HONDA CITY FLY 125 (1998-2003) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"For a bit of funky commuting, it's an efficient and enjoyable motorcycle"

Honda CLR125 CityFly motorcycle review - Side view

"For a bit of funky commuting, it's an efficient and enjoyable motorcycle"

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  11 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  12 miles range
  • Insurance group: 4 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (815mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Honda CLR125 CityFly is definitely an urban minx: forget its supposed off-road potential and enjoy bursts of handy acceleration in town. Taking a Honda CLR125 CityFly anywhere near a hill could hinder your fun, especially two-up, but for a bit of funky commuting, it’s an efficient and enjoyable motorcycle. And it looks gorgeous.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

Good suspension front and rear makes for an easy, comfortable ride; if anything, the Honda CLR125 CityFly can be a bit hard. The brakes are excellent and the motorcycle is tall and slender enough for frisky riding through traffic. The clutch is light and the gearbox is smooth and precise.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Honda CLR125 CityFly uses the same 124cc single which propels the Honda XLR125, meaning it’s pretty ancient but proven to be long-lasting and reliable. Honda may have marketed the Honda CLR125 CityFly as “dual purpose” but the clue’s in the name: the engine’s only really cut out for punchy town work and, at that, it’s excellent. Elsewhere, the  Honda CLR125 CityFly is very breathless indeed.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The Honda CLR125 CityFly is nicely finished and the overall look is pretty tasty, especially for a “learner” motorcycle. The large, attractive, stainless steel silencer catches the eye for all the right reasons and a lot of thought’s gone in to the Honda CLR125 CityFly's image and design. Owners tend to love them. Regular oil changes will keep the motorcycle's engine going for ever.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

The Honda CLR125 CityFly was a bit steep when new but used market values mean they’re not a bad choice. A hell of a lot more than a Honda CG125 but worth it if the Honda CLR125 CityFly's contemporary looks and a bit more of a commanding view of the road mean a lot to you. A very economical motorcycle to run and relatively cheap to fix and service. Find a Honda CLR125 CityFly for sale.

 

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The Honda CLR125 CityFly has a comfy dual seat and a grabrail, plus basic but clear clocks, good lights and mirrors, electric start and a little underseat storage (for a Honda U-lock). The belly pan hints at the Honda CLR125 CityFly's (somewhat unrealistic) off-road aspirations. Extras for this motorcycle include a top box, lower seat and heated grips.

 

Owners' Reviews

7 owners have reviewed their HONDA CITY FLY 125 (1998-2003) 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 CITY FLY 125 (1998-2003)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.7 out of 5
Engine 4.1 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 2.6 out of 5
4 out of 5

Does exactly what it says on the tin!!

17 July 2009 by JustChillOut

I have done over 4,000 miles on mine in the last 7 months. It starts every time, even through the winter and I seldom get less than 200 miles out of the main tank - I make that around 120 mpg. Around town and B roads (up to 55 mph) it is easy to... Read more handle, has great visibility and is lots of fun even though it's not the quickest. On fast A roads or big hills, you'll be bent over the tank and chasing vans looking any assistance you can get! The firm suspension and thin(ish) seat means its It's not the most comfortable ride but the solid handling more than makes up for that. It's a great bike for learning or commuting on but breathless on hills or the open road. I paid £750 and it was worth every penny.

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
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

city fly

06 January 2009 by ragingamp

Great learner bike. I get 65 MPH out of mine on a straight. 70MPH with my head down if im very lucky ;) . Very very reliable. nice comfy seat and handle bars suit me lovely. There is only a speedo, no reserve light for petrol which i find very... Read more annoying ! Great MPG though. I find the lights on the bike terrible. Dont expect to lean this bike over ! The tryes are deffently not made for that. Rides nice but why put those tryes on it ? Who is honestly going to go off roading with it ? Great bike. Look out for rust. Expect the bike to of been thrased but its a very reliable engine so shouldnt be to much of a problem.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 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
1 out of 5
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4 out of 5

city fly

06 January 2009 by ragingamp

Great learned bike. I get 65 MPH out of mine on a straight. 70MPH with my head down if im very lucky ;) . Very very reliable. nice comfy seat and handle bars suit me lovely. There is only a speedo, no reserve light for petrol which i find very... Read more annoying ! Great MPG though. I find the lights on the bike terrible. Dont expect to lean this bike over ! The tryes are deffently not made for that. Rides nice but why put those tryes on it ? Who is honestly going to go off roading with it ? Great bike, look out rust. Expect the bike to of been thrased but its a very reliable engine so shouldnt be to much of a problem.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 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
1 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Honda CLR City Fly

30 May 2008 by 123jackbates

The CLR is a superb bike to learn on. Its light, easy to handle and ride and has plenty of power for learning in built up areas/town. Out of town it struggles - 65mph, down a hill with the wind behind you!! Rev the hell out of it and it'll get you... Read more there and it's noisy when you cane it. Good build quality generally and good value for money - very economical. Equiptment wise - pretty basic but what more do you need on a bike like this?? overall a good little learner and an excellent 2nd hand purchase. 30/05/2008

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 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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4 out of 5

CLR125 City Fly

22 May 2008 by barker1

The City Fly was a great first bike and spent just under 2 years learning on it before taking my test, and honestly i can only find one real flaw, the speed. The bike just can't compete on duel carrageways which can mean long planned lorry overtaking... Read more taking into account the gradient of the ground. That said it is only a 125 and the engine iv found to be very reliable, always fired up first time and no real mechanical faults.For city/ built up riding its great though, slim, light, nippy at low speeds. Good looks for a commuter and great fuel economy. Great little Learner/commuter/fun bike.

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

city fly

28 December 2007 by BikerBladerAsh

i bought one brand new for over 2 grand when it came out, cus i couldnt get insurance on the cbr, yes it does grab the eye with the exhaust and other bits of chrome, but it is slower than a cg, the nobbly tyres are rubbish on the road and the build... Read more quality (sorry honda) was appauling, within 6 months it had turned into what looked like a 10 year old bike and i lost 1500 pound in only 6 months, it was the biggest mistake i've ever made, the only good thing to me was that it was sooooo cheap to run, 7 quid used to get me well over 200 miles if i remember right..a cheap commuter but thats it. there are many more better 125's on the road.

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

Honda CLR 125

21 November 2007 by bob_the_log

Excellent little bike. cheap to run and will do over 150 miles on a tank of fuel. The engine is a little noisey under acceleration and will only do about 60 mph but still an excellent little bike. 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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 7 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued 2003
Original price -
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 4 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 11 bhp
Max torque 8 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 21 secs
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 12 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type 2v single cylinder, 5 gears
Frame type Diamond steel
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 119kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 240mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 90/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 110/90 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1998: Honda CLR125 CityFly launched as a dual purpose motorcycle but it’s really only good for urban traffic busting (at which it’s very competent).
2003: Honda CLR125 CityFly discontinued.

Other versions

None.

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