The experts from Auto Trader Bikes have ridden hundreds of miles, testing every new bike on sale in the UK to pick these category winners and name the Best Bike of 2014.

The Yamaha YZF-R125 is consistently one of the best-selling bike is Britain and it's easy to see why. This is a superb looking race replica with a four-stroke 125cc engine that loves to be revved. The updates for 2014, including sturdier inverted forks, upgraded brakes and optional ABS, have only extended its appeal.

"The quality of finish here shows that Yamaha cares just as much about young riders and its entry-level bikes as it does the top performance versions."

Rob Morphet

Runner-up: Honda CBF 125

The budget-friendly Honda remains a commuter and learner favourite, but it’s best described as worthy rather than sexy.

Runner-up: KTM RC125

The recently launched KTM is a hugely desirable sports bike for new riders, but it can’t match the finish of the proven Yamaha.

Category winners

Meet our panel of expert judges

Jon Quirk
Editor-in-Chief of Auto Trader and committed to helping every rider find their dream bike.
Rob Morphet
Launched Auto Trader Bikes in 1996 and has been responsible for its continued success ever since.
David Burton
Prolific designer and founding editor of Esses, an independent motorcycle magazine.

Find your next bike on Auto Trader Bikes