Honda CR125 Specificationsby Michael G. Sanchez
2007 marked the end of the road for the CR125, Honda's venerable little two-stroke, 125 cc dirt bike. While the motorcycle offered a lot to like -- including a low price, a highly-respected chassis and Honda' enviable reputation for reliability -- buyers had largely moved on. In its final year, sales of the CR125 were nearly half what they had been when it was introduced back in 2003. The biggest reason wasn't any fault or defect in the Honda itself, but simply the fact that the market had changed. Two-stroke bikes were an increasingly niche product by the second half of the 2000s, with four-stroke models firmly established as the market standard. For those who could appreciate its "old-fashioned" approach, however, the 2007 CR125 was a thoroughly competent, time-tested dirt bike.
Light & Agile
Small, low-displacement bikes like the CR125 and riders looking for maximum maneuverability and responsiveness are a match made in heaven. The Honda's low weight and compact dimensions helped imbue it with a fun-to-ride personality. In order to keep weight down, much of the CR125's chassis was constructed using aluminum -- rather than steel -- components. The switch to the lighter metal was a change that Honda helped pioneer in the dirt-bike world. By the time the 2007 CR125 hit the trails, the material's strength and performance in trail bikes was well-established. The bike had a dry weight of just 197 pounds. Its wheelbase measured 57.9 inches and it had a seat height of 37.3 inches. The CR125 offered 13.8 inches of ground clearance and could hold 2 gallons of fuel in its tank.
Small Displacement, Ample Power
A 125 cc engine -- such as the one in the CR125 -- is equivalent to just 7.8 cubic inches. While that may seem tiny to some modern riders, it was enough to zip the little bike around with considerable enthusiasm. The single-cylinder, two-stroke, liquid-cooled engine featured a bore and stroke of 2.1 inches and a digital ignition with electronic advance. Its compression ratio was 8.6-to-1. Fuel was delivered via a 1.5-inch Mikuni TMX carburetor with a throttle position sensor. Finally, power was sent to the ground via a five-speed transmission.
Trail-Ready Chassis & Suspension
The CR125's front suspension was composed of a 25.8 degree, 1.8-inch inverted Kayaba cartridge fork with 18-position rebound adjustment. The setup offered 20 positions of compression-damping adjustment and 12 inches of suspension travel. In the rear, the CR125 featured a Kayaba Pro-Link single-shock unit with spring-preload, 30-positions of rebound-damping adjustment and dual-mode compression-damping adjustment. Rear suspension travel was 12.5 inches.
Wheels & Brakes
The CR125 used a 3.00/3.25-0.87 front tire and a 3.25/3.50-0.75 on the rear. The bike shipped with knobby Dunlop tires: a D742 in the front and a D756 in the rear. The little Honda featured a single-disc brake at the front and rear. Both rotors measured 9.4 inches in diameter.
The 2007 CR125 had a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $5,499. It was available in only one color: red.
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