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Honda CBR125R (2004 - present) review

For a sensible and stylish learner machine, take a long hard look at the smallest CBR
Details
Manufacturer:
Honda
Category:
Learner Legal 125s
Price:
£ 2349
Overall
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Good looking and easy to manage, the Honda CBR125R is a learner's dream
Other bikes of this size will outperform the CBR

The CBR125 replaces the NSR125, not the fastest but a good looking and reliable learner tool. Currently selling very wellThe CBR125 replaces the NSR125, not the fastest but a good looking and reliable learner tool. Currently selling very well

Due to Sam’s L-plates, taking the M25 to Harwich was out, so we cut through London and picked up the A12 heading east, soon entering uncharted waters for Sam as we slipped under the M25 barrier. On the open dual carriageway it rapidly developed into a slipstreaming contest as we tried to eek out every last mph. On the CBR125R Sam’s miniscule frame allowed him to exploit the frankly pathetic performance of the Honda and keep up with the more rapid Aprilia and Yamaha.

Even looking at the CBR you know it’s built to a budget and will be lacking performance. Over the last few years it has been the only four-stroke race rep 125 that has sold in big numbers. A testament to the fact that all the competition looked cock rather than the ‘racy’ Honda looking any good. Things have changed. Stand it next to the Yamaha and it looks like a shit commuter with a slight nod towards a fairing. The Yamaha and Aprilia look like ‘proper’ bikes.

Which is how they ride. On dual carriageways the Honda gets buffeted around in the wind as the rider battles to stop both knees dragging on the ground due to the subterranean seat height. It feels tiny, not all that settled at speed, and lacking in grunt. Quite often on the Honda you have to change down a gear at 70mph to deal with a slight incline or particularly vicious breath of wind, while the Yamaha forges happily on.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests/sex-in-the-city---125cc-sportsbike-roadtest/7044.html#ixzz0sXTe85tJ

Length (mm)1920
Width (mm)675
Height (mm)1070
Dryweight (kg)115
Seats0
Seat Height (mm)776
Suspension Front31mm telescopic fork, 109mm axle travel
Suspension RearMonoshock damper, 120mm axle travel
Wheels Made OfU-section 6-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front80/9017M/C
Tyres Rear100/8017M/C
Brakes Front276 x 4mm hydraulic disc with dual-piston calliper
Brakes Rear220 x 4mm hydraulic disc with single-piston callip
Tank Capacity (litres)10
Wheelbase (mm)1294
Ground Clearance (mm)172
Trail (mm)88
ChassisDiamond; steel twin-spar

Cubic Capacity (cc)124
Max Power (bhp)12
Max Power Peak (rpm)10000
Torque (ft/lb)7
Torque Peak (rpm)8000
Bore (mm)58
Stroke (mm)47.2
Valve GearSOHC
Compression Ratio11
IgnitionCapacitor Discharge (CDI)
Valves Per Cylinder2
CoolingLiquid cooled
Fuel Delivery28mm VK-type carburettor
Stroke TypeFour Stroke
DriveChain

Good looking and easy to manage, the Honda CBR125R is a learner's dream
Other bikes of this size will outperform the CBR