Yamaha MT-125 – Europe Gets Another MT

05/07/2014 @ 12:33 pm, by Jensen Beeler24 COMMENTS


Need a small-displacement naked bike for your urban commute? Yamaha has something for you then, as the tuning fork brand has announced the Yamaha MT-125 for the European market today. Based off the Yamaha YZF-R125 platform, the MT-125 is essentially the R125 stripped of its fairings.

Featuring the same steel delta box frame, and 124.7cc single-cylinder thumper as the Yamaha R125, the big changes to make the MT-125 are the obvious ones, namely the “MT” styling that we have seen on the Yamaha MT-09 (that’s the Yamaha FZ-09 to us Americans) and the Yamaha MT-07.

While the chassis remains mostly the same (the steering head angle has been modified to 33.5º), Yamaha has changed the seat, fuel tank, handlebars, and footpegs to make a more upright riding position, which should be more ergonomic for commuting duties.

Featuring 41mm upside down forks, and a 292mm single-disc front rotor with a radially mounted caliper, Yamaha is certainly trying to make the MT-125 feel a bit more premium than its other small-displacement counterparts. However, limited suspension adjustability prevails, as it often does in this space.

Range should be stellar on this 14.8hp machine however, especially with its 3.04 gallon fuel tank. Tipping the scales at 304lbs (wet), the Yamaha MT-125 is pretty light as well. No word about availability in the USA at this time, though we would expect Yamaha USA to bring the MT-07 to the States before this pint-sized beauty.

No word on pricing yet either, though the Yamaha MT-125 will be available in European markets in July of this year, with red, grey, or blue color schemes to choose from.












Source: Yamaha

  • Paul McM

    I guess as an urban city-bike a 125cc might make some sense for small, “wafer-thin” people. But, with only 14.8 HP this will be a slug. Don’t want it, don’t need it. I think most adult males would be much, much happier with a slightly used DR650 for less money. I wish Yamaha would head what the world’s moto riders really want — a bug-fixed MT09 (aka FZ09). That triple in the MT09 is magnificent, but the fueling on the one I test rode was horrific (nearly unridable in A mode, really bad in B mode with nasty fuel cut-out off-throttle). Also the front suspension was severely undersprung. Forget the mini-MTs Yamaha, just get the real deal, the MT09, sorted out properly first!

  • Kalle

    Paul: Your analysis fail to take into account the european cc/hp rules for licensing. This bike is designed so that a 16 year old can jump on it in most countries.

  • L2C

    That’s a great looking bike! I bet it would give the 250s/300s a run for the money with newbies. It’s really, really nice looking.

  • L2C

    And I’d say the photographer(s) did an excellent job. Wonder where those boys/girls are off to dressed like that, though. Probably best not to touch on that topic.

  • Ian John

    the 125 gets USD forks, and the MT-09 gets spongy ones too. The MT-07 gets conventional?

  • “I guess as an urban city-bike a 125cc might make some sense for small, “wafer-thin” people. But, with only 14.8 HP this will be a slug.”

    Alas, that’s a function of the European 15HP limit for this displacement category. The aftermarket will no doubt be quick to offer exhausts, cams and engine maps to tweak this little bad boy to go a lot faster. I really like the look of it. Yamaha did well.

  • Harlan

    Don’t know if it is an US thingie, but in most countries, a 125cc bike is more than enough for commuting.

    A 650cc bike is…overkill for that.
    Nice, but overkill.

  • Ian John

    i had a second look, looking at the side profile of the bike, looks better than the 09 and 07.
    In OZ we cant get the Grom, this could be a nice town bike for the right price.
    Some quick calcs for the numbers boffins;
    Grom power to weight = .044
    MT 125 = .048
    160 rear with a Rosso Corsa……… :-)

  • ” 160 rear with a Rosso Corsa……… :-)”

    Which, of course, is way too much tire for such an underpowered, lightweight bike. Hell, a Moto3 bike doesn’t have rubber that wide, and it’s pumping out ludicrous HP for a 250. Step back to 1980 and an average 650 would have a 120/90-18 on the back, which was plenty for the street and its 60-65-ish HP.

