Written on: 23/03/2013 by Roberthalshaw
I corner this bike really hard and it is very capable of taking harsh corners at high speeds, and it really teachers you how to carry speed through a corner as it doesn't have the power to correct a mistake through the so it really teachers you how to ride. It will reach 60 easily without a harsh wind and has enough power to stay around 50 when going up steep hills. No mechanical issues what so ever and its fuel economy is brilliant it is a great bike and really reccomend it for a first... (read more)
Written on: 30/01/2013 by BikerD1210
This bike is amazing as a winter hack or just a run around to work and back. I can easily get 70MPH out of this bike which to be honest is all you need for a commute bike. Im female and of slender build so this bike is ideal i dont feel over powered by the bike. Fuel is ridiculous I can travel 14.5 miles to and from work aswell as riding around with the lads almost all night every night. Brilliant for traffic jams as the breaks are extremly responsive and it reacts so well. This is a bike... (read more)
Written on: 23/11/2012
brought a 2012 ybr 125 2 weeks ago,i commute to and from work which is a 30 mile round trip every day.cost only £10 to fill the tank to full,i used to use my car for work average cost £30 a week used bike for work same route £7 what a nice bike to ride,cheap to insure quality parts and comfy ride.Also plenty of power when needed, well pls with bike. (read more)
Written on: 22/10/2012
I bought my YBR new in 2005. It is my only transport and has been used mainly for my 28 mile trip to work and back each day. I have ridden this bike in snow, ice, rain and even occasional sunshine! It has a peach of an engine and is the most reliable bike I have owned in my 48 years of riding. I have now clocked up 40,000 miles and it is still going strong. The only downside is that I cannot attain more than 60mph. Cruising speed is best at 50mph. It doesn`t help that I am 17 stone,... (read more)
Written on: 21/10/2012
after running a YBR for 6 months now (registered 2012, 2011 model), through the rain and cold to the sunny and pleasant, the little bike has only ever let me down once (and that was the mechanics fault in my opinion, see later on) if you're looking for a first bike to learn on, there really are few comparisons. EASE OF RIDING the bike is designed to be easy to handle, from a clutch as light as a racing bike (no cramp) to its light weight, even the accessories, like a fuel counter, centre... (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2012 by modand216677 (1 review written)
My experience of the ybr 125 has been let down by an issue with heat from the sun. If the bike is left out in direct sunlight the fuel injection system does not prime. This is an issue other ybr owners have expressed frustration with, there are various forum posts relating to the ybr not starting in hot sunlight. I am not aware of Yamaha in the UK making an efforts to resolve a fundamental reliability issue with this model. Owners who have this bike have been left high and dry. (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2012 by BrutalBran (3 reviews written)
Im 17 Just turned i passed my cbt 4 days after my birthday 2 days after that i bought a (60) plate ybr i payied £553 for full comp with my insurance im not from a rich family it took me over 3 years of painfull saving up but my god is it worth it everything is top dog on it i have only ONE issue with the bike and that there is no reserve tap on the big BUT dose have a fuel gauge which covers that the power is only 10 hp which gets me around 60 without the bike struggleing at ALL i... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2012
The Yamaha YBR 125 (Model 2011) Is a road bike that can be appreciated by only beginners with low expectations. The motorbike's engine power isn't what it could easily be as it only serves 10 horse-powers (hp). Whilst driving the YBR 125 the seat is reasonably comfortable for a certain period of time, after driving for approximately 1 hour or above the seat looses it's depth/height as the material can't sustain the person's weight and the engine's vibration for an extended amount of time;... (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2012
Best looking bike of its type.loved my bike so much that I have bought a second one. Petrol prices being as they are this is the only way to travel wish i had swapped to 2 wheels years ago. I am in my 40's now but feel 20 again. Finally I enjoy my journey to and from work. My bikes are both in panther black one being a 2011 and the new one is a 2012. neither of the bikes has a kick start which i would have liked as sometimes i leave my bikes for a couple of weeks without use especially in... (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2012
