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joshA745
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PostPosted: 13:44 - 21 Apr 2024    Post subject: New biker with an interest in a LEXMOTO LXS 125 Reply with quote

Hi all, I’m new to biking, hoping to get my CBT in the next few weeks!

I’m 5 foot 11 with a 35 inch inside leg and I’m quite interested in a Lexmoto LXS 125. I’ve heard mixed things about the bike but the main thing I’m undecided on is the riding position. I’ve heard it’s quite sporty but also neutral, but then I’ve also heard that it’s sporty and you have to hunch over the tank to be comfortable which doesn’t sound ideal for a first bike.

If what people are saying about the riding position being sporty but neutral where you can lean forward but can also sit more upright that sounds good but just wanted to get some anecdotal experience really.

I do plan on sitting on one but I’d need to get someone to drive me down to the dealer which is about 2 hours so would rather be confident before taking the plunge.


Thanks for any advice! Josh
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PostPosted: 18:26 - 21 Apr 2024    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do the trek to the dealers (or find somewhere closer) 'cos even if you don't like the seating position on this bike there'll be loads more to try out.
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PostPosted: 21:42 - 22 Apr 2024    Post subject: Reply with quote

awful junk

a local dealer took one in px, 2021 with 6000 miles, it would only bump start but it did turn over well on the starter, checked valve clearances found they were all over the place so rectified and would still only bump start, checked compression and it was well down, checked lexmoto feedback and sold it at auction

https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.lexmoto.co.uk
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PostPosted: 10:55 - 23 Apr 2024    Post subject: Re: New biker with an interest in a LEXMOTO LXS 125 Reply with quote

joshA745 wrote:
Hi all, I’m new to biking, hoping to get my CBT in the next few weeks!

I’m 5 foot 11 with a 35 inch inside leg and I’m quite interested in a Lexmoto LXS 125. I’ve heard mixed things about the bike but the main thing I’m undecided on is the riding position. I’ve heard it’s quite sporty but also neutral, but then I’ve also heard that it’s sporty and you have to hunch over the tank to be comfortable which doesn’t sound ideal for a first bike.

If what people are saying about the riding position being sporty but neutral where you can lean forward but can also sit more upright that sounds good but just wanted to get some anecdotal experience really.

I do plan on sitting on one but I’d need to get someone to drive me down to the dealer which is about 2 hours so would rather be confident before taking the plunge.


Thanks for any advice! Josh


Chink bikes get blasted on here by the ones who've never owned a Chink bike, but generally get decent reviews by the ones who have.

I had a Zontes and I honestly loved it. Had some small issues but overall it served me well for three years and thousands of miles through all weather and all seasons as a daily rider/ commuter.

Lexmoto, I've had to stop and help a couple guys on Lexmotos, nothing serious, one time all that was needed was a jubilee clip on a hose to get them going again.

So, it will probably see you alright if you treat it right. Don't expect to get anything back out of it in re-sale at the end of the day. You're going to get half the money you spent on it back.

Just go try sitting on one, you might like it, you might hate it. Don't know till you try. No need to be shy, just go to the dealer, they expect people to just come have a look and a shot. Probably won't get to test ride a Lexmoto first, they normally get built to order and punted out the door but ask anyway you don't know till they tell you.
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PostPosted: 14:33 - 23 Apr 2024    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also rode a Zontes 125 on CBT. I would say they are higher quality than the Lexmotos i've seen up close. Wouldn't let that put you off though as the price has gone up to reflect that.

When you pass your test and want a larger bike note that many places wont accept a chinese bike as part-ex. A number refused to quote me for mine (2 yrs old in excellent condition). They do sell very well privately. I did eventually manage to part ex it for £1800 - having paid 2500 for it a year earlier. A years fun riding for £700. The dealer put it back up for sale at £2300 and it got snapped up immediately.

With a 35" inside leg you may well want to go and swing a leg over a few first. Some 125s can come up a bit small. I'm 5'9" w/ 31" inside leg and could comfortably flat-foot my Zontes G1 which I believe is among the larger bikes in the class.
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PostPosted: 16:57 - 23 Apr 2024    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the world of biking. Nice looking bike that LXS.

