The RS4 125 is by far one of the most exotic 125cc motorcycles on the market and looks like a reflection of the stunning RSV4 superbike. At more than twenty meters away, only the single-cylinder sound would betray the RS4 125. There really is a plethora of choices, with more than forty models in the UK market alone meeting the 125cc retro motorcycle criterion. In addition, large manufacturers are now also entering the retro segment with a small displacement. When you think of 125cc, cool doesn`t automatically come to mind. Convenient, fun and cheap, however, it is. However, this is the 21st century and there are “cool” 125cc motorcycles that look mean. Initially, the Retro range consisted of the RetroStar and the TrackStar. The Brighton-based brand then updated its range to include the Sinnis Scrambler 125, the Hoodlum 125cc [Bobber] and a 125 Café Racer model, the Sinnis Bomber. With its inverted forks, pointed body and oscillating aluminum frame, the Lerner Legal RS4 attracts attention. Who wouldn`t feel cool driving something that looks so good? Yes, a retro 125cc is a good bike for beginners.
125cc bikes are generally lighter, easier to control and perfect for tearing in the city. Most importantly, they help new riders refine road vehicles before moving on to larger motorcycles. Besides their timeless appearance, another advantage of retro 125cc motorcycles is that they are easier to maintain and edit. Although they are at least Euro-5, they are still slightly less technical than their contemporary counterparts of naked bikes. With its sophisticated modern-classic, café racer look, the Bluroc Spirt 125 is intended to appeal to the legal market of learners. However, experienced riders looking for a fun and beautiful retro motorcycle like commuters might also be tempted. The bomber was originally included in an earlier version of this list, but is no longer sold by Sinnis. In its place is now Sinnis Motorcycles` latest model, the Euro5-compliant Outlaw 125cc. Its Classic 125cc and Café 125 could be called Baby Bonneville and Baby Thruxton respectively. Nevertheless, the Herald Brat 125 was selected for this list. It is the latest in the brand`s range of 125 motorcycles and the first self-designed bike in the range. However, instead of the V-Twin found on most cruisers, the Outlaw has a single-cylinder 4-stroke 125cc engine.
Admittedly, with 7.8 kW (10 hp) at 8,500 rpm and 9 Nm (7 lb-ft) of torque at 6,500 rpm, it`s not the most powerful motorcycle on this list. Nor should this be expected; Cruisers, large or small, are rarely focused on speed. The Indian Motorcycle Scout is one of the best new cruiser models to be launched in years. It has a low seat height, offers excellent performance and looks great in stock, while being relatively easy to adjust. Popular with hooligan riders and cruisers, Indian claims that the 1,138cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine produces more than 100 horsepower. Available as a bobber, as a Scout Sixty 999cc or as a scout base model, this small fast cruiser is a great option for those new to the bike. Check out our first impression of this great beginner cruiser bike for more details. The maximum speed for a current legally 125cc production learner is 80 MPH – claimed by Yamaha`s MT-125. That`s impressive when you consider that the 125s have a maximum power of 11 kW / 14.75 hp. Moreover, it is the same engine that sits in its retro brother, the Yahama XSR 125. In addition, the Fantic Cabellero 125 contains a derivative of the same engine. The speed achieved by 125 bikes is mainly due to their weight, aerodynamics and load (i.e.
the weight of the pilot and front passenger). If you look back in time, you`ll find impressive two-stroke motorcycles capable of breaking a ton. Similarly, if you`ve ever been on a Watch British Superbikes, you`ll have noticed that the Sport 125 is capable of reaching speeds of over 100 miles on the track. Be careful when buying a modified used 125cc motorcycle – as it may not be the right of the learner if it has undergone power changes. So be sure to look for changes you might see on the wrong side of your insurer. There`s never been a better time to swing a leg on a retro 125cc. Each of the retro bikes on this list will be proof of this. Which one will you choose? It is clear that the XSR125 is a very well assembled motorcycle with a small displacement. It drips from the best technology, aluminum components and gadgets rarely found on a 125cc. For some drivers, the price of the XSR125 may be out of reach. For others, it may not be retro enough, especially compared to the design of some of the bikes on this list.
