honda XLR125R 1998

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                    Covering a broad cross-section of rider ages, experience and tastes, Europeans
                    continue to enjoy an ongoing love of dual-purpose motorcycles, as can be seen
                    in the growing variety of off-road-look machines introduced every year by nearly
                    all the world’s motorcycle manufacturers. While this popularity extends to
                    the smaller novice class of under 125cc displacement, nearly all the models
                    available in this class up till now have been powered by 2-stroke engines.

                    Although the 125cc class achieved        to new riders, but so far, none
                    its peak popularity in the mid-1980s,    have been developed especially
                    image problems resulted in a precipi-    for the dual-purpose segment of
                    tous drop in sales that have only        the class. Now, with the hopes of
                    recently seen a rebound with the         providing an attractive and exciting
                    introduction of Europe’s A1 licens-      introduction to the joys of both on-
                    ing classification. This new class       road and off-road riding, Honda
                    limits younger novice riders of 16       proudly introduces the all-new
                    to 18 years of age to motorcycles        XLR125R, a small and friendly
                    producing a maximum power                on-road urban scrambler with a
                    output of 11kW or 15PS, and all          solid and dependable off-road
                    manufacturers have targeted their        lineage, and Honda’s first small
                    new models accordingly. Honda            dual-purpose machine for the
                    has introduced several models in         European market in many years.
                    the class that have proven attractive
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                    The new XLR125R’s rugged 4-stroke      and easy to ride, the fashionable
                    engine offers strong low-to-midrange   new XLR125R ‘urban off-roader’
                    power for around-town riding, with     also features the effortless conve-
                    no need to strangle its maximum        nience of push-button electric start
                    power output in order to meet li-      and the added attraction of a low
                    censing regulations. Its compliant,    entry price that will surely make
                    long-travel suspension ensures con-    it a popular first choice for novices
                    fident control on-road and off, and    or as a handy second bike for more
                    carries two in smoothly compliant      experienced riders.
                    comfort. Lightweight, compact
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                      Colouring Concept

                    Based on Honda’s popular XR             its white version. Both versions
                    series of off-road motorcycles, the     provide strong, contrasting bases
                    new XLR125R features a boldly           to show off the XLR’s vivid red
                    attractive variation on their basic     and yellow XR graphics. The seat
                    colour scheme that projects an          and tail pouch are both made in
                    aggressive image of off-road per-       striking Factory Red and feature
                    formance. Its silver-painted frame      black-painted markings.
                    takes on the same look as the all-
                    powerful XR250R and XR400R,             Colours
                    while its white body parts are boldly   • Black (with Black fuel tank
                    contrasted in its black version by         and Factory Red seat)
                    a solid black fuel tank and front       • Shasta White (with White fuel
                    visor with white number plate,             tank and Factory Red seat)
                    and display a clean conformity in
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                    Unlike most of the dual-purpose       With a compact, maintenance-free         with the XLR125R’s inherently quiet
                    machines in its small displacement    CDI providing a strong spark for         4-stroke engine to keep irritating
                    class, the XLR125R is powered by a    quick starts and assured long-term       noise output to a minimum and
                    rugged and reliable, newly designed   performance, the XLR125R also            ensure it easily clears all of Europe’s
                    124cm3 air-cooled 2-valve 4-stroke    offers the simple push-button conve-     noise regulations. Power gets to the
                    OHC engine that delivers a strong     nience of one-touch electric starting.   rear wheel by way of a smooth
                    yet smooth rush of power for most     Its silent-type camchain and large-      shifting 5-speed transmission and
                    on-road and off-road riding cond-     volume XR250R silencer combine           light-action clutch.
                    tions, and enough torque to carry
                    two up a hill with ease.
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                    The XLR125’s strong, rigid steel      At the rear, the XLR’s renowned          The wheels mount off-road ready
                    frame features a semi-double cradle   Pro-Link suspension system features      dual-purpose tyres that feature
                    design based on that used for         a long-stroke damper supporting a        a more enduro-like tread than
                    Honda’s perennial off-road best-      high-rigidity box-section steel swing-   the tyres mounted on Honda’s
                    seller, the XR200R. This frame is     arm for 231mm of comfortable, true-      current NX-Series machines.
                    supported in front by a compliant     tracking rear wheel travel.              Braking duties are covered by
                    37mm hydraulic leading-axle front                                              a 240mm dual-piston caliper
                    fork that offers 225mm of smooth      The XLR’s lightweight wheels             front disc brake at the front
                    and responsive axle travel.           feature aluminium rims tied to com-      and a compact 110mm leading/
                                                          pact hubs with Honda’s exclusive         trailing drum brake at the rear.
                                                          Tangentially Located (TL) spokes
                                                          for optimum tension retention
                                                          and reduced unsprung weight.
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                    • The XLR’s large-diameter head-         • A rugged tubular steel engine
                    light provides a bright nighttime        guard provides protection against
                    view of road ahead.                      potentially damaging off-road
                    • Large, high-visibility turn indica-
                    tors are mounted on flexible stalks.     • Easy-to-use snailcam chain ad-
                                                             justers facilitate chain adjustment
                    • The XLR’s convenient zippered          when replacing the rear wheel.
                    tail pouch holds tools and other gear.

                    • A strong tubular steel grabrail
                    wraps around rear of the seat and
                    tail pouch for a comfortable, secure
                    grip and a convenient tie-down
                    point for securing larger items.
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                    Specifications                          XLR125R (ED-type)

                    Engine                                  Air-cooled 4-stroke OHC single
                    Bore × Stroke                           56.5 × 49.5mm
                    Displacement                            124.1cm3
                    Compression Ratio                       9.2 : 1
                    Carburettor                             22mm PD-type
                    Max. Power Output                       11.4PS/8,250rpm (95/1 EC) (8.4kW/8,250min-1)
                                                            11PS /8,250rpm (DIN) (8.1kW/8,250min-1)
                    Max. Torque                             1.07kg-m/7,000rpm (95/1 EC) (10.5Nm/7,000min-1)
                                                            1.04kg-m/7,000rpm (DIN) (10.2Nm/7,000min-1)
                    Ignition                                Capacitor Discharge (CDI)
                    Starter                                 Electric
                    Transmission                            5-speed
                    Final Drive                             ‘O’-ring sealed chain
                    Dimensions                 (L×W×H)      2,195 × 842 × 1,180mm
                    Wheelbase                               1,363mm
                    Seat Height                             858mm
                    Ground Clearance                        293mm
                    Fuel Capacity                           9 litres (including 4.3-litre reserve)
                    Wheels                         Front    Aluminium rim/Tangentially Located (TL) spokes
                                                    Rear    Aluminium rim/wire spokes
                    Tyres                          Front    2.75–21 45P
                                                    Rear    4.10–18 59P
                    Suspension                     Front    37mm telescopic fork, 225mm axle travel
                                                    Rear    Pro-Link, 231mm axle travel
                    Brakes                         Front    240mm hydraulic disc with dual-piston caliper
                                                    Rear    110mm leading/trailing drum
                    Dry Weight                              119kg

                    All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
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