to start this selection talking about a motorcycle like the Aprilia Tuono 125. It is an excellent representative of the sporty 125 naked bikes and a worthy heir to that time when Aprilia was the benchmark brand for 125cc motorcycles, with its legendary 2-stroke engines.
This Aprilia has a modern water-cooled four-valve engine capable of delivering a power of 15 hp, the maximum allowed by its category. The chassis is no small feat, it is double aluminum beam and is identical to that of its sporty sister, the Aprilia RS 125, and it is that the experience of the Italian brand in competition can be seen in every detail. It features a 41mm inverted bar fork, 300mm ABS radial front disc caliper, and of course Noale’s signature signature design.
FB Mondial has added this model to its catalog that we can include among the naked ones and which is practically the same as the Pagani sports car, but without fairing and with a flat track motorcycle look. It also has a water-cooled engine, of Piaggio origin, with four valves and electronic injection, which also exceeds the Euro 5 homologation. Undoubtedly the best thing is its aesthetics, with the passenger seat hidden behind a cover on the tail. As for instrumentation, it has a digital instrument panel with a TFT screen and against it we find that it has a CBS braking assistant (combined braking) instead of ABS, like most of its competitors.
Honda has extended the neo-retro design to the entire range of naked bikes, ranging from the muscular Honda CB1000R to this Honda CB125R, through its sisters Honda CB650R and Honda CB300R. Without a doubt we can affirm that we are facing one of the most beautiful 125 motorcycles on the market, if not the most. Its beautiful lines draw from the sources of the classic sports bikes of the 70s but with features and qualities of motorcycles of the 21st century.
The motor comes directly from the Honda CBR125R, a single cylinder four-stroke and two liquid-cooled valves, delivering a power of 13.6 CV at 10,000 rpm. Powerful, but not as powerful as some rivals. Instead it makes up for it with smoothness and a pleasant ride, like a good Honda. The chassis is multitubular, the fork inverted and the handlebar wide and flat. It can boast of braking, with Nissin four-piston radial caliper and ABS. Its weight in running order is only 126 kilos.
The naked Kawasaki z125 and the sporty Kawasaki Ninja 125 arrived at the same time, and not by chance. Both share the same base and both are up-to-date, worthy references in the eighth-liter market. When Kawasaki launched the smallest of its Zs at the beginning of 2019, it did so to offer younger drivers the possibility of getting at the controls of one of Akashi’s most legendary sagas: Las Z, a family that has been in the market for 50 years.
Its lines are inspired by the most sporty motorcycles of the brand, and its propeller is a liquid-cooled single cylinder and 4 valves capable of offering a power of 15 CV at 10,000 rpm. Everything is mounted on a striking multi-tube chassis, a great aesthetic protagonist, which is supported by a conventional fork and a Uni-Trak rear shock. If you wish, the driving position can be quite aggressive, something to which its lines invite, and its very effective behavior between curves if you are looking for fun. In short, a motorcycle that can be a great source of sensations.
KTM 125 Duke
The KTM 125 Duke He has done nothing but steal hearts since he appeared, and it is no wonder. It is a strong candidate to be considered the best 125 naked bike and it would be a title that would have been won on its own merits. As the years have passed, KTM has perfected its little Duke, the youngest of a spectacular series of naked sports bikes, to make it an effective and fun bike like few others, light and manageable, and with highly attractive lines. That has been the recipe for its success.
In the KTM 125 Duke everything is made and developed for a bigger bike, and if you don’t believe us you just have to take a look at its sister KTM 390 Duke. This 125 has plenty of chassis, brakes and suspensions, which achieves a cycle part of the highest level in its category. WP suspensions with a 43mm inverted fork, 300mm front disc with Bybre radial caliper, Bosch 9MB dual channel ABS system… Couldn’t ask for more. Well, yes, a water-cooled 125cc engine capable of delivering a power of 15 hp, the maximum allowed in its category. Seen like this, what could be the fault of this KTM?
