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This is the second Suzuki bike I have owned and I have not had any major issues with it. I have ridden other bikes in the past but in comparison to the GN or the RV I found them uncomfortable to ride and rather ugly looking. Aesthetically the GN is great. The cruiser style makes ridding it for long periods comfortable.
As with all 125cc motorcycles the top speed is severely limited but if you are riding around under 50mph then you will hardly notice its lack of power. It is only when you really try and `open it up` that you discover its limited performance. If you are planning on using this to travel long distances on long stretches of roads then I would really suggest you look elsewhere. But in built up areas and winding roads you will have great fun and its lack of a top speed will not even be noticeable. For this reason I would describe this as a great bike for inner city commuting. Fuel economy is exceptional; the manual states that it can achieve 100mpg, which with the current price of petrol is a big plus.
The only issues I have had with this motorcycle is the rapid way it seems to corrode. It all seems to be cosmetic and so far has not affected the performance of the bike. However in my experience if water finds its way into the electric system then it has the potential to cause allot of aggravation. For this reason it would be best to keep it covered or garaged as much as possible and conduct frequent checks to ensure no unnecessary damage is being caused.
You can pick up a respectable bike for approximately £700 - £1300 and a well ridden one on eBay from £300. These depreciate very quickly and when rust starts setting in, it's all downhill from there.
If you want a big fast bike then look elsewhere. If you plan on travelling long distances then you may not enjoy it. If however, you are new to biking or simply need a cheap and convenient way to travel around built up areas then this is the bike for you.
This was my first ever bike after passing my basic training and it was a real cracker. Assuming you're not any bigger than 5'10" (which I'm not)you should be more than comfortable on this machine. If you are above 5'10" then not only will you not be comfortable on this bike but you will look like a peforming parrot on a miniature bicycle. From the moment you start up the engine you will be pleasantly surprised by the fact that, unlike most 125cc bikes, it doesn't sound like a hairdryer. With a top speed of approximately 75mph, you can quite easily keep up with most traffic without fear of being taken over by a scooter or even worse, A Robin Reliant. This is an ideal bike for new riders as it is easy to handle due to it's light 105kg frame. The GN125 is the model that most learner centres use to train new riders on which was the main reason I bought one as I had grown comfortable on it during my training. I'd probably still have it today if some blind Taxi driver hadn't smashed it to smithereens when I was riding to work, but this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it helped me decide to go out and by my Honda CBR600 (see my other review) The GN125 Is a great little bike with a gutsy engine more than capable of burning most people of at the lights if that's what you want to do. It's also a great commuter due to it's size you can squeeze between most traffic and the fuel economy is brilliant. You can go forever on Five quid's worth of petrol. Tax and insurance are practically nothing either, so all round it's cheap to run. They require almost no maintenance which is also good for the beginner. Keep your chain well oiled and you're laughing. Whether you want a commuter, something for the weekend, or you are just starting out in biking, this is probably the ideal bike for you.