First Look: 2011 Honda CBR125R

VFR styling for new CBR125R

Posted: 19 October 2010
by Visordown News

2011 Honda CBR125R

Say hello to one of 2011's best-selling new bikes – the revamped Honda CBR125R that will be officially revealed early next month.

OK, so these pictures actually come from the brochure of its sister bike, the new CBR150R which is designed to meet Asian regulations, but beyond a 25cc capacity difference it's identical to the new learner-legal 125.

Clearly the biggest news is the all-new styling, a halfway-house between VFR and Fireblade design with a headlight reminiscent of the VFR1200F and side and tail panels which resemble those of the 'Blade. Beyond that, there are new clocks with a 13,000rpm analogue rev counter and a multi-purpose digital display to show speed, temperature and all the other information you'd expect to find, plus a redesigned exhaust that again resembles that of the VFR1200F.

Underneath the new looks, things are more familiar. The chassis and fuel-injected single-cylinder engine are basically unchanged from those in the current CBR125R.

The new bike has been revealed in Thailand today, and will soon be joined by an all-new CBR250R using a water-cooled single-cylinder engine, a new tubular frame and featuring very similar, Blade-cum-VFR styling. Both models will be revealed in the European form at the Milan show on November 2.

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i need the 250 version of this

Posted: 19/10/2010 at 17:33

i want the girl on the back

Posted: 19/10/2010 at 19:03

Go Ninja for the 250 Bary - awesome bike

Aint a patch on the YZF125R in the looks department but no doubt it will sell

Posted: 19/10/2010 at 20:16

The models on the bike must be tiny because they make that bike look almost like a proper sized bike.

Posted: 19/10/2010 at 23:36

What a shame we don't get these bikes in the States.  The smallest sportbike here is Kawasaki's Ninja 250.  Even that can be a bit of a handful for a newbie. 

Posted: 20/10/2010 at 01:27

According to last weeks MCN there definately will be a 250 version of this for next year (a 33hp single, 140kg).

Posted: 20/10/2010 at 09:27

Well we took delivery of the 150 version shown here. The bike is physically bigger and more cmpfy than the old model. It doesn't feel heavy though and suspension and brakes are good for a budget bike. That's the good stuff!

The bad news is that in stock trim it wouldn't pull the skin of a rice pudding. The gearing is too high and it won't pull top gear. The best you can get cruising is 110 km/h and then it slows down with the slightest rise. Absolute top speed with a professional GP racer on board was 128. 

So we took off the exhaust and tried some of our own systems and  now it revs much better an peaks at over 140 indicated.

If the CBR150 is anything to go on, expect the 125 to be slow and overgeared. Luckily by then we will have a nice performance exhaust which should trasform the power in minutes and thanks to the fuel injection, requires no setting up.

Posted: 05/11/2010 at 04:49

Oh yeah and the chain stretched horribly after only 64km!

Posted: 11/11/2010 at 09:45

Is this bike going to be available in Australia??? Please reply!

Posted: 03/04/2011 at 00:42

HOLY, ur pic is epic i thought there was a bug on my screen!

Posted: 30/03/2012 at 04:02

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