2015 Honda CB125F - First Look

Would this new European-market CB125F sell well in the US?

2015 Honda CB125F studio 3/4 view

Admit it: We all love the Grom, Honda’s compact 125cc bundle of fun that’s become the playbike of choice for a whole new generation of riders. But what would happen if you took a similar 125cc single, a simple air-cooled motor, and installed it in a larger, more conventional, chassis?

Presto! You'd get the all-new 2015 CB125F, a Europe-only naked bike just unveiled by Honda. Although we haven't ridden this new Honda, it looks like simple fun, a great learner's bike that would also be a handy to have at a campsite or used around town like a scooter. Sure, Honda already has its CB300 and CB500 models here in the US, but the considerably lighter CB125 might be a better way of getting more beginning street riders in the saddle.

Details: The electric-start 124.7cc engine—an air-cooled SOHC two-valver with fuel injection and a balance shaft—puts out a claimed 10.5 horsepower, along with 7.5 pound-feet of torque. The gearbox is a five-speed, and fuel economy—get this—is listed as an astounding 125 miles per gallon. With its 3.4-gallon fuel tank, the 2015 Honda CB125F therefore has a range of more than 370 miles.

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In addition to an all-new steel frame with a conventional fork and dual shocks, the new CB125F has a front disc and a rear drum brake. The blacked-out 18-in. wheels are cast, and the upright riding position, together with a wide handlebar, is designed to help the beginning rider with control. Honda says the new CB125F has a muscular “mass-forward” stance, and its contoured side cowls are designed to minimize the height difference between the rider and passenger seat.

With a seat height of 30.5 inches and a curb weight of only 282 lb., this new CB125F does make a lot of sense as a commuter bike in tight cities such as London and Paris. But would it sell well in the US? In the recent past, American Honda didn’t think small street-legal bikes like this had much of a chance here. But the Grom may have changed their mind. What do you think: Should Honda sell this new CB125F—available in Pearl Twinkle Yellow, Onyx Blue Metallic, Pearl Sunbeam White, and Candy Blazing Red colors—in the US?

SPECIFICATIONS
|2015 Honda CB125F
ENGINE|Air-cooled 2-valve OHC single, balance shaft
DISPLACEMENT|124.7cc
BORE & STROKE|52.4 x 57.8mm
COMPRESSION RATIO|9.2:1
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER|10.5 hp @ 7,750 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE|Six-speed
FUEL DELIVERY|PGM-FI
FUEL CAPACITY|3.4 gal.
CLAIMED FUEL ECONOMY|125 mpg
STARTER|Electric
BATTERY CAPACITY|12V/6AH
ACG OUTPUT|202W
CLUTCH|Wet multiplate
TRANSMISSION|Five-speed
FINAL DRIVE|Standard chain
FRAME|Diamond; steel
DIMENSIONS (LxWxH)|80.1 x 30.1 x 42.5 in.
WHEELBASE|51.0 in
CASTER|26°
TRAIL|3.8 in.
SEAT HEIGHT|30.5 in.
GROUND CLEARANCE|6.3 in.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT|282 lb.
FRONT SUSPENSION|31mm telescopic fork
REAR SUSPENSION|Dual rear shocks, preload adjustment
FRONT WHEEL|18-in. six-spoke cast aluminum
REAR WHEEL|18-in. six-spoke cast aluminum
FRONT TIRE|80/100-18
REAR TIRE|90/90–18
FRONT BRAKES|240mm disc, dual-piston caliper
REAR BRAKE|130mm drum

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Studio right-side view (Candy Blazing Red).

Studio left-side view (Candy Blazing Red).

Studio front 3/4 left-side view (Candy Blazing Red).

Studio front 3/4 right-side view (Candy Blazing Red).

Studio rear 3/4 left-side view (Candy Blazing Red).

Studio rear 3/4 right-side view (Candy Blazing Red).

Studio front 3/4 right-side view (Onyx Blue Metallic).

Studio right-side view (Onyx Blue Metallic).

Studio right-side view (Pearl Sunbeam White).

Studio right-side view (Pearl Twinkle Yellow).

Studio front 3/4 right-side view (Pearl Twinkle Yellow).

Studio front view.

Studio rear view.

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