Honda CB125F

Few starter bikes are as user-friendly, reliable, fuel efficient and accessible as the Honda CB125F. It is the training school motorcycle of choice for several very good reasons, and looks set to continue in its predecessor’s footsteps to become the best-selling 125cc motorcycle in Britain.

“It’s worthy rather than sexy, but as a first rung on the motorcycle ladder, I can’t think of a better bike to start on.”

David Burton

Runner-up: Yamaha MT-125

Increasingly popular naked version of last year’s A1 winner, the YZF-R125. It features a similarly high specification, including upside-down forks, digital dashboard and a radial front caliper.

Runner-up: KTM RC 125

Superb-looking race replica with a great chassis to back up the 15bhp engine and some high spec details, including a cast alloy swingarm and ABS as standard. But high spec is reflected in the steep price.

Category winners

Meet our panel of expert judges

Jon Quirk
Editor-in-Chief of Auto Trader, road rider, customiser and committed to helping everybody find their dream bike.
Rob Morphet
Launched Auto Trader Bikes in 1996, a key protagonist in its successful shift to digital and a passionate supermoto rider.
David Burton
Founding editor of independent motorcycle magazine Esses, road rider, prolific designer, tea drinker.
Phil West
One of the UK’s most authoritative, respected and long established motorcycling journalists. Now a senior road tester for Auto Trader Bikes.

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