Suzuki Japan has just unveiled its smallest sportbike they’ve ever produced, the GSX-R125, and its naked counterpart, the GSX-S125. The motorcycles were produced in order to appeal to more beginner riders in Japan who are limited to smaller motorcycles due to motorcycle license restrictions but still prefer the aggressive nature of modern sportbikes. Tipping the scales at just 134 kg, it’s the perfect bike for beginners. While the powerplant of the new GSX-R125 can be said to be close to its existing sibling, the GSX-R150, nonetheless, it still gets the same goodies in features, tech, style, and performance despite its smaller displacement.
The GSX-R125 is powered by a 124 cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder engine capable of producing 15 hp at 10,000 RPM and 11 Nm of torque at 8,000 RPM mated to a six-speed transmission. Full LED headlights and tail lights would provide the rider visibility illumination duties even at low-light conditions. A fully digital instrument cluster would provide all the necessary information you need at a glance which includes a speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge, trip meter, gear indicator, clock, and service warning indicators.
A telescopic front suspension and a mono-shock in the rear smoothen out the ride while disc brakes both upfront and in the rear coupled with dual-channel ABS provides stopping duties. The forks are fitted with 90mm tires on 17-inch wheels in front and 130mm tires in the rear.
Meanwhile, its naked version, the GSX-S125, just like its bigger siblings like the GSX-S750 and GSX-S1000, it enjoys the same specifications but without the full fairings and it sports a more upright position for more comfort and street-style orientation.
The GSX-R125 is said to be priced at JPY393,800 or about P185,000 while the GSX-S125 is priced at JPY360,800 or P169,500, currently priced even more than their 150 cc counterparts. With that in mind it’s hard to say if Suzuki will still introduce the new motorcycles to our markets given we already have the GSX-R150 that’s already being sold at a very good price. However, if adjusted accordingly, the new GSX-R125 could make a killing in the Philippine market especially in the more rural provinces where lightweight motorcycles could be their only means of transportation.