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2010 Honda CBR125R Review
 

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The_AirHawk 08-09-2010 12:22 PM

Honda See-Eh-Ehn (CAN) has been importing these successfully for what now, Three Years?

You can either take a chance, and work to MAKE a Market for something, or you can take a chance, and sit on your hands and expect that the big Red Wing and "H" in your name on the side of the tank will cause people to throw buckets of money at you, and then whine and bytch about what slobs the Consumers are when they don't.

Honda US can Blow Me.

Dr_Sprocket 08-09-2010 03:34 PM

Too bad -- so sad, USA! No soup for you!

At least our friendly neighbors to the north get to enjoy this decent-looking, newb-friendly scoot!

Duken4evr 08-09-2010 05:47 PM

So much cooler than a flying lawn chair Ruckus, for not that much more. Bikes like this are really fun to point downhill on a twisty road too.

Bring the 450cc version ;)

acecycleins 08-09-2010 06:09 PM

As professional motorcycle insurance man I wish that these were available for sale to our "youts". As a 260lbs man I wish I didn't look like a clown playing with one- if available. As an American I can only wish they come up with a clever grass roots club racing class so we have a reason to send Duke to Canada to pick up a dozen for the MOron Racing Team to play with when MO does it's Across America tour.

Clawbrant 08-10-2010 03:06 AM

Over 5 grand for a Rebel! At first I thought that was a misprint, then I realized, that is how much they have to pay in Canada. And the trend continues: 9 grand for a shadow 750, almost 16 for a cbr1000rr. And that is USD not loonies. After seeing those numbers I will never be jealous of canadian honda buyers again. Well, unless they get the cb1100.

Duken4evr 08-10-2010 06:24 AM

Canada does have high taxes. They also don't have a giant deficit. Darn Canucks. I don't like their taxes, but do respect that they understand there is no free lunch.

Back to the little Honda, it occurs to me, for the asking price it really should come with 1 cylinder off a CBR600 making about 25 hp. That would be cool.

Seems to me there is a disconnect when the asking prices for these bikes are nearly double what I think they should be. Who wants to pay 5 grand for a CRF230 or $3,500 for this bike, even in Canada? If it had a 15,000 rpm redline and the CBR600 tech top end, maybe.

ducatirdr 08-10-2010 07:01 AM

Why not USA?
 
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This is the perfect bike for my daughter who is 18 years old and rides a scooter around now. She LOVES sport bikes and hates Harleys. She thinks cruiser bikes are for old people. Can't say I don't blame her. The H-D demographics are getting older with each year. New blood in our hobby tend to be interested in SPORT bikes.

Besides the Ninja 250 there is nothing small enough in sportbike guise to fit her size. Matter of fact the Ninja 250 is too tall for her. What's a dad to do?

Come on Honda sell this bike in the USA like Harley did its Sportster. Buy this bike and in one year you can trade it in for full value toward any 600cc on up bike. This does two things. It creates a cheap entry level bike that kids can learn to ride on that looks cool while hopefully keeping the newbie from a 100 plus bhp bike as a first cycle.

These bikes eventually fall into the hands of the people with little money and use them for cheap transportation. They become brand loyal to Honda so when they have more money walk into the Honda dealer. The world smiles again at little Honda's being used as transport.

seruzawa 08-10-2010 07:32 AM

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Originally Posted by ducatirdr (Post 247318)
This is the perfect bike for my daughter who is 18 years old and rides a scooter around now. She LOVES sport bikes and hates Harleys. She thinks cruiser bikes are for old people. Can't say I don't blame her. The H-D demographics are getting older with each year. New blood in our hobby tend to be interested in SPORT bikes.

Besides the Ninja 250 there is nothing small enough in sportbike guise to fit her size. Matter of fact the Ninja 250 is too tall for her. What's a dad to do?

Come on Honda sell this bike in the USA like Harley did its Sportster. Buy this bike and in one year you can trade it in for full value toward any 600cc on up bike. This does two things. It creates a cheap entry level bike that kids can learn to ride on that looks cool while hopefully keeping the newbie from a 100 plus bhp bike as a first cycle.

