Perhaps the 125cc Cruiser represents one end of the scale, with its larger double fronted frame, sturdy cowl and generally more robust appearance than the more “sporty” models.
Before we go any further, as usual here are a list of the features that the 125cc Cruiser scooter has with its 2012 model.
- 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
What this list of features doesn’t tell you is how different this bike is from many of the others we have reviewed here. Although hopefully having a look at the images will help to clarify some of the changes I will explain below.
Whereas bikes like the Cobra and Viper may be thought of as “boy racer” style scooters, that certainly cannot be said of the robust looking 2012 125cc Cruiser.
Immediately apparent is the “double front” headlight mounting and far wider front cowl. Added to this the chunky looking front and rear suspension and more substantial exhaust, you might start to get an appreciation that this bike at least has the appearance of a larger machine than some of the others reviewed here.
Of course this moped is UK road legal, and requires no more than 10 minutes unpacking and minor assembly to be ready for the road. The model we had came with a free top box, though you will have to check with the manufacturer act on sale whether this offer is still applicable for you.
On sitting on the 125cc cobra it is noticeable that there is a little more room to put your feet, particularly if you have a large frame like myself. The instrument panel is also quite different and is one of my favourite aesthetic features of this bike given how it is at the budget end of the market.
Front indicators mounted on the handlebars are also unique to this scooter among the range.
Let’s just say, it’s a very different machine. But what’s it like to ride?
Sitting on the bike you feel as if you are part of a much larger machine than some of the smaller bikes I have tested in the previous weeks.
It started first time, (which is always a good sign but not that uncommon among this range). We did not weigh this scooter but I perceive that it is slightly heavier and some of the other models, and it did take a little longer to get up to 55mph on the airfield.
The sense of speed is slightly dulled by being on the larger machine. I know that may sound a little daft as it is still only a 125cc moped, but it is true nonetheless.
I found steering perhaps the most comfortable on the 125cc Cobra out of all the machines I have written about. I’m quite happy to lean a little, and found the substantial frame gave me confidence to take corners at a sensible speed and without any undue entanglement between my knees and the steering column. This may have been partly due to there being at least the perception of slightly more room for my feet in the foot well. Something which I always appreciate.
I was on the open road 30 minutes later, and adopted a position about 6 feet out from the curb. Keeping up comfortably with the flow of traffic around me.
The sense of riding a larger bike and it being capable of at least 60 mph meant I did not feel like a “pariah”, upsetting other road users.
Instead I had a feeling of belonging that was palpable. Perhaps I was just having a good day!
Unfortunately the opportunities to really open the throttle were limited as there seemed to be a lot of traffic on test day, but I did get it up close to 60 mph a couple of times before my test run was over. Acceleration will smooth and braking was very firm.
It’s worth mentioning that I felt the braking was firmer on this bike than others I have tested recently. Though every individual model may be different and I strongly advise testing out braking yourself if you should buy the 2012 125cc cruiser. Everybody’s perception may be different.
All in all, this is not a bike for the boy racer. This is a sensible 125cc scooter aimed at the more mature market. Although capable of 60 mph it doesn’t give that sense of speed that some of the smaller scooters do For some this will be a very good thing
It is an excellent performer, solid steering and very good braking make it a real safe option for the more mature rider looking for a sensible scooter perhaps for the daily commute.
For anyone over 30, this is probably the mopeddealer.co.uk most recommended 125cc scooter.