very good commute bike for summer use, used on a daily commute of 15 miles a day with a lot of speed cameras to keep speed down to 30 and 40 miles iget 118 miles to gallon but going on dual carraige ways flat out ie 60 to65 this drops dramaticly. bought from new had 18 months now been 100 percent reliable and safe my one and only concern and it is a major one is the build quality the exhaust pipe is a disgrace 18 months more like 18 years it is rotting badly so much so that i have bought a... (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2011
Fell of 7 times, with little or no damage. Have compared against the Honda CG 125 for when I pass the CBT. The Yamaha is 8kg lighter and has about 10mm lower centre of gravity. The seat is the same height. So on that note as a beginner the Yamaha is better for starting out with until familiarity with heavier bikes is gained. The blue and red is lovely with an exhaust and paint/decal lines that puts the Honda to shame and makes the honda look like the rocking chair of 125's. The yamaha... (read more)
Written on: 01/10/2011 by ellis456 (14 reviews written)
Having just past my CBT I picked up the YBR that night, I bought it based on the reviews and it being a good first bike to learn on. Anyway I have had it now for about a month and am very pleased witht he bike and has not disappointed me. I got the bike after selling my car as the costs are terrible and wanted a good mpg low cost runner. No MOT needed for 2 years saves me money, tax is £16 a year and my insurance for male 27 and no bike ncb was £230. I got mine for £1200 with 7k miles... (read more)
Written on: 02/09/2011 by adolo2010 (1 review written)
What a great bike this little Yamaha YBR 125 is. I bought mine second hand about 6 months agoon an '05 plate and have never looked back. Had a few bits and pieces done which it needed but It's used every single day in whatever the weather conditions. Economical and reliable starts first time. It's kept under wraps every night outside, and dryed off when wet. In July this year we went on holiday for two weeks, when I returned the battery was down as you would expect but kicked over first... (read more)
Written on: 29/07/2011 by lonwheels
I have had the bike a little over a month now. Having returned to 2 wheels after a very long break. I passed my cbt and just wanted to get out there. The ybr custom had just about the look I wanted. Just seems the sports and trials bike look is in, so the choice is limited. Didn't fancy the marauder. The bike itself is easy to ride. The switches are simple to operate. It does deliver good fuel economy. It has a comfortable riding position, I have ridden some nice long journeys of over 70... (read more)
Written on: 11/05/2011
Very good bike, When I set out to buy a bike I was after low fuel costs, stylish and something that will get me to work everyday without fail. I can safetly say that I am more than impressed with my choice. I ride 22 miles to work every day and 20 miles back so have completed 3,500 miles in the short 4 months that I have owned it and its never failed me. Fantastic bike all round and its not as slow as people have said, down a hill on an A road I have acheived 77 mph (read more)
Written on: 07/03/2011
The YBR is my girlfriends bike, My harley is in for service so I used the YBR for my 32 round mile trip to work. This bike does is exactly what it says on the tin. performance is what you would expect from a 125 and it's never going to set the world on fire but down hill I have hit 70 mph. MPG is over 100!!! yes 100!!. the handling of this bike is superb too. if I had to buy a cheap commuter this would be it. The only gripe I have is the narrow front wheel which if you go through a rut... (read more)
Written on: 06/03/2011
Lovely little bike for riding around town but as others have said it has no guts past about 60mph. My commute to work takes me down a few country roads and the lack of any real go juice is unreal!
I also dont doubt it will fetch between 80-120mpg but my fuel gauge seems to have a mind of its own, sitting in town i have a full tank, i open the throttle and flick up a gear and im sitting on half a tank then in the red a few minutes later...
I have stepped down from a YZF R-125 and didnt... (read more)
Written on: 22/02/2011
It has always worked well. The YBR will quite happilly pootle along tough A-roads at a good 60mph, and it is very comfortable too.
Around town the bike is very comfortable and a very forgiving bike to steer, perfect for learners. The engine is very economical, but the tank is relatively small, (I dont know the exact size of the tank), but it will go a good solid 150 miles on a single tank. I ride mine every weekday to work and back and it has never broken down, it always starts first time... (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2011
A good overall bike, and a good step up for learner motorcyclists. The good points of this bike far outweigh the bad ones. The bike is stylish, nippy, sounds great, very economical on fuel and is easy to ride. The YBR is also cheap to buy second hand, yet you can be assured of Yamaha build quality.
