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Honda CBR 125 Review

There are a lot of things that are great about the USA: The constitution, action movies, and our love of all things powerful. Unfortunately sometimes the American way can limit some of the things that we get access too, one being smaller displacement motorcycles that actually look good! The Honda CBR 125R is one example that can be found in Japan, Europe, and Australia that has me wishing we didn't love everything so big 'n bad in America.

CBR's Little Brother

The Honda CBR 125 was first introduced in 2004 to replace the aging NSR125 and it has become a runaway hit in countries with a tiered license system. Unlike in the USA where as soon as get your license can go buy any motorcycle you want, with a tiered system you are restricted to piloting below a certain CC range. Wouldn't you know that the CBR 125 falls right into that first tier in the system, making it ideal for new riders.

Unlike it's 600cc and 1000cc big brothers, this little bike is powered by a much smaller 125cc liquid cooled, single cylinder, 4 stroke engine. You won't be flying past traffic doing triple digits on this little monster, in fact to hit above 90mph you'll need a down hill slope and a full racers tuck! Not being able to go dangerously fast isn't all bad, especially for a new rider or someone that has trouble knowing their limits. The bike has enough get up and go to match speed with freeway traffic, but you will have to be a little more strategic in your passing since you won't have gobs of horsepower at your disposal.


City Bike

This motorcycle comes stock with an nonadjustable suspension, but for most riders I don't think it would be much of a problem. The tires are much more narrow than your average tires as well, don't let that fool you though, you can still lean quite a bit even with those skinny wheels! The power, handling, and is similar to a 125cc scooter, but I would say that the seating position and the manual transmission would make it much more fun to ride in the city and on the freeway. If you were thinking about getting a scooter to tool around the city with, I would take a look at theCBR125 if you are fortunate enough to live in a country where they sell them.


This bike just looks fantastic! Honda took a cue from the larger bikes when designing this motorcycle and it really shows. I would bet that if someone had this bike in the states that most people wouldn't even know what it was and would assume it's a bike of much larger displacement. I've even seen some versions of this motorcycle with a Repsol paint scheme, which I have to say is one of the coolest race replica themes that exist. When compared to the ancient looking Ninja 250 theCBR125 would win in a beauty contest every single time.



I'm not sure what the process of importing a bike like this would be, but I have heard it is pretty tough. For most people I doubt the long lines at the DMV would be worth it for this bike. If you by chance see one used for sale with the proper papers I would recommend you pick it up ASAP! It's a great little bike and maybe one day Honda will be kind enough to let it grace our shores.


  • Looks like a large motorcycle
  • Just enough power for a new rider
  • Did I mention it's not ugly?
  • Handles really well in the city


  • Passing on the freeway should be done with caution
  • Not available in the USA (yet)
  • So small sometimes you don't feel really 'solid' on the bike


  • Displacement: 124.70 ccm (7.61 cubic inches)
  • Engine type: Single cylinder Stroke: 4
  • Power: 13.00 HP (9.5 kW)) @ 10000 RPM
  • Torque: 10.10 Nm (1.0 kgf-m or 7.4 ft.lbs) @ 8000 RPM
  • Fuel system: Carburettor. 28mm VK-type
  • Valves per cylinder: 2
  • Fuel control: SOHC
  • Starter: Electric
  • Cooling system: Liquid
  • Gearbox: 6-speed
  • Dry weight: 253.5 pounds
  • Seat height: 30.6 inches
  • Ground clearance: 6.8 inches
  • Wheelbase: 50.9 inches
  • Front suspension: 31mm telescopic fork
  • Front suspension travel: 109 mm (4.3 inches)
  • Rear suspension: Monoshock damper
  • Rear suspension travel: 120 mm (4.7 inches)
  • Front tire dimensions: 80/90-ZR17
  • Rear tire dimensions: 100/80-ZR17
  • Front brakes: Single disc, 10.9 inches
  • Rear brakes: Single disc, 8.7 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 2.64 gallons



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Submitted by dave (not verified) on

Great site and very good info as I'm considering the buying a starter bike like the CBR125R, as I'm in Canada but I worry about having to little power ~13hp as I'm 6' and 200 lbs.

