2014 Yamaha MT-125 – Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark – learners street bike based from YZF-R125 platform


This has come as an absolute surprise. We never thought that Yamaha are keeping on its shed this 2014 Yamaha MT-125 with the tagline ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’. The MT-125 are targeted as the learners bike for those who are looking for a streetfighter style ride but easy to handle for beginners. It got all the aura of its bigger brother, the 2-inline 689cc MT-07 and 3-inline 850cc MT-09 for that street-cred that some might be looking for. If you still remember, the ‘Dark’ trend started with the MT-09 ‘Discover Your Dark Side’ and then followed with MT-07 with ‘Rise Up Your Darkness’. Now it is seemingly correct to tag this MT-125 ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ that can be related to the easy handling and more manageable power of the 125cc engine.  

Base from the YZF-R125 platform, this would make it economical for both Yamaha and its riders since many of the performance parts are readily available on the market. YZF-R125 platform also provide the stiff chassis and great performing engine in its class. Styling of the MT and the handling dynamics of the YZF can be a good combination for a competitive market.


Engine type Single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valves
Displacement 124.7cc
Bore x stroke 52.0 mm x 58.6 mm
Compression ratio 11.2 : 1
Maximum power 11.0 kW (15.0PS) @ 9,000 rpm
Limited power version kW (PS) @ rpm
Maximum torque 12.4 Nm (1.25 kg-m) @ 8,000 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Clutch type Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
Fuel system Electronic Fuel Injection
Ignition system TCI (digital)
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain


Frame Steel Deltabox
Front suspension system Upside-down telescopic fork, Ø 41 mm
Front travel 130 mm
Caster angle 25º
Trail 89 mm
Rear suspension system Linked monoshock with spring preload adjustment
Rear travel 114 mm
Front brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 292 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 230 mm
Front tyre 100/80-17 M/C
Rear tyre 130/70-17 M/C


Overall length 1,955 mm
Overall width 740 mm
Overall height 1,040 mm
Seat height 820 mm
Wheel base 1,355 mm
Minimum ground clearance 140 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 138 kg
Fuel tank capacity 11.5 litres
Oil tank capacity 1.15 litres

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