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MetroMPG 06-20-2008 08:58 AM

Video: Honda scores with 98 mpg (US) CBR125R motorcycle
If a bike made sense in my transportation mix, I'd skip the gas guzzling Ninja 250 for one of these:

Excerpts from a review in today's Ottawa Citizen:


At just 281 pounds, the 125 was a little light for the highway, probably smaller than the huge deer that crossed my path. And wind was a big issue, not only on wide-open country roads but also on a short jaunt down the Queensway. Unable to predict the gusts, I bailed out after a couple of exits.

Other 125 riders are more fearless, I've since noticed. I was ferrying the kids around in the car the other day when we spotted a motorcyclist on a CBR125R. We were headed towards the Queensway, and so was he.
Merging from the on-ramp into 100-plus km/h traffic, the rider hunkered down a little over the handlebars. He then switched into the left lane and built speed, losing us at 120 km/h.

Best suited for solo travel in urban and suburban areas, the 125 has been available in Europe for years. In a bold move, Honda Canada introduced the 125 last year without waiting for its American counterpart to express interest in bringing it to the U.S.

Honda CBR125R
Engine type: Liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Displacement: 124.7 cc
Fuel delivery: PGM-FI fuel injection
Transmission: Six-speed
Front suspension: 31mm telescopic fork; 109 mm (4.3 inches) travel
Rear suspension: Single shock; 120 mm (4.7 inches) travel
Tires: 80/90 - 17 front; 100/80 - 17 rear
Brakes: Front 276 mm disc with dual-piston caliper; rear 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper Seat height: 776 mm (30.5 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,294 mm (50.9 inches)
Curb weight: 127.3 kg 280.6 lb including required fluids and full tank of gas
Fuel capacity: 10 litres

full article:

SVOboy 06-20-2008 11:50 AM


Vince-HX 06-20-2008 07:57 PM

I so wish we could get bikes like those in the Us.

lucky lucky

adrive7 08-14-2008 05:42 PM


Originally Posted by Vince-HX (Post 36863)
I so wish we could get bikes like those in the Us.

lucky lucky

For now there is this. And I want one.

Eliminator® 125

5EFE 05-12-2010 03:53 AM

I have wanted a motorcycle for years, for fun and extreme fuel savings. I will write Honda and ask them to bring the CBR125 to the US, and I encourage anyone else who thinks they should to do so as well. If enough people want it, they will sell it.

Motorcycle Division
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 2200
Torrance, CA 90509-2200
Mail stop: 100-4C-7B
Telephone: (866) 784-1870

Deyeme 06-15-2010 03:00 PM

Gas guzzler Ninja 250?


Best suited for solo travel in urban and suburban areas...
There's where the Ninja 250R wins, hands down.

I have a 250R and an Eliminator 125. It took real work to get the Eliminator to a point where I could comfortably drive it at 55mph.
69mpg so far, and just put a new front fender on to try to tip the scale at 70!
78mpg @ 55mph. Smaller aluminum rear sprocket, windscreen, fork-mounted air deflectors, numerous lightweight fasteners, 35w HID headlight + LED lights... most of that wasn't to get more MPG, but just to give it the strength to cruise comfortably at highway speed!

cosmic_kid 08-05-2010 10:40 AM

Yeah, but where's the loud pipes, or 300kph top end?!? LOL

itsnotme1988 08-06-2010 07:23 PM

I've read a lot about the XV250 Virago's pushing 90mpg+ in fairly stock form and 100+ with a 17/38 chain/sprocket. :: Log in

kawboyCAFE 08-10-2010 12:27 PM

dont believe that crap about the virago/vstar 250 getting 90+ mpg. its a lie. i had one, and if i drove it real easy it would get between 75-80 mpg. if i drove it hard it would get about 60-65 mpg. to get 90+ mpg on a virago/vstar 250 you would have to drive 30 mph, and weigh about 100 pounds. those just aren't real life figures. i am not saying it cant be done, just that you would have to work REALLY, REALLY hard to do it. and if you were going to do that, you might as well get a 50cc scooter. oh well, just my 2 cents.

euromodder 08-10-2010 01:12 PM

I'd pick a 250 over a 125 *anytime*.
125cc are hard pressed to get up to speed, and that's going to cost you in mileage.

Back in the late '90s Suzuki had the TU250 Volty in its line-up. The bike did 3L/100km or 80 mpg (US) in a test by a local bike mag, still using a carburetor.
I see they're still available in the US, with FI rather than a carb.
I wonder what mileage they get now.

We get less and less 250 bikes in the EU, they got washed away by a tsunami of 125's which ppl can ride using a car licence in many EU countries.

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