The YZF-R125 has been a monumental success for Yamaha. It has been by far the sportiest learner-legal ‘supersports’ bike on the market, and an updated version for 2014 should ensure the dynasty continues.
It certainly looks sharp, adopting a similar face to that of Sam Lowes’ World Supersport-winning R6. This front cowl also means a new air intake located between the lights.
The biggest updates come on the R’s chassis. There’s a new USD front fork, which apparently increases rigidity levels and feedback, and to suit the new fork set-up Yamaha has redesigned the triple clamps. The rear benefits from a new linkage system. Other shiny new bits include a new multi-function LCD dash, a radial-mounted front brake caliper (nice touch), and new Y-spoke wheels. Price when we get it…
Despite the lovely looks, you have to feel sorry for the youngsters of today. They don’t make ‘em like they used to. TZR125 and massive wheelies past the chippy, anyone?