Lexmoto Arrow HT125-4F

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Price
£850
Available from
2011

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Submitted by Sarah Robinson on Wed, 06/02/2013 - 18:41

Overall Review

The Lexmoto Arrow is a good, solid little Chinese bike and is proof that the quality in the Chinese market is steadily improving. It is making it much more affordable to not only get on the road but also into bikes. This bike is ideal as a first bike and quite forgiving if you make basic mistakes, plus at the price you pay you aren't going to be hearbroken if it gets scratched in the process, plus replacement parts are cheap enough to buy should you need them. The gear indicator also comes in handy and helps save on embarrassing stalling. I ride this bike in all weathers, including snow, which it has coped with very well on the stock tyres. I keep the bike uncovered on our drive as we have no garage and haven't experienced any problems with the electrics. The bike is kept clean and does have a good coating of ACF50 but I would do this with any bike regardless of where it was built. The bike runs well whatever the weather and I cannot fault it. Granted this may not be in the same league as the Japanese bikes but you don't get a bad little machine for your money. I am very happy with this bike and would certainly say it is a good alternative for those on a budget or anyone wanting to learn some basic bike maintenance as parts are really cheap.

Strengths

The OTR price, usually between £999 and £1,070 depending on your dealer. If you're on a tight budget like I was it's an ideal option to get you on the road with a brand new bike, along with good manufacturer support in my experience. The bike seems very reliable and runs really well, primarily I use it for commuting but it still copes very well on dual carriage ways and is great to ride just for the pleasure of it. Very cheap on insurance.

Weaknesses

The only minor niggle I've experienced is with the side stand switch shorting out, that is it. It's a quick and easy fix so nothing to worry about. I would however advise going to a dealer that knows what they're doing as this can make a big difference in the experience you will have.

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Submitted by NJD on Sat, 24/10/2015 - 13:20

Overall Review

It's a small, lightweight and near powerless learner legal machine that offers a very cheap entry into the world of bikes but at the same time is very easily out ridden and leaves you bored and wanting more, more that the bike just cannot offer, power, brakes, comfort, handling etc. I'd refer to this bike as a cheap stop gap until doing your A2 or A and getting something better rather than a pride and joy, even keeping up with services and cleaning regularly the bike will rust and cause problems, don't get sentimental I guess. There are worse bikes out there but this isn't the best bike to have, call it the middle ground. ACF-50 from the day you roll it out the shop is a must to give it the best chance of remaining in good condition, the bike doesn't fall apart in your hands but parts of the bike are cheaply made, exhaust down-pipes and some bolts/nuts. Pillion foot rest paint is also cheap and will flake off. Will start (with choke) on the coldest of mornings and ride through the worst of the winter weather, raise the choke to about 1500-2000rpm and will lessen the chances of stalling and make for an easier start. As much negativity as I feel for it it's certainly better than nothing at all and I'm lost when I'm without it, stick to the city roads and low speed limits and you'll enjoy riding it, it's on the exposed open A roads with 40-50mph limits that it becomes unenjoyable and a slog, it's not a hooning machine.

Strengths

One of the cheapest "brand new" 125cc's to put OTR at anywhere between £900-£1000. Cheap fuel costs. Parts available for next day delivery from CMPO and ebay (llexter). Cheap service costs. Can be used as an all year round commuter including during winter. Lightweight and easy to man handle and move around in tight spaces. Naked styling and easy and open to work on mechanically. Basic everything meaning the novice can make adjustments to the bike (controls) easily. Luggage rack. LED Indicators. Gear Indicator. Fuel gauge. Small with a low seat height.

Weaknesses

Slow top speed of just 52mph, lucky if you get there and is uncomfortable when you do both due to high revs and vibrations in the bike. Exhaust downpipe is cheaply made and paint flakes of easily. Rust at certain parts of the bike due to cheap parts quality. Powerless rear brake and an average front brake. Very rough and unsmooth gearbox especially between 1st and 2nd. Low stock gearing, really short shifts between gears, change to a 16/17t and you'll find the bike wanting to cut out at slow speeds if revs are not kept up. Big rear brake pedal not a small lever (personal preference).

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