Little beauty pure joy to ride
Flexible 125cc suits any pocket
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.