Fortunate to grow up in a racer family, I know my way around bike choices, so I knew what to get my son for his birthday. The Yamaha YZ125 is a perfect way to usher the young rider into the motor-racing world.
As an improved 2022 version, there’s so much difference in the YZ125. At first look, the sleek and modern look captures your attention. The new cockpit is engineered to give the rider maximum control to move around more easily.
Plus, the fuel tank is narrower, the seat is flatter, and the shrouds are much slimmer. Even though it took Yamaha 15 years for this remodel, I’m sold! But there’s more to the new YZ125.
After taking it for a ride, this is what I discovered;
Yamaha YZ125 Top Speed, Review, Price, Seat Height, & Weight
Yamaha YZ125 Review
Yamaha YZ125 Top Speed: 70mph(113 Km)
Yamaha YZ125 seat height seat: 1,000 mm (39.3 in)
The updated 2022 Yamaha YZ125 model comes packed with a host of upgrades. It has a fully remodeled 125cc liquid-cooled two-stroke engine which delivers better top-end power. The suspension setup is also reformed to offer enhanced riding ergonomics. YZ125 also boasts of a unique YZ styling in blue color.
Let’s go deeper;
Even though the ergonomics of this new YZ125 2022 model feel similar to the other brands, there’s a notable difference.
With a similar frame and swingarm, taking laps with YZ125 makes you feel different. Every part of the frame brings out a fantastic feeling that connects the rider to the bike. Yamaha YZ125 is specifically designed to cater to the needs of taller riders in every ride.
Yamaha YZ125 has a durable aluminum handlebar, wide footpegs with rubber grip, adjustable clutch lever, 2-position handlebar clamp, wide footpegs, gripper seat, and a works-style cable adjuster. The YZ125 comes ready to race immediately after unboxing.
Price and Competition
Its price doesn’t include shipping charges if you live outside the US. Still, it comes in a Monster Energy Racing Edition that may cost a little more than the bike.
Its top competitors include Honda CRF150R, Kawasaki KX125, KTM 125 SX, and Husqvarna TC 125.
Yamaha YZ125 Key Specifications
|Seat Height||38.6 inches|
|Curb Weight||207 lb|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||1.8 gallon|
- Lightweight aluminum semi-double-cradle frame
- Removable aluminum rear subframe
- 48 mm Speed sensitive KYB inverted front forks
- Fully adjustable KYB rear shock absorber
- Full lock oil rebound system
- Aluminum handlebar with adjustable clamp
- Adjustable clutch lever
- Front and rear disc brakes with redesigned rotors
- Race-ready Bridgestone Battlecross X20 tires
- Reed-valve inducted 2-stroke engine
- Liquid cooling
- Updated air-intake design
- Yamaha power valve system
- Close-ratio 6-speed transmission
- Hitachi Astemo Keihin PWK38S carburetor
- 3D map-controlled CDI unit
Yamaha YZ125 Specifications
Engine & Transmission
|Engine Type||2-stroke, Single-Cylinder, SOHC, Reed Valve|
|Engine Displacement||125 cc|
|No. of Cylinders||1|
|Fuel Supply||Mikuni Fuel Injection|
|Cooling System||Liquid Cooling|
|Valves Per Cylinder||2|
|Transmission||6-Speed, Close Ratio Gearbox|
Top Speed Performance, & Mileage
|Top Speed||The Yamaha YZ125 top speed is 70 mph (est)|
Chassis & Suspension
|Front Suspension||KYB Speed-Sensitive System Inverted Forks|
|Rear Suspension||KYB Fully Adjustable Single-Shock|
|Front Wheel Travel||11.8 Inch|
|Rear Wheel Travel||12.4 Inch|
Brakes, Wheels, & Tires
|Front Brake||Single Hydraulic Disc|
|Rear Brake||Single Hydraulic Disc|
|Front Brake Diameter||270 mm|
|Rear Brake Diameter||245 mm|
|Front Wheel||21 Inch Spoke Rims|
|Rear Wheel||19 Inch Spoke Rims|
|Front Tire Size||80/100-21 Dunlop® MX52|
|Rear Tire Size||100/90-19 Dunlop® MX52|
Dimension & Capacity
|Wheelbase||56.8 in (1442 mm)|
|Length||84.1 in (2136 mm)|
|Width||32.6 in (828 mm)|
|Height||51.0 in (1295 mm)|
|Seat Height||39.3 in (1000 mm)|
|Ground Clearance||14.4 in (365 mm)|
|Curb Weight||207 lb|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||2.1 gal|
Electricals & Lighting
Instrument Console & Speedometer
|Console Type||No Instrument Console|
|No. of Trip Meters||No|
|Gear Shift Light||No|
|Gear Position Indicator||No|
|Low Fuel Indicator||No|
|Engine Temperature Indicator||No|
|Engine kill Switch||No|
|Additional Features||30 Day Warranty|
After the first ride with Yamaha YZ125 and reading several reviews, I can confidently say that I had a blast and that this model is a significant jump forward.
The new 2020 Yamaha YZ125 comes with a lot of impressive upgrades. The liquid-cooled 2-stroke engine offers a powerful and solid performance for an extended period. YZ125 also has rigid but smooth acceleration, competing with mid and high-end models.
The suspension on YZ125 is also top-quality, delivering world-class handling. Generally, the Yamaha YZ125 is among the top bikes in the 125cc segment.