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70,000 Mile CBF 125

Blog Date - 23 December 2017

The CBF 125 has reached another milestone this week - the 70,000 mile mark. After stopping to take some pictures to commemorate the event I give the tank a thankful slap. I am always surprised as each mile passes by on this well-worn machine.

The speedometer shows 70000 miles on the CBF 125

It still starts, it still stops, it still rides well and I am still enjoying riding it. 

That said so far this winter the tyres have felt rather poor. While the rear is still relatively new the front must have around 30k on it by now. It's not worn out, it's not even close to the tread wear indicators but I recall the previous Conti-Go felt blooming awful when it was but part worn. I've ordered a Michelin City Pro, I hope they're better than the Conti-Go Ditchfinders...

The chain is wearing out, the front pads are a little thin and I suppose I ought to fit new shoes in the rear brake. These things are the things that need to be done on any bike that gets used so I can't complain.

The next milestone will be 80,000 miles. That's a long way away and anything could happen between now and then. 

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Reader's Comments

Bob said :-
Amazing - if you get to 100K you could probably sell the bike to Honda so they can put it in their museum.
24/12/2017 07:17:29 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I'd like to think so Bob. Thing is there are many other CBF 125s around the world so statistically speaking a 100,000 mile CBF 125 might not be so unique. While not common place Google will reveal quite a few 125 owners who've achieved the big 100.

Anyhow enough! I'm still 30,000 miles off that and an awful lot can happen in that time. I am trying not to think about it because I'll just end up tormenting myself.
24/12/2017 07:49:12 UTC
Snod said :-
Sounds like it's due a big trip on the continent, would be a shame if it never went on a big adventure.

Spain finished off my trusty CB250 at 93K..
24/12/2017 10:34:44 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Snod - the CBF125 has been around Southern Ireland and The Netherlands. You can read all about it in "Travel Stories" on the left there :)
24/12/2017 10:45:46 UTC
Snod said :-
Does it not yearn for more exotic climes, though? Spain, Austria, Morocco.. What if it could? Hmmm??

27/12/2017 03:14:32 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Oh I don't want to spoil it Snod! If I take it somewhere warm and nice it won't want to come home. No wonder your CB250 died in Spain, it couldn't face any more British winters after seeing real sun.
28/12/2017 07:35:01 UTC
Badger said :-
Hi Ren, my 09 is going strong, but the rust issues are bad on early ones. My frame near the swingarm is shot. Don't think it will pass the mot. Seen quite a few with rust issues, Honda replaced parts for me, but a frame is a big ask nearly ten years on, haha.
28/12/2017 10:49:27 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
You've got me thinking now badger. I have never noticed a great deal of rust on the frame around my swingarm mount but...then...I've never really looked hard. I'll have a poke around and see what state mine is in.
28/12/2017 11:55:24 UTC
Chris Rees said :-
With regard to tyres....There is an option of Pirelli Angel CT's (made in Indonesia) for the CBF125 too! I have a set fitted, no grip issues when ridden 'sensibly,' (i.e, not attempting to get a 'knee down,' or wide throttle openings in low gears on a greasy/wet surface etc!). The rear has covered around 12,500 miles, (so far),with (i estimate), another 2000 to come!, Based on the original Conti 'GO's which lasted 7000 miles, that's good going. As for the front....That's only done 4000 miles currently, the original Conti lasted 22,000, So should be good for some time yet!
28/12/2017 10:15:21 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Badger - no serious rust on the frame. I've poked and prodded it with a screwdriver and it's fine. I wonder if it's because it's always covered in muck and oil?

Chris Rees - DAMMIT! I've ordered a Michelin City Pro for the front and now you tell me this. Oh well. I'll see how it get on with the Michelin then perhaps try the Pirelli next time. Grrrrr!
29/12/2017 12:34:26 UTC

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