Lexmoto launches ZSX 125

£1,499 commuter bike takes aim at CBF and YBR

Posted: 11 April 2013
by Visordown News

LEXMOTO'S stylish new commuter/learner bike, the ZSX 125, is now available to buy.

Priced at £1,499 RRP, the ZSX is £1,000 cheaper than the current segment leaders, Honda's CBF125 and Yamaha's YBR125. It comes with a one-year warranty - but some Lexmoto dealers are offering five-year warranties. 

The bike is built by the Zongshen factory in China, which created it in partnership with Piaggio (the Piaggio-branded version is known as the Robinson). 

The ZSX is powered by a variant of the proven '158FMI-B' 125cc single-cylinder engine used on many other Lexmoto models, with gearing designed to suit commuter riding. It makes 10.5 bhp and 6.8 lb-ft of torque.

Lexmoto expects the new bike to be a strong seller: the initial batch of units has already been fully allocated to dealers, and pre-orders are being taken on the second batch. 

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Good looking little bike and if the dealers are offering extra 5yr warranty they must have confidence in the build quality.
What's that box of chocolates on the front fork?

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 16:42

Whatever it is its fallen off in the other picture, an omen of things to come???

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 20:30

It didn't fall off. It disengaged automatically at high speed. Don't you know anything about chinese bikes ? :-)

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 02:12

'Stylish' ?

Mmm-kay. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It looks like a collection of weirdly angled plastic bits to me.

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 04:09

The 'box of chocolates' is where the license plate would be if in China

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 09:07

Stylish - yes if paying only £1400 the styling does suit this price point, its not like someone is paying £9399 for a ZX6-R.

We need more 125's on the road to get the interest back into biking, remember that the majority of these bikes are aimed at 17yr old males, going to school or college, as a cheap and stylish mode of transport compared to their friends, and who also are on L-Plates.

There not aimed at 35yr old males, married 2 kids, who need something different and have more disposable income.

Lexmoto have a price point which is their USP, and this USP works for them, in this market, now that 17yr olds can ride something a little more powerful once thay pass their test could we have a range of 125's that can be derestricted for £200? have these a learner and unrestricted to increase their USP once the teenage has passed their test.

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 09:55

If some of these Chinese bike manufacturers could establish themselves well enough to give buyers confidence they can get parts in a few years' time, the big boys should be worried.

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 22:44

I've just been reading a post on the MCN forum and there's a guy there who saw one at his local dealership on Friday and reckoned it was great. He's 6 foot 3 and thought it was really comfortable and well built. That thing on the front fork leg is apparently the Chinese licence plate holder which obviously we would not get over here.
I am looking out for my first bike (just passed my CBT 2 weeks ago) and was quite interested in a Chinese supermoto Pulse Adrenaline or similar. Might need to spend a bit of time at my Chinese bike dealers and explore some different options.

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 22:22

Lexmoto and Pulse seem to be affiliated with Chinese Motorcycle Parts online so parts backup should be pretty good.

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 08:50

CMPO = Llexter = Lexmoto. Parts supply will be fine, and they do tend to sell bikes that they don't expect problems with.

£1500 is a lot for a bike that will do exactly the same job as the tried and tested pushrod £850 Arrow (HN/HT125-4F) though. I'm not sure why you'd pay that much of a premium for it.

Incidentally, the Zongshen ZS125-48A with that claimed 58.5 x 46.5 bore and stroke is sold as a 133cc bike in the Chinese domestic market. All that "FMI" promises (as per QC/T 253-1998) is that it's less than 150cc.

I guess all that really matters is what's on the V5, but I wonder if Lexmoto has checked that these are *really* EU/UK legal?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 14:49

@Rogerborg - The ZSX aesthetically is quite a bit different from the Arrow and features a much higher quality of finish. The Engine is a variation of the standard 158FMI hence the '-B'. It was due to the requirements of this variation that the model unfortunately suffered delays from it's initial December ETA.

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 16:13

Thanks for the info. It is a very pretty, nouveau bike, and I hope you sell loads.

Now, when are you going to import CF Moto 650s with a Lexmoto badge and really put the cat among the pigeons? ;)

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 19:52

Many Thanks! There's unfortunately quite a bit of politics involved with Chinese motorbikes with regards to which factory deals with who! WK Deal with CFmoto for both the quads and the bikes which would make them the preferential partner. We're considering larger models at present but only to the extent of a 250cc for the time being.

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 09:04

Good luck Lexmoto but having your Acount Manager,Mike GS,bigging up his own company's product without openly telling us he works for you(not everyone is deeply cynical and checks out profiles)is a bit naughty.

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 18:11

I thought i would chance it & bought a keeway TXS 125 for commuteing & in all honesty there is nothing wrong with the bike for the price. pretty baseic suspension But the looks of the bike aint half bad only does around 65mph but this is around the same speed as all stock 125's but the upside is 90+mpg.I cannot justify paying £4500 for a new jap 125

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 16:16

I'm guessing you're referencing the YZFR-125 as the £4500 125cc bike? Try www.whomademybike.com You'll actually find it's French!

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 11:11

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