Standing out proudly from every other motorcycle in its class, the Varadero 125’s elegant and distinctive new half-fairing features sleeker, more sinuously integrated lines that emphasise the intrepid look of an experienced world traveller. A new concept in its class from the very start, the Varadero 125 combines ample size and impressive styling that isn’t humbled standing side-by-side with a larger displacement machine.
Sleeker and Sportier Aerodynamic Fairing
Giving the Varadero 125’s distinctive bodywork a more curvaceous and sleekly integrated design was a main priority in its development. Exuding elegant quality of design coupled with a dynamic sense of agility, the Varadero’s new fairing features a lighter and sportier image with a slimmer and lighter-looking front cowl that is both more aerodynamic in look and more cleanly integrated into its overall form.
Though the Varadero 125’s new front cowl appears to be more compact than its earlier iteration, wind protection has been increased and its taller and wider range of protection plays a more effective role in deflecting wind and even light rain away from the rider for superb long-term riding comfort for even taller riders. As before, a vent system flows air in under the windscreen to helps deflect the rush of wind up and around the rider by raising the air pressure within the cockpit area.
New Design Dual Headlights
The fairing’s dual headlights have also been changed, and provide a sleeker, more aggressive look while brilliantly illuminating the road ahead. Large, clear-lens front indicators have also been integrated into the new fairing’s design, and attractively accentuate the new cowl’s more dynamic form. Smoothly integrated into the tapering lines of the Varadero 125’s tail is a newly designed, one-piece combination light featuring form-fitted clear-lens indicators surrounding a large central brake light that provides an attention-getting rearward display.
Even the Varadero 125’s rear-view mirrors have been updated in design, and these new, more sturdy and stylish units are now mounted directly to the upper surfaces of the fairing instead of on the handlebars for a more high-quality look of intrepid on-road style.
New Fuel Injection System
For its new second generation, the Varadero 125 has been fitted with Honda’s famed PGM-FI fuel injection system with a compact and highly effective Idle Air Control Valve (IACV) for optimal starting ease and performance in virtually all riding conditions from warm seaside to high mountains. Response is smooth, sure and steady, providing incomparable riding ease for anyone from expert to beginner. This lightweight new fuel injection system also ensures exceptional fuel economy and ultra-low exhaust emissions. Its advanced HECS3 oxygen-sensing clean emissions system features new twin catalyser elements built into the exhaust system to ensure easy compliance with strict EURO-3 exhaust emissions regulations while maintaining top performance.
Smooth-Shifting 5-Speed Transmission
The Varadero 125’s rugged 5-speed transmission accentuates the engine’s strong feel of low-to-midrange acceleration with a low overall ratio for quicker starts and livelier performance throughout the engine’s wide rev range. Its light-pull clutch and smooth-shifting gearbox offer easy-operating appeal to novices and experts alike.
High-Mounted Off-Road-Type Exhaust System
The Varadero 125’s sleek new ’Adventure Sports’ look is further emphasised by its attractive, high-mounted 2-into-1 canister-style exhaust system. This large-capacity system puts out an impressive V-twin sound and features a built-in heat shield for enhanced protection against the heat of the exhaust.
Responsive Suspension Systems
The Varadero 125’s compliant front and rear suspension systems provide precise, responsive handling and a comfortable ride whether zipping across town or chasing up lonely trails in the distant hills. Its rigid and responsive 35mm front fork offers neutral steering control and a plush 132mm of long-travel axle stroke to soak up big bumps along the way.
Supported by a smoothly responsive monoshock rear suspension, the chassis’ box-section steel tube swingarm offers superb rigidity and precise wheel tracking, as well as 150mm of smoothly damped wheel travel for a comfortable ride for one or two. Also, its relatively long wheelbase contributes to its responsive handling and confident control at higher speeds.
Sportbike-Look Wheels and Brakes
The Varadero 125’s attractive hollow-section, three-spoke cast aluminium wheels are mounted with an impressive-looking set of wide-carcass 100/90–18 front and 130/80–17 rear on-road tyres like those featured on larger machines. Their semi-knobbly treads provide precise cornering and easy control at all speeds, along with competent and confident handling when venturing off the tarmac onto less travelled trails.
The Varadero 125 is also fitted with excellent front and rear disc brakes. Its large-diameter 276mm drilled front rotor is stopped by a compact dual-piston brake calliper for responsive braking control, while a lightweight single-piston calliper grips the 220mm rear disc for a high-performance combination of stopping power.
High-Visibility Integrated Instrument Panel
The Varadero 125’s fully integrated instrument panel features large, fully electronic speedometer and tachometer dials for easy viewing. Between them, a high-visibility LCD panel includes odometer/dual trip meter and clock displays. The panel also features an easy-to-read analogue coolant temperature gauge. The Deluxe version of the new Varadero 125 also features silver-coloured rings around the instrument dials for a more high-tech feel.
Hidden Carrying Capacity
The Varadero 125’s comfortable locking seat opens to reveal a large storage space under the forward rider’s section that provides ample room for carrying gloves, tool kit and other riding essentials. A special mount for carrying a U-lock is also provided under the pillion portion of the seat.
Spacious Rear Carrier
Featuring rugged reinforced cast resin construction, the large, sleekly designed rear carrier mounted on the Varadero 125 offers ample carrying capacity and four convenient tie-down hooks to secure even larger loads with ease. This full-sized carrier also features contoured pillion passenger hand grips moulded into its rails that resist extremes in temperature to provide a more comfortable hand hold in extreme weather conditions.
The Varadero 125’s left side cover detaches to provide easy access to such internals as the fuse box, and high-output maintenance-free battery.