Yamaha 125ZR

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125ZR Pros & Cons

Things We Like in 125ZR

Two stroke charm

Quick acceleration

Moto GP livery

Things We Dont Like in 125ZR

Limited production

Two stroke issues

Recent Updates of Yamaha 125ZR

Kawasaki’s entry level quarter liter sportsbike has been due for a replacement for a long time now. The new for 2018 Ninja 2018 was launched very recently at a price of RM 23071. This replaces both the Ninja 250 and the Ninja 250 SL and comes with new styling and engine. The styling is influenced from the current ZX-10R and includes new fairings and twin LED headlights. The engine is a brand-new 249cc, twin-cylinder, eight-valve, DOHC unit that produces 38.2 hp at 12500rpm and 23.5 Nm of torque at10000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6 speed transmission.

Yamaha 125ZR Colors

125ZR is available in 1 different colors - Blue.

  • Blue

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125ZR Review

  • Overview
  • Design
  • Ride & Handling
  • Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Braking & Safety


First launched in 1998, the Yamaha 125ZR is a two-stroke underbone. It has been a fixture on AESAN racing events since time immemorial. It was also featured in the Specialist classification of Malaysian Cub Prix tournament. And for good reason. Today two strokes are banned. But the everyday public does not have to go to a race track to get a whiff of that old smoky exhaust and ringing exhaust note. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and JPJ forget about the rule for a certain number of two strokes every year. This limited production run allows this highly capable bike to appear on our roads even today.


This is a compact bike. The 17” wheels look huge on its short 1040 mm high frame. The wheelbase is low at 135 mm. The seat height is also short at 752 mm. There is minimal fairing to speak of on the front. The rear rides high with a huge grab bar on the end. There are some stylish gashes on the rear section and some above the engine but that’s all about it. Even the instrument display is an ordinary analog unit. The huge front fender and the cute headlight assembly will make you think that this is just another kapchai. But more careful inspection will reveal a long silencer with an expansion chamber, huge disc brakes both front and rear and thick 70/90 38P tires on the front and 80/90 4P tires on the rear. This is indeed no ordinary kapchai.

Ride & Handling

There is a telescopic suspension in the front and a conventional unit swing suspension in the rear using a single mid-mounted shock absorber. The seating is relaxed. The handlebars are low but do not force the rider to put all their weight on their wrists. Unless they want to. Handling is great as the handlebars are wide and the bike itself weighs nothing at 106 kg.

Engine & Fuel Consumption

The price of a two strokes engine’s performance comes out in a few distinctly annoying ways. When Yamaha was making the engine for the 125ZR, it had a lot of these issues in mind. And thus was made one of the first two strokes to ever come with a catalytic converter. Emissions from the exhaust are reduced by as much as 50%. Toxins like carbon monoxide are replaced by water, hydrogen and carbon dioxide. This allows the bike to run on unleaded fuel – another first in its class. The catalytic converter is also almost free of maintenance making it as reliable as modern motorcycles. But let’s face it, no one who rides one of these bad boys is there to save the environment. All they want is to rev that engine and experience the acceleration that only a two-stroke can provide. The tiny 125 cc engine has a bore and stroke dimensions of 53.8 mm X 54.7 mm and a compression ratio of 6.5:1. This allows it to produce 12.8kW at 8000 rpm and a peak torque output of 16.1 Nm at 7500 rpm. Mated to a 6-speed transmission, this bike has a wide power band and accelerates like a bullet from any speed. It is not the fastest bike in the world. But it was never meant to be either. It is just wickedly fast.

Braking & Safety

For a bike with such quick acceleration, braking cannot be an afterthought. And thankfully it isn’t. There are disc brakes on both the front and the rear wheels that do a brilliant job of stopping when needed.

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    Aisar Mei 17, 2019
    Bike that complimented my choice

    Recently I bought Yamaha 125 zr. The bike has been launched by Yamaha group off late. I am pretty happy with the overall performance of the bike. This is indeed a multi utility bike. If you need a bike for regular commuting to work, this is perfect. Again if you are seeking bike for fun and outing, n other bike Read More

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    Hadees Apr 26, 2019
    A bike to pep up your life

    I was thinking of rewarding myself with something really worthy when I got a sudden promotion in the company with a good hike in pay. I decided what else can be more alluring to me other than a ravishing bike. So finally I ended up buying Yamaha 125 ZR. I did not do much research prior to buying this bike. Read More

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    Taufik Dis 26, 2018
    Need for speed is here

    Being an active member of my sports club, I need to be fast, quick and agile. Turning in at a comparatively younger age, everyone expects me to be on time to join the rally that spreads awareness across the city regarding child labor and exploitation. Soon I turned out to be a core member of the action team, the cost Read More

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    Ameer Ogos 24, 2018

    When I got a pay rise last year I decided to convert my bike dream into reality. I zeroed on to the Yamaha 125 ZR and since then there has not been a moment of regret. This bike has given me everything from a good safe drive, to the adrenaline rush of a sports vehicle. The quick pick up, amazing Read More

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    Boskur Jun 07, 2018
    Average moped

    I don’t really like the way the Yamaha 125ZR looks as I have never been a fan of mopeds. But what made me buy this little dynamite is the engine. Yes, I bought a moped for its 125-cc engine. As for testimonial, I can tell you that the 17 hp power is more than many other 150-cc bikes. The power Read More

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