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rieju241For a LIMITED TIME only Rieju are offering a choice of optional extras for one of their more popular models – The Marathon MRT 125 Pro. Since it’s inception this model has been available in two versions, the MRT 125 Pro and the MRT 125 Pro SM.

SM stands for SuperMoto, basically an off-road, or Enduro, bike kitted out with road tyres on road wheels. Enduro is short for Endurance – a bike designed for off-road. The Enduro model has Spoked Aluminium Wheels and road legal knobbly tyres ideal for “green-lane” riding (Legal off-roading). This leads us to…

rieju 2for1OPTION 1.

Buy a MARATHON MRT 125 PRO Enduro version and get a FREE – yes FREE set of 17″ SuperMoto cast alloy black wheels complete with tyres, Galfer wave disks and rear sprocket.


Buy a MARATHON MRT 125 PRO SM version and get a FREE – in-case you didn’t get that… a FREE set of (21″front and 18″rear) black spoked Enduro wheels complete with Galfer wave disks and rear sprocket!

This means you’re effectively getting TWO bikes for the price of ONE. A road machine and, with a swop of wheels, an off-road machine! No need to carry the spare wheels around with you either as the Enduro wheels are still road legal!

You can have the best of both worlds and priced separately the extra wheels are worth over £500!


rieju 2for12OPTION 2

Buy a MARATHON MRT 125 PRO ENDURO/SUPERMOTO and get a FREE “Tune up” kit which includes the following

  • DEP S3 Exhaust pipe
  • Polisport Complete Body Spare Panels Set
  • Rieju Alloy Sump Guard

This offer is available for a limited time only and also applies to the 200cc model. So don’t delay, give us a call, drop us an email or come down and see for yourself!

For years the Aprilia RS 125 dominated the sports, geared 125cc market. It’s high revving 2 stroke engine with claimed top speeds of over 100mph just could not be beaten.

With 2 stroke engines being phased out and new EU emissions laws coming out all the time, Aprilia are desperately trying to hold on to the best 125 sports bike title. Honda had their NSR 125 2 stroke sports bike, which stopped production in 2002, Yamaha had the TZR 125 which stopped production in 1997! Their 4 stroke equivalents didn’t come out for a number of years after. Honda were the first, releasing the CBR125-R in 2004, which was styled like the CBR 600F. However Honda made no attempt at making this a true sports 125 bike, with “Biscuit thin wheels” and an engine that wouldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding the CBR failed to impress.

The RS3 produces fractionally more horsepower and couple of MPH on the top end speed… better overall performance than the YZF.

Yamaha, learning from Honda’s mistakes, then released the YZF-R 125 in 2008. Styled much like it’s bigger, older brothers, the YZF-R6 and YZF-R1 (thanks to Valentino Rossi, possibly the most popular sports bikes in the world), the R125 is a real head turner. Inevitably this new 4 stroke engine wouldn’t easily be kicking out the same power and speeds as the older 2 stroke engines, these however are a thing of the past now with the 2 stroke RS125 being phased and replaced by a 4 stroke version!. Instantly becoming more popular than it’s rival, the CBR, it would seem Yamaha finally have the market cornered and the only viable option is the YZFR-125..

But wait, whats that coming over the hill? YAMAHA engined, Spanish built Rieju (pronounced Ray-hu). Rieju, who? I hear you say? A Spanish company who have been around since 1934, gained a reputation in the 80’s enduro competitions and with a very respectable, possibly the best range of 2 wheeled 125’s now available. In 2011 they released the RS3 125 running the same engine as the YZF-R125. Not a copy of the engine, an actual Yamaha engine. There are a few minor differences which are explained below.

Yamaha YZFR-125 and Rieju RS3 125


Both these motorcycles use the same 4 Valve, SOHC, Liquid cooled, 4Stroke 125 cc Engine.

The YZF uses Electronic Fuel Injection whereas the RS3 Uses a carburettor. Which is better? Both have pluses and minuses however I feel the carburettor comes out on top for 2 quite major reasons: 1. It’s significantly easier and cheaper to tune a carburettor engine. 2. It’s significantly easier to fault diagnose a carburettor. Any good technician can work on a carb, so there’s none of that “you must go back to the main dealer to pay them £60 per hour to plug it in to a computer”!

The RS3 produces fractionally more horsepower and couple of MPH on the top end speed!

Frame and suspension

The RS3 uses a lightweight and strong frame designed and built by Rieju themselves and an alloy braced swinging arm. This makes the Rieju weigh in at about 5kg less than the YZF. These characteristics combined with the USD forks (Regarded by many as a superior suspension setup) gives the RS3 a better overall performance than the YZF.

