2007 Honda CBR 125R — Test Drives — 2007 Honda Sport — Cycle Canada

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Honda CBR 125R

2007 Honda CBR 125R

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A Motorcycle Of My Own

By Nicole

“I think I’ve out a way to get you on a bike,” says Neil, home from the office to a in chaos. But with a toddler from my belt loops and pasta long overdue to be his words scarcely register. that evening I learn Honda Canada is releasing the and if I am willing I can learn to ride for the price of telling my story in Canada.

A few summers ago, at my cottage, I spotted a 1970s CB125 in an overstuffed barn. always liked the idea of but many of the motorcycles Neil home either have heights too tall for my five-foot-three or are too heavy for my 105 lb to handle. But the vintage was a manageable scale, and an afternoon of around my uncle’s yard a goofy grin convinced me if only I could find the bike I’d take the

The CBR125R is my chance.

I’m a and if you’ve never lived one, be thankful. Capricorn is just shy of torture and we’re never satisfied with the we finally make. We frustrate and are deeply ashamed if we’re not naturals.

Having taught me to drive a car a few years earlier, Neil is too happy to hand me over to riding instructors.

Early on an morning, on Toronto’s desolate waterfront, I wave goodbye to and our daughter Cass, who are off to spend a day at the I am envious of themspending time gorillas and giraffes guided so by instinct. I feel far from my teeth comically chattering and riding gear clumsily me up, and join a cast of first-timers to pass the course.

Another trait is our need for constant During the course I vie for raised and nods from instructors time I clear a pylon. But are instead raised in exclamation as quickstep to avoid me.

I am repeatedly to look where I want to go, but I seem to make the motorcycle go I’m looking.

I begin the on a cruiser, but am quickly turned off by its riding position, and as a mountain feel poorly balanced my feet shoved so far ahead. the Brazilian-made, standard-style Honda 125 I instantly feel more The Titan is well worn and with a hair-trigger clutch, but its quirks are overcome and it carries me all the way to a grade.

Then it occurs to me that now I to manoeuvre on Toronto’s downtown The CBR125R is to arrive in three and I wish for a delay, but it arrives on It looks good, though not keen on the aesthetics of sport and its shiny red paint is a shade too

The CBR125R turns out to be a very motorcycle, an ideal bike to on. Its easy-pull clutch makes it impossible to stall and the brakes, and throttle are so smooth and progressive it reminds me of an expensive well-engineered My feet reach the ground ease, and it is so light that when I nearly drop it out of the garage I am able to safely its weight and hoist it upright.

Its allows me to enjoy corners and speed bumps, and concerns dropping it disappear.

I read once that the cats go mad in a moving car is because can’t tell that stationary and that it’s the car moving. Cats feel they’re running at 120 km/h, and so do I those first rides. I am by how fast 40 km/h feels the wind and noise protection of a and doors.

Driving a car it’s a to keep speeds down, but on bike I’m twisting on the throttle to keep from too far under the limit. This eventually fades, and my newfound and speed make traversing the faster and more fun than in a Zipping around town is enjoyable, and with mileage of 2.9 km (96 mpg) and a range of 300 kilometres a $10 fill-up, it’s more than lugging around a

And in Toronto, motorcycles park for

Honda CBR 125R

On a sunny weekend in September, Cass and I make our way to my mother’s in Kitchener. Leaving Cass, we set off for my ride on country roads, to find a curve in this part of the province. Weaving our way Elora, Ontario, we meet construction and three kilometres of pot-holed and wet-packed dirt.

With no easy way to turn we crawl along, to the chagrin of stacked behind us. I don’t these 10 minutes and am relieved we hit paved roads again, but I the focus demanded of me to keep up, grip relaxed and the bike beneath me.

An appealing part of a CBR125R are the Joe Rocket boots, jacket and gloves that are in Honda’s $149 a month New package, but I find them a blessing. On my frame, only the is usable. The boots are as stiff as ski boots and make shifting the pants are too bulky and long and the too loose to facilitate easy of controls, though aside the overly rigid boots these are more issues of

And though I like the jacket for its removable liner and armoured and shoulders, the giant Honda makes me look more road racer than Honda is keen to promote the but must customers be turned billboards?

Returning the Honda to the Canada office at the end of the season is emotional; I have grown attached than I realize. So that I’ve thought buying one. My only is how long it will be until I it for want of something larger, but I’m getting ahead of

Perhaps learning to ride on the CBR125R is akin to the progression swimming lessons, beginning in the pool on the way to the deep end. as a short-term investment in the development of skills it’s a bargain, if it allows you to become a natural, like me.


Having ridden in the past, I knew I wouldn’t a hard time getting on the CBR125R. Although power is not its the CBR is one of the most enjoyable bikes ridden. I was thrilled when said I could take it to

It’s light and narrow, it instantly (my Kawasaki Zephyr has a I’m always fumbling and is very easy to ride; it was the of my working days. I feel on my bike, but I wish it felt like the little Honda.

I also got the opportunity to ride it on the when a bunch of friends a track day at Mecaglisse. Costa me riding tips and led me around for the few laps to show me the lines, helped me get comfortable, but the CBR also confidence at the track, and I was soon farther than I ever on the street. The first time my scraped the pavement really me out, but when I got used to it, boy was it

I hear Honda is creating a class for this bike. I I have to buy some leathers.

Honda CBR 125R
Honda CBR 125R


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