Honda CBR125R Review

The Honda CBR125R was updated for the 2011 but it is only a cosmetic update to keep it in line with the all new and just released all new CBR250R also released in the same year. It is also unlikely for it  change for another few years. From pictures you could easily confuse the two models which is probably the intentional. Both version are targeted at learner riders and commuters who want a good looking and reliable transport.

The engine is a single cylinder model that produces decent power and the quality of manufacture is very good too. Overall it is easily better built than Korean or Chinese manufacturers of the same engine capacity. In terms on specification comparison the CBR125R is up there with the best in class and adds racing pedigree.

I can’t really say much more about the CBR125R because it a typical Honda meaning it’s good looking, reliable and well priced. The basic design has been around for nearly 10 years and updated several times as per most of the models in this class. In certain colors it does look much nicer than other Japanese manufacturers and has more street cred than a scooter…

If you are considering the CBR125R maybe you should also consider the CBR250R? After all there isn’t much of a price difference except when there are specials on!

Honda CBR125R Key Specifications
Engine:   IL1 cylinder 4-stroke 2 valve SOHC PGM-FI (EFI)
Capacity:  124.7cc
Power/Torque:  9.8Kw @ 10,000 RPM 10.6Nm @ 8250 RPM 
Gearbox:   6 speed
Kerb Weight:  136kg
Performance:  0-100kph 10 seconds Approx
Max Speed 120Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   13 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height:  795mm
Dimensions: L1985 X W710 X H1135
 Recommended Retail Price:   $3990 (2012)

Yamaha YZF-R15 Review

The Yamaha YZF-R15 has been around for a few years and is one of the sportier looking 150cc motorcycles you can buy new. Being on market for a few years and unchanged means that the R15 is a reliable and affordable under 250cc motorcycle. The YZF-R15 is targeted as commuters and learners in most parts of the world and very popular in developing countries. 

The YZF-R15’s exterior design is current and the the build quality is pretty good too. It’s all middle of the road or class average. In fact there is nothing to excite the senses or complain at all in respect to the physical motorcycle. I guess that is exactly what Yamaha want to do with this particular model!

The engine is a single cylinder engine that straddles the 125-250cc gap but the higher capacity by a mere 25cc does balance out the older technology compared to the latest 125cc models. Since I haven’t ridden one yet I can only assume that is goes well for this sort of motorcycle.

The only problem with the YZF-15R is that it does not standout in a very crowded class in terms of looks or technology but with a price tag of Approx $3999 it does help would be purchasers make up their mind. It is an inoffensive motorcycle and in the middle of my list of desirable under 250cc motorcycles and I’m guessing yours too.

Yamaha YZF-R15 Key Specifications
Engine:   IL1 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve SHOC (EFI)
Capacity:  150cc
Power/Torque:  12.5Kw @ 8500 RPM 15Nm @ 7000 RPM 
Gearbox:   6 speed
Kerb Weight:  131kg
Performance:  0-100kph 11 seconds Approx
Max Speed 120Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   12 litre fuel tank
Approx 2.5 litres per 100km
Seat height:  790mm
Dimensions: L1995 X W670 X H1070
 Recommended Retail Price:  $3999 Rideaway (2012)