Get yours in Pearl Twin­kle Yel­low

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

HONDA has ex­ten­sively re­vised the CB125F, a bike many new rid­ers see as their first “real” bike.

Honda said in a state­ment this means the CB’s de­sign­ers have to tick many boxes. As a first bike, it must de­liver the ex­cite­ment, free­dom and in­stinc­tive plea­sure that two wheels bring to ev­ery­day life, plus be easy for a novice to man­age, as well as hav­ing built-in street cred­i­bil­ity.

Which is why the com­pany now of­fers a “naked” CB-F to meet the de­mand.

The CB125F chan­nels its larger sib­lings’ street style with a broad-shoul­dered and mus­cu­lar mass for­ward stance on six-spoke 18-inch wheels.

An­gu­lar side shrouds ex­tend for­ward from the fuel tank and the con­toured side cowls nar­row neatly, min­imis­ing the height dif­fer­ence be­tween rider and pil­lion.

Built for real-world use­abil­ity, its new air-cooled en­gine de­liv­ers strong low to mid-range torque, and fea­tures a bal­ance shaft and re­vised PGM-FI set­tings.

Peak power of 7,8 kW ar­rives at 7 750 rpm, with max­i­mum torque of 10,2 Nm de­liv­ered at 6 250 rpm.

Fuel econ­omy of 60 kilo­me­ters per litre pro­vides a range of over 600 kilo­me­ters be­tween fillups from the 13-litre tank and the PGM-FI em­ploys the lat­est so­le­noid, mak­ing for much eas­ier start­ing in ex­treme cold or ad­verse weather.

A gear po­si­tion indi­ca­tor has been added for fur­ther prac­ti­cal­ity. Build qual­ity is also enhanced, while pur­chase and own­er­ship costs re­main out­stand­ingly at­trac­tive. And as the colours in­di­cate, the range is not just in­di­cated at the guys. The CB125F will be avail­able in four colours; namely: • Pearl Twin­kle Yel­low; • Onyx Blue Metal­lic; • Pearl Sun­beam White; and • Candy Blaz­ing Red.

The CB125f re­tails for R35 000, but note, it is a buy­ers’ mar­ket out there.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Ideal first bike, Honda’s new CB125 in Pearl Sun­beam White.

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