Honda’s perennially popular entry-level CB125F is a brand-new motorcycle for 2021 and a huge 11kg lighter. Its low friction eSP (‘enhanced Smart Power’) engine significantly improves fuel economy while maintaining performance and now features an ACG starter. The revised bodywork takes styling cues from bigger CB stablemates, and equipment includes an LED headlight, centre stand and digital dash with ECO meter.
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.
But to many new riders a 125 is the start of their motorcycling adventure, their first ‘real’ bike. So, it must deliver all of the above, plus everything else that a motorcycle should – 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 a build quality and styling that instil tangible pride of ownership.
For any manufacturer, welcoming and introducing fresh entrants to their brand is important. The right initial experience can lead to a lifelong association, and the CB125F has long served this function for Honda - a tough, user-friendly entry-level motorcycle that offers the perfect first rung on the ladder. The CB125F was a new model name for Honda in 2015; it maintained the previous CBF125’s core strength of robust simplicity but built strongly on that strong foundation in terms of quality, ease of use and style.
For 2021 the CB125F is renewed again, with a complete refresh that makes it even more desirable and cost effective. The new CB125F is a great bike to simply get you where you need to be – or from where to begin the ride of a lifetime.
|Engine Type||Air cooled 4 stroke OHC single|
|Max Power Output||8kW @7,500rpm|
|Max Torque||10.9Nm @ 6,000rpm|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||50 x 63.1mm|
|Front Brake||240mm single disc with two piston caliper|
|Rear Brake||130mm drum|
|Front Suspension||31mm telescopic|
|Rear Suspension||Dual shocks – 5 stage preload|
|Front Wheel||18in five spoke aluminium|
|Rear Wheel||18in five spoke aluminium|
|Dimensions||2015mm x 750mm x 1100mm|
|Frame Type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||11L|
|Clutch||Wet, multiplate with coil springs|