Honda’s entry level CBF125 start of a “biking adventure” for new riders

An entry-level 125cc motorcycle has to be a multi-faceted machine. To some it represents the most economical way of getting from A to B, both in terms of initial affordability and running costs. To these riders it must be durable, easy to live with and economical: simple, trouble-free transport at its most fundamental.

001-off-my-wheelsBrian Joss – But to many new riders a 125 is the start of their motorcycling adventure, their first ‘real’ bike. So it must deliver the excitement, freedom and instinctive pleasure that two wheels bring to everyday life. Yet it also has to be easy for a novice to manage as they learn, with build quality and style that adds street credibility, and the Honda CBF125, which has been upgraded is one of them, the manufacturer said.

The Honda 125CBF: upgraded model has even more street cred. Picture: Quickpic
The Honda 125CBF: upgraded model has even more street cred. Picture: Quickpic

The new CB125F is drawn from a fresh gene pool and while it maintains the previous model’s core strengths, it builds heavily on quality, ease of use and a desirable new look. It’s a great bike to simply get you where you need to be – or from where to begin the ride of a lifetime.

The new CB125F has been styled with a strong family resemblance to the twin-cylinder CB500F and four-cylinder CB650F. An injection of aggressive ‘streetfighter’ attitude matches an upright riding position and wide handlebars, giving excellent control.

An all-new steel frame provides strength, with geometry for all-round reactive and confident handling, Honda said.

Revised 18-inch (from 17-inch) wheels iron out surface imperfections and aid stability, as do the telescopic forks and twin rear shocks. Powerful but novice-friendly braking is delivered by a hydraulic caliper and disc up front with a drum rear.

Heart and soul of the new CB125F is its robust fuel-injected single-cylinder engine. The engine has been developed to deliver strong low and mid-range torque with crisp throttle response. It provides brisk acceleration in busy urban situations, is easy to manage and smooth at all rpm thanks to the addition of a balancer shaft. It’s also economical and a ready starter in challenging weather conditions thanks to use of the latest design PGM-FI system.

A newly designed compact instrument panel has been adopted which includes the addition of a centrally-placed gear position indicator.

For the end user the other good news is that the CB125F, armed with an array of improvements plus Honda engineering and high quality finish arrives in dealers at a highly competitive price point, Honda said.

The CB125F channels its larger siblings’ street style with a broad-shouldered and muscular ‘mass forward’ stance. Angular side shrouds extend forward from the fuel tank and the contoured side cowls narrow neatly, minimizing the height difference between rider and pillion.

The engine, exhaust downpipe and muffler, fork lowers and wheels are blacked out, underlining the crisp lines and bright paintwork. Subtle red detailing is to be found on the shock springs and Honda logo on the engine crankcases.

As a machine that will see use as a daily commuter, riding school stalwart and open door to the world of motorcycling, its riding position is upright and relaxed, with more forward-set footpegs and wide handlebars (pulled back slightly, with 45° lock left and right) giving optimum control, rider confidence and all-round visibility. Seat height is 775mm.

The CB125F will be available in four colours:  Pearl Twinkle Yellow, Onyx Blue Metallic, Pearl Sunbeam White and Candy Blazing Red

The CB125F’s 124.7cc, air-cooled fuel-injected OHC 2-valve engine is tough, proven and efficient. Bore and stroke is set at 52.4 x 57.8mm, with compression ratio of 9.2:1. The cylinder head has been revised and the addition of a balancer shaft neutralises vibration. The 5-speed gearbox provides a wide spread of useful ratios. Peak power of 7.8kW arrives at 7,750rpm, with maximum torque of 10.2Nm delivered at 6,250rpm.

Fuel economy of 60 km/l provides a range of over 600 kilometres between fill-ups from the 13-litre tank and the PGM-FI employs the latest solenoid, making for much easier starting in extreme cold or adverse weather.

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