Yamaha YBR125 Review

2005 Yamaha YBR125 from South Africa

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance33000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki AC 50

Summary:

An honest real workhorse doing an excellent job!

Faults:

I bought the motorcycle when it was brand new.

The engine's cylinder head was replaced when the motorcycle had done 4000 kilometers, due to an oil leak resultant of a faulty aluminium casting.

The cylinder head was replaced free of charge courtesy of Yamaha, South Africa.

Afterwards for 33000 kilometers, I had no problems whatsoever, apart from replacing 2 spark plugs and 2 chains (doing routine servicing), as well as changing the front disc pads!

When sold during May this year, the motorcycle still had its original tyres.

General Comments:

The motorcycle was used doing approximately 30 kilometers of highway driving every day, 5 days a week, come rain or sunshine, winter and summer.

I must stress that it didn't had an easy life, because most of the time, it was driven flat-out and against a heavy South Easter wind (I live in South Africa, in Paarl 50 kilometers from Cape Town).

The speed the motorcycle was driven at, was approx 110 kilometers an hour most of the time (about the fastest as it would go), and the engine never ever overheated or missed a beat (even during summer with temperatures in excess of 38 grade Celsius)!!

It didn't use any oil (approximately 50ml) during service intervals, and its fuel consumption was excellent (33 kilometers per liter driving at top speed).

The motorcycle isn't fast compared to a superbike, but then it's only a 125, and it really does what it was designed to do very very good!

It's a comfortable motorcycle, but heavy winds take their toll as the motorcycle is very light, and this was the main reason why I sold it.

Maintenance costs are extremely low!!!

Driving in heavy traffic and on quiet windfree days on the highway, the motorcycle handled extremely well, and I would much rather drive this motorcycle on such days, than a superbike (for that matter). OK... I'll still prefer a superbike...!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2007

17th Mar 2012, 19:27

I agree! The YBR 125 is a little gem! A superb 'pet lamb' of a motorcycle. The brakes are adequate and the handling, light. Being a four stroke, good 'engine braking' means less 'gear bashing' and brake grabs/stamps than on two strokes of similar capacity. It's well put together and sounds more 'mature' than it's CCs would suggest. A dependable little commuter/learner and comfortable too.

It will do 70mph, eventually, but you can't keep her there (if you weigh as much as I do). That's not the point though. She'll cruise at 55-60 very happily indeed, and has the 'guts' to go up hills without fretting too much either. A solid little bike!

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review