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First test: CBR125R makes a great start

Published: 21 January 2004

Honda’s all-new CBR125R could make the ideal beginner’s sports bike.

It’s going to cost just £2349 otr, and has a low seat height to make it extremely user-friendly at low speeds.

MCN’s Matt Wildee tested the new bargain four-stroke on the city streets of Jerez in Spain and is writing a full report for our issue of February 4. But in the meantime, here are his first impressions:

" This bike has lots of good quality parts about it, despite the low price. The paint is thick and looks good. It has the same colour schemes as the CBR600R and a really comprehensive dash with fuel gauge, temperature gauge and a rev counter that reads up to 13,000rpm.

" But, despite the colourscheme, and Honda’s insistence, it doesn’t really look like a CBR600R. You won’t fool anyone that you have a superbike. It goes well for a 125 though. Even though it’s restricted to make it learner legal, it comes with a top end rush and feels lively and quick.

" It’s light and low and really flickable and unintimidating compared to sports two-strokes like Aprilia’s RS125. "

" If you’re particularly tall, it won’t suit you. But for the average-sized rider starting out on a 125, it makes a good choice. "

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