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Written on: 16/10/2012
first of all the bike looks like it should be a 600cc!!! i mean seriously how many 125s do you get that are this big and with an engine that actually looks bigger than it should be! took delivery of it last week (2008 model) and am seriously surprised on the guts that the engine has, it has some pull on it to say the least! its easy to handle but i would probably say that it is suited to the larger rider who doesnt want to fanny around looking about 10 times too big on a cbr 125. i have manage… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/08/2012 by thereferee (1 review written)
Let me start off by saying that I am not a motorbike person . I simply decided in November 2011 that I was fed up paying £250 a month petrol for my car along with £500 a year insurance and £240 a year rfl. I visited 4 or 5 motorbike showrooms and my last call was Honda Belfast. I have to say I was very well treated and the service was first class ending with me buying a 2008 varadero. I then took my cbt on a small Yamaha (knees round the chin job as I am 6'2") and took delivery of my bike… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/07/2012
I’ve owned 1 50cc scooter 3 125cc rev and go and 5 125cc motorbikes and the Xl125V-2 is the best I’ve ever owned the bike weight’s about 154kg dry and I weight about 18 stone or about 120 when I’m going to my mates for a few days the bike can carry all the things that I need. The 30 litre tank bag is always full and that weight’s about 5-10kg, my 20 litre back packs is full weight’s about 10-15kg and the 37 litre top box is full weight’s about 10-25kg when that is all on the bike… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/06/2012 by cw41 (1 review written)
i am 41 years old and roughly 18 stones light ahem !!! i purchased a 2010 honda varadero xl 125 from dobles honda in feb this year and i have to say even though its restricted to 15bhp this bike pulls like a train .. it pulls my fat frame at 70mph no problems and once you change those stupid trial tyres the bike comes with for proper road tyres it handles great too ... ive managed 3500 miles since feb and im loving it ... if it had another 30bhp it would be the perfect bike for me… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/03/2012
I've had this bike a year now. I managed to ride it from Brighton to Devon then up to the Highlands in Scotland, all on A roads (didn't have my full license yet). Was amazing! no problems at all and extremely fuel efficient. It has a big bike feel and a good presence on the road. Even though I am planning on moving up to larger bikes, I still would like to keep it! My only recommendations to new buyers is to let the bike warm up before you ride it on cold days to get its full performance… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/04/2011
Just a quick report as I have only had the Varadero one week. I traded a Suzuki gn 125 in for the Honda and in terms of performance, what a differance. On the way home I did manage a wind assisted 80mph, and I am 18 stone!!
However I wont be riding like that much but it seemes very comfortable at 60 to 65 mph and I have worked out the first tankfull of fuel at approx. 83 mpg which will be ideal for my 8 mile commute
It rides and handles superbly and I can see me hanging on to this bike for… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/02/2011
Just an absolute catalogue of breakdowns and problems. Fuel injectors needed re-seating. Cogs on the coolant pump don't fit properly and rattle. Mysterious rattle from the engine. Rear brake seal failure, every single year costing £200 a time. Poor to non-existent customer service. This bike is an over-priced disaster zone. I would never buy another Honda as long as I live. Poor build quality, bad service from Honda, incredibly unreliable… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/02/2011
its a great bike iv been on bikes for years and this the best for doing the test only ever mucked up 1s on it when i waz to blam not my dero i waz going to fast in to a bent and didnt make it lucky only whent in to a field lol made no diff to bike still whent like stick lol im only 5ft 6 and find it easy to get on and off iv hade 80 mph out of her but i am small lol and light any 1 know what to put on her to get more power lol… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/01/2011 by mike2191 (1 review written)
best 125 out there cos i have had 5 bike and out of then all this is the only 1 that ant let me down or cost me an arm or leg when the mot came round yer it ant the fastes bike i have had by far but for reliability and not letting me down is gets 11 out of ten for that cos the bike i had be for is did 130but was all ways braking down but thats good old 2 stroke for u were as is is a vtwian and 4 stroke so will last a life time if toke care of which is the same for ever bike and would i pick is… Read Full Review
Written on: 30/05/2010 by Benny Boy25 (1 review written)
FIRST OF ALL I JUST WANT TO APOLOGISE FOR THE SPELLING I HAVE TROUBLE WRITING. THANKS
I've owned a 2002 Dero for a week noW after coming from 3 gilera runners for many years i thought it was time to go for my test so a manual was need, saw the dero for £1400 so i traded my runner in for it.
have to say I'm glad i did its a fantastic bike it was a bit weird at first as im only 5ft 8inchs and it is a big bike for its size ( i pulled a a muscle getting off it the first time lol), hell it doesnt… Read Full Review
Written on: 24/02/2010
It a good all round bike could do so better mods on it… Read Full Review
Written on: 12/02/2010
Love it, love it, love it. What more can I say? I am over 6 foot tall and this is the first 125 motorbike that I don't look completely stupid on! It's a stop gap for me to pass my Direct access on then I'll move up to something like the BMW 650 GS. The bike feels good to ride. Great position, I can see over most normal cars (4x4's are another matter though) Pulls away nicely but being a 125 with me sitting on top it's obviously going to be underpowererd.
Great into and out of corners -… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/01/2010 by Deadcow (1 review written)
If you can garage this bike, or if you're a fair weather rider, I can guarantee you, this will be the best 125 you can buy - bar none. In fair weather, the ride is smooth, the engine is torquey and powerful, petrol usage is phenomenal, and as a learner, having the opportunity to ride a motorcycle with a footprint the size of a 600 tourer is invaluable experience.
If you don't have a garage or you ride in adverse conditions - forget it.
Firstly - as you will probably have seen, this bike is a… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/09/2009
I have had my blue Varadero for 3 years now, since i passed my cbt. Can not fault it at all. How many bikes out their can do 200 miles for only a tenner of pertol a week. Strong and sturdy and would definetly recommend to new learners. Only bug bear is that it does struggle on motorways where you need that extra speed and power… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/08/2009 by r l lungley (1 review written)
hi there i bought a varadero 125v in july 2009 and what a bike it feels like riding a large motocycle and after riding a yamaha xl125x it is almost like riding more like a 600 ,it has a good handleing and great feel and loks superb, what more can i say about this splendid bike nice one honda… Read Full Review
Written on: 18/08/2009 by ogast86 (1 review written)
I have switched to a Honda Varadeo after riding a suzuki Marauder 125 for a quite long time. The first impresion was the size of the bike, its doesnt feel like 125 at all!! Marauder is not the smallest 125 as well but for a taller person, like me, I would recomended a honda. When you switch the engine on a bike rides perfectly and very smooth, i didnt know how quick 125cc can be until today :) I love the finish of Honda, you can feel the quality. Many people say that this is a heavy bike but… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/08/2009 by vilaysia (2 reviews written)
HI back again i put in a report on the Honda Varadero XL125V bike after two days after i bought it which was good , I have had this bike now for three months now i just cant fault it in any way i just love it i read some off the reviews i would like to know why some can bad about it , great to handle quick respond after it is only a 125 but great bike worth buying well worth a try run before buying anythig else… Read Full Review
Written on: 23/07/2009 by Lukaz2205 (2 reviews written)
I have 2 of these Honda Varadero XL125V bikes the first got written off after 2 months and the second after a year, but i have used bits from both and streetfightered one.
in standard trim its a good bike comfy and easily able to beat pretty much any 4 stroke 125, its pretty slow by size standards
only thing i dont like about it is the extortinate prices honda want for bits.
main thing that breaks is footpeg or footpeg bracket and the bars bend easy once on the deck footpeg bracket is £75… Read Full Review