Of course, being a 125cc this bike is not the fastest in the world, i can sit happily at 55 mph, and i'm 6, 1 and 12 stones. The most I've had out of it was 67 mph, on a very slight downhill with... (read more)
Written on: 14/02/2011
My first bike, so not much to compare it with, but I do like it. Weak points are clutch (replaced after about 4000 miles), weak headlamp and rust. Otherwise very reliable and nice to ride, smooth quiet engine. Gets 90-130 mpg. Comfortable cruising up to about 60mph.I have fitted a screen to cut down wind blast which was a problem before even at 50mph. Quite comfortable and controls work well. Good bike for learner. Well equipped for price with rack, side and centre stand (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2011
I purchased my YBR125 Custom in September 2009, and despite cleaning the bike every 10 days or so within 6 months just about all of the chrome parts on the bike had started to rust. Now after 16 months every single bit of chrome has rust on it, including the chain guard, brake pedal, rear rack, everything.
This is totally unacceptable and is all down to Yamaha using cheap Chinese parts.
However, saying that the bike does run well and is a good starter, even in the coldest of weather we... (read more)
Written on: 08/01/2011
a brilliant bike starts everytime even when we had the snow and was freezing, lovely to ride very comfy looks good to overall really really good bike.
only problems ive had is that the bulb was basically useless but once changed no problem,
also the clutch is kinda sticky i often get stuck in neutral when shifting between first and second and sometimes get stuck between gears while shifting but overall really worth buying for a first time rider :D (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2011
Yamaha 125 YBR - 2009 model
This is my first motorbike, i was looking something that i thought would be reliable and cheap to run.
Narrowed my choice down to a honda cbf or the ybr, went for the yamaha in the end as it was a little cheaper with more choice on the second hand market.
Paid £1,400, with just over 1000 miles on the clock, pretty much in mint condition, and it came with a GIVI box, essential imho.
I bought it to say some £££'s on my daily 22 mile commute to work (my other car... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2010
I have owned both a 2008 and 2009 model YBR 125, and would recommend them to anyone that wants a reliable, economical commuter that doesn't need to do motorway speeds or huge distances. I cover approx 4,000 miles in a year and have used the bike an all weather and all seasons.
* Extremely reliable, starts first time every time even in wet winter weather.
* 4 Stroke, minimal maintenance required.
* Fuel consumption is between 90-120mpg, usually 100+.
* Comfortable, extremely... (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2010
This is my first motorbike and I would say its a great bike to start out on as it is a low maintenance bike and when your are tinkering with it everything is easy to get to which makes it easier on how to understand motorbikes.
I did have a problem with the spark plug at one point as the cover that comes with it is not good enough and the spark was tracking around the plug and cutting the engine out but Yamaha replaced that straight away with a NGK cover and I have been in storms where the... (read more)
Written on: 07/08/2010
I have done 12,800km on this bike and hesitated to write a review on it as it is my first one. By now, however, I do have a feel for it and it got me the practice I needed to successfully take the test on a bigger bike.
I suppose I should point out its deficiencies first as these are few and I will praise it thoroughly later on in the review.
The clutch on my bike is sticky and often in moving from first to second it gets caught in neutral. It can also get stuck between gears on... (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2010
Pros: cheap to run, very reliable, a relaxed ride
Cons: some parts rust easily, short gearing, not great top speed
I've done about 6000 miles on my YBR 125 and am very pleased with it overall. As a town runabout it's very pleasant to ride- the high bars and comfortable seat give a relaxed riding position, the engine has enough torque over a wide rev range and it costs pennies to run. 6 litres (about three-quarters of a tank, not counting the copious reserve) is good for about 150 miles,... (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2010
Have recently bought a 50cc Generic trigger for my 16 year old son. My YBR build quality is leaps & bounds above it.
This YBR doesn't need any 2 stoke oil mixing, so adds even more to the economical mpg you get. (on my last fill up i've done 230 miles on 5.5 litres @ £6.50).
A reliable 1st time start every morning so far.
More than willing with speeds up to 60mph, struggles after 60 depending on weather & road (& who's riding me 9.5st or my husband 14.5st)!
