Honda CL125

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The Honda CL125 was a model of the Honda Scrambler motorcycle made by Honda from 1967 to 1974, and was comprised of 2 very different sub-models, depending on the year.


The CL125A was produced from 1967 to 1969. It was the smallest ohc twin cylinder four-stroke that Honda made, and was the little brother to the larger scramblers 160, 175, 350 & 450. This model was relatively quiet and smooth, and with its 124cc, 4-speed transmission boasted a top speed of 72mph. More of a street bike than a true scrambler, it came in three colors; canary yellow, candy blue, and maroon.


In 1970, Honda released its venerable, light weight, 99cc ohc single 2-valve upright engine. This was a direct challenge to the off-road market which was, at this time, dominated by the two-strokes. A sea wave of change was to quickly follow many of its CB, CL and SL based models.


In 1973, the first CL125S was manufactured using this new motor in its design, with a larger 122cc piston (which produced more low-end torque but little gain in HP). That helped push the dry weight of the bike down to 196 pounds. This motorcycle was almost identical to the '70-'73 CL100, that was really only a slight modification of the CB series produced at the same time. The modifications included; lower rear sprocket gearing, slightly more aggressive tires, shorter front fender, braced handlebar, high mount exhaust system and elimination of the tachometer. Its limitations were a weak frame design and lack of skid plate. Sales were slow due to the release in 1971 of the more dirt-capable and road legal SL125, so production only lasted until the end of 1974. It had a top speed of just over 65mph and came in two colors: candy ruby red ('73&'74) and the more rare, Hawaiian metallic blue ('73 only).

Information regarding this particular model is fairly rare, having been totally left out of the Official Honda 100/125 Shop Manual, the Clymer Manual for 100-350cc OHC Singles and the Haynes Service & Repair Manual. Honda did, however, produce an Owners Manual (the only place to find the bike's wiring diagram) as well as their Official Honda Parts List for this bike.

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