20 years ago, Honda Philippines released the XRM 110, intended to be a capable workhorse for both on-road and light off-road. Many consider the XRM as the motorcycle that started the "underbone craze” in the early 2000s. It was highly popular due to its simplicity, highly-customizable nature, and most importantly, its reliability.
After receiving a couple of updates over the past 20 years, Honda now unleashes the all-new XRM 125.
At first glance, one will immediately notice a familiar headlight design. To hint of its off-road ability, the XRM's headlight is inspired by the CRF 150L’s headlight. It makes the new XRM look like it's ready for more extreme adventure, much like CRF 150L, and the upcoming CRF 300L.
The fairings, with new decals and livery, now have a more striking design. The speedometer has also been upgraded to fully digital unit.
Underneath is a 125cc PGM-FI engine protected by an under cowl that acts like dirt bike skid plate.
One of the most welcome changes is the fitting of disc brakes on both the front and rear for the Motard and Dual Sport Extreme (XTRM) variants.
The first thing anyone will notice is the CRF-inspired headlight. Couple that with the new XRM’s plastic work and some heads will definitely turn.
Though on paper, the engine only produces less than 10 Ps and 10 Nm of power and torque, it makes up for it with improved gearing. I could say that the new XRM 125 felt better in terms of acceleration, especially when coming from the low speed of a corner.
As for the suspension, it could use a bit more improvement, but riding the XRM with a pillion makes up for it.
Honda claims that the new XRM 125 has a fuel economy of 65.4 kilometers per liter. Coupled with a 3.9-liter tank, it could theoretically reach Baguio City coming from Kilometer 0 in Manila in just one top-up.
The all-new XRM 125 (base) comes in four colors: Dark Green, Fighting Red, Ceramic Gray and Aura Blue. The suggested retail price is PhP67,900.
For the top-shelf, Honda offers the XRM 125 in Motard and Dual Sport Extreme variants. The Motard is available in Fighting Red at PhP73,600. The Dual Sport Extreme is available in Black at PhP71,400.
The all-new XRM 125s are available in all Honda motorcycle dealers nationwide starting today.