These bikes eventually fall into the hands of the people with little money and use them for cheap transportation. They become brand loyal to Honda so when they have more money walk into the Honda dealer. The world smiles again at little Honda's being used as transport.

Honda's pricing would put the 125 about the same as a Ninja 250. I doubt more than a handful would sell. Aside from the brand loyal nuts no one would touch one.

Kevin_Duke 08-10-2010 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Duken4evr (Post 247316)
Back to the little Honda, it occurs to me, for the asking price it really should come with 1 cylinder off a CBR600 making about 25 hp. That would be cool.

I like this idea!

Kevin_Duke 08-10-2010 08:51 AM

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Originally Posted by ducatirdr (Post 247318)

Come on Honda sell this bike in the USA like Harley did its Sportster. Buy this bike and in one year you can trade it in for full value toward any 600cc on up bike. This does two things. It creates a cheap entry level bike that kids can learn to ride on that looks cool while hopefully keeping the newbie from a 100 plus bhp bike as a first cycle.

Another fine idea. The OEMs should hire you guys for their marketing depts.

trenttheuncatchable 08-10-2010 09:38 AM

I would love a bike that's as small and light as the Ninja 250 and puts out a bit more torque and power (say, 20 ft-lbs of torque and 40 hp). (And, no, the Ninja 500 doesn't count, 'cause it's bigger and heavier than the little 250). Unfortunately, it doesn't exist. At least, not here in the U.S.

A CBR250 would be much better sales competition for the Ninja 250 than the CBR125.

mscuddy 08-10-2010 11:21 AM

That is one cool little bike. Like the Honda Dream 50cc DOHC road racer they re-released a few years back, you want to bolt it to the den wall as art.

Please Mr. Honda start exporting that stuff to the US of A. We promise not to break it.

pplassm 08-10-2010 12:43 PM

That and the Yamaha YZF125, too!

The_AirHawk 08-10-2010 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by seruzawa (Post 247328)
Honda's pricing would put the 125 about the same as a Ninja 250. I doubt more than a handful would sell. Aside from the brand loyal nuts no one would touch one.

$3500 CDN = $3393 USD.

But of course, you're right about that - American Honda would probably start the pricing at $4495, plus "Setup" and Delivery-Gouge.

The_AirHawk 08-10-2010 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Kevin_Duke (Post 247336)
Another fine idea. The OEMs should hire you guys for their marketing depts.

Except, I STILL wouldn't turn my kid loose on a CBR600RR after only a year on the street on one of these things. Now, if they had something comparable to the EX500, or a "detuned" Hornet 600......

(oh wait - they DID have something like that! Only, it wasn't really all that good of a bike for the money....... another reason American Honda can Blow Me.)

MOKE1K 08-11-2010 12:33 PM

Well never get it!
 
America needs to push for these bikes to come here, its rediculous they dont import these here. Dont wee why groups like MSF dont push for this through our goverment. They even promote it for racing and hold a series. Gee sure wish somebody would figure out how this would really help american riders on the street and track. Ugggg

dmitryr 08-13-2010 03:28 PM

Sweet little bike
 
I'd gladly trade my CBR600RR for this bike (or keep both). My daily commute is 20 miles in city traffic. CBR125R would be perfect. Is there a way to import one from Canada?

LS650 05-27-2011 10:24 AM

I live in British Columbia, so these bikes are available in my area. I bought a used low-mileage CBR125r about a week ago and have put maybe 500 KM on it since then.

Having always owned larger bikes, I was a bit worried that a 125cc would be too small, but it's actually not bad. Of course it doesn't compare speed-wise to larger motorcycles, but from zero to about 80 KPH it's faster than most cars. Once you get up to about 100-110 KPH it doesn't have much power left to punch through the wind, so I won't be doing a lot of passing on the freeway.

Being small and light the 125 is actually very flickable and fun on the backroads and slower highways. I don't think I would want to ride across the country on this little Honda, but I will probably make the occasional day trip on it.


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