Visual ties to the bigger CBRs in the Honda range are represented by the dual line beam headlights as well as the shape of the hull that now resembles the CBR1000RR Fireblade.
The engine is a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 4-stroke single-cylinder SOHC that starts instantly at the touch of a button and revs smoothly to provide 13 hp at a staggering 10,000 rpm and 10.6 Nm (7.8 lb-ft) of torque at 8,250 rpm. Transmission is a 6-speed manual.
Unfortunately, with a top speed of only 75 mph (120 km/h), it'd be wise to keep off jammed freeways.
The bike has U-section 6-spoke cast aluminum wheels, fitted with a 80/90-17M/C in front and 100/80-17M/C at the rear. It has a 31 mm fork with 109 mm axle travel and a slim twin-spar frame with monoshock rear suspension for quick and responsive handling. Powerful front and rear disc brakes offer easy, responsive control for confident cornering speeds.
The tiny CBR125R is a great bike for the city, where its light weight and nimble handling make it ideal for a commuter. In terms of fuel efficiency, the CBR is ahead of the competition, averaging 84 mpg or 2.8 l/100km. That will keep you going for about 218 miles (350 km) until the 2.6 gallon (10 liter) gas tank dries out.
Speaking of economy, because of its small engine displacement, insurance and licensing costs are kept to a minimum. Don't be fooled by that, in the real world minimum costs don't always mean minimum fun.