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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The CBR125R has been yet another of Honda’s success stories. In its seven years of production, the sporty-looking learner 125cc has sold by the ship load all over the world, with good reason. It is easy to ride, comfortable, gives good fuel economy and, above all, it’s a Honda… For 2011 the CBR125R has been updated. The mini-emperor has new clothes and everyone can see they are considerably sportier. While not as sharp as the Yamaha YZF125R, it carries off the ‘big-bike’ look very well. It rides just as well too. CBR125R: the success story lives on.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Let’s face it; a restricted 125cc machine is going to receive abuse. Constant full throttle in an attempt to move along with the traffic will be met with heavy gearbox use, but Honda’s little lump has proved to be a reliable unit. It’s modern by way of fuel injection and water cooling and that’s all you need to worry about with basic checks of oil and coolant level along with the usual warranty service schedule. Power-wise it’s bang on the power-to-weight allowance and lacks initial get up and go – it’s a job to stay ahead of traffic from the lights. Speed-wise it’ll struggle to maintain 70mph but 60mph isn’t a problem. Ride with a sensible head and the CBR125R can return 60+mpg

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The spindly almost bicycle feel from under the saddle has gone. A larger rear tyre (130-section) has given the bike a new solid feel. Along with its new bodywork the bike rides and looks much bigger than a learner bike – unfortunately displayed-plates give the game away. Suspension is built to price and a little soft but this isn’t a bad thing on pot-holed city streets. Braking is functional meaning it’s par for the course and there’s no method of lever span adjustment, which is strange given that learner riders come in all shape and sizes.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Good styling exercise and paint scheme… Er, that’s it really. What you have to remember is the CBR125R is budget but functional and is built to last compared to the majority of cheaper Chinese machines.

Honda CBR125R (2011-Current)

Detail Value
New price £3,599
Dealer used prices
£2,740 (2011) - £3,640 (2014)
Private used prices
£2,370 (2011) - £3,280 (2014)
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Engine size 124 cc
Power 13.1 bhp
Top speed 70 mph
Insurance group 6 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Built in Thailand under close scrutiny of Honda personnel so Honda’s legendary reliability shouldn’t suffer one jot. Spares can be expensive – like any motorcycle – and this is worth remembering when taking part in the Roundabout Challenge Trophy – the IRC tyres are made for longevity rather than outright grip.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Honda is hoping the CBR will sell in volumes and has priced it accordingly. Even so it is not as cheap as we’d hoped for – Yamaha’s XJ6 Diversion F ABS is only £6999 – but considering the rising cost of raw materials and poor currency exchange it isn’t so bad, specially when the bike is as good as everyone expected.

Insurance

Insurance group: 6 of 17

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Model History

2004 – Original Honda CBR125R launched.
2005 – Honda CBR125R in Repsol colours available for £100 more.
2007 – Major revision of fuel injection, oxygen sensor etc for emissions compliance. Bodywork restyled to mimic CBR1000RR Fireblade. Forks and swingarm now black.
2011 – Launch of revised model

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Specifications

Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 13.1 bhp
Max torque 7.7 ft-lb
Weight 136 kg
Seat height 793 mm
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 6 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, SOHC, 2v four-stroke single-cylinder. Six gears
Frame Steel dual beam
Front suspension adjustment N/a
Rear suspension adjustment N/a
Front brakes 276mm disc with 2-piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 10/80 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(5 reviews)

  • honda cbr125r

    mark lysaght

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I have a 2012 cbr 125 in repsol colours..its quick,reliable ,and feels like riding a 500.its build quality is up to HONDA standard and i would highly recomend this machine.

    01 June 2014

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    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have owned my CBR125 for 7 months,and i must say,what a gem....firstly its bigger than its previous model which is great as im 6ft and 15 stone..and putting the bike next to a bigger CC bike didnt look out of place.The ride is comfortable due to a larger seat,and even on longer distance i didnt get rear ache.the fuel consumption is superb,ive had over 256 miles on a full 13 litre tank.the ride is a joy,handling is forgiving and the machine likes to let the power loose,tho still showing it is afterall only a 125.the bike in REPSOL race colours which i have looks stunning.the tyres have been made bigger on this model and i feel it makes the bike look more grown up,the brakes are fine but maybe a good set of BREMBO would be better but this would make the bike more expensive.the CBR125R i would highly recomend as a starter motorbike.its over a grand cheaper than the YZF but does the same job.

    01 June 2014

  • I had one

    Matthew Wroe

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Firstly, why don't the spammers sod off. Right. I had a CBR 125R which I loved but I am a small guy and even I thought it was too little, the bicycle tyres didn’t do it any favours. The barn door/ Mickey Mouse ear mirrors had to go but it still shifted as it weighed less than a bag of crisps which in turn made the fuel economy ridiculous; 80mpg on a good day. Great first bike but not really for anyone with an above medium build

    04 May 2011

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    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Average rating rating is 4.5

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