2023 Yamaha R125 debuts with R1-inspired upgrades


Yamaha has globally revealed the 4th gen R125, billed as the company’s “highest specification supersport lightweight” motorcycle. The 2023 Yamaha R125 will go on sale in Europe from February 2023, which means you can check with your local dealer on availability and price.

As you can probably tell, the 2023 R125 heavily borrows its styling cues from its bigger siblings such as the R1 and the R7. When it comes to styling, it tries its hardest to look as menacing as its bigger siblings with that bodykit, but housed inside that steel deltabox is a 125 cc engine. That said, don’t judge the motorcycle by merely its engine size. It has got a 5-inch full-color TFT display with ‘Street’ and ‘Track’ themes; Bluetooth connectivity; R1-inspired handlebar crown and switches, and pre-wiring for a quickshifter (riders can fit a Yamaha quick shift system).

The 17-inch wheels are wrapped with Michelin Pilot Street tyres. Suspension duties are handled by a 41 mm KYB upside-down telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear. Braking duties are handled by single discs measuring 292 mm at the front and 220 mm at the rear. Dual-channel ABS comes standard.

The 125 cc single-cylinder engine pumps out 11.0 kW (15 metric hp) at 10,000 rpm and 11.5 Nm (8.5 lb-ft) of torque at 8,000 rpm. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed gearbox.

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