2003 125 Playbike Shootout Conclusion

MotorcycleUSA Staff | August 7, 2003
2003 Playbike Shootout
Despite the smaller riders’ troubles with the weight of the CRF, it came out on top of the horsepower war.

The Verdict

These bikes were an absolute blast to ride around on the track or the trail. Our test riders did numerous trail rides in the desert and forests of Southern California, as well as numerous trips to the Lake Elsinore Motorcross Park for some “big boy” scrapping and dicing. It was some of the most fun we’ve had testing bikes all year. If you were to go out and purchase any one of these bikes you would be satisfied and content, and you and your family would be having a ball on it. Nonetheless, each bike does have its own personality, strengths, weaknesses, and place in the market.

If you’re looking for the baddest, best-suspended, most powerful 100-150cc mini 4-stroke out there (and can’t afford one of BBR’s $10,000, aluminum-framed, race-ready mini strokers), then the Honda CRF150F is the bike for you. It is physically bigger than the rest of the bikes in the class so it can (and will) be ridden harder by larger adults. Conversely, this can also be a detriment to smaller riders who will not really appreciate the extra size and weight. Due to this reason, our smaller test riders did not choose the bike as their favorite.

2003 Playbike Shootout
If you’re looking for the ultimate, all-around, user-friendly, easy-starting, family/utility motorcycle, look no further than Yamaha’s TT-R125LE.

If a slightly lighter and smaller, 125cc 4-stroke is what you’re looking for, then you can’t go wrong with Kawasaki’s KLX125L, Suzuki’s DR-Z125L, or Yamaha’s standard, kick-start TT-R125L. These bikes have nearly identical power output, suspension characteristics, weight, size, feel, and overall performance, as well as, the identical price of $2499. These bikes are family favorites that cater to a smaller and mellower rider, but can still accommodate dad and his wild moto-friends. .

Finally, if you’re looking for the ultimate, all-around, user-friendly, easy-starting, family, utility, motorcycle, look no further than Yamaha’s TR125LE. The electric-starting make it the easiest bike for riders of most sizes and ages to learn on, and it, too, can still handle all of the abuse the family (and dad’s friends) can throw at it.

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MotorcycleUSA Staff