Rieju Century 125
Rieju also has in its ranks a worthy candidate to be in this exclusive selection of “the best 125 naked bikes”, also standing out for offering a very careful minimalist aesthetic, with a neo-retro design, with which it certainly does not go unnoticed there. where you come across it. Is all a “vintage scrambler”, and although it may not seem like it at first glance … yes, it is a 125 motorcycle that you can drive with the A1 card or with the B card if you have three years of experience. That is to say, a perfect initiation motorcycle.
Here where you see it is inspired by the model that Rieju had on the market in the 50sThe mythical Spanish firm does not turn its back on its most successful past, when the then Rieju 175 became the dream of many lovers on two wheels. Its current engine is a modern 4-valve liquid-cooled single-cylinder capable of offering a power of 15 CV. The chassis is tubular in steel, at the front it is supported by a 40 mm inverted fork and at the rear by a double shock absorber, while the brakes rely on wave discs with radially anchored front caliper. The instrument cluster, true to form, is a small, fully digital dial.
Suzuki, of course, also joins the car of the 125 naked motorcycles, and it does not do it precisely in any way. The Suzuki GSX-S125 You have it in two versions, the basic one and the one decorated with Suzuki’s war colors, in blue, called GSX-S125Z, and for which you will have to pay a few euros more. As you can see, a light and manageable naked, perfect for day-to-day living, and with an attractive sporty design that is perfect for its dynamic behavior.
The chassis is narrow, double-beam, rigid and compact, while the engine is a liquid-cooled, liquid-cooled, 125cc, 4-valve, single-cylinder engine ready to offer a power of 15 CV, the maximum allowed by its category. In the suspensions we find a conventional fork at the front and a central mono shock absorber at the rear, with discs on both trains, the front being 290 mm. The Suzuki GSX-S125 is a naked one, yes, but it has a very sporty design, perhaps even excessively, since the passenger has a small, very high and not very comfortable seat, in the purest “R” style. It is possible that its price is in promotion and you can get it for only € 3,299.
The Yamaha MT-125 is not the last because it deserves it, but because we always order our motorcycle selections alphabetically. And of course, the Yamaha always have to be the last. The Japanese firm has one TM for each card and this MT-125 is intended for A1 or B card users with three years of experience. We are facing a very special motorcycle, both for aesthetics and for finishes and technology. A good base to get the hang of gear bikes, and gain experience before making the leap to a Yamaha MT-03, then a Yamaha MT-07, then a Yamaha MT-09, and so on until finally ending up in a Yamaha MT-10 SP.
The chassis of this MT-125 is a double steel Deltabox beam, with a rigidity worthy of higher models, and is supported by an inverted fork of 41 mm diameter bars, with a swing arm behind. The front disc is 292 mm and the rear 230 mm and they are assisted by ABS. A motorcycle that shares almost everything with its sister, the sporty Yamaha YZF-R 125, and that is something that we can notice in the rear tail, with an especially high and somewhat forced passenger seat. However, the rider is comfortable and upright, with a flat and easy-to-handle handlebar. Aesthetically, its sharp front is a statement of intent., the instrumentation is fully digital and the lighting has LED elements. A sensation bomb made for the enjoyment of the youngest.
Zontes U 125
As has happened in the A2 market, Zontes is ready to put the rest of the manufacturers in check with a motorcycle with all the advances you can imagine for only 2,995 euros. It is the cheapest on the market with a water-cooled four-stroke engine. Zontes is a Chinese brand that belongs to one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world. Its 125 engine already exceeds the Euro 5 regulations, offers no less than 14.6 hp and slipper clutch, something that will help you improve the longevity of this punished element since the rear wheel does not tend to lock if you downshift. abrupt.
Its entire light system is LED, it has fully digital instrumentation and some interesting “gadgets” such as the smart bike key and lock, if you are away from the bike it will lock automatically, and the tank and seat opening system. remote form. Under the seat you have space to carry, for example, an anti-theft device.
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