The 2012 version of the 125cc Cobra is, to all intents and purposes a very similar bike to the Viper. You might call it it’s “big brother”
To my mind, if you are aged 17 and over and qualify, this is a no-brainer.
But enough of that, I’ve given you too much of an insight already lets get on with review.
This 125cc Cobra shows just a few cosmetic changes from last year’s bike. The new livery, which is available from the end of February 2012 includes blue, orange, black, and black and silver.
As you can see from the styling, it is very reminiscent of a certain Peugeot bike. We’ve made this comparison before and it remains true to this day. If anything it looks a little meaner and perhaps a little sportier. How does it fair on the road?
The list of manufacturers features are below, we’ll take a look underneath at what some of these mean in practice.
- 1 YEAR’S UNLIMITED MILEAGE WARRANTY
- FULLY AUTOMATIC – TWIST & GO!
- ELECTRIC PUSH BUTTON START & KICK START
- LOCKABLE UNDER SEAT STORAGE
- SCOOTER ASSEMBLED – SIMPLY ATTACH WING MIRRORS, BATTERY AND FREE ACCESSORIES
- AERODYNAMIC SPORTS STYLING
- ECONOMIC FUEL CONSUMPTION
- TOP SPEED 60MPH
- SUITABLE FOR 17+ WITH CBT LICENCE
- FULL EEC CERTIFICATE TO BE REGISTERED FOR UK ROAD USE
The 125cc Cobra for 2012 is listed as being capable of 60 mph maximum. What we find in practice with mopeds and scooters of this type is that that is indeed the approximate top speed. However we have also found that over a period of time as the engine loosens up a little bit we can push that a few mph more. Realistically, on the flat, and in still conditions you are looking at more like 65 mph once the engine is fully run in.
I’ve mentioned many times before, but this represents a far safer speed on the road. Particularly on “A” roads, where any speed much lower than 50 miles an hour will lead to you being overtaken far more often than you might be comfortable with.
The bike is of course road legal in the UK. The manufacturers have produced tens of thousands of these mopeds or scooters and you will see them on the U.K.’s roads.
Fuel consumption is where you really win with these brand-new bikes. The technology for fuel efficient 125cc scooters has been around for some time now, and this bike benefits from years of fine tuning the fuel efficiency.
With a tank capacity of around 1 ¼ gallons, ridden sensibly you may just about push 100 miles with that.
Given how fast this little scooter goes, for many this will represent a huge potential saving on fuel costs.
Our famous road test at Throckmorton airfield in Pershore revealed a bike that had some quite noticeable cosmetic changes from the 2010 and 2011 models we have previously ridden.
The suspension on the front wheel seems sturdier, but perhaps most outstanding was the engine had moved further back on the frame and was now mounted just in front of the rear wheel. The body work has seen some extra detailing to the cowl and a spoiler effect added to the fuel tank below the passenger seat. The overall build quality was excellent.
Screwing on the rear view mirrors took five minutes, we were ready to go!
The seat seemed slightly wider than the previous model of 125cc Cobra, but that may just have been an illusion. There was ample room for my large frame and my knees to fit comfortably behind the steering column.
For the first couple of laps of the airfield and mopeds struggled to get above 55 mph.
This shouldn’t come as any surprise to somebody riding a new bike. I was reluctant to push it until it had at least 50 miles or more on the clock. It’s testament to how much fun this scooter is to ride that are used more than half a tank of fuel before I decided to set out on the road, and at that time had done well over 45 miles.
I opened the throttle on the main road towards Pershore and managed to get close to 60 mph. The engine was particularly smooth, and steering was facilitated by a minimal amount of lean and very well positioned steering column.
I mentioned in the previous review how much I enjoyed this bike and even bought one myself. I did have one for a while, but it was impractical to add it to my “collection” of bikes so it is being sold on. But once again I was reminded of what a great bike this was.
Braking was firm without being violent, steering comfortable and the ride itself very smooth for a small machine. I don’t think I actually pushed it to 60 mph, but then with a new bike it’s probably advisable not to anyway until it has 200 or 300 miles on the clock.
If you are looking for a sporty looking bike, then I must recommend the 125cc cobra above the 50cc Viper for anybody aged 17 or over.
For a mere £50 more it just makes so much more sense. You have at least double the speed and in my book that means more flexibility and greater safety.
The retail version of this bike can be ordered after February 28, 2012.