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Driving report Honda CBR 125 R
Driving report: Honda CBR 125 R
Honda has revised the CBR 125 R.
Sponsored by Omi: The heavily redesigned, freshly styled CBR 125 R could help many grandmas to surprise visits from their 16-year-old grandchildren.
So she came with chicken breasts and milk-bearded, said the old men with disgrace CBR 125 R to. Even for a 125cc, it is still very petite, looks more like a measly 50s than an adult motorcycle. This should be over now. The 2011 CBR 125 R appears more massive, rolls on wider silts and, with a newly designed fairing, makes a mini-Fireblade. Whereby that “Mini” is now clearly less related to the external appearance than to the cubic capacity. It stays at 125 cubic centimeters. The four-stroke single-cylinder was the least modified. It’s a shame, the nasty tongues may complain again, because the little engine still does not make the full, permissible 15, but only 13 hp. The modified set-up through modified injection electronics is intended to make the four-stroke engine even more economical. So the characteristics of the long-serving two-valve engine have remained: It turns pleasantly evenly, i.e. without any real kick or special bite through the entire speed range, which theoretically only ends at 11500 rpm, where the limiter gently locks. 6000, or better still at least 7000 rpm, should, in practice, already be present if things are to progress reasonably quickly. Thanks to the smooth-running clutch and the precisely shiftable gearbox, the right gear can be easily engaged at any time. The newly prescribed liveliness, which should meet the expectations aroused by the sporty appearance, is achieved, if not through more engine power, primarily through the shorter final gear ratio: A sprocket with 44 instead of 42 teeth is used on the rear wheel.
In fact, you can attest to the CBR’s class-standard, decent sprinting ability, only over 100 km / h before reaching top speed does it get a little tougher. The new cladding, which is based on the chic shell of its big sister Fireblade, offers a little more wind protection. Also under the shell is a mature, more grown-up CBR 125, numerous changes to the previous model are intended to take away the often criticized nervousness of the small Honda and instead give it sovereign stability and neutrality.
The revised chassis boasts completely new key data: the wheelbase grew from 1295 to 1310, the caster by two to 90 millimeters, only the fork is almost unchanged steep with the steering head angle of 65 degrees. The hyper-nervous driving behavior of yore is in any case a thing of the past. Only when driving very slowly in tight bends does the CBR turn in a little indecisively, there is hardly anything to complain about when moving faster.
Offers plenty of information: the new, modern, stylish and easy-to-read cockpit.
The new box swing arm made of steel, pepped up by means of a dummy upper pull, and the use of wider rims with appropriate tire dimensions benefit the stable straight-line stability and neutral cornering behavior. If the 125cc tires produced in Thailand for cost reasons had been given even higher quality tires instead of the IRC tires, which should be enjoyed with caution when wet, the eight-liter package would be almost perfect.
The targeted lower consumption and the tank, which has been enlarged from ten to 13 liters, give the 125 series an impressive range – over 400 kilometers should be possible at any time. Will the pilot hold out for so long? In any case, the ergonomics are also suitable for guys over 180 cm. However, the CBR does not allow even smaller drivers to tiptoe helplessly or hang stretched out over the tank, with a view of a refreshingly modern, complete and easy-to-read cockpit. Fortunately, inexperienced beginners are actually still missing an ABS – currently not available for the 125cc. Perhaps this is why the brakes with the new, larger brake disc at the front are a little blunt, in order to avoid the front wheel locking up too easily. No question about it, the stoppers are effective in decelerating, but you need a firm, gripping hand and they don’t act too snappy. Overall, however, a compliment is due: To put such an attractive mini Fireblade on the wheels for the (unchanged) low price of 3390 euros, that could cause the competition to create. And give the CBR numerous buyers with generous grandmothers.
Blender: the important-looking plastic cover on the new box rocker.
Water-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, two valves, injection, Ø 30 mm.
Bore x stroke 58.0 x 47.2 mm
Cubic capacity 125 cm³
rated capacity 9.8 kW (13 hp) at 10,000 rpm
Max. Torque 10.4 Nm at 8000 rpm
Bridge frame made of steel, telescopic fork, Ø 31 mm, two-arm swing arm made of steel, central spring strut, front disc brake, Ø 276 mm, rear disc brake, Ø 220 mm. Tires 100 / 80-17; 130 / 70-17
mass and weight
Wheelbase 1310 mm, seat height 793 mm, full tank weight 137 kg, payload 180 kg, tank capacity 13 liters, two-year guarantee, price without additional costs 3390 euros
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