Honda’s CB125R proves that small things look good naked too

Published: 15 December 2017

Naked fun promised for Honda's new entry-level machine

Naked 125s have a tradition of not really being that inspiring and until the likes of bike like the KTM 125 Duke, they weren’t on the radar for new riders. Honda’s new CB125R looks like it can certainly do the job.

With styling cues pointing towards the impressive new CB1000R that was revealed at Eicma last month, the CB125R definitely isn’t lacking in the looks department.

At its heart is a 125cc single cylinder engine that makes 13.1bhp at 10,000rpm. Honda say the engine is free revving and delivers plenty of low down grunt. It’s a real featherweight too, tipping the scales at just 126kg wet, which should make it really fun to ride.

Possibly one of the most impressive features of the bike though is the 136.7mpg that Honda are claiming can be achieved with this machine, that’s mad! And, with a 10.1-litre tank, it could see an achievable range of nearly 300 miles between fuel stops!

The braking system is also surprisingly very advanced for a 125. The radially-mounted 4-pot Nissin caliper bites a singular 296mm hubless disc. The ABS operates with an Inertial Measurement Unit to give a much more effective system, which works in conjunction with the two-channel ABS system to modulate the braking between the front and rear brakes, it’s something that has traditionally been the reserve for top-spec litre machines.

Accompanying the braking system are a number of other quality items that will complement the machine. The LCD dash and full LED lighting look really trick for a small machine and the 41mm front forks and preload adjustable will be plenty good enough for new riders.

The CB125R will be joining KTM’s 125 Duke and the Yamaha MT-125 in the small capacity naked market, which is really beginning to shine. Hopefully this will lead to newer, younger riders might start looking at motorcycling again.

Honda CB125R highlights

Engine: 125cc single
Power: 13.1bhp @ 10,000rpm
Torque: 7.4ftlb @8,000rpm
Seat height: 816mm
Weight: 126kg (wet)


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