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Does Honda’s CBR-125R Sale Do More Harm Than Good?

KYMCO Quannon Naked 125i

Honda has dropped the price of the CBR-125R from $3,499 to $2,299. That's a $1,200 reduction that many Canadian would-be motorcycle enthusiasts are excited about. The 2012 Honda CBR-125R has come a long way from the first generation 2007 Honda CBR-125R we reviewed years ago. That was the same bike that my ex-girlfriend was ticketed on for doing 5 km/hr over the speed limit by Toronto Police. This new CBR has been redesigned, with a little more weight, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing on the highway, nor are the thicker tires.

While many will be welcome a lightweight and beginner-friendly motorcycle at a great pricepoint, we need to look at the vehicles that we aren't seeing, and that we likely won't be seeing in Canada any time soon, because of it. When it comes to the Canadian motorcycle industry, does Honda's CBR-125R do more harm than it does good?

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Honda CB650 Project

Honda CB650

Yesterday, on a bit of an impulse, I dove into a world I know NOTHING about. The 70s and 80s UJM restoration / customization / coolalization world. On a bit of whim (read: I'm ridiculously impulsive), I sold my beloved 2005 Suzuki Boulevard M50. It simply wasn't seeing enough highway miles, and in the city, my KYMCO Venox 250 trumps all other motorcycles. Still, wanting something affordable, with a little more horsepower, and perhaps a little caught up in the Toronto cafe racer scene and the kustom kraze, I decided to jump on the opportunity to pick up a 1979 Honda CB650 for $800 with dreams of restoring her to her former greatness... or at least having one sweet ride!

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Honda Hawk NT650 GT

Honda Hawk NT650 GT

I once learned the hard way that if a motorcycle has been too molested, that is, if it’s been too modified by the wrong hands, it should be avoided. Last night, whether out of stupidity, forgetfulness, or a stroke of genius, I decided to ignore this lesson.

I bought a heavily modified 1990 Honda Hawk NT650 GT, with various Honda and Buell pieces on the front, Ducati parts on the back, and some aftermarket parts thrown in for good measure. I’m diggin’ it.

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Best 250cc Beginner Motorcycle: Honda CBR-250R vs. Kawasaki Ninja 250R vs. Hyosung GT-250

The 250cc motorcycle market has finally opened up in the Western hemisphere. In North America, where the Ninja seemed to sit at the top of the 250cc sportbike throne all alone, it now faces challenges from both Hyosung, as well as from Honda's new CBR-250R. If you're looking for a 250cc cruiser, the only one available in Canada or the USA we'd recommend is the KYMCO Venox, but if sportbike motorcycles are your thing, here's a comparison of acceleration, speeds, braking and fuel economy from Popular Mechanics:

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