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Most Popular 125cc Bikes of 2021


Jake T · November 18, 2021

2021 has seen a whole host of new bikes being released and it can be a bit of a mind boggle when trying to find the right bike for you. Worry not, here at RideTo we’ve put together a list of the most popular 125cc bikes of 2021 to help give you an idea of what people are loving to ride after passing their CBT this year.

Yamaha NMAX 125

The long-standing stalwart of the scooter category and we have to say, we can see why. It offers a sporty shape and full LED lights throughout. The twist and go 125cc provides a nice user-friendly power delivery and the front and rear disk brakes with ABS will make sure you’re coming to a stop safely.

We’re always a fan of technology and the NMAX does not disappoint. The keyless ignition makes hopping on and off the scooter a breeze and the handy start-stop helps save fuel and prevent too many emissions.

Overall if you’re looking for an easy scooter to get you from A to B then the NMAX is definitely worth a look.

Remember, as it's the most popular 125 scooter of 2021/2022, you want to make sure you protect it properly, for this we recommend the EasyBlock for NMAX, 125 a scooter lock that fitted directly to your NMAX, allowing you to lock your motorcycle every time you stop

Yamaha XSR 125

New for 2021, Yamaha has brought out the smallest capacity of their XSR range. The beautifully designed 125 follows from the success of the XSR range by offering a learner-friendly motorcycle that fits in the sports heritage bracket. With the same engine as the MT-125 and YZF-R125, you can be sure the XSR will be a reliable steed when navigating through the city.

The new kid on the block has some great features such as 37mm USD forks, 17inch wheels and adaptable chassis to suit a range of rider sizes.

Without the heritage, this XSR 125 shoots to the top of our favourite bikes to be released this year. If you plan on getting yourself the awesome XSR, we recommend that you use adequate protection, such as the XSR 125 Motorcycle Lock by EasyBlock, that is made for the XSR specifically.

Lexmoto LXR 125

The most registered bike of 2020 continues its popularity through to 2021. The Lexmoto LXR 125 offers a ‘big bike’ feel and the new liquid-cooled engine and 6-speed gearbox certainly give you the impression you're on a much more substantial bike. Top features include a digital display, stainless steel exhaust, combined braking system and LED indicators.

One of the biggest draws to this sporty 125 is the price. Coming in at £2799 brand new, that's nearly £2000 cheaper than a YZF-125 and with finance options available it makes this Lexmoto a very attractive option.

Honda CB125R

Another favourite of ours here at RideTo is the Honda CB125R. Having registered 160 units in October 2021 alone, it's obvious that this Neo Sports Cafe is a hit with the public too. This fantastic looking 125 is bold in style and offers an LCD dash and full LED lighting throughout. On top of this, you can expect 41mm USD forks for a smoother ride and Nissin ABS brakes for that added stopping power.

If you love the CB 125R and want to progress to bigger bikes, you’ll be pleased to know the range extends to CB300R, CB650R and CB1000R so you‘ll have something familiar to make the step up to.

Keeway Superlight 125

For those looking for more of a cruiser style motorcycle then look no further than the Keeway Superlight. Topping the charts of most models registered through August and September 2021, this 125cc cruiser will definitely give you those Harley vibes as you start your journey onto two wheels. With a 15ltr fuel tank that the manufacturer states will get you a whopping 110+mpg, the Superlight is a serious contender if you’re on the hunt for a solid commuter motorcycle.
The Keeway Superlight could be yours for just £2499 which makes this cruiser all the more attractive.

Yamaha YZF 125

Yamaha YZF-R125 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition

The ever-popular YZF-R125 gets a fresh look with the stunning 60th Anniversary livery. There haven’t been too many more updates to the bike itself from its predecessor but you can’t deny the GP colours just give a whole new edge to the bike. This beauty does come with a hefty price tag of £5,100 so you may be better off waiting until you take your full licence and spending that dosh on something once you're there

Whatever your style, there are plenty of options on the market. If you're on the lookout for a new bike or perhaps your first bike, take your time to shop around, research and possibly book a test ride or two.

This information is given to you as a guide to support you in your choice of licence and RideTo has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided about motorcycle licence and training requirements. However, RideTo cannot guarantee the information is up to date, correct and complete and is therefore provided on an "as is" basis only. RideTo accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising. We recommend that you verify the current licence and training requirements by checking the DVSA website.