Rieju offer a 2 year warranty AND will honour that warranty even when the RS3 has been de-restricted to full power!

So it’s faster, lighter and better handling than the YZF! That’s not the best bit either! Rieju offer a 2 year warranty AND will honour that warranty even when the RS3 has been de-restricted to full power! Thats still not the best bit! Brand new O.T.R price for the YZF is £4349, whereas the RS3 is £3299, a whole £1050 cheaper! It would be rude not too!

If our review of the RS3 isn’t quite enough for you, then check out these other reviews!

Rieju Main Website with various other reviews and Tech specs “First Ride” RS3

MCN Review of RS3

Below is the official message received by all M.O.T testers (in ALL classes) country wide regarding pre-1960 MOT exemption…..

Item 3: Pre 1960 Exemption From MOT

From 18 November 2012 classic and historic vehicles, those manufactured before 1 January 1960, will be exempted from the MOT test.

Classic and historic vehicles are often very well maintained by their owners and have a much lower accident and MOT failure rate than newer vehicles. The current requirement to undergo an MOT test goes over and above the obligations set out in European legislation. Following a public consultation which showed high levels of support for the proposals, vehicles manufactured before 1960 will be exempted from the MOT test from 18 November 2012 reducing costs for owners.

Owners of affected vehicles will still be able to take exempt vehicles for an MOT test on a voluntary basis. If you are presented with any of these vehicles you should continue to conduct the test as for any other vehicle and apply the appropriate pass/fail criteria as set out in the inspection manuals.

Hi all! Being an M.O.T tester myself, this subject has had my attention since i first heard about it and so far there have been mixed opinions as to whether it is good or bad.

Firstly lets start with some facts….. As from the 18th November 2012, the U.K government will be introducing an MOT exemption, for pre-1960 vehicles… Basically this means if you own a vehicle that is registered before 1960, you won’t have to MOT it, at all!!

However, this doesn’t make it acceptable or indeed LEGAL to drive/ride this vehicle on the road as normal road laws will still apply and the vehicle will need to be roadworthy. A good example of this is in current law, an odometer or speedo is not  covered by the MOT test, and although a vehicle would pass its MOT without a working speedo, it is classed as a civil offence and enforceable by the police, ergo ( i love that word!) an MOT exempt vehicle with bold tyres would still be illegal to drive/ride on the road despite not requiring an MOT!

The biggest problem with this is an MOT is there to ensure that vehicles are road worthy and safe. You would then assume that this would then mean our roads will have “dangerous old rust buckets” driving around. That is a quite an extreme view as being an MOT tester myself, and a busy one at that, i get to see a whole array of various motorcycles from pre-reg World War II British bikes still with original camo paint,  to tricked out 200mph Hayabusa’s and Grand Touring BMW’s with more gadgets than an Apple store! I very rarely fail a classic motorcycle on its MOT, this is generally because the owners take a lot of care over there motorcycles and take a lot of pride in them! In actual fact it’s 3 year old cheap Chinese “build your own” scooters and abused 125’s in the hands of teenagers that make up most of the fails.

On the flip side of this, not MOT testing pre-1960 vehicles may leave a large margin for error and allow those few vehicles of that age that aren’t roadworthy to potentially cause accidents. Is the governments initiative to cut red tape and costs sacrificing our safety?

The official government review can be found here..…/mot-historic-summary-consultation-response.pdf

I think you will find this informative.

Yours opinions on this matter would be appreciated

Just finished our new advert to go out on the Leicester City Shuttlebus routes. It features the two best looking bikes from our new range of Rieju learner legal 125s and mopeds which we think you’ll agree look amazing. And in the flesh (metal?) they look even better. Both powered by genuine Yamaha engines these Spanish-built and designed bikes are of exceptional build quality, especially for the price which is more than £1000 less than their Japanese or Italian counterparts. In fact the 125 version of the featured RS3 50 managed to bag itself a Ride Magazine ‘Best-Buy Overall’ when pitted in a test ride against market leaders such as the Aprilia RS 125 and the Honda XLV125V Varadero… And as for the moped, well to quote ”

If you want a full-blown, learner legal race rep experience without any compromise, this bike’s for you.”

Not much else I can say really. Keep an eye out for the ad and please tell any learners or prospectives you know to come take a look at what we can offer. Cheers.

advert featuring a learner legal 125 and moped from Fasttrack Motorcycles