Honda CBF125 Overview
Acting as a good cheap replacement for the CG125, the Honda CBF125 offers reliable style that shouldn’t disappoint. This model was snapped up very quickly when it was first introduced, and we think this is largely down to its value for money; it costs just over £2000 and looks and performs well for what it is.
You’ll find handling the Honda CBF125 relatively easy, and the brakes are competent too. You’ll find some twin rear shocks, which makes it a little uncomfortable to ride on a motorway. However, running quick errands around town are easier, if not a little ‘rocky’ when you’re stop/starting in traffic.
With this bike you’ll get a 124.7cc four-speed fuel injected single engine which is good for fuel economy. It won’t set your pulse racing, with a top speed of only around 65mph. In fact, it has a very similar performance to Yamaha’s YBR125.
There are a few bug-bears with this bike. The finish on the exhaust doesn’t seem like it will last. Plastics also feel a bit flimsy. The ride can be a little uncomfortable if you’re on this bike for longer than 30 minutes. However, a cheap bike it is – and it will be a reliable little number if you’re after something quick, easy and cost effective.
Take a look at the Honda CBF125…
Honda CBF125 Spec
- Average fuel consumption107 mpg
- Seat height775mm
- EngineAir-cooled, OHC, 2v
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The bike is very comfy and have never had any discomforts on any rides
Only ever had a clutch cable break on me but due to the old owner never looking after the bike. Never broken down
The bikes are very strong with a disc on the front and drum on the back. Comes to a smooth stop even on emergency stops.
The bike is nice a light so it rides nicely it also takes corners well with no issues.
The bike is a 125 but for it being a 125 it is off the line quickly and gets up to speed quickly
It has been a bit more expensive then other bikes i have owned but only due to the tank being slightly bigger but it does last at least 2 weeks.
Went from Coventry to Matlock and back in a day didn't feel numb and the bike was solid under me.
Its a Honda need i say more !!
Its a little heavy but the stopping is good over all swapping out the drum brake at the back for a disk will massively improve the braking however be sure to declare this mod if you do.
Corners well for a smaller bike feels solid in the corners as long as you remember its not as low as a sports bike like most learners like.
While limited it is nippy up to about 50 however after that you are squeezing it to the limiter.
Cheep as chips a tank of good fule is 10 and from Coventry to Matlock i used just under half a tank of fuel and we didn't take a direct route either.
125 goes ok injection model
The soft suspension absorbs all bumps in the road, and the upright seat position makes for comfort on long journeys.
The engine is almost bulletproof never had any problems with it.
The brakes are good for what they are the front disk break never fails to slow down the bike and the drum brake at the back never fails to stop the bike , even in emergencies.
It’s light weight And easy to handle round corners, the skinny wheels have there downfalls but make it easier to lean round tight bends.
The bike is alright for a commuter, can keep up with traffic, it doesn’t have a fast top speed but it makes up for that in acceleration and handling .
The bike costs only around £20 for a full tank, I get around 170 miles from a full tank (normally riding round towns)
Not the fastest but comfy in long journeys.
Strong and long lasting.
I am using rev matching much as I can so they last longer.
Lovely to ride in short journeys. When you get to one hour of riding, you may stop to rest your arm only.
Not the most powerful but easy to fix when needed.
Very cheap taxes and maintenance.
Feels a little light sometime but otherwise rides fantastically
As to be expected for a 125
Sometimes feels a bit too light
Never had any problems
Nice and high while riding
Nice rubble to the bike and very noticeable 125cc sound
None very happy customer with honda
Strong and sturdy
Great front disc brake (to the point). Very comfortable back drum brake
For a 125 in a sub-urban town this bike is in its element, around the winding country roads and through town it could not be smooth enough.
This bike as a 125 gives ample power for new riders, it is controlled though has the ability to give you a little thrill making you want to find out more.
Nothing could be improved, it naturally sends you on your way to getting a more powerful bike.
As all Honda products you can tell the bike is made with though, all parts from mechanics to fairings you can tell its quality.
The breaks are great, I find the front break caters for almost 100% of situations but both are suitably effective.
Light, maneuverable so great in traffic and smooth at top speed.
Smooth and quiet.
Could be just a little faster.
Seems really well built. Trust the Japanese.
Great to respond
Lightweight and nimble but also suffers from feeling vulnerable being lightweight
It's a 125 and perfect for a 125. What more can you expect!
The design which falters the engine due to the overheating problem
It really does deserve more stars for build quality but it is badly let down by the overheating problem which causes the bike to cut-off on hot days
Without ABS, the brakes are in need of serious refinement
Very agile through corners
Powerful enough for a 125cc
Would like more powerful for the A roads but it just won't squeeze out anymore with the size engine it is.
Never had any problems with stopping. Very powerful front brake, the back is only a drum though. Which is acceptable considering it being a 125
Pretty nimble and smooth but sometimes seems to lack the grip you really want. The tyres are pretty small and it isn't a track bike or anything but it reduces your confidence when going for the tighter corners.
Nothing too spectacular. Again, it is a small bike not made for going fast but I find myself barely able to keep up with the acceleration on some cars.
Grip and overall handling. Plus the rear brake I guess.
Overall excellent build quality as you would expect from a Honda. Some of the fairings and plastic bodywork does look and feel cheap and could easily chip away but it is very affordable.
Front brake is pretty good as should be expected. Rear brake is shocking but that makes sense considering its an ancient drum brake on the back.
It rides fairly smooth and handles very well. It’s a lightweight bike that handles corners well for a 125cc bike
It’s engine is fairly powerful for a 125cc bike with a tough build and good performance achieving 65mph for its engine size.
As a 125cc bike it’s running costs are very low with a good MPG and not needing much to maintain it. Am able to fill the tank fully with supreme petrol for under 10 pound
It’s a very well built bike that feels strong and sturdy with all parts fitting perfect together. Never had any problems with it
It had fairly good front brakes the back doesn’t feel as good and sometimes squeaking but still good quality braking and grip for the bike and tyres used
No grip when leaning round corners
It’s a 125! Though for what is is it’s brilliant round town. Just avidly avoid dual carriageways
£17.50 road tax and does triple figures to the mile. Fuel economy is spectacular
Mechanically sweet as a nut. Never missed a beat even after throwing her off roundabouts. Rust however is a tad of an issue. Anything not painted or made of ally quickly turns a pretty shade of orange and then scary shade of brown
Single front caliper and rear drum. Brakes as expected…. slowly
It's light and manoeuvrable, especially when commuting through town. It corners as well as any other 125 does.
Considering its a 125cc, it can reach 65-70mph (tops) so it can keep up with most of the traffic but it's not exactly a speed demon.
130mpg. £20 tax for the year. £40 insurance for beginners. For a first time rider, this bike is incredibly cheap and effecient. It has a nice road presence and feels like a bigger bike. The positioning of the bars makes it suitable for all weather types.
This thing is bomb proof! I've dropped it, crashed it and neglected it and it still continues to carry on no matter what.
Brakes are good quality and sharp! Sometimes too sharp causing the wheels to lock but that's partially due to cheap tyres and poor road conditions.
Lightweight and fun to ride, very easy to manoeuvre in and around traffic. Slim design is perfect for city traffic.
Obviously lacks power as it is a 125, however, still fast enough to beat cars off the line at traffic lights
Never runs out of fuel, can travel hundreds of miles before needing to refuel, and even then its only £10 to fill up.
No break downs, feels sturdy and well built.
Brakes are good, but lacks of ABS and rear disc brake.
The CBF125s engine is a smooth, but slightly vibrational single cylinder. There is torque fairly low down the rev range and keeps you going. The suspension could certainly be better though, the front forks like to take a dive and the rear suspension is soft as whipped cream, although this does make for a comfortable ride in town and on slightly bumpier roads.
I give it a 4/5, as for a 125 it really isn't as quick as it could be, but it's a smooth, high revving engine, and the clutch is very, very light.
This is a very cheap bike to own, service, run and repair. If you do regular servicing on your own bikes and do the same to this one, it will go on forever. Parts are very cheap and easy to come by due to an abundance of these on the roads. You get 260 odd miles for £14 of petrol, so absolutely no complaints on running costs at all.
The CBF125 is made in India to a good standard, but I will say the frame is very prone to rusting, any salt or water gets near the frame and it just rusts up, definitely want plenty of ACF50 if taking it through the winter.
A tiny single disc front brake and a drum rear brake, the CBF could be miles better. The rear brake barely feels like it's there.