The Honda CB125e is about as simple a new motorcycle as you can buy, and yet, its accessibility and efficiency make it one of Australia’s most important road-going models.
Many riders remember the Honda CB125e from their earliest riding experiences, as the model is often used by rider training facilities like Stay Upright and HART, among others.
Its lightweight and approachable ergonomics make it perfect for a new rider’s first foray onto the road, and its basic and dependable design means it can take a beating.
It may not be so attractive to the ‘serious’ rider, but from just $2699 plus on-road costs, you’d be hard pressed to find a comparable commuter for city runs, or a more efficient tool for delivery people.
Powering the bike is a 124cc air-cooled single, while notable specs extend to little more than a single disc brake, a rear luggage rack and an analogue dash with a speedometer, trip and fuel gauge.
Earlier this year Honda Motorcycles Australia stole headlines with the arrival of its all-new CT125, revamping the iconic Australian postie bike, although its high price of $6999 makes it more an object of nostalgia than value.
This week, Honda UK released an updated version of its CB125F, a higher spec model sold in Europe, positioned similiarly to the CB125e as an inexpensive urban commuter.
While Honda’s local arm told INFO MOTO that it has no plans to import the CB125F at this stage, it’s possible that some of its features will makes its way to the CB125e if it is to ever receive a facelift.
Differences between the Honda CB125F and CB125e
- Australian CB125e has the classic retro CB look, while the European bike has a more modern style.
- The engine is different. The Aussie bike uses a carburettor, while the new CB125F is fuel injected.
- CB125e has halogen headlights, the Euro has LED.
- The CB125e has analogue instruments, the CB125F has a digital display.
- European model has a centre stand, we don’t.
- They have CBS (combined brake system), we don’t.
- CB125e’s fuel tank is bigger (14L v 13L).
Is the Honda CB125e Australia’s most important road bike? If not, what do you think is? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.
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