Great fun! Sadly not a... (read more)
Written on: 26/06/2010
Awful bike, looks ok reliable runner, good on fuel.
Terrible on speed terrible build quality cheap and nasty big no no
after 3000 miles look for a new back tyre, spark plugs rust at the slightest rain as of lack of proper cover, throttle cable is usless mine lastet 5000 miles and snapped, bulbs go quick as there always on and the exhaust rusts straight away no matter how much you treat it.
overall BAD bike (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2010 by BarryPotter (1 review written)
2006(56)Yamaha YBR 125(Not fuel injected)
I bought this bike with 700 miles on the clock it was 9 months old in mint condition. It is a 56 reg and as now done 6000 miles. The bike has been virtually problem free, the only trouble being the indicators sticking on at the 1400 mile mark, this was a faulty flasher relay that was replaced free of charge under warranty
I used this bike to pass my test on, it's a really good learner bike. I also have a Honda 500cbf, but still use this for... (read more)
Written on: 30/03/2010
Just to go against what others are saying about the speed of this bike.
I do 70miles a day on my ybr 125 and regularly exceed 70mph (75mph is it's tops)
I have never changed anything on the bike, and to be honest i don't look after it to good.
but for value over 110mpg and good speeds for something so cheap you can't go wrong.
Ant M (read more)
Written on: 02/03/2010
I chose this as my first bike after passing my CBT, its good value for money bike was in mint condition when i got it only 700 odd miles, ive had no problems with the parts the only problems ive had are the gears being abit iffy sometimes and occasionally it takes ages to start in the cold. I do find this bike abit heavy to put on the center stand (bare in mind im a 10st girl :D ) and i have since dropped it whilst attempting to but the bike was ok no scratches apart from the break leaver... (read more)
Written on: 18/01/2010
i bought this bike brand new, as a way of getting to and from work! but since having the ybr 125, i have used it for getting around everywhere!
fuel consumption is unbelievable, im getting about 160mpg, which is fantastic!! the bike is very reliable and an amaizingly smooth ride. i weigh 13 stone and i have managed 65mph and i think i could of pushed her futher.
the on the road price for the ybr 125 is very cheap, there are a lot of good offers out at the moment so i would advise to have a... (read more)
Written on: 16/01/2010
only had the bike a month still running in it seems no problem to get up to 50mph dont know what it will do flat out yet i dont need to use the choke at all yet and it has been minus 3c at xmas its true about the petrol i have had 170 mpg (read more)
Written on: 16/11/2009
I already have a litre Honda but needed a day machine for work. I love it. O.k. it hasn't the acceleration but it scores on the following:
a. Very low weight, no problems pulling on to centre stand
b. Brilliant manoeuvrability on the road
c. Gearbox is great, no crunching on first gear selection and the other gears are silky smooth
d. Very quiet, no vibration
e. Suspension and saddle very good
f. Its like riding an old British motorbike without the agro
g. Filled it up on delivery and the... (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2009
I've had my YBR for about 4 months now and think its a great little bike for the money. The only problem I've had is a headlight bulb failing (not pleasant at night). Fuel consumption averages out at 110mpg and will carry me (15st 6ft 3 with top box) along at 55mph with ease. Anything over 60mph can be a struggle without a long flat bit of road and/or tailwind. The only issue I get is sometimes it can be fussy going into first gear, this is usually if you change down through the gears too... (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2009 by Jonnster71 (2 reviews written)
A well-equipped, well-made, reliable and comfortable little bike.
Bought my YBR 125 after 20+ years since my last motorbike experience (Yamaha FZ50), and wanted something cheap to run for a 15 mile commute across country roads. I'm 6'0" and weigh in at a solid 100kgs (16 stones).