It's too bad that Canada does not still sell the old style Ninja 250 and or the Eliminator 125 as they are both very cheap. I think the new Ninja ZZ250R is listed at ~$6,500 CDN or close to double the cost of old style Ninja.

Maybe you should also recommend and review scooters/mopeds as another option to starting out in motorcycles?

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Submitted by Ben on

When it comes to scooters I don't really feel like they teach you any more than a bicycle does. I actually rode a Honda Elite 80cc scooter before I got my motorcycle and it was fun, but it didn't teach me anything about shifting or using the clutch, which is one of the harder things to learn. Also it didn't even really teach me throttle control since I could open it up all the way and I still wouldn't go faster than 40mph.

If you think that the CBR125 might not be enough power for you, try checking out some of the dual sports like the Suzuki DR200SE. I guess the main thing it comes down to is what are you going to be using the bike for? If you are going to be spending 90% of your time on the freeway doing 65mph+ then this bike might be a little underpowered. On the other hand if you are going to be spending the majority of your time on surface streets going 35-45mph, then this bike would rock. You can still go on the freeway with it of course, but I'd imagine it wouldn't be as fun.

I'm surprised Canada doesn't sell the Ninja250! Maybe you could take a trip down to the states and buy one used and import it to canada? I'm not sure what the import laws are there, hopefully they are easier than the USA's. Good luck!


Ben - Editor and Owner of BBM

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Submitted by Brandon (not verified) on

I was under the impression that the Ninja 250 was not sold in Canada since it is not listed on the Kawasaki site. I talked to a dealer and he assured me that they do have them, so I would recommend talking to the store about it. The one that said they have them was Blackfoot Motosports in Calgary, if you live in that area.

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Submitted by Mark (not verified) on

The CBR125R is also available in Canada. I have heard it is selling quite well and Honda used Canada as a test market for North America. Maybe this means you might get the bike in the US in 2008? Anyhow here is a link for the CBR125R on Honda Canada's website for anyone wishing to take a look.

Your efforts to educate people on the logic of starting small are appreciated. I have endless debates with my collegues on this topic. Originating as I do from England I simply can not understand the thought process that leads to the belief that starting on a 600 and up cc bike is a good plan. I wish we had the choices that all the other markets in the world have in smaller capacity bikes. Unfortunately it's market driven and as long as the "ego-centric - image is all that matters" and "bigger MUST be better" viewpoints persist in this market we will continue to have a shortage of appealling smaller capacity bikes.

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sorry, forgot the link:

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm 260lbs and this bike hold my weight fine. It's great for the city/beginners. If you put on a lot of highway KMs this is probably not what you're looking for. This bike is not a scooter, it will teach you how to shift and such.
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Submitted by Jamie McClure (not verified) on

I was going to buy a 08 250 ninja early this year.Blackfoot Motorsport in Calgary said,Don't worry we'll have these bikes all season long we got 60 coming in.I came in at the first of May,were sold out & were not getting are order.(F ck)The price $3999.00 not $6500.SO I bought a 99 ex250 ninja im mint shape 7000k.
You can say all you want about the old ninjas but we all know they'll eat that honda cbr125 for lunch.
I don't know were some of this info comes from but my 250 ninja takes my 250lbs over a hundred mph.
Keep your wrist cranked Cheers JMC

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Hey buddy you realize your talking a big game about womens bikes?? haha "a 250 will eat a 125" be a man and ride a damn big try a 600cc or a 750...then talk about keeping ur wrist cranked..u keep ur wrist cranked on a 250 ur hitting 100kmh...u cant even drive that on half the highways u'll get ran over haha retire ur panties and buy a real bike

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shut up fag

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Submitted by Gio (not verified) on

Ninja 250s are sold in Canada. At least in the bigger cities: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary etc...

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Submitted by Greg (not verified) on

How hard do you think that it would be to get the CBR 125 into the US. Would it cost a lot or something? It look like a relly good street bike for a beginner. I really love the looks. I would consider the ninja 250 more, but it is just hidious. I know that a beginner bike might not look great, but I hope that those spy shots were for the ninja, because that thing looks sweet. Also I know that the Hyosung is not that reliable, but have you seen the new two-tone color scheme? It looks great. Thanks for this great site!

