Honda CBR125R first ride: it's good

By Trevor Franklin -

First rides & tests

 18 March 2011 16:33

After seven years on sale the CBR125R was a global success. Easy to ride from the moment the key is inserted with a low seat, soft, forgiving handling and dependable four-stroke engine all made the CBR a hit with style-conscious youths and tight adults alike.

But sales were waning. Despite a higher price tag, Yamaha’s YZF125R was eroding the CBR125’s popularity because of its more cutting edge looks.

The 2011 version redresses that balance. It has new clothes and has received a comprehensive revamp.

In next week's MCN – out Wednesday March 23 – chief road tester Trevor Franklin rides the new 125 and reveals whether Honda has done enough to overtake the Yamaha.

The numbers look good – the Honda's £1079 less than YZF125R for a start...

SPECIFICATIONS
Honda CBR125R
Price: £3170
Claimed power 13.1bhp
Kerb weight: 137kg
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 2v sohc 4-stroke single-cylinder 124.7cc, six-speed gearbox, chain final drive
Chassis, steel dual beam frame, steel swingarm.