Honda have introduced an all-new steel frame and 18in six-spoke wheels (up from 17). The CB125F also gets an ever-so-slightly fatter 120mm telescopic fork up front and the same five-step spring preload adjustable rear shocks (now painted red for added speed) – they’re budget but do the job. The single disc brake up front and drum brake at the rear are competent enough to stop you in a hurry, and more than adequate for both the learner rider and those whizzing through London’s rush hour. There's a complete lack of vibrations from the engine. Singles suffer more from primary vibes than most engine configurations, but an added balancer shaft has reduced vibes in every gear, even at top speed.
The engine is virtually new with very few parts retained from the old motor. One of the most important additions is Honda’s latest fuel injection system, which, coupled with a revised cylinder head and exhaust system, has increased the bike’s low to midrange torque and fuel economy. As a side effect, the power and torque figures are down from 11.1bhp to 10.46 and 8.2ftlb to 7.52. But working with such low numbers in the first place, you’re not going to feel it. And the revised mapping and FI certainly adds more of a poke low down which makes it stronger when pulling away from lights than the previous model anyway.
Production has switched from India to China, but the little CB125F still retains the usual Honda build quality. Everything feels well put together, and nothing stands out as being overly cheap.
At £2499 the CB125F is £200 cheaper than its predecessor which makes it excellent value for money. Honda claim upto 145mpg, but we only managed 107mpg, although that's still enough to cover over 300 miles to a tank.
The CB125F is a budget bike, and as such the equipment you get as standard is incredibly basic. There's no ABS and the dash is a simple analogue affair, with digital gear indicator. It's basic, but it's all you need.