Honda XL125V Varadero

Honda XL 125 V Varadero (2007-2013)

The touring enduro Honda XL 125 V Varadero was first introduced in 2001 and was produced primarily for the European market at the Honda plant in Montesa (Spain). The model positions itself as a universal motorcycle for beginners and the younger brother of the flagship version - Honda XL1000V Varadero.

Main competitors:

  • Yamaha TDR 125

As conceived by marketers, the Honda XL125V Varadero could become very popular, since it offered the market almost the only small-sized motorcycle of the "tourist enduro" class, which is distinguished by normal dimensions and an "adult" layout (V-twin, 17.5 liter tank, long-travel suspensions, plastic fairings in the style of Varadero 1000).

The basis of the Honda XL125V Varadero was a 2-cylinder V-twin liquid-cooled engine, 125 cc, producing 15 hp. power and 10.6 Nm of torque. This motor was new and was developed specifically for the Honda VT125C Shadow cruiser. The maximum performance of the motor is reached at 8500-11000 rpm.

The frame of the Honda XL125V Varadero is a tubular steel structure with an aluminum swingarm from Honda XL650V Transalp. Suspensions are presented in the form of a conventional telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear, travel - 132 and 150 mm, respectively.

Particular attention should be paid to the fuel tank, the capacity of which was 17.5 liters, which was atypical for a motorcycle of this volume, and allowed to drive more than 400 km without refueling.


  • Honda XL125V Varadero (2001-2006) - first generation. The model is distinguished by a carburetor power system, a 17.5 liter fuel tank, and 15 hp.
  • Honda XL125V Varadero (2007-2013) - second generation. The model is equipped with injection, has a different plastic design, a dashboard in the style of Varadero 1000, a 17 liter fuel tank and a maximum power of 14.4 hp.

2011 was the last year of production of the Honda Varadero 125. Official sales continued until 2013, after which the model disappeared from dealers. The motorcycle was never replaced. Instead, Honda began to develop road and sports (plastic) versions of the small cubic models, which were in better demand and more suited to the modern market. Nevertheless, the model Honda XL125V Varadero was very interesting and had no weak points - of the shortcomings, only the high price was noted by critics.



Specifications Honda XL125V Varadero:

Model Honda XL125V Varadero
Motorcycle type tourist enduro
Release year 2001-2011
Frame steel
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped (camber 90 °)
Working volume 125 cc cm.
Bore / stroke 42.0 x 45.0 mm
Compression ratio 11.8: 1
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system carburetor, 2x Keihin CV, 22mm - XL125V (2001-2006)

injector, PGM-Fi - XL125V (2007-2011)

Ignition type transistor
Maximum power 15.0 h.p. (10.9 kW) @ 11000 RPM - XL125V (2001-2006)

14.4 h.p. (10.6 kW) at 11000 rpm - XL125V (2007-2011)

Maximum torque 10.6 Nm (1.1 kg * m) @ 8500 rpm - XL125V (2001-2006)

10.0 Nm (1.0 kg * m) @ 8500 rpm - XL125V (2007-2011)

Gearbox 5-speed
Drive type chain
Front tire size 100 / 90-18 (56P)
Rear tire size 130 / 80-17M (65P)
Front brakes 1 disc, 276 mm, 2-piston caliper
Rear brakes 1 disc, 220 mm, 1-piston caliper
Front suspension 35mm telescopic fork, 132mm travel
Rear suspension linkage with monoshock (preload adjustment), stroke - 150 mm
Motorcycle length 2150 mm
Motorcycle width 850 mm
Motorcycle height 1250 mm
Wheelbase 1450 mm
Saddle height 802 mm
Minimum ground clearance 190 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h
Maximum speed 120 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 17.5 L (including reserve - 2.0 L) - XL125V (2001-2006)

17.0L (including reserve - 2.0L) - XL125V (2007-2011)

Motorcycle weight (dry) 154 kg
Motorcycle weight (curb) 167 kg

Fuel consumption

The average real fuel consumption for the Honda XL 125 V Varadero, according to the owners, ranges from 3 to 4 liters per 100 kilometers. The exact value depends on the riding style.