Lit­tle beauty pure joy to ride

Flex­i­ble 125cc suits any pocket

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THE CBR125R has the same sharp, race de­rived styling and paint schemes as Honda’s CBR600RR and CBR1000RR Fire­blade.

It feels bi­cy­cle light, to­tally chuck­able and the han­dling is sim­ply sub­lime.

The lit­tle 125cc sin­gle cylin­der, two-valve, wa­ter cooled, fuel-in­jected mo­tor is an ab­so­lute gem and pro­vides suf­fi­cient power for the light­weight frame.

Ac­cel­er­a­tion is by no means neck snap­ping but you can still beat most ve­hi­cles off the lights.

Han­dling is fan­tas­tic, and you feel like you’re Casey Stoner as you thread your way though cor­ners.

At times like that a look at the at­trac­tive four-dial ana­logue in­stru­ment clus­ter shows you are well within the le­gal speed limit and the bike is sing­ing along hap­pily at 7000-10000rpm.

Stop­ping is as­ton­ish­ingly good, cour­tesy of front and rear hy­draulic disc brakes.

The CBR125R fits the Learner Ap­proved Mo­tor­cy­cle Scheme and at $4600 on the road is a bar­gain.

New rid­ers will be able to fo­cus on learn­ing to ride prop­erly on an at­trac­tive, easy-to-use bike rather than just sur­viv­ing on a mo­tor­cy­cle out of their league.

This lit­tle Honda is an ab­so­lute riot to ride and I could not wipe the smile of my face. Part of the ap­peal for me was that it took me back to when I first start­ing rid­ing and re­minded me why I de­vel­oped a pas­sion for mo­tor­cy­cling — the thrill of hit­ting the throt­tle stop through a sweep­ing bend or duck­ing down be­hind the screen along straight sec­tions of high­way, try­ing to eke out just a few more k/h.

It is the sort of bike that is so easy to use that I found my­self nip­ping off to the shops to pick up some milk or pick up a paper.

The Honda CBR125R is not an in­tim­i­dat­ing bike, looks good, is easy to op­er­ate, eco­nom­i­cal and fun to ride.

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