2 minute read
11 Dec 2013
2:00 pm

The new Honda CRF125FB here now

Riding off-road on trails, motocross tracks and backyards is an activity that often involves the whole family.

For children it’s a perfect introduction to motorcycling that quickly builds skills and machine control.

For Honda, attracting young riders early in their career is a great introduction to the brand and its engineering values.

Honda’s CRF range spans recreational and competition off-road machines and is steadily becoming a brand within a brand. The CRF50F and 110F get youngsters riding early, having fun and learning, while the CRF250L adds road-going dual-purpose convenience.

For Enduro use, the CRF250X and 450X are the ideal tools for the job. And the awesome CRF250R and CRF450R – with state-of-the-art engines, frames and suspension – stand at the pinnacle of Honda motocross racing technology and inspire every other CRF in turn. Honda’s return to the Dakar Rally for the first time since 1989, with the CRF450 Rally, further underlines the importance of off-road racing to the company.

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The 2014 CRF125FB is the latest new bike to join the CRF family. And while it may be small, the CRF125FB is very much a fully-grown motorcycle, delivering big off-road thrills, excitement and experience.

Replacing the CRF100F, the CRF125FB not only features a larger capacity, its air-cooled four-speed engine has been tuned specifically to give plenty of novice-friendly bottom-end torque. The addition of electric start also makes life easier .

In essence the CRF125FB is built to be everything the young entry-level rider could possibly hope for. It’s tough, reassuring, easy to look after and a whole lot of fun, which is actually what the final “F” in every CRF-F model stands for – Fun.

A brand new steel diamond backbone frame gives the CRF125FB chassis the perfect balance of rigidity and strength ensuring a stable and engaging ride. The integrated air box/battery design – fitted lengthwise in the frame – keeps the bike slim and a seat height of 785mm makes it very manageable for most youngsters aged 10 and above. Wheelbase is 1254mm with rake and trail of 27 degrees/94mm. Wet weight is 88kg.

For a bigger bike feel and improved stability the CRF125FB uses a 19-inch front and 16-inch rear. A 220mm front hydraulic disc brake – with adjustable span lever – deals out consistent and easy to modulate stopping power. It’s complemented by the 95mm drum rear.

The four-speed manual gearbox and clutch – a key part of the first real dirtbike philosophy – are smooth changing and easy to use.

Pricing is only R22 990 and they are in shops now.