....although I think you should buy my CBR 400 and get a restrictor fitted Laughing
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PostPosted: 17:16 - 23 Apr 2024    Post subject: Reply with quote

struan80 wrote:
Welcome to the world of biking. Nice looking bike that LXS.

....although I think you should buy my CBR 400 and get a restrictor fitted Laughing


BTW I should point out to OP that my personal advice is to do CBT and immediately do DAS and get a 500/600/650cc as their first bike and skip out the 125cc stage altogether.
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PostPosted: 23:38 - 29 Jun 2024    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lexmoto dont make bikes they import and badge up various Chinese bikes with their own logo
Quality and spares backup is usually poor
I might buy a very very cheap one for hacking about on, but they're not
worth spending any significant amount on.

A good second hand YBR125 or Honda 125 would be a better built
bike and investment
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PostPosted: 13:25 - 04 Jul 2024    Post subject: Reply with quote

WD Forte wrote:
...A good second hand YBR125 or Honda 125 would be a better built bike and investment

+1 I can attest that footpeg placement on a YBR 125 would be suitable for a person with a 35-inch inseam. I find the seating position on the YBR to be bolt-upright; knee angle position is quite comfortable.
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PostPosted: 00:16 - 10 Jul 2024    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're thinking of buying a Lexmoto or any other Chinese shitter, my advice is don't, or at least buy one that's at the bottom of the depreciation curve (£0-£200). At that price point, the risk is worth taking, and in the unlikely event that it's still running once you've passed, you can punt it on to the next potless hopeful pursuing a bike licence and good times. If you make the mistake of buying a new one, you have effectively thrown 75% of the purchase price down the bog as soon as you ride it off the dealer's expensively tiled floor.

The only people on here you will find who advocate the purchase of these hopeless nails are those who have bought one... and well, they would, wouldn't they?

Given that the whole 125 market these days seems to comprise overpriced, abused and life-expired Japs, a few plucky Koreans and the aforementioned Chinese death traps I would suggest spending the money on doing your DAS. You will be amazed at what the money you'd spend on a fucked YBR or a new Whang Dong Flying Fish 125 will get you in the real bike market.
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Fat Angry Scotsman
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PostPosted: 14:48 - 10 Jul 2024    Post subject: Reply with quote

slowasyoulike wrote:
If you're thinking of buying a Lexmoto or any other Chinese shitter, my advice is don't, or at least buy one that's at the bottom of the depreciation curve (£0-£200). At that price point, the risk is worth taking, and in the unlikely event that it's still running once you've passed, you can punt it on to the next potless hopeful pursuing a bike licence and good times. If you make the mistake of buying a new one, you have effectively thrown 75% of the purchase price down the bog as soon as you ride it off the dealer's expensively tiled floor.

The only people on here you will find who advocate the purchase of these hopeless nails are those who have bought one... and well, they would, wouldn't they?

Given that the whole 125 market these days seems to comprise overpriced, abused and life-expired Japs, a few plucky Koreans and the aforementioned Chinese death traps I would suggest spending the money on doing your DAS. You will be amazed at what the money you'd spend on a fucked YBR or a new Whang Dong Flying Fish 125 will get you in the real bike market.


Some truth in there a long with some shite.

As the ex-owner of a Chink bike, if you accept they don't have the re-sale value of an old Jap bike then they are mostly perfectly fine.

Go to the workshop section of this forum and theres more people struggling to keep their old Jap bikes alive than people looking to keep their Chink ones alive.

If you think the Japs can do no wrong, just search the thread on here of a guy with his brand new Honda from Victor Devine's (the Honda main dealer in Glasgow) who sold him a shite quality brand new Jap bike (when everyone on here treats Jap bikes as untouchable prime examples of Godlike quality) then done a rain dance and fucking loop-the-loops trying to avoid fixing the issues under warranty.

My personal advice is just don't buy a 125. Do your DAS and get a 650.
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