You ask, we answer! Is my YBR125 right for me?

Posted: 15 Nov 2013

Is my YBR125 right for me?

Peter Kang recently got in touch with us via Facebook to ask a question about his Yamaha YBR125. We put his question to one of our experts. 

PETER ASKS:

“I have a YBR125... it's my first bike but think I made the wrong move by buying it. I'm 6'2 and I find the bike slippery on gears – I have skidded a couple of times by pressing the footbrake too hard. Is there a better 125 I can buy taking my height into account?"

OUR EXPERT ANSWERS:

If you could define ‘slippery’ it might help to net a definitive answer. For now we can tell you your size isn’t a problem on a YBR125. In fact, the upright seating position is a definite advantage for your size. Apart from the odd trail-style bike, nearly all 125ccs are about the same size, but the cramped seating position of a sports 125 would make life uncomfortable for you.

Taking your ‘slippery’ comment into account and the fact you’ve locked the rear wheel a couple of times then perhaps you could look a bit closer at your riding style. Back brakes slow a bike and the front brake stops it. Try using the front more and the rear less so. Back to the ‘slippery’ topic; I’m thinking you might be locking the rear wheel with engine braking. I say this because of your rear brake comment makes me think your riding style is not coordinated. You could take a CBT refresher course just to make sure.

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