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Submitted by Greg (not verified) on

How much would it cost to import this bike, or how much time would it take. Has anyone ever imported any vehicle, if so how tough was it and was it worth it?

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Submitted by Matt on
Just some comments: The Ninja 250 was sold under the name ZZR-250 between 2003 and 2007 in Canada. It is an EX-250H (the US version is F, I have no idea what happened to the G, but it never came to North America if it was even released at all). . The ZZR250 is high spec than the US Ninja 250. Makes slightly more power, has 17" front wheel. Improved suspension and Styling is based on the ZZR600. You can read up on the differences here: . Canada is getting the new 08 Ninja 250R. It costs $4250 (a lot less than the outgoing ZZR-250). . And on to my thoughts on the CBR125. . Firstly, it is TINY. I dwarf it. The only time it looks like a full sized bike is when parked beside a ZZR250 (and even then, it looks small). I've spoken with several people who've ridden it. They all say it is a hoot to ride, but do not take it on the free way. One girl claims to have gotten it up to 130kph. Most guys say it tops out 115kph for them. . While it looks like a toy compared to a man, beside a 5'0"-5'5" girl it looks awesome. The proportions just fit. I hate to use the term "girl's bike", but I have no issue recommending this bike to a girl who wants a fun bike and doesn't mind avoiding freeways. I have a hard time recommending it to guys because it is so small (even if it is comfy, the way we look on our bikes is important to us). . Honda imported 4000 of these into Canada last year and they all sold out, they had to order a second batch of 4000. They are bringing 8000 this year - and expecting them all to sell. I've seen a fair number in the used ads, usually asking just a hundred or two less than MSRP (several asking more than MSRP). Being private sales, I have no idea how much they eventually sold for. Interestingly enough, all the ones I've seen in the ads were being sold by men. Some were being sold with less than 500kms on them, the highest had about 3000km (not too surprising since they can't have more than a season on them). . The Honda dealers are now complaining that they don't have any step up bike, so buyers are going elsewhere. Once someone decides they want to ride the freeways regularly, the only sporting bike Honda has to sell them is the CBR600RR. So many of these riders are instead going to the Ninja 500 and street friendly 650s (Bandit, SV, Ninja, Versys, etc). There is talk of Honda introducing a 400 here next year or the year after... but right now those are just long off rumors.

"The two seconds between 'Oh S**!' and the crash isn't a lot of practice time."

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Hey, I am looking into buying a street bike and need some good info. I am a small women ( 5"4", about 125 lbs, but strong). What would be the top 3 used, best bikes for me to look for? I have been suggested by friends that ride to look for a Suzuki GS 500, and other 600's. I like the idea of a 500 over a 600 to start? What do you think? Thanks, Ready to Ride
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Submitted by Matt on
A lot will depend on your inseam. Chances are you are going to want to be able to stand with both your feet flat on the ground when stopped (otherwise balancing the bike is much harder). The wider you can put your feet flat (the lower the seat), the easier it will be to keep the bike upright. The GS500 is a good bet, as is the ninja 500 or 250. Don't discount the 250 as being too slow. The Buell Blast (a 500cc) has an option for a lower seat. I have a female friend, a little taller than you, who absolutely swears by her Blast. The Buell is a little less common, but all four should be easy enough to find on the used market. If you haven't taken it, the MSF is a great way to find out just how tall a seat you can fit comfortably. My sister (5'6") had no problems balancing a tall dual sport, but my Mom (5'8") kept dropping her much lower "standard" bike. In the end my Mom got a Rebel because she could balance it much better. And of course, the MSF is great for many other reasons.

"The two seconds between 'Oh S**!' and the crash isn't a lot of practice time."

