Globally the new Honda CB125F has been extensively revised
with CB-F family ‘naked’ style plus a responsive new chassis and six-spoke
18-inch wheels. Built for real-world usability, its new air-cooled engine
delivers strong low to mid-range torque, and features a balance shaft and
revised PGM-FI settings.
According to a Honda global press release, the new CB125F
has been styled with a strong family resemblance to the twin-cylinder CB500F
and four-cylinder CB650F. The CB125F’s 124.7cc, air-cooled fuel-injected OHC
2-valve engine is tough, proven and efficient. An injection of aggressive
‘street fighter’ attitude matches an upright riding position and wide
handlebars, giving excellent control.
Fuel economy of 51.3km/l (WMTC mode) provides a range of
over 600km 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
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.
The 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
With strong desire for naked motorcycles of all capacities
throughout Europe, 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 compact nose cowl surrounding the multi reflector
headlight and dash display completes the aggressive new look. Clear indicator
lenses and orange bulbs add a stylish finishing touch.
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. It’s a bike built to endure the rigours of European weather,
whilst its new style, build quality and finish add greatly to owner
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