Race Motorbikes started their journey in the fall of 2015. Their most popular bike Race Fiero 150FR has been gaining some popularity among the bikers, and for the people who still want to know more, they can read our test ride review article at our website. Race GSR125 similarly grabbing the attention of the people due to its design & mostly because of the DNA.
From outside, Race GSR125 looks exactly like Derbi GPR125 & some people get confused whether it is a cheap Chinese quality bike or not. So let me try to clear out that confusion.
Piaggio is one of the leading two wheeler company from Italy, they also own brands like Aprilia, Vespa, Derbi, Gilera & Moto Guzzi. Nowadays, most European or Japanese motorcycle companies who are trying to get into the Chinese motorcycle market, need to have a joint collaboration of one of the local Chinese motorcycle companies.
Lifan has collaboration with MV Augusta, Keeway with Benelli, Haojue with Suzuki & many other renowned European or Japanese brands (if you have a doubt over my words you are most welcome to GOOGLE it).
In the same way, ZongshenMotorcycle Company has a technical collaboration with Piaggio. They work with the sports bike segmented known as ZONGSHEN PIAGGIO FOSHAN MOTORCYCLE CO. LTD. Hence, we can see the similarity between Derbi GPR125 & Race GSR125.
Now based on their collaboration, they made this bike in China which is known as APR125 & here in Bangladesh Race Motorbikes rebranded that as Race GSR125. (Just like they rebranded CF Moto 150NK as Race Fiero 150FR)
So let’s move on and talk more about the bike! GSR125 is a full sports bike which is loaded with lots of interesting features. The engine for an instant is a 125 cc unit; it features a single cylinder, double overhead camshaft engine and it has 4 valves. The engine also has inner stability balance shaft technology, which helps in reducing engine vibration. It is Euro III spec engine which also has water cooling system.
The engine matted with a 6-speed gearbox. The engine also featured with abnormity fuel combustion, secondary double filter system, and duel oil pump separately chamber lubrication. All these to make the bike run smooth.
For the people who might be looking for the missing link, yes the engine is also loaded with EFI Marelli system, with accurate MIU electrical control unit which adjusts the fuel injection volume very accurately. The whole EFI system is calibrated to give a good combination of power & fuel economy.
The engine has a higher compression ratio of 12:1, so from its 125 cc motor it breaths out 15.8 BHP & 12 NM of Torque. Race Motorbikes claims that it will have a top speed of 134 km/h & will return a mileage of 35 km/l. The engine can rev up to 9250 rpm, something you don’t see too often in 125cc motors in Bangladesh.
Now let’s talk about the beautiful design of the bike. As I said earlier, this is a full sports bike. So the handle position is full sporty which might be a bit mental & physical hassle for the people who are not habituated with sports bikes. The bike feature dual front halogen headlights. It has 300 mm front disc brake & 220 mm rear disc brake.
The bike features twin spar aluminum beam with double sided swing arm. The bike’s front tire size is 100/80-17 & rear tire is 130/70-17. The front suspension of the bike is featured with a USD unit with dual hydraulic stroke damper, while the rears are single coil hydraulic damper with helicoidally spring.
The bike features huge rear chain sprocket, the split seat like R15V2, under body rear grab rail, LED rear tail light, standard switch gears &a digital speedometer with many features. Overall the build quality of Race GSR125 is very good, and in some cases, it’s better than Race Fiero 150FR.
The bike is heavy too. It has a dry weight of 148 kg which is a lot in this segments given that the frame of the bike is made of aluminum. It also has a huge fuel tank of 15+ liter to make long distance ride easy. Even though in the picture it might seem that the bike is shorter in height but trust me it isn’t.
We are not sure about the true performance or the reliability of the bike as we are yet to Test Ride the machine on road. Looking so far at the brochure, I think Race GSR125 is for those people who want a Quality sports bike but can’t afford a Yamaha R15 V2 or Honda CBR150R. Yes, the bike doesn’t seem to be practical in the real world but a very interesting thing to live up with.
So here we present you the Feature Review of Race GSR125 & we also hope that very soon we will be able to present you with the Test Ride Review of Race GSR125. The bike is now available in three different colors in the name of Pearl White, Red & Matt Black & regular price of each unit of Race GSR125 is 250,000 BDT, but currently Race Motorbikes are offering in 2,35,000 BDT with a free DOT & ECE approved Helmet, a waterproof Backpack with Helmet carrier and a Shoe protector.
Model: RACE GSR125
Origin: Developed by Aprilia-Piaggio group, ITALY and manufactured for worldwide distribution by PIAGGIO-ZONGSHEN, China.
Available Colors: Pearl White, Red, Matte Black
Type: Water cooled DOHC
Displacement: 125 CC
Bore x Stroke: 58 x 47 mm
Compression Ratio: 12: 1
Top Speed: 134 KM/H
Mileage: 35-38 KM/L
Max Power: 15.81 BHP @ 9280 RPM
Max Torque: 12 Nm @ 8000 RPM
Fuel System: EFI
Clutch: Wet, Multiplate
Gear: 6 speed
Final Drive: Chain
Overall Length: 1950 mm (76.77 in)
Overall Height: 1110 mm (43.31 in)
Overall Width: 770 mm (30.31 in)
Wheel Base: 1345 mm (52.95 in)
Ground Clearance: 115 mm (4.35 in)
Seat Height: 820 mm (32.28 in)
Brake: F: Radioactive calipers, Disc brake; Diameter 300mm
R: Disc brake; Diameter 218mm
Suspension: F: Upside Down (Inverted), Dual hydraulic damping front shock absorber, Stroke 114mm
R: Mid Positioned, Mono Shock; Stroke 36mm
Tire: F: 100/80 -17
R: 130/70 -17
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.4 L
Curb weight: 148 KG