Ok so i just went over to see my uncle at frasers, and noticed the little cbr 125r there for a spin...something about it screamed for me to have a ride of it...comically large man, on a novelty sized bike. I did have another motive, in that one of my friends who is a smaller woman, is considering getting her bike licence, and buying a scooter. I suggested to the 125r. So i signed the papers, and kim chucked me the keys, and took me around the bike. Then it came time to ride this beast. First of all, let me just give you my stats before i go any furthur. 6'1 115kg. So i sat on the bike, expecting the suspension to bottom out...it didnt, and i was extensively suprised. Then rode off into the sunset. Took the first corner on it, and felt smooth, and stable(for what it is). Something i wasnt expecting either, i took it for a few u turns, and a bit of a run through some twisties, albeit the bike never really got enough power to make it difficult by any reach. The bike was very comfy, with a very good upright seating position. The gear changing was smooth, albeit my down shifting wasnt initially, you will need to blip. I was told by kim prior to taking her out, that the powerband hits between about 7-11 and thats exactly right, it hits right then. Now it isnt going to leave you without arms, but its got a good amount of pep, for what it is. Now personally i felt silly riding it, and i cant fathom why, my pre concieved notion of riding this bike, has put it below me, and in terms of riding ability the bike is. However its a very fun bike, but i couldnt shake the feeling of big man on a little bike...all i lacked was a moo moo and a twin. This bike, im not afraid to admit, for what it is, is fantastic. Its light, its flickable, it handle traffic situations well, good economy, suprisingly fun. This bike, is about 125cc off being a perfect commuter. I recommend this bike, whole heartedly, for those people, looking to have an every day bike, thats used in the city, not requiring any more than 80km/h. When i got back, kim asked me how it went, and i said, it was really fun, i loved it. And i did. So these are my criteria: Understand that this is comparitive to the class of bike, and its intention. So this is Power - 125cc class - 7/10 Puts down 13.3hp apparently. Pretty good for a 125cc bike. Feels a little sluggish, but, its quiet rideable within its powerband. Handling - Commuter class - 9/10 Light and flickable, lacks true stability. Normal sensible cornering, its fantastic, i wouldnt feel comfy trying to put knee down on this bike though. Dont doubt you can, or even i could, its just...not reassuring. That said, as a commuter, you would find it hard to be flawed...i honestly think i could pick one up, which is why i think i find it so much fun in traffic. Build quality - entry level - 10/10 Clutch was smooth, brakes were more than enough for the bike. Pegs felt good, seat was comfy. Seems like a mechanically sound bike. I wont comment on reliability, but i doubt it would have any issues. wow factor - 1/10 Enough said Fun factor - commuter - 10/10 Not too many commuters this fun. The lack of power honestly makes this bike think your a racer...your punching through the gears viciously, and hitting that redline...you look slightly left, and realise your tickling 60 with a gear to go... Summary: Fun fun fun. Cheap cheap cheap. Need an everyday commuter for inner city work? this is the bike.