Are you kidding? The bike only costs $3500 in Canada; that's nothing compared to $10 000 for other bikes, but you will outgrow it quickly.
The CBR125R I would describe in several ways. Economical on fuel, some parts are ridiculously expensive, and the bike has the looks of an optimistic moped. It looks very much like a four-stroke LS125. The CBR, from behind looks ugly due to the rear tail light assembly, not to mention those awful skinny wheels. The CBR is no match for the NSR125R that it was supposed to replace. Due to stupid emission regulations, it is a shame Honda stopped producing the NSR125R, only to come up with something as pathetic as the CBR125R.
And oh, I really do pity these seventeen year olds that blow the best part of just over two and a half grand on the CBR, only for it to be abused and dropped. Better off spending as little as a few hundred quid on a second hand CG125. At least it will take the abuse, and parts are cheap.
I had my CBR 125 for about 13-14 months and put 18,500km on it. It was my first bike and bought it to learn on and had a blast.
Pros: Excellent starter bike
- cheap insurance & parts (fairing plastics $70)
- easy to run & maintain (fuel injected!)
- handles great in the streets
- made for short people.
Cons: Low horsepower
- thin tires + rain = poor grip
- thrown around easily by the wind
- light enough to be stolen by hand
Excellent beginner or commuter bike; handles like a scalpel in the city. Used it to commute for most of those km's saved a fortune when gas was $1.45/L. On highway tops out at 120-130km/h max... or 100-110km/h in a head wind or hill.
CBR 125 or 250 Ninja are both great bikes to start with.
^ "- thin tires + rain = poor grip"
That's wrong statement. Tires are thin because it's a light weight bike. It would float and lose grip when going through puddle of rain water if it had thick tires. It's physics.
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