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Submitted by Exaran on
I was looking at the Honda canada link above, and it actually says on their page that the CBR125 is FUEL INJECTED! I'm pretty excited about that, as my primary intrest in motorcycles is drivable economy for commuting... I may have to look into that import cost! Anybody hear any figures of what MPG this bike gets?
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Submitted by Derek from Edmonton (not verified) on
I'm 260 lbs and get over 100mpg. Absolutely no problem keeping up with city traffic. A while back I used to ride a Vino 50, the 125 is way better on fuel. Insurance is less than $300 for the year. Cheaper than the bus. I can't imagine a cheaper way to get around. I have the package with 3 years roadside assistance/warrantee and will ride this bike at least until that is done. As the bike has been around for a bit in Europe there are aftermarket parts to put on already, I'm gonna keep mine stock for a bit as I park in a dodgy spot and don't need the heat.
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Submitted by Pete Kewin (not verified) on
Just got my cbr125, looking forward to a little more power after break in - do you keep at low `rpm to get this great fuel economy, and, how long till the bike perormance improves - dealer said to nver ride at low rpm during break in - regardless, great, beauifull eco friendly bike!
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Submitted by toofiddy (not verified) on
The "bigger MUST be better" mentallity wont last much longer. The high price of gas with make many reconsider their purchase. Look at the lastest classified and newspaper ads: people and dealers and can't gave away their big SUV and large pickup. However, you also have to take in consideration that average American weights a lot more than average Japanese. While the CBR 125 will certainly appeal to a nich market of ladies in America, it will be a very hard sell for HEAVIER American riders. Even if Honda upgrades to a CBR 150R, the Kawasaki Ninja 250 is still more powerful (highway capable), look great (especially the new 2008 model) and priced very well. The Honda Rebel and Nighthawk 234cc are a joke with the 70 mph top-speed and should be classified as unsafe for highway just like the CBR 125. Honda does have some very nice sporty 250cc motorcyles avaible elsewhere: full fairing CBR 250RR, naked CB 250 Hornet, naked VTR 250. Of these 3, the v-twin powered VTR 250 has the most user friendly tourqe. It would compete very well if priced right. Cheap, reliable and fun is a good formula for Honda to introduce the newbies. More importantly, it makes a very good marketing tool for the Honda brand. The next time the newbies want some new toys (bigger bikes, cars, atv, jetski, etc..), he/she will put the Honda brand higher on the must-have list . It would be in the best interest of the Japanese bikes companies to impliment the cheap, reliable and fun formular before someone like Hyosung figure out the reliable part :)
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Nighthawk 234cc are a joke with the 70 mph top-speed and should be classified as unsafe for highway just like the CBR 125. I ride my Nighthawk CB250 5 days a week on the Interstate and hit speeds of 70-75mph without fully opening the throttle. Can I ride aggressively? No. Can I maintain speed on an incline without opening the throttle more? No. Can I ride safely? Yes. The CB250 makes you plan ahead and have a strategy when you ride, because it lacks the power to muscle through a situation on the fly. I feel this helps build skills. My motto for riding the Hawk is "It's either you or your ego: this bike can't carry both."
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Submitted by rebel girl (not verified) on
just because the "average" american is blowing up doesnt mean the smaller bikes shouldnt be available for beginners.... im 5'6" and 120 lbs and im comfortable on the rebel longer than my Harley ridin' brethern. Im agreeing with the above reply to your comment. you are naming sport bikes as examples in comparison to the rebel and hawk... its like compairing apples and oranges. they have two different purposes and riding styles. sport bikes arent around for 30 or 40 years with careful maintenence AND i would NEVER put a first time rider on a sport bike, the rebel i own is the first ive ever ridden, i never had dirt bikes as a kid :( and BTW: ive had my Rebel over 80 and my KIDS are probably gonna ride my bike (when theyre old enough ;) same cant be said for most people with sport bikes.... i know a guy, bought a beautiful busa, next day his wife's pregnancy test was positive and he took it back because and she made him do it
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Submitted by nameRented on
I have been looking at the CBR 125r for my first bike. I live in Ottawa and would use it for quick groceries runs or getting to work or to campus so most of it would be city driving. There would be the odd trip onto the 417 highway, where the limit is 100 km or 60 mph so I'm pretty sure it can handle it. The aspect I like about it is the fuel economy, being a student I can't afford to filling up a car and I think a bike would be better. Be lying if I said I wasn't a bit nervous though.
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Submitted by Matt on
I just completed my Experienced Rider's Course, and while taking it, there were three guys on the CBR125. I have complete respect for that little bike now. According to the owners it isn't a bike to take on the freeway (technically it can do more than 100kph (60mph) but it is really much happier at 95kph and below). But the bike never looked out of place under these guys (all of them 6 foot or more), even when parked beside a Ninja 750, it just looked like a smaller bike, not like a toy. And how these guys could throw that bike around was astounding. With only a few weeks of riding experience these guys were snapping the bike around and putting in huge lean angles, much more than I'm comfortable doing on my ZZR-250, even though I have pretty much the exact same amount of riding time as these guys. As a learning tool, to learn how to really handle a bike, I think the CBR125 is amazing.

