Heart racing, sweaty palms and shortness of breath… Now if only the school bell signalling the end of the day would ring to allow commencement of the biggest thrill of the day – riding home on the brand new 2011 Honda CBR125R…
The 599 cm3 in-line four-cylinder engine develops 88 kW and 66 N.m of torque, the latter from 11 250 r/min. It is a very revvy and peaky motor. According to Honda, it will hit 100 km/h from a standstill in three seconds and, after spending a couple of the days with the bike, the figure seems achievable.
The first CBR125 was launched in 2004 and since then it has become the entry-point to Honda’s sportsbike range. One has to admit that in terms of looks they really got it sorted out. This new model has wider wheels and tyres. The meter display has been redesigned while the top bridge has been modified, and so has the shape of the swing arm.
Adding the letters CBR to a smaller-capacity motorcycle should give buyers the chance to experience some of the exhiliration of the better-known CBR600RR and 1 000 cc CBR1000RR Fireblade, especially with regards to the design.