125ccs are avery important part of the motorcycles on our roads. Indeed, they representhalf of motorcycle sales.
However, it must be taken into account that the majority of vehicles forA1 license holders (or called 125 license) are scooters.
As a reminder, according to the law, the125ccmust not exceed15 horsepower.
In 125 motorcycles, an important part is taken byneo-retroorvintage motorcycles.
Most125ccof this type use an already proven combination:
Tubular steel frame
Air-cooled single cylinder, single overhead camshaft
17 inch spoke rims
The recent 125ccs are very close to the Japanese 125s that dominated the market twenty years ago. However, there have been developments.
The differences are due tothe Euro 4 and 5 standards:
Front and rear disc brakes
70 / 30 coupled brakes
Electronic fuel injection
ABS (for some models).
The simplicity of construction makes these motorcyclesvery popularbecause they aresimpleanddurable.
And in the category ofneo-retro motorcycles , there are scramblertype motorcycles.
As a reminder, thescrambleris a motorcycle stripped of allsuperfluous elementsand upgraded to make it more conducive tooff-road performance.
We have classified the 125 new scramblers in 2 categories,the original scramblersandthe rather classic models.
The original 125 scramblers:
In this section, we have selected thetruly unique models . Whose styles are unique and these scramblers are very different from each other.
WIND X-Rude 125
We start with the smallnovelty 2023presented during theEICMA2022.
This scrambler with a very modern look should see the light of day on our roads from spring 2023.
Thisnuggetwas carried out via a market study in order to target as many bikers as possible.
This veryhigh-end model will not leave you unnoticed! Especially with its dual outlet exhaust.
The Vent X-Rude in a few points:
Minarelli Euro 5 engine
Vent 3.0 steel perimeter frame
Combined Braking System (CBS)
290mm front disc brakes 220mm
41mm RSV16 inverted fork
RSV16 single shock
According to our research, this high-end scrambler should be around 5000€.
BULLIT HERO 125
Bullit Motorcyclesis a Belgian brand that offers neo-retro motorcycles from 50cc.
TheBullit Heroisthe most scrambler Bullit in the range. Its style is close to the old trails.
With an inverted fork, a high seat height (up to 910 mm), a round headlight surmounted by a windshield, side plates and aSuperTrapp style exhaust , theBullit Herohas an original style and is very comfortable inoff-road.
Although it is still in Euro4, it will still be marketed while stocks last.
Note that this Euro standard motion is only important if you live in large cities whereCrit'Air stickers are required.
At the level of the price, its price increases and is placed at €3599.00.
BRIXTON FELSBERG 125 XC
Brixtonis the Sino-English vision of motorcycling.
This is a real brand, not rebadged motorcycles, which offers motorcycles from 125cc to 500cc.
TheFelsberg 125 CXis inspired by classic enduros, the enduros of the 80s such as theHonda 125 XL.
With its thick, flat seat, skid plate, high front fender and round headlight, theFelsberg 125 CXhas a clean, well-defined style and is the only motorcycle of its type in this competitive market.
This model is available from €3,299.00.
MASH FALCONE 125
Mashhas been the leader in France of neo-retro motorcycles for several years. The Sino-French manufacturer offers a wide range of 125cc including the now famousSeventy.
Since 2019, Mash has offered theFalcone 125. This is a modern scramblerheavilyinspired by theDucati Scrambler.
This 125 is equipped with an inverted fork and a rear shock installed laterally in the manner of the Italian.
This is a unique proposal in the 125 range for loversof Ducati'smodern scrambler style.
TheMash Falcone 125is sold for €2999.
MASAI SCRAMBLER 125
TheScrambler model of the MASAIbrandis also sold under theHANWAY brand in other countries.
Produced in China byHanwayprecisely, this model isexclusivelyproduced for export.
Masaioffers a varied range of125s, neo-retros but also "sports", roadsters and even an electric supermoto model.
Even if the base is similar to many vintage 125 motorcycles, we appreciate the work thatMASAI has done to give it an original look.
In the radius ofspecificities, we note the presence of a 41mm inverted fork, an original exhaust, a high mudguard, scrambler lighting, a buckle and saddle assembly very well integrated and pretty (unlike other models) and large knobby tires.
It deserves its namescrambler.
TheMasai Scrambleris available from €2690. A price well placed in this category.
To find out more about this model, here is the MOTORLIVE test:
ZONES 125 SCRAMBLER
Zontesis a brand that has been present for several years in France and which is starting to make a name for itself because their motorcycles are ofhigh quality.
It will not surprise you if you are informed that this brand comes fromthe Middle Kingdom.
We're not going to lie to each other, this model is closer to aroadsterthan ascrambler. It's not the presence ofcross tiresthat makes a motorcycle a scrambler...
However, we can recognize that theZontes proposal is original and stands out from the motorcycles on the market.
The strong point ofZontesis on the equipment. On this bike we have:
124cc 14 horsepower engine
BOSCH electronic injection
Euro 5 approval
Zontesalso offers the 125 V "Café Racer" which looks more like a classic neo-retro scrambler motorcycle than a café racer.
Definitely the marketing department of the brand hasdifficultyin making the difference betweenthe different types of motorcycles.
We can only advise them to readour article about it.
This model is currently sold for 3890€. A higher price due to asuperior service in terms of quality and equipment, but this remains reasonable compared to other models.
MUTT Motorcyclesis a British brand of Chinese clothing that stands out from its competitors by its wide choice of models, customization and that puts a point of honorto detail.
