Motorcycles

Lexmoto equips Venom learner bike with an MP3 sound system

The Venom from Lexmoto may well be the cheapest motorcycle to include an audio system as standard
The Venom from Lexmoto may well be the cheapest motorcycle to include an audio system as standard
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The Venom is targeted at European holders of A1 category licenses (up to 125 cc and 11 kW)
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The Venom is targeted at European holders of A1 category licenses (up to 125 cc and 11 kW)
The Venom is powered by a four stroke 125 cc single cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 11 hp (8.5 kW) at 9,000 rpm
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The Venom is powered by a four stroke 125 cc single cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 11 hp (8.5 kW) at 9,000 rpm
The Venom budget 125 cc naked motorcycle breaks the mold with a standard built-in MP3 player
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The Venom budget 125 cc naked motorcycle breaks the mold with a standard built-in MP3 player
Venom is meant to appeal to an audience that may be as young as 17 years old
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Venom is meant to appeal to an audience that may be as young as 17 years old
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The Venom is powered by a four stroke 125 cc single cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 11 hp (8.5 kW) at 9,000 rpm
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The Venom is powered by a four stroke 125 cc single cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 11 hp (8.5 kW) at 9,000 rpm
The Venom is powered by a four stroke 125 cc single cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 11 hp (8.5 kW) at 9,000 rpm
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The Venom is powered by a four stroke 125 cc single cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 11 hp (8.5 kW) at 9,000 rpm
The Venom is targeted at European holders of A1 category licenses (up to 125 cc and 11 kW)
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The Venom is targeted at European holders of A1 category licenses (up to 125 cc and 11 kW)
The Venom comes equipped with disc brakes all around
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The Venom comes equipped with disc brakes all around
The Venom comes equipped with disc brakes all around
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The Venom comes equipped with disc brakes all around
The Venom from Lexmoto may well be the cheapest motorcycle to include an audio system as standard
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The Venom from Lexmoto may well be the cheapest motorcycle to include an audio system as standard
Barely visible, the speakers are hidden behind the side panels
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Barely visible, the speakers are hidden behind the side panels
The built-in player is housed in a discrete panel on top of the fuel tank, right above the cap
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The built-in player is housed in a discrete panel on top of the fuel tank, right above the cap
The Venom is powered by a four stroke 125 cc single cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 11 hp (8.5 kW) at 9,000 rpm
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The Venom is powered by a four stroke 125 cc single cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 11 hp (8.5 kW) at 9,000 rpm
The Venom budget 125 cc naked motorcycle breaks the mold with a standard built-in MP3 player
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The Venom budget 125 cc naked motorcycle breaks the mold with a standard built-in MP3 player
Venom is meant to appeal to an audience that may be as young as 17 years old
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Venom is meant to appeal to an audience that may be as young as 17 years old
The Venom a single rear shock absorber and a lush instrument cluster
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The Venom a single rear shock absorber and a lush instrument cluster
The Venom a single rear shock absorber and a lush instrument cluster
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The Venom a single rear shock absorber and a lush instrument cluster
The Venom from Lexmoto may well be the cheapest motorcycle to include an audio system as standard
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The Venom from Lexmoto may well be the cheapest motorcycle to include an audio system as standard
The Venom is targeted at European holders of A1 category licenses (up to 125 cc and 11 kW)
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The Venom is targeted at European holders of A1 category licenses (up to 125 cc and 11 kW)
Easy to use even with gloves, three buttons control all the functions of the MP3 player
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Easy to use even with gloves, three buttons control all the functions of the MP3 player
The Venom from Lexmoto may well be the cheapest motorcycle to include an audio system as standard
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The Venom from Lexmoto may well be the cheapest motorcycle to include an audio system as standard

Music players are not a common feature on motorcycles and their rare appearances are usually reserved for expensive touring models from brands like BMW or Harley-Davidson. Lexmoto’s Venom 125 is nothing of the sort, yet this budget 125 cc naked motorcycle breaks the mold with a standard built-in MP3 player.

Targeting European holders of A1 category licenses (up to 125 cc and 11 kW), the Venom 125 is meant to appeal to an audience that may be as young as 17 years old. While the aggressive streetfighter look may well serve this purpose, it is the inclusion of an MP3 player that helps it stand out from the crowd.

Easy to use even with gloves, three buttons control all the functions of the MP3 player
Easy to use even with gloves, three buttons control all the functions of the MP3 player

The built-in player is housed in a discrete panel on top of the fuel tank, right above the cap, and is controlled by three easily accessible multi-function buttons. The player accepts either a USB device or a MicroSD card (or both with a toggle function) and is coupled with speakers hidden behind the plastic panels at both sides of the fuel tank.

Although it may not be the hi-tech audio system one would meet on an extravagant BMW tourer, it probably endows the Venom with a strong selling advantage for youngsters hunting for their first motorcycle. Actually, the real question is, why hasn't anyone thought of this before?

Barely visible, the speakers are hidden behind the side panels
Barely visible, the speakers are hidden behind the side panels

The Exeter, UK-based company imports motorcycles and scooters from China, rebrands them as Lexmoto and sells them in the UK and France. The Venom 125 is the latest addition to its range, powered by a four stroke 125 cc single cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 11 hp (8.5 kW) at 9,000 rpm. It has a maximum speed of 105 km/h (65 mph) and comes equipped with disc brakes all around, a single rear shock absorber and a lush instrument cluster.

Apparently the Venom is originally made by the Chinese company Senke Motor, a brand name owned by Heshan Guoji Nanlian Motorcycle Industry Co.,Ltd., which in turn is part of China Machines and Equipments Group Corporation Ltd. from Guangdong, China.

Lexmoto is selling the bike for £1,350 (approx. US$2,045).

Enjoy the Venom 125 playing AC/DC’s Back in Black in the following video description of the MP3 player’s functions.

Source: Lexmoto

Lexmoto: How to use the MP3 Player on a Venom 125

3 comments
Dan Parker
What a terrific idea. Install something distracting that compromises your hearing on a learner bike.
Dave Brumley
65mph? Looks pretty in the pix, but that top end seems a bit dreamy.
Patrick Dennison
Agreed, Dan Parker. This is also a result of a changing workforce, where older, wiser and more practical workers get shoved out the door in favor of younger employees with 'bright, fresh ideas'. Bollocks! Young motorcycle riders should be focusing their full attention on the road and all obstacles and vehicles around them 360 degrees. Perhaps a better 'feature' would be a warning system when they go too fast or get too close to other objects; or perhaps a warning system that sounds when they wait too long to brake; something I have also noticed with younger drivers a lot. My question is: How are the riders going to be able to operate the mp3 system while they are already occupied with texting on their phones?
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