Test Ride: Honda MSX125 2016
EngineThis bike features an air-cooled 125cc engine; the power output is a claimed 7.2Kw at 7000rpm with a torque figure of 10.9Nm @ 5500rpm. It’s an easy, fun ride however it did sometimes struggle to accelerate, especially if you’re going uphill! The four-speed gearbox did at times leave you feeling like there should be another gear but it’s perfect for pottering around town and commuting.
HandlingHandling is great on the MSX125, it feels as nibble and nifty as it looks. The clutch is light, gear changing is effortless. Something to mention is the bike felt disconnected at times and the forks did bottom out over some small bumps. The bike is ideal of nipping in and out of traffic, and it’s just ridiculously fun, you can’t help but have a little giggle while pulling off a nipply manoeuvre.
Seat heightStanding at 5’5 I felt like I towered over the little MSX125, which rarely happens to me! With a seat height of 765mm and 1200 wheelbase, this is almost a modern version of the 1960’s Monkey Bike. It’s ideal if you’re a novice rider, wanting the comfort of being flatfoot or an everyday commuter weaving between cars.
WeightAs you probably guessed, it hardly weighs anything at just 104kg which is perfect for handling and manoeuvring on foot. Great for learning how to walk with a bike, or squeezing into tiny parking spaces.
QualityHonda offers a very good quality bike with the MSX125, from the lovely digital dash to the comfy seat. I can say without a doubt, riding this bike was massively fun. It just provides great entertainment and will ride more aggressively if you want it to. I would actually love to own one of these little beasts, riding it through town it was relaxed and nibble; I’d probably avoid the motorway though!
13 Oct 2017