This brand is unfortunately still little distributed in France.
In its style, theMUTT RAZORBACKis close to theBULLIT HERO. It is indeed the competing target of MUTT. It incorporates the characteristic codes of the Bullit by adding its own personal touch.
The original elements of thisRazorback:
Very short fenders
A short exhaust positioned under the engine
A streamlined saddle
Triangular side plates
An elevated driving position
This model is offered for sale at the price of 3890€ from the French distributorBLJ 2 ROUES.
SWM ACE OF SPADES 125
SWMis a Sino-Italian brand which isassembled in Italyin Biandronno, unlike most of its competitors.
SWM 's strategywas different from others, starting with larger displacements before entering the competitive 125cc market.
This 125 benefits from a quality engine, aHusqvarna engine (Austrian company KTM) givinggood performancewithreasonable fuel consumption.
In terms of equipment, this motorcycle has an inverted fork, an ABS brake system, a digital speedometer, LED lights and a superb exhaust with two silencers.
Fanticis an Italian brand that has existed since the 1960s and has recently come back to the fore after being taken over by Chinese capital.
TheFantic Caballerois placed on the high end of the market with avery qualitative proposal .
It is ideal for demanding bikers who want a veryfriendly scrambler .
Its style is original, the materials of quality and the engine (Euro 5) is powerful; it comes from the famous ItalianMinarelli factory .
TheFantic Caballerois sold from 5190€. A high price for a top-of-the-range service.
For owners of the A or A2 licence, we advise you to go for theCaballero 500 Rallywhich costs a few hundred euros more.
HUSQVARNA SVARTPILEN 125
In the same roadster / scrambler style as theZontes,Husqvarna is launching its famousSvartpilenin a 125cc version.
Equipped with the same engine as its cousin the15 horsepowerKTM Duke 125 , the Svartpilen 125is a great success.
In terms of looks, it is similar to its 2 big sisters, the Svartpilen 401 and 701. Thisquirky look is generated by the tubular trellis frame and the very original tank / seat / fairing assembly.
Indeed, this set forms a single block and providesan innovative design.
TheSvartpilen 125is positioned at the top of the range in the competitive 125cc market and has everything to please quality 125 enthusiasts.
Its price is 5299€.
(or classic scrambler type models)
After seeing theoriginal scramblers, we are going to look at theclassic models, models that can be assimilated to scramblers (or ramblers) or be transformed into scramblers.
These 125cc motorcycles aremore affordablethan the original models. Indeed, the design effort is less as well as the equipment.
These models are represented in number on the 125 market and the competition is fierce.
BULLIT BLUROC 125
This model has been available for 1 year in theBULLIT catalog . This is a classic type motorcycle with "some scrambler elements" likefork gaiters,lightsandtires.
The rest is pretty standard; similar to other models and competitors. The same goes for the engine, a 125cc single-cylinder air-cooled CG type that generates around ten horsepower.
Note the particularities of this model: theyellow paintand adigital counter.
This model is available in 3 colors at a price of 2299€.
BRIXTON CROMWELL 125
TheCromwellis one of the classic models of theBrixton brand , these shapes are more rectangular than these competitors.
Another differentiating element, the very "old school" exhaust. On the equipment side, it benefits from LED lighting and a very practical USB socket.
For the rest, we find the same elements as on the other models.
TheBrixton Cromwell 125is marketed from 2899€.
MASH SEVENTY 125 COPPER
MASH's bestsellerreturns in a "Copper" version for 2021.
In terms of characteristics, the great classic, tubular frame, 11-hp single-cylinder engine, flat saddle, 17-inch rim...
In terms of features, it is equipped with LED lights, a thermal strip on the exhaust line and a grille on the headlight. The rest is standard, which allowsMashto offer it at the attractive price of €2,599.
MASAI GREYSTONE 125
Masaialso has a classic model in its range. This isGray Stone 125.
This one is very close to theMashand it is available from 2360€.
The differences are at the level of the counter, the saddle, the lights and the tank.
MOTORCYCLE ARCHIVE AM64 SCRAMBLER
Another French brand in the selection:Archive Motorcycle, which is offered by the Acsud-Sacim import group.
We regret the name "scrambler" for a motorcycle which is quite classic because the preparation could have been more important.
However, we appreciate thesaddle that is thinnerthan the competitors,the integration of the front headlightand thesemi-digital speedometer.
The rest of the equipment is based on the same elements of the other 125s in this section.
It is sold at the price of 3049€.
ORCAL SIRIO 125
TheOrcal Siriois the scrambler-inspired version of the Astor 125. Model, which has been one of the best-selling 125s in recent years.
Orcalis a French brand distributed by Dip Import Marseille and produced by Senke Motor.
Reviewers praise the build quality for the price.
For the look, the differentiating points are the following:
Old-style chrome double counter
Double humpback saddle
18 inch front rim
Headlight with grid
In terms of price, it is offered at €2,985.
As you can see, the choice of125cc typed scrambleris very wide. There is something for alltastes(from the most sober to the most extravagant), for allbudgets(from 2200€ to 5200€), for allstyles(from the most classic to the most modern)...
You will have to sort the offers according toyour expectations, thebudget, the look and thedistribution network of the brand. to select the model that best suits you.
Plus, most of these templates are greatbases to customize. To learn more about the 125cc scrambler, here is an article dedicated to this subject:Making a 125 scrambler.
So which of these 125 do you prefer? Tell us in the comments.