Meet its design brief perfectly
I bought it 2nd hand for $1800. The first owner only had it for a couple of months and only done 385 kms!!!
So it came with full set of keys, an original dealer receipt and contract, a manual book, a service book, tools etc.
Now it has travelled over 8000kms, The bike is so easy to ride and maintain. Any mechanically minded person should be able to perform its scheduled service easily. It is so easy and cheap to service, I actually over service the bike, ie oil change (800ml) every 2000kms, spark plug every 4000kms, chain adjust, clean and l...ubed every 1000km, air filter clean and valve clearance check every 4000kms. Constantly I get 2.4lt/100km, commuting around inner west. This bike is so popular in food delivery business/courier but No.... I do not use it for such...only for from and to work. I have 2 other bigger bikes but this CB125e gets the most use in the family. It never misses a beat in rain, hail or shine.
Purchased in March 2017 at Private Owner for $1,800.00.
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Perfect for learners
This bike is perfect for learners. I purchased this for $2700 brand new.
Cost Effective - As mentioned I purchased this for $2700. Running costs are trivial. Annual costs are about $260 per year including comprehensive insurance. It normally costs less than $10 to fill the 12 litre tank which lasts about 400km.
Manoeuvrability - In terms of handling this bike is superb. You can really throw this thing around in parking lots. Great for instilling confidence for road riding. It feels like riding an overpowered electric bike or moped.
Commuter - perfect for my commute on the north shore (not city). Never have to worry about parking.
Cons...Slow - It takes a long time for this bike to reach it's 80km/h top speed. Do not take this thing on freeways. Instrumentation - there is only a speedometer and fuel gauge. No tachometer, after owning this bike for about four months I have no idea what the redline rpm of this bike is. The speedo actually has shift point suggestions.
Purchased in June 2019 at Freedom Motorcycles Brookvale for $2,700.00.
Really enjoy this bike - great for learners!
I'm just a Learner so I wanted a bike rather small, light and easy to ride and it has been perfect so far. Very easy to ride. Of course, it doesn't have a lot of power and you can mainly go up to 80km/h but it's perfect for the city. And regarding fuel consumption you can get any better than that! I will probably upgrade to something a bit more powerful in a couple of years but for the moment, it's what I need to learn, safely.
Purchased in September 2019 at gumtree for $2,100.00.
Great little bike and cheap to maintain
I like small bikes and many of my motorcycling years were done on bikes ranging from 90cc to 125cc, Not covering so many kilometers these days, I wanted a reliable little motorbike that is cheap to run and register. I cannot lie, I wouldn't mind a few more horsepower than the CB125E can provide, but I am very happy with this little bike and plan to keep it for many years.
My home is in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, so the 125 has to cope with a 80km/hr roads, uphill on part of each trip. More power would be useful uphill, but the little...
Great little bike!
Totally what I would expect of Honda. "Does what it says on the tin". Have come 'down' from a Fireblade to this after 12 years without a bike. Didn't know whether my ego could handle it, but at this price can't really go wrong. All you need for quick trips around town, when a scooter doesn't really appeal. I am 6ft 3" and 100kg, seat feels a bit low, but fine. Bike feels solid on the road. Nimble and keeps up with city traffic. Love the almost agricultural build simplicity, practicality and frugality. Nothing superfluous. Generally hig...h quality build and components, except super thin vinyl on saddle which creases and I expect a tear in the future. I will use it for shopping for my next 'blade or even 600RR! Even then I think I'll keep her for the odd quick commute, when its going to be left on a carpark and to keep the miles off the RR. Loving my new little Honda - it's great to be back in the saddle again!
rock solid bike
I use mine for around town and a few trips out of town, if your a learner or on p plates it goes as fast as u can legally go.
it starts first time every time and you get a brand new reliable little bike for a low cost.
Honda wont make anything bad, its great, i love the look and the handling and the fact that i got a new machine with 0km for the cost of a second hand with 30,000 -40,000 km on the clock.
Cheap transport - you get what you pay for
This is about as small as you can go, engine wise, and still be able to get around urban roads safely. This is competing with postie bikes, chinese bikes, and scooters. They all cost around the same price so do your research and pick what attributes you want carefully. This bike is NOT recommended if you have to travel outside an urban area. You can only assume that this bike will top out at 80 km/h. Depending on wind, load, your size, and gradient, sometimes you will see higher on the speedo, up to 105 km/h on the flat. So it's perfectly able...to keep up with traffic in 80-100 zones. But forget being overtaken in 110 km/h zones if you are doing 80 into a headwind. No thanks. Onto the review anyway: Pros: -Extremely easy for anyone to ride -Tight turning circle -Low seat height -Low weight -Forgiving controls -Fuel economy ranges around 2.7-3.0 l/100km in real world use -Extremely simple design makes it easy to work on
Cheap and reliable
I purchased my 2016 cb125e for $1500 used with 5000kms on the clock you can find these on the road for 2400 new worth every cent fuel is 400kms to a tank around 12litres never had an issue starts 1st time every time 1 thing i was told do not use kill switch as it sometimes goes faulty and can get costly to diagnose otherwise perfect ride
Good entry level bike
This was my first bike and it's still going strong after 15 years. Never have any issue with it, good price, solid building and have plenty of power for new learner. Great fuel consumption a littl go a long way, easy to fix and after market part r plenty to choose when u want to custom ur bike
Over all great bike
Simple and easy LAMS Rider
Honda has created in the CB125E a simple and affordable learner approved bike, perfect for someone first bike as a lot of learner courses use the same bike in their courses so the transition from course to road is an easy one. Comes in three colours red blue and white . Over all a great early bike to get to terms with riding on the open road.
