Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 13th March 2017

Suzuki is promising to take the highly competitive sports 125cc class by storm when it’s new GSX-R125 hits the showrooms this summer.

The company claims that its new learner bike will top the class when it comes to acceleration, posting a better power to weight ratio than all of it’s rivals, including the class leading KTM RC 125 and Yamaha YZF-R125.

With styling echoing that of the legendary GSX-R1000 superbike and with a high specification that includes a keyless ignition system, LCD instruments, LED headlights and ABS brakes, the smallest member of the GSX-R family is likely to be high on the shortlist of 17 year olds looking for a first bike after passing their CBT.

In order to be eligible to be classed as an A1 motorcycle, and therefore being able to be ridden by provisional licence holders on L plates, 125s have to make no more power than 11kW (14.75bhp). That means that Suzuki has had to look at other areas in which to differentiate their new model from the competition, which are also restricted to the same power output.

Suzuki GSX-R125 cornering

As well as giving their 125 the GSX-R name and look, Suzuki have tried to get one over the competition by keeping the weight down to 134kg, so although it makes the same amount of power as the others in the class, it should provide better acceleration and more agile handling, while remaining easy to ride.

Suzuki had one of the most desirable sports 125s of the 1980s and 1990s, when the RG125 Gamma two-strokes were part of the range, but it’s a sector they’ve not been involved in for the best part of two decades. The GSX-R features an all-new twin cam engine that’s fuel injected and promising one of the best torque curves in the class, as well as great fuel economy.

Suzuki GSX-R125 Engine

Some of the cycle parts, particularly the frame and conventional telescopic forks, look a bit basic compared to those on the KTM and Yamaha, but they should be more than up to handling the GSX-R125’s power output while bringing the side benefit of greater simplicity, less weight and (hopefully) less money.

Suzuki haven’t yet announced the price of the GSX-R125, but expect it to sit somewhere between that of the £3799 Honda CBR125R and Yamaha’s £4599 YZF-R125 when it arrives in showrooms this summer.

Alongside the GSX-R125, Suzuki is also introducing an unfaired GSX-S125 based upon the same platform. Styled along the lines of the big GSX-S1000, the GSX-S125 shares the same chassis and engine as the race replica GSX-R125, but replaces the full fairing with small headlight and radiator cowls, as well as changing the handlebars for more upright riding style.

Just like the GSX-R, the GSX-S125 comes with three colour choices, including the MotoGP replica metallic blue option, with prices and availability dates still to be confirmed.

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