HONDA CITY FLY 125 (1998 - 2003) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£150|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||2v single cylinder, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Diamond steel|
|Fuel capacity||12 litres|
|Front brake||240mm disc|
|Front tyre size||90/90 x 19|
|Rear tyre size||110/90 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||65 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£22|
|Annual service cost||£150|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||11 bhp|
|Max torque||8 ft-lb|
|Top speed||65 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||21 secs|
|Tank range||12 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
Owners' reviews for the HONDA CITY FLY 125 (1998 - 2003)
9 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£150|
Annual servicing cost: £150
Love this machine. Bought it in a bit of a state for £500 put some love and attention into it (and about £200) and made it a pretty beautiful machine. Runs and rides beautifully in any conditions and wont shy away to some off road riding.
With Pirelli MT60 its not the smoothest of rides for long jorneys but they do hold up very well in most conditions.
It's not the fastest of bikes but it holds up well and is great to cruise along at.
It's a Honda...this thing is pretty bulletproof. It has a sound and sturdy engine.
Depending on how much you use it will depend on the costs as with most bikes.
It don't come with much to be honest.
Absolutely cracking bike
The CLR is one of the most comfortable bikes I've ridden I did a 250 mile ride on this bike and hardly felt it at the other end spot on for a 125, the bike is perfect for the way the roads are now, providing the rear brake is kept adjusted as its on cable the bike stops in a more than comfortable distance.
The engine is very strong, its ideal for town and city riding as its very torquey for a 125 how ever its hard to get the bike past 65mph but this hasn't really bothered me due to it just being a 125 I think the speed to acceleration ratio is spot on
The only thing we need to say is this is a Honda I've had mine for the last year and a half and haven't experienced any issues with her and the build quality is spot on.
Running costs are low for this bike most of the time, as long as it is serviced it won't go wrong however if it does parts are expensive and very hard too find (even through Honda) on the other hand its brilliant on fuel I get around 80mpg, cheep to insure and very cheep to tax
Equipment is basic but in my opinion just right for the bike, look at the bike a street scrambler why would you want a big fancy computer on it, all you need is a speedo. Its a 125, it has an engine, frame, wheels, seat, and luggage rack, basic but perfect
Buying experience: I paid £900 for mine private sale with 16000 on the clock it has now done 26000 and I've never had a problem
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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
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 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.
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 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.
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.