"The two seconds between 'Oh S**!' and the crash isn't a lot of practice time."

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Submitted by schnell on
This site seems to have a lot of articles on the 250 class bikes. I am not too worried about the power and speed right now, but I am worried about longevity. I can't be upgrading my bike every year or two. I like the Ninja but there is no stock in Canada until the '09s (I called Kawasaki). So will the 125 be only good for learning with the understanding that everyone will want an upgrade in a year or two? j
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Submitted by Matt on
There are plenty of used ZZR-250s on the market. They are not far and away worse than the 250R. I love mine, and having talked with a new 250R owner, I don't feel hard done by one bit. The differences between the ZZR and the 250R are not that big from a rider's perspective. Will the 125 be enough? If you plan on taking it on any 100kph highways (especially the 401) then no. If you don't mind taking back highways (my preference anyways) then it is plenty. I assure you your conering speeds will be much higher on the 125 than on a bigger bike. Watching relative newbies throw that bike around just impressed the heck out of me. There is a lot of fun to be had in the little bike. There are also plenty used on the market from people who bought last year and are upgrading this year. Many of them are asking more than MSRP. My guess is if you buy a used one this year and upgrade next year you won't loose much if any money.

"The two seconds between 'Oh S**!' and the crash isn't a lot of practice time."

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Submitted by Chris (not verified) on
Im a student thinking of local transportation but im not sure if i should start on a small bike like the honda 125 or just go for the ninja 250 and learn on that. the reason im asking is because im really presses for money (being a student i live on KD). So should i go for the Honda because of its easer to learn on appeal but will i need to upgrade in the future? or go for the ninja 250 and learn on that but wont have to worry about upgrading? and theirs little aspects i cant seem to find like what has better mpg ratings? which is more reliable in the long run? What is the different insurgence costs between a 250cc and a 125cc bike? or do they both fall under the same wrating? etc. . . Ps: oh and i dont think weight and hight will be an issue because im 5'9 145 pounds. im almost 18, this will probably sky rocket my insurance. . . .
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Submitted by Chris (not verified) on
i also live in Canada (not sure if that will affect anything but meh you never know)
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Submitted by Matt on
Price difference new between a CBR125 and Ninja 250R is about $800. Not that that matters, since there are no more new 250Rs going out to dealerships in Canada. Finding a 250R will be hard. The ZZR-250 (2003 - 2007) is still an excellent bike (I own one, call me biased) and can be found used for anywhere between $2500 and $5000. The CBR125 used is a good deal, there are plenty around, and they haven't been driven long enough (only one year old) be need serious work yet. Reliability on both bikes is top notch. The 125 is a single cylinder engine (very easy to maintain) and has been around in europe for years (was the number one selling bike in england for a couple of years). The Ninja is a bike that has been slowly evolving for 25 years starting way back with the GPZ250 of the early 80s. It is bullet proof. Running costs are cheaper on the 125. Gas is less on the 125 (but in all honesty, gas on the 250 is pretty amazing too, I doubt you'd really notice much). Insurance is the big thing. I'm over 25 and the difference in insurance is about $150 a year ($650 vs $800 for same coverage - in ontario). As an under 25 year old new rider, insurance will bend you ove a barrel, but the only vehicle you'll pay less for is a 50cc scooter. You can't beat the insurance on a CBR125. Just make sure you shop around for insurance no matter which bike you go for. Will you want ot upgrade in the future? From both bikes, yes. But most people change bikes every 2-3 years regardless, it just seems to be part of beign a biker. So don't worry about changing your bike after one or two years, it'll just give you a better idea of what you want next.

"The two seconds between 'Oh S**!' and the crash isn't a lot of practice time."