    Anyway, I’d absolutely choose one of these over a Grom. I just cannot get over the diminutive size of that one.

  • Vinod

    @Harlan: You are spot on.

    This bike makes perfect sense for India. But i guess the price will be closer to KTM 200 which will make it pointless. I am wondering when Yamaha India will release the naked version of R15 which has 18 bhp, which also sells well in India and can be priced lower than the fully faired R15.

  • Ian John

    @ Trane Francks

    ” 160 rear with a Rosso Corsa……… :-)”

    Smiley face dude – denotes not too serious……

    Mind you, if you Google Busa Destroyer, they make great use of tyre diversity; 180 on the front anyone?

  • Starmag

    When you’re left behind by your friends on their 250’s, at least you can console yourself with how rad you look with fake scoops. So much so you may even want to stop and take some selfies.

  • DogDBountyHunter

    @Harlan: You are spot on.

    Yes this is kind of a USA thing with not going for tiny displacement bikes. The main reason is, this country is huge and there are a LOT of long highways. Unless a person lives and only rides in metropolitan areas, one is going to have to venture out on the freeways. It can be unsafe on our freeways / interstate highways if a person’s vehicle can’t cruise along with the flow of traffic, which ranges usually from 65-85 mph. A bike like this would be really fun and practical in the city, especially for a young rider or someone who is looking primarily at fuel economy and cost of ownership (insurance, maintenance). But here in America, if we can’t go 75-85 mph, it’s just a toy for most people.

  • Harlan

    Well, don’t most people live in metropolitan areas?

    I wouldn’t have this bike as my only bike after all, it will be cheaper, more fun and practical to leave the 500CC+ bikes to have fun on weekends :D

    But that’s just me, here in south america things are different, I wouln’t presume to know how things are in the US

  • BBQdog

    If the price would be the same I would still buy a Duke 125.

  • BBQdog

    If the price would be the same I would still buy a Duke 125.

    And 304 lbs (138 kg) is not exactly light for a 125cc.
    The Duke 390 weights 139 kg wet but without fuel.
    The Duke 200 weights 129.5 and the 125 only 127 kg.

  • Scooter or bike at this level. I would have fun for a weekend on both yet I would never spend a dime on ethier. I think its a sharp looking bike in the photos. But like SR400 that we can get here, it is too small for my commute and lack of power does not help to fun factor.

    A clean burning RD350LC is what I want now that I think about it.

  • DogDBountyHunter

    Not sure what the breakdown is but after having ridden all over this country, it is absolutely freaking huge. And LOTS of states have just a couple big cities with many small towns interspersed. So, a person has a lot of highway travel unless they never leave San Francisco or New York for example. Heck, even people in LA need to use the freeway.

  • put this in asia! it will be huge!

  • Firman

    Lane splitting is what this bike should excel.

  • crshnbrn

    re: “Wonder where those boys/girls are off to dressed like that”

    Either a SWAT drill, or they were late leaving for the paintball range and knew they wouldn’t have time to change when they got there. Anything else is just plain FREAKY.

  • Paul McM

    @Kalle: “Paul: Your analysis fail to take into account the European cc/hp rules for licensing. This bike is designed so that a 16 year old can jump on it in most countries.” OK, that’s a very valid point for Euro buyers.

    And I do agree that the styling will probably appeal to young riders. But how many 16-18 year-olds can actually afford this thing? I sure don’t see many riders under 23 years of age in California on new motorcycles of any kind. They buy cheap, buy used. Maybe we’re just po’ folk compared to Europeans these days.

  • “But how many 16-18 year-olds can actually afford this thing?”

    Dunno, but it’s bound to be cheaper than the popular Aprilia RS4 50 and 125 models. I certainly worked when I was in high school and was able to buy guitars, stereos, cameras and motorcycles …. I fail to see the difficulty.

  • Pedro

    Keep in mind that in some European countries, you don’t need a motorcycle license to drive a 125 bike, a Car license is enough. So small bikes and scooter are very popular. Also european cities are quite different from american cities, most people drive less than 5 km to get home, and it’s not easy to squeeze a 600 bike in the middle of the traffic or park it anywhere. So this bike look like a really cool bike to use everyday.