Why There Was So Much Interest Around the Honda CR 125
If you were reading motoring magazines in the 1990s, then you must recall the buzz that there was around the Honda CR 125 motorcycles. This motorcycle, whose production Honda discontinued recently (in the year 2008) was billed as the ‘machine of the future:’ a truly well engineered off-road machine.
It is worth noting that although production of the Honda CR 125 has been discontinued (as has been the production of the whole Honda CR series), stocks of it still remain in shops – both online and traditional – with many specimens of it still proudly prowling on the roads.
Back from that slight detour, we may continue with our discussion on why there was so much interest around the Honda CR 125.
And at least four features can be seen as being behind the much interest that there was around the Honda CR 125, at the point in time when the machine was such a great source of admiration.
One is the motorcycles engine power, a parameter that many motorcycling enthusiasts are very keen about. At the point in time when the Honda CR 125 first came out, its 41 HP engine was billed as phenomenal. Even to this date, there are many motorcycles (especially two stroke motorcycles like it) that have never quite attained this much power.
Second is speed. The speed of the CR 125 topped at 135 kilometer per hour, which may appear modest today, but which was nothing like modest two decades ago when the popularity of the Honda CR 125 was at its peak. Conspicuousness aside though, the top speed that CR 125 comes with (at 135 kilometers per hour) is more than many people need off-road, which is where the Honda CR 125 was designed to be mainly used.
Third is fuel capacity. While today there are motorcycles with higher capacities, at the point in time when the CR 125 first came out, few could boast of the 2 gallon capacity it came with. Now fuel capacity might not seem like very much in terms of a feature for a town-based cyclist who can spot a gas station everywhere they look. But for an off-road motorcyclist, the variety for whom the Honda CR 125 was designed, this 2-gallon fuel capacity was more than highly attractive. Gas stations can be very far apart in off-road motorcycling situations, and the greater the fuel capacity of a machine, the more attractive it comes across to motorcycle for use in the off-road environment.
Fourth are accessories. Today, things like liquid cooling, true real shocks and well inverted front shocks (which are the standard accessories on the CR 125) may seem like commonplace, but when this machine first came out, they were considered special. Indeed, up to this date, there are many motorcycles that are yet to incorporate them- so, in a sense, they remain great features to date.
Now as mentioned earlier, although the manufacture of the Honda CR 125 has been discontinued, many of its specimens are still available for sale, and there are plenty of spare parts for it too (as most are compatible with other Honda series). This way, one need not worry about support once they purchase a CR 125, its discontinuation notwithstanding.