Neco’s NC-N01 Is Their First Offering In The Large-Sized Motorbike Market

The latest model from Neco is a quirky-looking, well-equipped 125cc motorbike, but it isn’t built by Yamaha, Honda, or Kawasaki. […]


The latest model from Neco is a quirky-looking, well-equipped 125cc motorbike, but it isn’t built by Yamaha, Honda, or Kawasaki. Instead, its modern, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, fuel-injected engine, tubular steel & aluminum frame, box-section aluminum swing arm, muscular inverted forks, and monoshock make it the first Chinese 125cc with the credentials to compete with the best from the “Big Four.”

But don’t expect to pay “Big Four” levels of money. With a price tag of £2999 and availability from UK dealers, it undercuts motorcycles like the Yamaha MT-125 and the Kawasaki Z125 by over £1800 and over a thousand, respectively, but giving notably less in the way of performance and quality. And it’s nothing to scoff at if you’re a beginner cyclist trying to save money on essentials like equipment, insurance, and gas. The NC-N01, Neco’s first full-sized bike, will be distributed in Europe via the Belgian distributor for Bluroc, Zontes, and Moto. This means that its lineage is solid.

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The show’s star is the 124.2cc single-cylinder engine, which produces 14.8bhp (the limit for the A1 novice class). However, it seems that the whole bike is an upgrade above the norm in China. The trellis frame is made of alloy-coated tubular steel, and it rides on inverted forks up front and a monoshock in the back. Front & rear disc brakes work together to provide stopping force, eliminating the need for anti-lock brake systems.

Indicators, brake lights, headlights that use light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and a computerized dashboard that displays your vital statistics provide a touch of luxury. The size of the NC-entire N01 is possibly the most impressive aspect of it, even though the engine and ancillaries are also excellent.

The NC-NO1 seems to be a more full-sized, powerful motorbike than the Kawasaki due to its larger 17-liter fuel tank and 1365-millimeter wheelbase (compared to the Z125’s 1330 millimeters). It’s guaranteed for two years and can be purchased from UK retailers.

The engine is the highlight of this vehicle, with a stated 14.8bhp from its 124.2cc single-cylinder unit, the highest allowed in the A1 novice class. The remainder of the bike also seems to be of higher quality than the norm in China.

There are inverted forks up front and a mono-shock at the back of its tubular steel trellis frame. The vehicle’s stopping force comes from the front and rear disc brakes that are part of a combined braking system instead of an anti-lock braking system (ABS).

LED headlights, taillights, indicators, and a digital dashboard with all of your crucial information provide a further upscale touch. The NC-NO1 seems more substantial because of its larger dimensions:

  • A wheelbase of 1365mm (the little Z125’s is only 1330mm).
  • A seat height of 815mm (the Yamaha’s is 810mm).
  • A tank that contains a full 17 liters (the Kawasaki’s holds just 11).

It is available now at UK retailers and comes with a 2-year guarantee. So it might be that China is now ready to play with the big kids.