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First ride of Honda’s CB125R incoming

Published: 02 March 2018

Updated: 02 March 2018

MCN’s Acting Consumer Editor, Dan Sutherland, will be riding Honda’s new CB125R at its launch event in Portugal early next week.

The £3949, 125cc single-cylinder, 13.1bhp CB offers a stylish take on the 125 market; combing minimalist design and sporty components like 41mm upside down forks to create what Honda are calling ‘Neo Sports Café’ styling.

Part of an all-new sports naked range, the 125R sits alongside a larger CB300R and CB1000R and, with a kerb weight of just 125.8kg, could be the ideal learner bike for effectively cutting through the urban sprawl.

The bike also promises to be incredibly frugal, with Honda claiming up to 298 miles between fuel stops. There is also plenty of stopping power, thanks to a single radially-mounted 4-pot Nissin caliper, which bites onto a singular 296mm hubless disc.

Accompanying the braking system are a number of other quality components too, such as an LCD dash, full LED lighting and a five-step preload adjustable rear shock.

The CB125R will be joining KTM’s 125 Duke, Yamaha’s MT-125 and Suzuki’s GSX-S125 in the small capacity naked market. Check back here early next week for our initial thoughts, with the full test appearing in MCN soon. 

Honda CB125R highlights

Engine: 125cc 2v single
Power: 13.1bhp@10,000rpm
Torque: 7.4ftlb@8,000rpm
Seat height: 816mm
Kerb weight: 125.8kg (wet)


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