perfect run around
I live in a small town and I use it just like a scooter, due to its incredible handling and ease of riding.
Mechanical features are as simple as it gets and I expect that it would run forever even if one did not bother service it. Fuel consumption is hard to believe and the rego in NSW is so cheap for such a small engine.
I would suggest it to anyone that wants to avoid traffic, fall in love with motorbikes or just even to experienced riders after a very relaxed ride.
Perfect Learner bike
I got my learners last year and i wasn't sure what to buy, having read around i can happily confirm this bike was exactly what i was looking for, costs less than 10 bucks to fill the tank and it has no problems reaching highway speeds. would recommend it to anyone looking for an entry level motorbike
Cheap, confortable and good
40km/L, very good for city, you can run for highways top spead is more than 100km/h.
Is very confortable for long hours on bike.
Is very good for city, no good for highway, is perfect for up and downs, is very silence.
I go to mecanic every 4000km to change the oil
Good for beginners
Bike is good for beginners, light to handle. Doesn't really go above 80 km/h, so highway driving in traffic can be unpleasant. Very wind affected, but easy to hold in good conditions. Choke takes some getting used to, especially if coming from a bike that doesn't have one. Dirt roads are ok, sandy roads not so much, therefore better suited for town driving.
Best first bike
This is an amazing small motorbike to get started on getting your license with. 125 motor, so not alot of speed but I loved this to learn the basics of riding. Highly recommend this bike with a great price and three colours to choose from. Blue, Red and White. Very economical with a good 300kms out of a $10-15 tank of fuel.
First bike or commuter
The Honda CB125E is a bullet proof little bike that is well suited to new riders, particularly those in their teens, and as a budget, economical commuter. It is comfortable to ride. Its maximum speed is about 90km/hr although with a little tweaking it reach 100km/hr. It has a good sized rack for carrying or mounting a top box.
Perfect to get your L's on. But that's it.
If you are after a cheap and easy to ride bike to get enough experience to get your license than this is the bike for you.
If you already have your P's and can ride on the road, than do not get this bike. You will grow sick of the lack of power very quickly.
As a naked bike the wiring loom is all neatly tucked away in the headlamp assembly, so if you're not too savvy with auto-electrical work don't open this as it's a birds nest inside.
I weigh around 80Kg's am about 5'6 / 167cm. I got top speed of 87 on a straight and top speed downhill at ...
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Questions & Answers
Hi all my sons 2019 honda cb125e got pushed over now wont start,sounds like no fuel igniting any ideas?
I have bought a 2019 Honda125E, and I am wondering if I can put wider tyres
on it for better grip in the wet.
Can you advise which sizes I can get fitted.
Hi,purchased a Honda CB125e 12/6/19....have done 300ks..... engine always seems noisy and gears too ...probably listening hard as its new.......but anyway it makes a tapping noise on idle and when accelerating but runs quit when on the float..... that is when easing off the throttle.... have been Back to the Honda Shop ,they thought it could be pre-ignition and suggested I put 98 octane fuel in it ...made no difference.... I have listened to the same bikes idle on utube and the tapping sound is quite clear so I am wondering if it is normal? So to sum up ..noisy idle sounds like it comes from top end....noisy only under acceleration ,,,same noise as on idle but louder....let throttle off it goes quiet... ...Cheers Ken
Did you buy your bike new? If you did, then the bike is covered by 1 year warranty.
If the Honda dealer "thought" the sound is from pre ignition (pinging), then it SHOULD BE FIXED by Honda. Don't take their words to use 98 instead of 95 (recommended by the manufacturer) and hope the problem will go away.
Tell them to check : Ignition timing, Spark plug, High tension lead, Valve Clearance (tappet clearance), Air Fuel ratio if they "thought" your bike has a pre ignition problem.
One thing to remember though, this single cylinder engine is a good old engine design, cheap to make yet well proven for its reliability and economy. It is happy around low to mid range but will sound coarse (very) when you try to rev mid to high. Many other 125cc scooters and bike sound smoother but they have not the charm of this old CB125.
Thanks Joshua,I have the distinct feeling..this may be the coarse (very) sound you describe....I will take it back for a second opinion...or if I could possibly arrange to ride another one even better ...then I would know for sure if it is just normal for this very basic engine. Difficult to arrange though as I live in a regional area .Thanks heaps ...I will update when I get a result.... Cheers Ken
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