Honda CBF Stunner 125cc Bike Review 2010 Stunner 125 Motorcycle Road…

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Honda Stunner 125cc Bike Review: Super Long Term Road Test Report

2010 Honda Stunner 125cc Sports Bike Review

It’s been a year since the Honda Stunner rolled into the garage. 12 months and a decent 12,000 kms on the clock summarizes the escapades of the humble 125cc wannabe sports bike from Honda. For that very reason, this report is going to be a “super long” test report, literally.

 Here we go.

Over the course of that one year period, the bike has been a mixed bag of sort. It gave good reasons to smile with its instant willingness to rocket past traffic in city streets and its styling still remains fresh. However, its weak top-end performance coupled with the vibrations that kick in after 70kph, the so-so mileage and extremely pathetic service support has made it quite a nightmare at times.

As many of the readers are well aware of, it’s a Honda Shine engine that’s doing the duties in the Stunner’s office. As some say, it’s more like a Clark Kent to Superman transition that has happened here. The engine belts out slightly more power and torque than it does in the Shine.

Put both bikes through the paces and the Stunner will pass the test with flying colours. But inform it about a face-off with the Yamaha Gladiator and it may develop a cold feet.

The tasty bits are obviously the styling and the excellent low and mid-range performance. It looks like a 150cc bike and the fairing does make kids pull their dad’s arm saying “look dad, a Superbike”. The fixed fairing may be a bit hard on those who are not used to bikes of this kind.

But give it a couple of days and the rider will get over it with ease. It did create some visibility issues while riding in the ghats at night. No big deal as such as it’s something that comes along with these bikes.

The fairing isn’t a flimsy one as many would expect it to be. Its build quality is robust and that makes it capable enough to survive the abuses that the rest of the road users and the terrain throws at it.

2010 Honda CBF Stunner

The rear seat has got an ambiguous role to play in your relationship with your girlfriend. If she is the shy, conventional kind who prefers traditional wear over conventional ones, try looking elsewhere. This bike will spell doom on your perfect love story.

But if she is the hottie who gets on top…ehm…of the bike before you do, then this is the bike that you always wanted. The rear seat height and rake will give her a clear view of the road ahead and she’ll be clinging on to you for dear life as the seat does give the pillion rider a feeling of being seated on a catapult. All is well for the rider.

Yes, it’s a Honda and that means it’s a bike built around a gem of an engine. The 125cc power-pack borrowed from the Shine doesn’t disappoint. Know its limits and it can go non-stop for hours, eat miles for breakfast, lunch and dinner and still stand up, dust off and say, “let’s do that again”.

To add to that, except for the front left indicator which needed to be replaced, thanks to an over-cautious lady behind the wheel of a Wagon R, there hasn’t been any major spare replacements. The cylinder head sealing developed a leak a couple of months back and was fixed soon and that’s probably the only time when the engine was touched for repairs.

Handling and brakes have been brilliant so far. At 129 kgs kerb weight, the Stunner is heavier than most 125cc bikes in the market. But on the streets it’s a simple, light, point-and-shoot machine which loves lightning quick lane changes and the steady low and mid-range grunt makes you do that more often than you actually have to. It’s quite stable when the pooch in search of its 30 seconds of fame crosses your path while you are blasting past the highway at 95kph.

This particular example came with drum brakes up front and they have been doing a decent job till date. Disc brakes evidently are better in terms of stopping power. The speedo posts top speed figures of around 120kph. But taking into consideration its status as a 125cc stylish commuter than the Indian equivalent of a superbike and the speedo error that is inherent in all bikes, I assume it’s somewhere between 95kph and 105kph .

Honda CBF Stunner Bike

Now the bad news. It has returned mileage figures in the range of 45-50 kmpl which is indeed disappointing for a 125cc bike. If you get a little bit enthusiastic with that throttle, the mileage will drop like a skydiver – without a parachute, that is. Top-end isn’t encouraging at all as the bike loses steam once you crack the 70kph barrier. It will go all the way till its top speed with an orchestra in the backdrop screaming “please, don’t do this to us”.

Honda CBF 125

It’s complaining and that’s not good at all.

Honda seems to have sought the NVH testing expertise of someone from a cell phone company as the vibrations that come in play post 70kph will make a cell phone in vibrating mode sit up and take notes. Imagine yourself seated on top of a huge cell phone and someone keeps calling you without a break. This is it, the only difference being the wheels.

This is the part which Honda should pay attention to. The bike was taken delivery from the Tiruvalla franchise of Muthoot Honda . one of the major Honda dealers in Kerala and most of the services were handled by them. The service support has been disastrous. be it the free services or the paid ones. For some reason, the bike demonstrates all sorts of problems once the geniuses at the service station placed their hands on it.

Electricals and dials stopped working the very evening the bike was brought back after the second free service. A paid service (which I thought would give them enough spirits to do a better job…how wrong!) ended up with the bike refusing to start at all after a kilometre or so. The wax polishing tasks undertaken by the service centre was wishy-washy as well.

Wax leftovers were all over the panels proving the dedication of the service personnel in doing a fine job.

Honda should seriously look into the quality of the work undertaken by its dealers and service centres as I must admit, my decision to cut off Honda Dazzler from the list of potential upgrades was taken purely on the basis of the pathetic and extremely wayward service support.

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Honda Stunner Review Verdict: A stylish commuter with some surprise tricks in its bag. It can make you laugh like a mad man when in familiar turf and can make you curse like one when in unfamiliar territories. Strictly for city-slickers on a budget.

May have to live with high NVH levels and dull top-end grunt. Go for it if the Honda dealer in your neighbourhood has stood by you in times of trouble.

Text and Photos: Sanjoy Alexander

Honda CBF 125
Honda CBF 125
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