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Submitted by Chris (not verified) on
Thanks, i think im going to go with the honda 125 fore the insurance reasons and besides i dont really need the power of a 250 since im not going on the highway anyways with it, its just a commuter.
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Submitted by Matt on
There are several companies that make 49cc "pocket bikes" that aren't pocket but just a smidge smaller than the CBR125. These are not street legal. But they supposedly a heckuvalot of fun at the go kart track.

"The two seconds between 'Oh S**!' and the crash isn't a lot of practice time."

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Submitted by tpop on
If you're just using the motorcycle to get around town or go to and from work, then a huge motorcycle really isn't necessary. Using my Buell 500 to go to and from work is costing me about $6.00 per week in gas (with gas at $3.70 per gallon at the time of last fill-up.) Also, I really don't understand why anyone would want to pay over $5000 for a big scooter when they can get a small motorcycle for thousands less. Even the 50cc scooters are pretty expensive and are so light that I just feel unsafe while riding them.
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Submitted by Tariq (not verified) on

hey everybody, I'm only 18 and live in Canada. I have no clue how to ride a bike and for that matter anything about it! In the near future, I will be going for some classes and some more begginer classes. However, I'm curious once Im done these classes- as to which kind of bike I should buy. I will be using the highway everyday, but the drive will mainly consist of the city. I dont want to buy a slow bike and invest a large amount of cash(keep in mind im only a student) and than be dissapointed because it's too slow and well yeah, simply too slow and no fun. Does anybody have any suggestions, comments or any words of wisdom? There all greatly appreciated.... thanks!

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Submitted by RS125 (not verified) on

Take the classes, its fun to try out different types of bikes they have and it will give you a much better idea of what you want in a bike over just looks.

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Submitted by Azzy (not verified) on

Well we have had the CBR 125 in the UK for a while now and I have finally got one. Its design follows that of the Fireblade and to be honest thats part of why I got it. My best mate got one a year ago and so far has no intention of changing it, he goes away most weekends and is happy with it. So far the same applies for me so Im thinkin the longevety is pretty much ok. Its a great bike and its fab in town and in the country. Not bad for a funky 125 tbh

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Submitted by mryuk (not verified) on

I live in Canada and it,s July I love my cbr125r I use it to go to work It,s about 38 k round trip and the gas gage barely moves . And gas going up every day it,s great . I ride on 80 k roads and it,s plenty for them but if you get a bad head wind you have to drop it down to 5th gear with RPMs up a bit but with no wind in your face it,s a blast I,v had mine up to 125 km and it,s not broken in yet . So it should get a bit more top end and as for the brakes there great for the bikes size as for me buying the bike the thing that sold me was that it liquid cool and it has a gas gauge and heat gauge the only thing that I wonder about is the odd time it slips out of gear ? But it,s the odd time on that ? If any body out there knows why this is let me know .But as for the bike it self it,s great thanks Honda for cbr125r it,s a great starter bike they hit the nail with this one . P/S I got the red one looks great and is easy for the other guy to see you maybe I,ll see you down the road ! :)

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

i was just wondering something
im looking to get this as my first bike, i just got my license
in 5' 9" but im only 140 pounds
i dont plan on going on the freeway alot
just to get back and forth from my girlfriends and school. will this bike be what im looking for?
and will it break me on gas and insurance?

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Submitted by RS125 (not verified) on

Sounds exactly what you want. I hear people getting 110mpg on the thing. Which is great.

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Submitted by Andrew on

I don't think it's available in the US but if your outside the US it should be fine. Its a 125 so it should get good gas mileage.



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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I own one of these, and I can tell you without doubt that the claims of a top speed of 110kph and more are bull. Sure, it will hit 100+, but only under ideal conditions that never last more than a minute or two at best.

Most of the time, sub-100 speeds are all it can manage, and on any kind of a grade it needs to be in fourth gear. In fifth, it will lose speed. Fifth is only for a true flat, and sixth is completely useless. Riding on 100-limit highways is a very uncomfortable experience. The bike is stable, but the traffic backs up behind - especially when on an up-grade. That creates dangerous situations, and this bike doesn't belong out there.

