2014 Honda CRF125F - First Look

Two new 125s join Honda’s lineup of entry-level dirtbikes for 2014.

2014 Honda CRF125F (Red)- studio right-side view

2014 Honda CRF125F (Red)

Two of Honda's fun little playbikes, the CRF80F and CRF100F, are being replaced in September by pair of new 2014 CRF125F models, both with standard electric start and styling designed to be reminiscent of Honda's larger motocross bikes. The standard CRF125F, with a 14-inch rear wheel and a 17-in. front, lists for $2799; the CRF125F Big Wheel, with a 16-in. rear and a 19-in. front, lists for $3199.

Built in China—which helps keep prices in check—these look like fun little bikes. For the record, the small-wheel CRF125F has the same 28.9-in. seat height as the CRF80F, and the CRF125F Big Wheel’s saddle is 30.9 in. off the ground, just as it is on the CRF100F it’s replacing.

Honda says the all-new air-cooled, 125cc Single, a carbureted sohc motor with two valves, is tuned to produce “loads of low-end grunt” and have “plenty of pull” throughout the powerband. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a four-speed transmission, and the all-new chassis carries a 1.1-gallon fuel tank and upgraded suspension components that offer 5.9 in. of travel front and rear. A 220mm front disc brake is complemented by a rear drum. The CRF125F Big wheel has a claimed wet weight of 194 pounds; the standard CRF125 comes in a little lighter, at 192 lb.

Small old Hondas, such as the XR100R, are as dependable as anvils, and the company has made great efforts to tout the future reliability of these new 125s, undoubtedly to alleviate any concerns people might have regarding their Chinese construction. Only time will tell, of course, but these new 125s are Hondas, after all, and the company knows a few things about building motorcycles that are rugged, easy to maintain and fun to ride.

2014 Honda CRF125FB (Red)- studio right-side view

2014 Honda CRF125FB (Red)