Check out the latest incarnation of the Honda CBR125R sportbike for 2011 (a motorcycle that was launched in ’04). Honda Europe states that this is where new motorcycle riders take the first step on the path that could lead anywhere.
Spain and Italy and France have produced such pavement prodigies like Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Randy de Puniet while the youth of Europe continues to have access to these true entry-level sport motorcycles like the CBR125R.
The Honda say’s that their CBR 125cc R sportbike has a big responsibility helping to build a beginning rider’s confidence by presenting a riding experience that is as rewarding as a big sportbike.
In other words, if their 125cc sportbike puts its rider at ease with the fundamentals of control while showing how exhilarating motorcycle riding can be, then it’s done its job. (All this while also proffering a practical means of transportation).
The Honda CBR125R is built from the ground up as a sportbike ensuring a decent level of performance for its class to appease a whole new generation of motorcycle riders. Being a Honda, the motorcycle boasts an unprecedented record of reliability with low maintenance and extremely low operating costs.
Mirroring the advancements of sportbike technology over the last decade the CBR125R has been refined, making it a more sophisticated motorcycle with the look of its larger Honda siblings, the CBR250R, CBR600R and CBR1000R.
Retaining its status as the benchmark for small displacement street motorcycles the CBR125R is extremely lightweight, making it highly agile and easy to handle.
The Honda engine is a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 124.7cc single-cylinder and is mounted in a twin spar chassis. The CBR125R produces 12.75 hp at 10,000 rpm to drive its 301-pound dry weight via a 6-speed gearbox fitted with a mechanically-actuated clutch.
Although great effort was put toward giving the 125R a solid sportbike feel–rendering a perfect traffic-slicing mount for getting through congested streets (remember, this is how Pedrosa and Rossi started)–engineers made sure the seating position was comfortable.
The relation between handlebar, seat and foot pegs stemmed from the realities of staying in the saddle for long periods. They also gave the CBR125R a pillion seat to share the fun with a passenger.
The 31mm hydraulic telescopic fork graces the front end while a tubular steel swingarm mounts to a Monoshock for the rear.
Although only a 125, the CBR uses tires and wheels associated with the 250cc class; a 100/80-17 front and 130/70-17 rear, with cast wheels in a five-spoke design. Front brake is a 276mm disc coupled with a twin-piston caliper, and a 220mm disc with single-piston caliper on the rear.
The CBR125R full fairing is more than merely good racing looks, providing windblast protection for the rider and passenger, a welcome trait for long hauls.
The slim Honda gas tank holds 13-liters of fuel. Digital instruments put speed, engine revs and temperature within easy sight along with a fuel gauge, clock and odometer/trip meter.
The 2011 Honda CBR125R motorcycle is available in Terra Silver Metallic SE, Ross White Tricolour, or Asteroid Black Metallic.