Honda CBR125R (2011 - onwards)

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2011

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Overall Review

Although I didn't think there felt like much difference between my 2011 and my old 2007 while in the city, the faster highways is a different story. The newer bike definitely seems to have just a bit more 'oomph', and handles the higher speeds better. For example, there is one section of 6-7% uphill grade that was always a struggle on the old bike. I would have to downshift to 4th and rev hard to maintain 80 kph on my 2007. Today I was doing 90 kph on the exact same spot, and the bike was running at 8000 rpm in 5th. There was still a bit of power to spare, and I bet I could have seen 100 if I had been willing to rev the bike harder. At the top of the grade the bike climbed back up to 100 with ease and I passed a couple of trucks sticking to the posted limit. The bigger fairing definitely gives better wind protection, and I find the mirrors decent. I do think that there is a lack of places to hook bungee cords (I strapped a bag of groceries onto the back while coming home). The only real faults are that while the seating position is ideal for me, the seat itself is extremely hard and unyielding. I also think that while the speedometer and tachometer are easy to read, the other items such as fuel, clock or odometer are not.

Strengths

I find the riding 'feel' of the newer model roughly the same as the older CBR. The engine, transmission, and clutch feel pretty much the same as my old 2007. The front brake actually seems bit weaker than I remember from my older bike - but I suspect that is because the pads are brand new and need breaking in. The mirrors seem larger and give a better view. Switch gear was almost identical, and I had no trouble at all finding signal button, horn, etc. Throttle and brake levers are about the same. Cosmetics: I think the new look is very attractive. The 2011 IMHO looks better than the old one.

Weaknesses

The digital display I find much harder to see especially the figures other than speed. It is hard to read the odometer or clock while riding, though stopped at a light is not too bad. The driver's seat is as hard as a rock! Maybe just because it's new, but it is easily the hardest moto seat I've ever sat on! I hope it softens up with use! Ergonomics feel about the same as the 2007, though the bike feels just slightly more hefty when sitting on the side stand.

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Submitted by CbrHoonigan on Tue, 31/12/2013 - 21:29

Overall Review

Ive had this bike now for 15 months and it hasnt missed a heart beat ive seen it next to yzfs and its no smaller than the highly rated "same size as an r6 bollocks" its better on fuel and as fast as them. i have several videos proving it the cbr is so underated as a bike

Strengths

Good on fuel As fast as yzfr125s Good looking Sturdy build quality COmfortable

Weaknesses

Still a 125

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Overall Review

Overall i love the bike and will be sad to see it go when i upgrade onto something bigger, its a fantastic bike to learn and to commute on but can be fun to ride as well

Strengths

Handles well compared to the previous cbr generation, larger bike and doesn't run on pram wheels, seating position is comfortable for longer trips and the bike is good for building your confidence up going round corners

Weaknesses

Indicators are bulky tusks and the under tray goes on for miles, nothing what a tail tidy and some micro indicators cant fix, the exhaust is quiet as you would expect but there are some good used pipes on eBay and new pipes available

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