Suzuki GN125 Reviews from New Zealand

1994 Suzuki GN125

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 kilometres
Most recent distance32000 kilometres

Summary:

Good around town bike, not for the open road

Faults:

The seat has ripped on the top outer edges, and I can't find a good condition one anywhere, so it must be a common problem.

The brake light bulb keeps blowing.

General Comments:

Great economy, I get 560 kilometers per 10 litre tank.

Very comfortable upright riding position.

A lot of parts from the more common GN250 will fit on the GN125.

It's not for the open road, my bike will do 80 kilometers an hour at 8000 revs per minute, and I weigh 70 kilos.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2007

1999 Suzuki GN125

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 kilometres
Most recent distance16000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CT110

Summary:

Pretty good, considering the little 125cc engine

Faults:

A little bit of rust is appearing here and there. It rains a lot in Wellington NZ.

Indicator light for 3rd gear recently burnt out.

Some previous owner took off the pillion passenger handle bar, around the bottom edge of the seat (probably to fit a luggage rack), and never put it back (after removing that luggage rack).

General Comments:

Tries to look bigger than it is (i.e. just like its more popular big brother GN250), and it does this without slowing it down or weighing it down too much.

They've even done something with the muffler, to make it sound bigger than it is, without being noisier.

Extremely reliable and pleasant so far.

Gotten it up to 120km/hr (75mi/hr) once, on a good flat stretch of road with no headwinds, and it just started to red line in top gear.

Slow to accelerate, and easily hampered in headwinds or up inclines.

Handles well for city commutes and tight traffic.

Never had a passenger on it, but it will probably be pretty gutless when I do. Better than a moped or scooter, I guess.

Used about half a litre (1/2 quart) of oil over the last 1000km (625mi).

Too bad they discontinued it altogether in NZ a few years ago. Too bad they reintroduced the GN250 from China, with its attendant quality control and finish problems (see elsewhere).

I'm 185cm (6'2") myself and wouldn't recommend it to anyone above average height... unless you don't care what you look like on it, and don't mind sitting on the passenger seat when on the open road.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2007

23rd Apr 2010, 09:57

Yup, I've bought a new GN125H, decided to get away from the big heavy bikes I`ve always had.

3 months so far and no problems, trying to get used to the fantastic economy, only gas up every 2 weeks = $5, as opposed to weekly $18 on my old 750cc.

I enjoy riding the little GN more than the biggies now, being 60 years old.

A little tip: once "run in" I changed the front drive sprocket to a 16 tooth, changes the gearing completely, now it's not revving its guts out at 80kms, and all vibrations gone - have to use the gears a bit more on the hills though - price of bigger gear = $13.50 (^_^)

3rd Oct 2010, 06:33

I`m the oldie who posted the last comment..

The little 125 is the best move I've ever made, wish I'd done it earlier, don't care if other bikers call it a "learners bike", I learned on a Triumph speed twin in 1965.

Can do without the speed now, just happy to ride this fantastic good looking chromed up hassle free little Suz.

Being a motor mechanic by trade, and after having this bike for almost a year, I'd say it was the most well built bike I've ever had the pleasure to closely inspect, right down to the paint work. Go to the top of the class Suzuki!!!

25th Mar 2012, 00:20

Hello.

Thank you for the reviews!

I see a 1997 model in my area, but was wondering where and how you bought a new one?

Thanks again.

21st Oct 2013, 22:36

Hi there guys,

I'm from Sri Lanka. I have a Suzuki GN 125, 1999 model year, Japanese model. It has been with me for close to 11 years, but recently I got a small problem; I think I have to replace my carburetor now. If you guys could recommend a place where I can buy one online, a 'Japanese carburetor', it would be really helpful?

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews