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The best 125cc sports bikes: from the Kawasaki Ninja 125 to the Yamaha YZF-R125
The best 125cc sports bikes: from the Kawasaki Ninja 125 to the Yamaha YZF-R125

Who has never wanted to try a sports bike in their life? Almost all of us dream at some point of being on top of a huge beast that exceeds 200 HP of power. However, few of us can afford to pay for these mechanical works of art and there are even those who cannot even ride them because they do not have a motorcycle license.

Therefore, 125cc sport bikes they are a more than welcome segment. They can be driven by those who have more than three years of experience with a class B driving license and even young people who have the A1. They are the ideal vehicles to introduce both to some in the world of sports. We have made a selection of the best 125cc motorcycles that can be purchased currently on the market.

Aprilia RS4 125

Aprilia Rs4 125
Aprilia Rs4 125

The Aprilia RS4 125 It is another of the low-displacement sports cars that is increasingly close to the appearance of its older sisters. It was previously called the Aprilia RS 125, but it was changed to the current name and is like an RSV4, but in small. This motorcycle has not received changes since the 2017 version, beyond its model Replica GP, which increases its price by 150 euros and which changes, with respect to the series model, its design to have a slightly more racing spirit.

This bike is another one that is inspired by the Superbike World Championship. its double girder chassis made of aluminum is the main protagonist and stands out in plain sight on the bike. Like the other small displacement sports cars, its engine is a 125 cc single cylinder that reaches 15 HP and is prepared to be equipped with a shifter so that the change is as fast and sporty as possible. Its fork is inverted and its front brake matches that of its competition with a four-piston radial attachment. Its price starts from 5,074 euros.

Kawasaki ninja 125

Kawasaki Ninja 125 2019 041
Kawasaki Ninja 125 2019 041

Those of Akashi took advantage of Kawasaki's dominance in Superbikes to create the Kawasaki Ninja 125, a scale sports car that starts from the base of the Z125 and has elements of the most powerful sports in the family like the sharp, angled full fairing, a ZX-10R-inspired tail and a unique headlight in the center.

Like the Yamaha, its engine is a water-cooled single-cylinder, only in this case it's even tighter. Yields 15 hp at 10,000 revolutions and its torque is 11.7 Nm at 8,000 rpm, slightly less than the 12, 4 Nm of the Yamaha. Its telescopic fork is conventional with a 37-millimeter bar. Behind it is a monoshock adjustable in five preload positions. Its curb weight is 148 kg and its price starts from 5,050 euros.

KTM RC 125

The KTM RC 125 it is possibly the 125cc sports car with the sportiest and most aggressive aspect of the five we analyzed. Its last renovation came in 2017 to adapt to Euro4 regulations with a new exhaust and engine improvements.

Like its competitors, it has a single cylinder 15 hp engine at 10,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 12 Nm at 8,000 rpm. In the suspensions it uses an inverted fork with 43mm bars. Behind it is a preload adjustable WP shock absorber. The front brake has four-piston radial anchor calipers with a 300 mm diameter brake disc. It is very light with its 135 kg and its current price starts from the 4,649 euros.

Suzuki GSX-R125

The Suzuki GSX-R125 emerged in the image and likeness of the massive Suzuki GSX-R1000 three years ago. It maintains the guidelines of the Gixxer family with soft curves, not very angular and with a central headlight with LED technology. its keyless start system It brought a bit of a tech extra at the time it came out compared to its rivals. The dashboard is digital: it has a tachometer, speedometer, partial double, clock, gear indicator and gear change warning.

Its propeller is a single cylinder 125cc four-stroke four-valve double-shaft overhead water-cooled delivering 14.7 hp of power and that it complies with the Euro 4 regulations. In the cycle part it can be inferior to the other 125 cc sports cars: its fork is conventional, not inverted; Its ABS brakes are axial, not radial, and it has lightweight alloy wheels.

It is inferior from a mechanical point of view if we compare it with its competitors. Nevertheless its price is lower: 4,649 euros. In addition, there is a promotion on the web in which the Hamamatsu sports competition is available for 3,529 euros.

Yamaha YZF-R125

The Yamaha YZF-R125 arrived a few months ago at the dealerships of the Japanese brand in Spain. It is a sports car that is reminiscent of its older sisters (both the Yamaha YZF-R6 and the Yamaha YZF-R1) and can be ridden by the youngest and most inexperienced due to its limited power.

Its engine is a 124.7 cubic centimeter single cylinder that delivers a power of 15 hp at 9,000 rpm which means you have to go high on laps to exploit its full potential. In this access sports car from the Iwata brand, we note that the delivery is more powerful and its sound more suggestive (the exhaust is partly to blame) than in the previous models.

Its clutch has an anti-rebound system, the frame is a Deltabox made of steel, its inverted front fork has a thickness of 41 mm in diameter and its rear monoshock is controlled by an aluminum swingarm. The weight is only 142 kg and its price starts from the 4,999 euros.

Finally we could have included the Honda CBR125R in selection, but it has been left out because it is no longer for sale at the moment. We do not know if 2020 will be the year in which the Japanese manufacturer recovers the smallest sports model, but at the moment it does not offer any.

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