The best things come in small (neo-retro) packages. And to celebrate that, here`s a list of the best 125cc retro bikes (updated for 2022). If you`re new to motorcycles or want to get back in the saddle, there`s probably no easier way than jumping on a Retro 125. This new machine is an American-style 125cc cruiser with a silhouette apparently inspired by the Harley Sportster. The front end is mounted on an 18-inch wheel, while the rear rests on a 15-inch wheel. And with a traditional forward foot seating position, a low seat and a wider rake angle, it embodies the classic posture of the American cruiser muscle. Not the first manufacturer/importer of retro 125cc motorcycles of classic design for learners – Herald Motor Co. with Mutt, however, can be credited with increasing the demand for retro motorcycles of small displacement. (Certainly on this side of the North Sea and the English Channel.) Brighton-based Sinnis Motorcycles can claim to be one of the first engines in the 125cc retro motorcycle segment. Sinnis was arguably at the forefront of using small, rugged Japanese-made engines built in China, then adding better quality components and in turn creating unique classically inspired machines. Just a few years ago, retro and modern-classic motorcycles of small displacements were limited to a few machines.
For beginners, the small retro motorcycle options have been reduced to the Honda Rebel 125, the Yamaha YBR Classic and the Suzuki VanVan 125. These legal learning machines were probably not retro in the sense that gender is considered today. North American drivers may be wondering why someone would drive a 125cc, given its lower power. However, in Europe and the UK, there are several good reasons. First, vehicles tend to be smaller due to the size of roads, especially in the UK. Therefore, riding a smaller bike doesn`t seem as intimidating as it could be in traffic in Canada or the United States. For example, there are many more 125cc single-cylinder retro motorcycles on the roads in Europe than in North America.With their economical fuel consumption, 125cc is a stronger argument for motorcyclists who travel in the context of rising fuel costs. Another reason is the setting of restrictions on movement and power output depending on the age of the driver.
In addition, there are prohibitive costs for a full motorcycle license (especially for young riders). All this together means that many motorcyclists in Europe and the UK are initially starting to beat on 125cc bikes. While this is frustrating for some drivers, it`s ultimately a good thing for everyone. First of all, you must be at least 17 years old and hold at least a provisional driving license. If you don`t have a full motorcycle license, you`ll need to complete your TCC (Compulosry Basic Training) – this is more of an assessment than a test. After that you can drive, but in Wales you have to show L or D licence plates. Your CBT must be repeated every two years in order to continue driving – (if you have not obtained a motorcycle license during this period). Young people between the ages of 17 and 19 who want to drive without L or D license plates and on the highway must pass a practical and theoretical exam to obtain an A1 driving license. This license also allows a looting. In addition, Mutt Motorcycles also owns the Imperial Motorcycles brand, for which there is a new range of more classic motorcycles.
The lightweight 10-spoke alloy wheels also celebrate the 70s pattern, but also offer low featherweight, suspended by USD forks at the front. Paired with the strong yet lightweight Deltabox frame, this is an overall lightweight and agile bike that offers a stable ride. Herald has big plans to design and manufacture all of its bikes in the UK – so expect even more exciting new models soon. The retro segment of the motorcycle market is growing rapidly – importers are turning to manufacturers and big brands are coming in. With that in mind, expect a revamped list of retro A1 motorcycles next year. An alternative (at that time) was buying a real vintage or classic (like the Honda CL125) on eBay, GumTree or Preloved. However, this path was and is only open to those who have the motivation, expertise and/or money to restore/customize and maintain a classic bike. At Visordown, we understand that beauty is in the eye of the viewer, so we break down our six coolest bikes into three sections: Naked, Sports, and Retro/Cruiser. As a new member of the Sport Heritage range, the XSR125, compatible with the A1 license, will be built in the same direction. As such, it borrows its base from the MT-125 Hyper Naked and R125 Supersport. And yet, he comes in his own seventy package. The round LED lights are located on the front and back and are combined with a round LCD instrument dial that conveys a seventies aesthetic.
However, its upright seating position and relatively low seat make it attractive to new drivers. And of course, coupled with Yamaha`s build quality, it`s an undeniably appealing retro 125. Available here in a glossy gray color palette, it is also available in matte green.