Equipped with the same fuel-injected, 125cc, four-stroke engine and four-speed gearbox as Honda’s insanely popular Wave, the MSX adds strong styling and surprisingly nice components like upside-down forks and a projector beam headlight. Think of the Honda MSX125 as the ultime in sporty economy.
Produced in Thailand, Honda states that this is a global model. But, like the Wave, that will likely exclude North America. This is a product for markets where small, affordable motorcycles are the backbone of private transportation.
The OHC, single-cylinder produces 9bhp and is good for 130mpg (US).
Leaving the Wave behind, the MSX125 uses an all-new, steel backbone frame. The engine is exposed as in a naked bike, but there’s heavy emphasis on the stylized plastic bodywork, which lends the bike a purposeful, bold stance. The long single seat does make room for a passenger and there are passenger pegs.
Thinking the tires look huge in proportion to the rest of the bike? They’re 12 inches in diameter (unless my Japanese translation is awry), this thing is tiny.