HONDA introduces the new MSX125
The model name MSX125 stands for Mini Street X-treme 125.
The MSX is manufactured in Thailand.
It is small enough to be supremely manageable yet also has a fully-fledged feel thanks to some standard sized motorcycle parts.
According to Honda it is part mini-bike, part motorcycle with involving performance matched to confident handling and styling that combines a sense of fun with a tough, urban edge.
The MSX125Ęs 125cc two-valve air-cooled engine is based on that of the Wave 125i, the tuning is slightly different though.
It delivers 9.7 bhp/7000 rpm and 1.11 kgm/ 5500 rpm (8.04 lbs ft/5500 rpm) torque.
Complementing the powerplant is a compact chassis that features a sturdy steel frame. Wheelbase is a snug 1200mm, with rake and trail of 25⁰ and 81mm.
The kerb weight is 101.7kg (224.2 lbs). A 31 mm inverted front fork is equipped, a monoshock rear suspension, hydraulic disc brakes, 220mm at the front and 190mm at the rear, dual piston caliper at the front and single piston caliper at the rear. The wheels are lightweight with 120/70-12 and 130/70-12 tyres.
The MSX125 has a relatively low 765mm seat height making it very manageable; its size also ensures that motor home owners are sure to find it easy to load/unload, transport and use.
A LED taillight is featured while an LCD digital dash which delivers all the information the rider needs – speedometer, twin trip meters, fuel gauge and clock.
Comments: In terms of steering geometry and specifications, the MSX 125 seems similar to the Kawasaki D-Tracker 125 or Kawasaki KSR 110.
Thus the MSX should be a user friendly bike to short – novice riders also.
It seems that Honda is keeping an eye to Kawasaki for some time now. The CRF 250 was meant to compete the KLX 250 while the CBR 250R would oppose the ninja 250.