Around town, though, and up to 90, it will do everything you want it too. It's well put together, and super-easy to ride. As someone said, it's the perfect learners bike and great for building confidence. As long as you buy used and don't over-pay, you can get one in A-1 condition for less than $3,000. (That's so cheap I don't even have collision or comp on mine, just liability.) I'd recommend it to anyone just starting out, unless that person intends to do a highway commute on it. In that case, it's best to get the Ninja.

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Submitted by BoOZe P-ti Motard on

slim sporty bike but i think its chassis is quite heavy compared to other 125ccs.. i rode a suzuki en125 and all being stock it did 100 in wind and + when ducked, lying on tank and feet on rear yea...(against wind) but then the owner modified the exhaust, but with a stick air filter and the bike would do 125+...if he had put an aftermarket air filter, the bike would develop faster...

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Submitted by jonriq (not verified) on

i live in BC and i own a 2004 yamaha bws 50cc scooter and im selling it to buy a cbr 125r
ive read all the specs and most of the reviews ive read says that it tops out at 120+ kms thats around 80 mpr
but does anyone have any clue on how much the insurance would be?

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Submitted by Hornhonker (not verified) on

My dealer in Victoria says there is a chance the Yamaha YZF125 may come to Canada.

It is fairly expensive but the price listed is Taxes in and a two year warranty with road side service.

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Submitted by jonriq (not verified) on

yes the yzf-R125 is about 25% more powerful then the cbr and the tires are alittle bigger so it dosnt look like bicycle tires haha
but it is supposed to be way more exspensive and they prob wont let it come out till late January

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

IMHO this bike with an upgrade 250cc or 499cc engine and the same styling would sell well in the US. I don't understand why Honda would not consider attacking the lower end of the market ( first time motorcycle rider market ) by introducing a this design into the US market. Again a 250cc or 499cc version would sell like hot cakes in the US and give Kawi a run for their money.

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Submitted by Clay Dowling on

Should be a great sell here. I'd like to grab the 125, but it would mean importing from Canada. A 250cc, that would be a fantastic thing to have. Not trading in my Magna for it, but it would make a nearly ideal starter bike. And be a lot of fun to ride.

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Submitted by benyopp on

Like that guy said shut up fags. Ride a real bike ride a harley!!! Fags

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

...that's not very constructive, yopp.

R.I.P., dildo.

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Submitted by TrialsRider on

Parts Canada hosts a non-modified race class for the 125 CBR. If there is any justice in the world, I would love to see this guy on his Harley, attempting to keep up with them on the Shannonville race track.

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Submitted by luvthechickens on

I live in Missouri, United States and am looking for a Honda CBR 125. They seem to be impossible to find here (used, of course, since the Honda doesn't sell that model here)! I'm a female, 23-years-old, 5'1", and 110 pounds, so I'm looking for something small and lightweight. I've tried the Ninja 250 with a lowering kit installed on it, but it's still pretty heavy for me as a beginner. Does anyone have any suggestions? The only style I really like is the sportbike. Does anyone know the cost/difficulty of importing a CBR-125 to the U.S.? It seems like Ninja 250's are a lot harder to come by in Canada, but they are all over the place here... maybe there would even be someway to trade a Ninja-250 for a CBR-125 with someone in Canada looking to upgrade. I just commute to graduate school here, so highway action isn't really in the picture. Thoughts/ideas?

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Submitted by maddogchris on

Do they have these bikes in America because when i was looking it up they only had it in Japan? I'm 5'7 and 170 pounds and I'm looking for a starter bike and i need help picking one out. any suggestions?

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Submitted by Munch on

The 250's will be your best bet. Wether it's a TU250, Ninja 250, Vstar 250.... plenty to choose from

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Submitted by Aussie Rider (not verified) on

I'm in Australia and just picked up a 2008 CBR125R for $1000AU with 800kms on the ODO. I've owned 1000cc's before, but for city riding the 125R perfect with its size and its styling. Not to mention insurance and rego is only $140 for an entire year, compared to a 1000cc which is $800.

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Submitted by donnanord on

Interesting review! Thanks for sharing this one! Thinking of buying one of these bikes.

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Submitted by janusgirl (not verified) on

Just bought a used 2008 cbr 125.  $1300 and red to boot.  Cottage country roads here I come.......5"4 and feet planted flat.


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