Honda’s newly released CRF125F and CRF125FB (Big Wheel) will be the ultimate machines for kids serious about off-road riding and are due to arrive on Australian shores from next month. Taking their cues from Honda’s championship winning CRF450R and CRF250R, the new CRF125Fs will be everything a young entry-level rider could possibly hope for.
Designed to eventually replace Honda’s CRF80F and CRF100F, the new CRF125Fs feature a larger capacity, air-cooled, four-speed engine with electric start, a brand new frame, updated suspension and improved performance. Sure to be competitive, the CRF125F will have an MLP of $3,499 and the CRF125FB an MLP of $3,899*.
The robust and low maintenance 124cc, air-cooled, SOHC engine delivers strong and linear bottom-end torque which is ideal for the younger rider. Fed by a carburetor, the new airbox design which is located lengthwise, saves weight, increases airflow and also locates the compact battery needed for the electric starter.
Powerful, zero-fuss CDI ignition boosts performance, as does the new exhaust while the four-speed manual gearbox and clutch are smooth changing and easy to use. The drive sprocket cover is no longer integrated with the ACG cover allowing for improved accessibility.
To ensure a stable and engaging ride, a brand new steel diamond backbone frame gives the CRF125F’s chassis the perfect balance of rigidity and strength. Control is further guaranteed thanks to the wide-set footpegs and brake pedal which match narrower handlebars. Half-waffle rubber grips on the handlebars are the same used on the CRF450R.
New hydraulic front disc brake with a rear drum brake provides strong stopping power and the front brake lever is adjustable to suit the rider’s hand size.
With the aim of being manageable for most youngsters aged 10 and above, the new CRF125Fs have a slim frame and low seat height.
The bigger wheel size of the CRF125FB, 19 inch front and 16 inch rear, will be ideal for the taller kids and adds to the machine’s versatility. In contrast the CRF125F has a front wheel size of 17 inch front and 14 inch rear.
With styling cues taken from the cutting edge design of Honda’s CRF450R and CRF250R, the CRF125Fs are sure to be an instant hit with aspiring champions.
These energetic off-roaders will be tough, reassuring, easy to look after and a whole lot of fun. More information regarding exact release dates will follow.