For 2011, Honda is introducing a thoroughly-revised CBR125R, one of Canada's best-selling motorcycles since coming to market in 2007. Instantly popular among buyers, the entry-level sport bike from the Japanese manufacturer served and will continue to serve as a learning tool. There's the Honda CBR125R
Challenge incorporated to the Canadian Superbike Championship and a new program for beginners offered by Honda Canada.
|Taking inspiration from the larger VFR1200 and the upswept exhaust design of the latest CBR1000RR, the 2011 Honda CBR125R makes a much better impression. (Photo: Kevin Wing)
Praised for its sportiness, versatility, affordability and rider-friendliness, the first-generation CBR125R suffered from a lack of size and style (based on the old 2006 CBR1000RR). Now, Honda's little warrior dons a sexier, more muscular shape and a whole new body armour.
Taking inspiration from the larger VFR1200
and the upswept exhaust design of the latest CBR1000RR
, the 2011 Honda CBR125R makes a much better impression. Upgrades to the chassis also contribute to increased comfort for all rider sizes and particularly greater agility, fun and thrills both on the road and the track.
Minor powertrain enhancements
The 124.7cc single-cylinder engine benefits from new injection settings that improve fuel economy. The 3-litre larger tank (13 L) and 2.6 L/100 km consumption increase the range to 480 kilometres. What's more, the exhaust system keeps the oxygen sensor and gains a cleaner next-generation catalytic converter.
The 6-speed transmission remains unchanged except for a longer final gear ratio that suits the new 130/70-17 tire in the back. Output is pretty similar, too, with 13.3 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and peak torque delivered at 8,000 rpm.
A more vigorous chassis
The sturdier twin-spar frame and wider tires make the 2011 Honda CBR125R sharper upon entering corners and, above all, more stable at higher speeds. While the new silhouette adds presence to the machine, handling still proves easy. You'll forget about the weight in part thanks to a judiciously-sporty riding position, with the handlebars not too low and the footpegs nicely positioned. Your upper body will lean forward just enough to attack corners with your head and elbow pointed in the ideal direction.
|The 2010 CBR125R Challenge (Photo: Kevin Wing)