The little light bulbs on the gear indicator always seem to be burning out. Replacing them is not difficult, but it's not easy, either.
The tach and speedo gauges are not sealed well, probably because the bulb sockets are just big hunks of rubber that don't really keep the water out, so the glass has fogged and there's nothing to be done. You can't take them apart to clean under the glass without destroying them, or so it seems, anyway. I haven't found a way to get into them. This is quite an annoyance.
Changing or checking light bulbs in the gauges (turn signal, hi beam, neutral and illumination) is a real pain, and the bulbs do vibrate loose and go out from time to time. They just need to be wiggled back to life.
Gauges are black-painted over zinc plating. The paint comes off with heavy finger pressure. This is just cheap. I have no idea why these cheapo gauges are so expensive from the dealer at $150 a piece. Besides, all I want to do is clean the underside of the glass.
Front brake had good feel, against what others have said, but the pads were squeaky straight from the dealer. After I replaced the pads, the squeaking stopped, but now there's nearly no feel, though the brakes work nicely.
For such a popular bike across the world, it's very difficult to find accessories like luggage racks for this bike in the United States. I've wanted one for a long time and still can't find one here. Parts are cheap and plentiful in England and South America, though.
Aside from the above comments, I do really really like this motorcycle. It's light, fun, agile, perfect beginner's bike. But it looks great, too. No doubt about it. I find the acceleration to be crisp and solid, tire grip is sure. This bike is all about fun.
I've ridden much larger bikes and I guess I'm just not a horsepower snob. I like the big fast bikes and I like the little peppy nimble bikes. I'm just a huge motorcycle fan. I don't find this bike to be too slow. It's not a highway bike, for sure. But it's fun to ride, safe, nimble, attractive and just, I don't know. I really like it.
I don't see why someone who has been given the choice of either a motorcycle or a scooter would go for a scooter. This thing is way cooler than any scooter any day of the week.
Rust is a problem on the chrome bits, but it all comes off with steel wool. This bike sat for ten years and still runs just fine and is about to get used a lot. Rust had gathered on the foot pegs and everywhere else. But to my amazement, it all came off without the cleaned chrome surface showing any wear or damage, but for some pinhole pitting on the forks.
Tires can be hard to find and expensive in the US. The dealer still carries them because these bikes, I believe, are still imported to the US on a limited basis for state rider safety programs, which is a good thing. Dealers get plenty of them at the beginning of each riding season from the DMV's, and fix them up and tune them. After being unable to find tires on the Internet, I surprised to find the tires for this bike at my local Suzuki dealer IN STOCK. They cost about $140 the pair, though. Ouch! But I did install them myself, which you can do with this bike, because wheel design still uses tubes. Otherwise, it would have cost about $340 from the dealer to refit the bike with new tires and tubes.
The bike is virtually unchanged in design since 1982, and I think the frame and cosmetics are even older from back when all Suzuki were two-strokes. But the classic look has aged really well, and parts are still basically easy to get at the dealer or on eBay.
14th Apr 2010, 08:49
I absolutely LOVE the little GN125 - I have had big bikes all my life since 1964, I'm 60 years old now and my hips were finding the moving of my big bike painful, I bought a new GN125 (light and easy to move) and peppy.
I don't miss the 750s or 1100s at all, and wonder why I left it so late to wake up to a fun little bike like the GN125.
I look at all these old fellas riding their big heavy Harleys and laugh to myself hahahaha, the joke's on you buddy!