Yamaha DT125E Reviews from Malaysia

1977 Yamaha DT125E

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1980
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Vulcan 750

Summary:

Reliable good handling with adequate power for on road or offroad use

Faults:

Two stroke oil pump faulty after sometimes, had to mix petrol with 2T oil. The gear was not working properly, the neutral position was not in the right position. Kick starter won't work properly after 20 years.

General Comments:

A good and reliable motorcycle, despite its old age.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2009

1981 Yamaha DT125E

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership1993
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.7 / 10
Previous motorcycleSuzuki TS125

Summary:

Fun & Cheeky Bike... I'd want one again!

Faults:

Excessive smoke due to a worn crankcase-seal that resulted the gearbox oil slipping into the engine.

Gear-lever seal leaked too, a cheap replacement.

Eventually a top-overhaul that I'd blame myself for, due to thrashing it every weekend for motocross.

General Comments:

My DT125 reads 'DT125E' on paper...and fondly refered as 'Yamaha Enduro' by the public. The 'E'signifies Yamaha's CDi ignition system - I guess it's the same bike as the DT125MX in UK? Back in the 80s, the monoshock was one off amongst scramblers, a pride!

Although a dual-purpose type, it can be seriously good for motocross-work. Mine was stripped left only the head&tail light. A YEIS induction from the street RX-S was bolted-on for better torque. Next was a bigger exhaust-system+carburettor -jetting. Knobby 'cross'tires. Eventually, it was 'upped'175cc by a simple used 175 block & piston. The primary & secondary sprockets were 13/52 if I remember. Wheelies in 3rd gear!

Around town it was fun, able to run with street RX's till 4th gear! People at the bus stands would cheer on when I rode up the pathway during traffic jams. On weekends, at the dirt track, some RMs & YZs could be trailed closely or even passed, depending on the rider!

For me, my youth means my unforgetable... Yamaha Enduro. I wasn't rich in money then, but truly a rich, exciting life! Mud, sweat & gears.... Period...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2007

10th Oct 2010, 11:45

The "E" actually signifies the model year.

D -1977 (first year a letter used)

E - 1978

F - 1979

G - 1980

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews