Honda XL125V Varadero Overview
Despite only being a 125, the Honda XL125V Varadero feels like a much bigger bike. It is a perfect entry level bike and also ideal for those who want something for commuting which won’t cost them a great deal in insurance or fuel.
The four-stroke 125 engine might not seem like something to get excited about but as we mentioned above, if you are just starting out then it’s got plenty to get you going. The engine is smooth and easy to control and with the bike itself weighing in at just 149kg the handling is extremely light making it ideal for shorter journeys. If you do try to take the XL125V Varadero out onto the open road you may find the 125 engine begins to show its limitations but for city riding you won’t find much better.
Wide bars and a prominent riding position will give even the most hesitant of learners a boost of confidence as well as making this bike ideal for taller riders who struggle to find the right level of leg room on commuter bikes. Its fuel economy and low insurance group are also ticks in the right boxes; whether you want to go out cruising at the weekend or end up sitting in traffic, you’ll find the XL125V Varadero performs well.
Some suggest that the XL125V Varadero is overpriced but these are bikes which tend to hold their value well and if you are just starting out, then they can be a worthy investment with many owners saying they have found little reason to change their bike once passing their test.
Take a look at the Honda XL125V in action…
Honda XL125V Varadero Spec
- Average fuel consumption65mpg
- Top speed72mph
- Seat height802mm
- EngineFour stroke, v-twin cylinder, liquid cooled
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Light bike for its size. Gives you loads of confidence in corner in any weather. Really smooth and comfortable.
Plenty power from the tiny 125c engine. Twin cylinder helps for overtaking... Sits at 70 on dual carriageway no problem.
No problems with the quality of Honda, never broken down on me yet
Great brakes for size of them
Handles very well for a tall bike. By no means sporty but holds the road well in the corners. Every gear has power no matter the rpm and is smooth throughout. The only issue is the Honda gearbox which I've found across the Honda range, is lumpy and feels quite crude.
For a 125, the engine is by far the best engine you will find. The V-twin engine endures smoothness that most 125s can't offer. In every gear, the engine just pulls without effort at all. And being a Honda, it's pretty much bulletproof!
The Honda gearbox could be smoother.
This bike has almost 40000 miles on the clock but doesn't struggle like other 125cc bikes. General maintenance prolongs the life of the bike and parts aren't too expensive. The bike cosmetically is showing it's age but is nowhere near the end of its life. This bike just keeps on going.
The brakes, for this 125, are excellent. With discs both front and rear, the stopping power is plenty for any speed. The rear brake acts nicely for a gradual stop or change in speed and the front brake will almost certainly ensure the bike pulls up in time. If anything, the front brake does take a lot of getting used to as the power is a lot sharper than most 125 front brakes.
The bike is really smooth to ride it is a bit heavy pushing it around but completely different story when your riding
For a big bike that only has 14.9bhp it is a real nippy bike with a top end speed of 75mph
Not the bike has never gave me any bother at all never broke down etc: just the usual general wear and tear brakes, service, tyres
The brakes are brilliant no complaints at all
Soaks up the bumps in the road like a fat kid inhales cake... Super smooth tho heavy its feather light and perfectly balanced when moving
For a 125ccs it's glorious touqey enough to pop the front wheel up surprisingly for such a large bike it happily glides along at 75 all day
Efficient tho an actual fuel gage would be a massive bonus
Though mine has Fouling issues with the spark plugs I'm sure that's user error as well as age related issues such as dirt in the carb.
Though proficient, it can be spongey. I'm sure a can of Break Cleaner would solve this issue and maybe replacing the pads... It does stop... Just bear in mind the weight of. The bike