HONDA CBR125R (2011-on) Review

Published: 13 April 2011

Hugely popular learner sports that's easy to ride, comfortable, gives good fuel economy and, above all, is a Honda

HONDA CBR125R  (2011-on)

Hugely popular learner sports that's easy to ride, comfortable, gives good fuel economy and, above all, is a Honda

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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 group: 6 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

8 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR125R (2011-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA CBR125R (2011-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.4 out of 5
Engine 4.1 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
5 out of 5

If a sports-styled 125 could be a sensible choice, this is the sensible choice

24 July 2015 by Alex

125s have moved on a bit from what those in the previous generation (I am 24) remember of them. My parents, neighbours etc couldn't believe it was a 125, whether it is the bulbus fuel-tank, the larger rear-tyre or more generally the larger, chunkier... Read more appearance of the bike. If it didn't say 125 on the side you'd have a job differentiating it from a 300. Really all you need to do is get a licence so the terrible L-plates can get torn up and what you have is a good looking bike that is a perfect solution for a sporty London commute

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
More upright position than you might expect, which makes sense seeing as it's not a motorway bike where the wind would give your wrists some release. You don't exactly look like marc marquez sitting up like that but you are at least comfortable. Not had to slam on the brakes yet but generally they stop the bike fine. My commute is 1.5hrs of stop-start London riding and the only reason I might have to take a break is to change the battery in my Go-Pro. Soft suspension is great for a city, haven't tried it on country roads/motorways yet because i don't live in the country and I'm not allowed on motorways!
Engine
4 out of 5
1st gear is crazy short, which is annoying as you're constantly changing gear even in slow moving traffic. However it forces you to learn to shift well since you're always doing it and it is a learner bike. I haven't felt slow yet, on roads up to 40mph you usually have an edge over most cars, by the time you're ready to take on motorways you'll be looking at bigger bikes so this point is mute
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Not had it for very long but it's a Honda so.....
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Can fill the tank for £16 with Super Unleaded and can get nearly 300 miles out of it
Equipment
3 out of 5
Fuel gauge is useful although a gear-indicator would be good especially since a lot of guys like me do a CBT on a moped and teach themselves gearing from scratch. When the gearbox and the rider are both new the shifting isn't always seamless and something to tell you your back in first gear and not still stuck in 3rd would be nice to avoid those embarrassing green-light stalls
Buying experience

I picked up one during a 0% finance promotion making it way cheaper than alternatives financed over 3 years since it is already £1000 cheaper than the R125, the RS4 125 or the RC125. Got it from Dobles in Croydon who are arguably one of if not the best Honda dealers in the UK (according to MCN). Great support and information and got some nice bonuses thrown in.

5 out of 5

10 July 2015 by Alex

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Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

30 May 2015 by whiter

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Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
could do with better brakes
Engine
4 out of 5
could do with a bit more power
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
had my cbr since jan 2015 and it started to rust already
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

honda cbr125r

01 June 2014 by janbusby1

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. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

honda CBR125R

01 June 2014 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

I had one

04 May 2011 by YORKSHIRE1003

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... Read more 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

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
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5 out of 5

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Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

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Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2011
Year discontinued -
New price £3,599
Used price £1,500 to £3,600
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 6 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 13.1 bhp
Max torque 7.7 ft-lb
Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 88 mpg
Tank range 255 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, SOHC, 2v four-stroke single-cylinder. Six gears
Frame type Steel dual beam
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 793mm
Bike weight 136kg
Front suspension N/a
Rear suspension N/a
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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

Other versions

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