In 2004 Concern Honda released a motorcycle CBR125R, which was sold better than the older model. At the same time its main competitor Yamaha had a big gap in the lineup. They realized their mistake and corrected it in 2008 with the release of the bike Yamaha YZF-R125. In comparison with the CBR125R, Yamaha YZF-R125 is a little more powerful, heavier and looks very similar as YZF-R6. Yamaha engineers specifically for the YZF-R125 designed a new engine with a much longer motion of the piston than the other bikes have, to achieve more torque to 12 Nm. Of course, in comparison with the “beast” Aprilia RS 125 motorcycle Yamaha YZF-R125 is weaker and slower with maximal speed of just 120 km/h.
It is equipped with 124 cubic centimeter four-stroke and four-valve liquid-cooled engine. By all measures, Yamaha bike is convenient to meet the needs of newcomers. Power of the engine is 14,6 horsepower and torque is 12 Nm. On the bike installed six-speed transmission, fuel tank of 13.8 liters capacity. Average fuel consumption is about 4.5 liters per 100 km.For motorcycle, which costs less than $ 6700, has unregulated suspension and a steel frame, Yamaha YZF-R125 is very good. It is well handled at the winding reads as well as in the city. The biggest pluses of Yamaha YZF-R125 are the Brembo brakes and suspended GP-style muffler. Front brakes have 292 mm disc with two-piston caliper and front tire of 100/80-17. The rear tire is 130/70-17.
Body and overall dimensions of the bike are similar to a motorcycle Yamaha YZF-R6. Its weight is 127 kg. So Yamaha YZF-R125 is about the same convenient and comfortable, steps are not too high, kit of wheel stand on top of the wheel fork. Seat height is within the normal range and counts 818 mm, but a small biker can seem more comfortable landing on Honda CBR125R. Motorcycles Yamaha YZF-R125 is produced in Europe, so there should not be any problems with its quality. As for the price, the Yamaha YZF-R125 costs about $ 6700. So it took a middle ground between the Honda CBR125R (about $ 4000) and Aprilia RS 125 ($ 7,400). Actually Yamaha is situated between these two bikes at the point of view of overall erformance.