So I’ve been thinking about which 125 to get. Do I get a Yamaha or a Honda? Do I get a YBR 125, a YBR 125 Custom, a CBF125, A CB125F, Or even go for a MT-125 or a CBR125?

Well, I got to have a look in the Honda dealership in Farnham today, and have a sit on the CB125F. Honestly, I was not that impressed with the build quality. It is a very light bike, and looks like a carbon copy of the YBR-125. It really just doesn’t feel as well put together.

CB 125F

2015-Honda-CB125F-white-sideAdvantages

  • I can get a discount on one (cousin works for Honda)
  • Looks good
  • Has underseat storage
  • Gear indicator
  • It’s a Honda

Disadvantages

  • It doesn’t feel as well built (really did not feel on par with the other Honda bikes in the showroom)
  • Dealership is further away
  • Internet reviews don’t seem as favourable
  • Cheap clocks
  • So So looks (I know its not far off the YBR 125, but it just doesn’t appeal as much to me.
  • No luggage rack as standard
  • Slim tires

CBF 125

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Advantages

  • More aggressive styling
  • Nice riders seat – like the slightly raised back.
  • Underseat storage

Disadvantages

  • Cowling would be expensive to replace it broken
  • Not seen one in person
  • Slightly put off by the build quality of the CB125F
  • No luggage rack as standard
  • Honda Farnham reported this as ‘discontinued’ (strange as it still appears on Honda’s website and my Cousin says he can get me one…)
  • Slim tires
  • Iffy electrics (reportedly designed by first-year college students. Why you’d run your lights off an AC Line from the alternator is beyond me. Surely running off DC is better)
  • Crappy headlight (see above point about electrics)

CBR 125

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Advantages

  • It’s a race bike! Looks awesome!
  • Girlfriend loves how it looks
  • Much better build quality than the CB125F
  • Better engine than the other Honda 125′s
  • Faster
  • Wide tires

Disadvantages

  • Expensive insurance
  • Cowling would be expensive to fix
  • Faster (more likely to crash it – maybe not a good first bike)

YBR 125

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Advantages

  • Can get one second hand for around £2000
  • Service centre is 5 minutes around the corner (Infinity)
  • Good solid build quality
  • Good internet reviews
  • Limited to around 60-65MPH (better for me as I’m a first time rider)
  • Luggage rack included

Disadvantages

  • No underseat storage
  • Slimmer tires (not quite as slim as the Honda CBF125 & CB125F)

MT 125

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Advantages

  • Looks great
  • Advanced LCD Clocks

Disadvantages

  • Expensive to buy
  • Expensive to insure
  • LARGE bike! I struggle getting on it as the tail is so

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Tristan is an IT Professional, Photographer and motorcycle enthusiast. Working full-time as a Systems Administrator for Royal Holloway, but running his own photography company, and the occasional IT Contract. Tristan has been riding motorcycles since 2016, and is the original author of "My First Motorcycle", the forerunner to this site. He built it with the intention of providing a resource to those interested in riding, and to give something back to the community that had helped get him started in the world of motorcycles.

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