Honda has launched in Europe the 2023 CB125R, its 125cc premium ‘naked’ motorcycle, which arrives with new colors and graphics, but keeping the mechanical set and design of the previous model, to remain a great option in the segment.
One of the highlights of the CB125R is its high-spec front suspension. It features a 41mm Showa ‘Separate Function’ Big Piston (SFF-BP) fork, something usually seen on big bikes.
In addition, it has an oversized brake system and also usually only seen on high-displacement motorcycles: the floating front brake disc has 296 mm in diameter; radial-mount Nissin brake caliper has 4 pistons; and the ABS system is two-channel.
In terms of colors, the 2023 CB125R is available in Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic, Matt Crypton Silver Metallic, Candy Chromosphere Red and Matt Jeans Blue Metallic.
How is the 2023 CB125R
The 2023 Honda CB125R received its last major upgrade in 2021 when it received a new 4-valve engine and a Showa ‘Separate Function’ Big Piston (SFF-BP) front suspension upgrade.
But since it was launched in 2017, the model has been top-of-the-line specification, highlighting an easy-to-ride chassis, engaging engine performance and super agile handling.
Engine and technology
The 2023 Honda CB125R remains with the same engine as the previous model, that is, a liquid-cooled 125 cm³ single-cylinder 4-stroke 4-valve DOHC, capable of generating up to 11 kW (15 hp) of maximum power at 10,000 rpm, and 11.6 Nm (1.17 kgfm) of torque at 8,000 rpm.
The transmission is a 6-speed with an assist and slipper clutch, the fuel tank capacity is 10.1 liters and the kerb weight is 130 kg.
In addition, it features Full-LED lighting, an inverted LCD digital panel, a round headlight that uses a dual-bar light signature, with an upper LED for low beam and lower LED for high beam, and the taillight is the thinnest ever assembled on a Honda motorcycle.
Anyway, the 2023 CB125R received new colors to remain one of the best options in the premium 125cc segment, which also features Kawasaki Z125, Yamaha MT-125, Suzuki GSX-S125 and KTM Duke 125, among others.
For more information, access https://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles.html.