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Short but Sweet: The Honda MSX125

November 24, 2014

Have you got a case of the Monday blues? Fear not we’ve got just the cure with another engine revving edition of Motorbike Mondays! This week we’re focusing on the Honda MSX125, Honda’s newest small format 125cc motorbike, reminiscent of the super popular 1961 Honda Monkey. Will the MSX125 fill the big boots left by its predecessor? Find out in our Honda MSX125 review.

Original image by Desmodex

Original image by Desmodex


The first thing that springs to mind when you look at the MSX125 is its stunning design. Straight away, it becomes apparent that this bike was designed with youth appeal in mind with its sleek and tough urban aesthetic – the MSX is an ideal bike for new riders. Thanks to its smaller design and 1.2 m wheelbase, the bike is a great about town and able to turn on a sixpence – while still providing enough oomph to outgun most cars.


Don’t be fooled by its smaller engine, the MSX125 borrows much of its make-up from its bigger siblings. The nippy little bike features a rugged four-speed gearbox, bold colour options, and gold detailing. Its 5.5 litre fuel tank provides plenty of range for everyday driving – however you may fall short on longer journeys.


Its 125cc, twin-valve air-cooled single cylinder engine puts out a whopping 9.7 bhp – rocketing it to its top speed of 67 mph. Despite its size, the MSX’s engine puts out a lively performance and like all Hondas – it just loves being revved! Weighing in at just 101kg, the MSX125’s power-to-weight ratio is in its favour – making for an entertaining ride.

Overall, the Honda MSX125 is a practical, sporty bike ideal for both beginners and casual riders – and at just £2,799 it’s a relative bargain too!

If our Honda MSX125 review has got you hankering for a new Honda – look no further than the Car Loan Warehouse. We’re experts when it comes to motorbike finance, breaking down your next ride into affordable monthly payments. Try our quick and easy motorbike finance calculator for an instant quote!

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.