22.11.2021 19:20
The youth are now driving

Since 1 January 2021, 16-year-old Swiss citizens can drive motorbikes with a maximum of 125 cm3 and 11 kW (15 h.p.) engine power. With more than 8,000 newly registered vehicles, this class has immediately evolved into the segment with the highest volume of the entire motorbike market.

There is no end in sight to the 125 cc motorbike boom – quite the contrary. By the end of the year, almost 10,000 young newcomers will have embarked on their motorbike journey on a modern 125 cc bike. Experts expect this development to continue in only a marginally less dynamic form in 2022 as well.

Wear a helmet instead of a mask
According to the Swiss Bicycle Research Centre (Schweizerische Fachstelle für Zweiradfragen, SFMR), there are several key factors behind the meteoric rise of the 125 cc segment. They include the enormous pent-up demand – the “125 cc over 16” law has been in force in the major European countries since 1996 – as well as the general surge in popularity that the motorised two-wheelers have seen since the times of COVID-19. A lot of young people have said, “I’d rather wear a helmet than a mask on my face”. Due to their low maintenance costs, 125 cc motorbikes also present an affordable alternative to public transport.

Versatile use, a wide range of offers
Whether it’s an inexpensive workhorse, a fun bike with a stylish design or an attractive high-tech sport bike – everyone can find the 125 cc bike that best suits them. Thanks to the high economic relevance that the 125 cc class has enjoyed around the world for a number of years, young people in Switzerland are now also benefiting from the very wide range of options for commuting to work or school and for recreational activities.

All 125 cc bikes at the motofestival from 3 to 6 March 2022 in Bern
The complete range of 125 cc motorbikes will be on display at the motofestival, the new national leading motorbike event, from 3 to 6 March 2022 in the BERNEXPO halls in Bern. The full current range of motorbikes, scooters and accessories in Switzerland will be showcased on a large scale at the motofestival. The event is seen as the opening of the new motorbike season and is accompanied by special exhibitions, action shows, test rides, street food stands and first-class concerts.