3 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on REVIEW: HONDA VARADERO 125


With elegant new styling and the top performance in Europe’s competitive 125cc beginner’s class, the new 2007 XL125V Varadero 125 dominates the street with luxurious full-sized comfort, distinctive good looks and the dependable power of a newly fuel-injected V-twin engine to carry two with ease. Offering spacious proportions and comfortable seating one associates with larger motorcycles, and a unique Adventure Sports style that turns heads and exudes the confidence to tackle any road one might want to travel, the new Varadero 125 has been tailor-made to deliver sporty, full-bodied riding enjoyment in a versatile, beautifully executed motorcycle designed for everyone.

The Varadero 125 first debuted on the European motorcycle market in 2001 powered by a quiet and reliable 4-stroke V-twin engine as an exciting alternative to the raft of beginners’ bikes and 2-stroke screamers that dominated the class at the time. Its sleek, full-sized Adventure Sports styling also offered larger, more comfortable proportions than ever before seen on a 125. All this and more has attracted a large following of riders taken with the Varadero 125’s distinctive style and full-bodied proportions.

Pumping out impressive power and strong acceleration, and tuned to deliver the maximum power permissible in its class, the Varadero 125’s slim and powerful liquid-cooled V-twin engine has now been further improved with the smoother, more precise control of new electronic fuel injection. This new system also achieves lower emissions and fuel consumption for greater compatibility with the times and the environment.

Appealing not only to young novice riders, the Varadero 125 has proven to be especially popular among older, more affluent and experienced riders who can clearly see that its superior value and inherent quality of construction easily justify its higher price compared to other offerings in the 125cc class. Likewise, its excellent versatility and easy riding capability have greatly contributed to its widespread popularity.The perfect choice for a wide range of riding needs, from top-class basic transport to thrifty and reliable commuting and even delightful week-ends worth of light touring for one or two, the Varadero 125 now reasserts its place at the top of the 125cc class with sleeker style, smoother performance and sophisticated panache.

Development Concept

Initially based in concept and looks on its namesake, the XL1000V Varadero, the Varadero 125 provides many of the appealing features of larger-displacement machines while maintaining the light handling and brisk operation one normally associates with the 125cc class. Its main design concept dictated a large front fairing that provides protection against the elements while projecting a modern look of speed and agility unlike anything ever seen before in its class. This concept also called for a large fuel tank that could ensure long days of riding enjoyment from its highly efficient and ultra-reliable 4-stroke V-twin engine for nearly a week’s worth of normal commuting, or approximately 400km of riding between fill-ups.

For its new second generation, the Varadero 125’s development team focused on fashioning an even more attractive form that emphasises its ample size and proportions while including a new PGM-FI fuel injection system combined with Honda’s most advanced HECS3 low-emissions system for top performance combined with clean emissions and the highest possible fuel economy.

In formulating the dynamic look of the new Varadero 125, its design team turned to proud image of medieval knights, or ‘chevalier’ suits of armour for a more powerful expression of elegance, strength and quality that could give the new machine even more credibility as a mid-sized motorcycle, rather than just another little beginners’ bike. It was also important that this new look should augment the Varadero 125’s well-established attractions of light and swift handling, strong, dependable performance for its class and a go-anywhere versatility that gives its rider the confident assurance that this bike can venture off the paved highway and the beaten path whenever the urge or need arises.

The new Varadero 125 consolidates all these desires into a well-integrated and balanced design that is certain to offer even greater appeal to not only new license holders with an eye for a bike that really stands out from the crowd, but also seasoned riders who can appreciate its ample comfort, perky performance, easy handling and unbeatable economy. Like its predecessor, the new Varadero 125 sets the pace in the 125cc class with performance, panache and a wide range of all-day riding pleasure that is difficult to match, yet easy to enjoy.

Standing out proudly from every other motorcycle in its class, the 2007 Varadero 125’s elegant and distinctive new half-fairing features sleeker, more sinuously integrated lines that emphasise the intrepid look of an experienced world traveller. A new concept in its class from the very start, the Varadero 125 combines ample size and impressive styling that isn’t humbled standing side-by-side with a larger displacement machine.

Sleeker and Sportier Aerodynamic Fairing

Giving the Varadero 125’s distinctive bodywork a more curvaceous and sleekly integrated design was a main priority in its development. Exuding elegant quality of design coupled with a dynamic sense of agility, the Varadero’s new fairing features a lighter and sportier image with a slimmer and lighter-looking front cowl that is both more aerodynamic in look and more cleanly integrated into its overall form.

Though the Varadero 125’s new front cowl appears to be more compact than its earlier iteration, wind protection has been increased and its taller and wider range of protection plays a more effective role in deflecting wind and even light rain away from the rider for superb long-term riding comfort for even taller riders. As before, a vent system flows air in under the windscreen to helps deflect the rush of wind up and around the rider by raising the air pressure within the cockpit area.

Honda Varadero 125

New Design Dual Headlights

The fairing’s dual headlights have also been changed, and provide a sleeker, more aggressive look while brilliantly illuminating the road ahead. Large, clear-lens front indicators have also been integrated into the new fairing’s design, and attractively accentuate the new cowl’s more dynamic form. Smoothly integrated into the tapering lines of the Varadero 125’s tail is a newly designed, one-piece combination light featuring form-fitted clear-lens indicators surrounding a large central brake light that provides an attention-getting rearward display.

Even the Varadero 125’s rear-view mirrors have been updated in design, and these new, more sturdy and stylish units are now mounted directly to the upper surfaces of the fairing instead of on the handlebars for a more high-quality look of intrepid on-road style.

Deluxe Version Also Available

The new Varadero 125 will also be made available in a more Deluxe version that features a high-quality two-tone seat, an attractive moulded emblem attached to the upper surface of its front cowl, and more ornate silvery rims around its instrument panel dials, for a proud look of quality and prestige.

Colouring Concept

The new 2007 Varadero 125 will hit the streets in four attractive new colour variations, leading off with a highly polished metallic silver that calls to mind the suits of armour worn by the medieval knights of old. In a deep, colourfully reflective pearlescent black, the Varadero 125 seems to prowl the streets looking for adventure and excitement. A bright metallic red gives the Varadero 125 and a warm light metallic brown exudes a more up-market suburban sophistication that should enjoy wide appeal.

Other changes in colouring include a new black-painted swingarm that calls to mind the Varadero 125’s inherent strength of character, and brighter new metallic silver three-spoke wheels that complement their wide-bodied tyres with a shimmering sheen.

Honda Varadero 125
Honda Varadero 125
Honda Varadero 125
Honda Varadero 125
Honda Varadero 125

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