Things I LOVE about this bike:
Instruments, rev counter in particular is a really useful reference. The centre-stand makes it easy to work on the chain and swing-arm. The cargo frame on the rear, easy to fit a... (read more)
Written on: 03/11/2009
Good frame, comfortable suspensions, excellent front brake. The engine is not very strong (10 HP) but it is running well with no vibrations (sometimes it seems to be a little 125 cc twin engine). The rear brake is not strong. Excellent speedo and rev counter + fuel indication. The cold start is good, but it needs warming up. The choke is on the carburettor and not on the steering end: it is a difficult ride away when cold! (read more)
Written on: 18/10/2009
very very good bike, quick acceleration, good top speed, great on fuel, cheap to insure
i would recommend this bike to anyone... easy bike to ride and get on with
dont think badly about this bike because what all the bad reviews on the bike its just an awsome bike all round lives up to yamaha's experiance :D (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2009
I have had mine since new. It has only just done 15000 as I work shifts and only use it when I'm starting early or finishing late. I have only just had new pads fitted although a year or so ago both front suspension seals went and another 6 months later I had to have one of them replaced again. As others have said the gearchange can be a bit iffy at times and sometimes missing gear but I found that my gearchange pedal was moving on the shaft (it had been since new but only comparing with... (read more)
Written on: 22/09/2009
I purchased this Yamaha YBR125 mainly to save money on fuel, and to offset depreciation on my car. I have never taken a full bike test, and my motorcycling experience is limited to 125cc. I love this little bike! I had hoped to get 80/90 mpg. The simple fact is, I am returning something in the order of 140mpg! Eight quids worth (just below 2 gallons for the pitifully non-metricated) of fuel gets me 220 miles. This has been the case across five tankfuls,so I am not telling porkies! My average... (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2009
i was looking at cutting travel costs as car was getting too expensive , had bike years ago but only a twisty so thought i should up the anti and get a geared bike, looking at prices and comparing what was about for the cost of a second hand bike yamaha swung it with three years interest free for only 2069 on the road, other plus is the yamaha has a kick start aswell as electric , honda doesnt so choice made, can average 170 miles between fill ups ata cost of about £6 (1.06 per litre) cant... (read more)
Written on: 10/08/2009
I got my Yamaha ybr125 about 2 months ago, in my opinon a very good bike, very cheap to run even if you ride pretty quick on it, I do about 150 miles on most of a tank. I'm 6 foot 2" with long legs and find it easy enough to fit on and can still manouver about, which it is very good due to very good stearing lock on it. This bike is also value for money, much better than the chinese alternatives for a first bike, i've had both and I had no even of trouble with the chinese bike. The only... (read more)
Written on: 02/08/2009
good build quality, very reliable, comfortable and confidence inspiring. Yamaha YBR125 is ideally suited to learners and commutors in inner city. with a top speed of 60 realistically, not a fast bike. but at £2k brand new, with second hand plentiful, theres loads of choices out there.
great fuel economy, about 100 miles a gallon if taken easy. good for larger riders too, like me. im 6 foot 2, 16.5 stone and i dont look out of place on it.
parts are cheap, and plentiful. new tyres from £40... (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2009
Yamaha YBR125 lacks some motor power, I'd like to increase the speed a little but I don't know how:(...
the bike is extremely comfortable to drive and is very reliable. it has not failed me once yet... it's also very cheap to drive;)
a piece of advice: change the rear tire to a bigger dimention... the bike look's much better whit a "fatter* tire. (read more)
Written on: 13/07/2009 by Mick Sowden
Yamaha YBR125 is cheap to run and insure. Gear box can be a little challenging!! Some false neutrals on most days, but nothing that a good stab at the lever doesn't sort out. Ideal first bike or commuter. (read more)
Written on: 11/07/2009 by pete10072
Yamaha YBR125 is good value for money.ideal for commuting. really good on fuel.always starts on button,even when -7degrees celcius.
rode mine for 10,000 miles.had new tyres two sets of front pads.new chain and sprockets.
tacho playing up doesn't always work.rear light wiring loom replaced.clutch basket becoming snatchy on take up.gearbox is getting ropey.this bike has been abused.but it just keeps going.now buying a honda cbf125 (read more)
Written on: 03/07/2009
I think this Yamaha YBR125 is a great beginners bike, ideal for a bit of (slightly) knee down action, but also (realatively) good for short distance tours or maybe a camping weekend. It sounds nice, especially on the over-run and accelates quickly. It is forgiving in the handling department, instantly inspiring confidence in a beginner (like me). With a bit of tuning it could become a very good bike. (read more)