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  • Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 2004



    Honda XR125L


  • This motorcycle is designed to carry the operator and one passenger. Never exceed themaximum weight capacity as shown on the accessories and loading label.

    Pay special attention to the safety messages that appear throughout the manual. Thesemessages are fully explained in the A Few Words About Safety section which appearsbefore the Contents page.

    This manual should be considered a permanent part of the motorcycle and should remainwith the motorcycle when resold.

    This motorcycle is designed for dual purpose use.




  • All information in this publication is based on the latest production informationavailable at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co.,Ltd. reserves theright to make changes at any time without notice and without incurring anyobligation.No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission.


  • The motorcycle presents you a challenge to master the machine, a challenge to adventure.You ride through the wind, linked to the road by a vehicle that responds to your commandsas no other does. Unlike an automobile, there is no metal cage around you. Like an airplane, apre-ride inspection and regular maintenance are essential to your safety. Your reward isfreedom.

    To meet the challenges safely, and to enjoy the adventure fully, you should becomethoroughly familiar with this owners manual BEFORE YOU RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE.

    Pleasant riding, and thank you for choosing a Honda !

    When service is required, remember that your Honda dealer knows your motorcycle best. Ifyou have the required mechanical know-how and tools, your dealer can supply you with anofficial Honda Service Manual to help you perform many maintenance and repair tasks.

    As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a symbol. Thisinformation is intended to help you avoid damage to your motorcycle, other property, or theenvironment.


  • The following codes in this manual indicate each country.




    The specifications may vary with each locale.




  • Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this motorcycle safelyis an important responsibility.

    To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating proceduresand other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potentialhazards that could hurt you or others.

    Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all hazards associated withoperating or maintaining a motorcycle. You must use your own good judgment.

    You will find important safety information in a variety of forms, including:

    on the motorcycle.

    preceded by a safety alert symbol and one of three signal words:or .

    These signal words mean:

    Safety Labels



  • such as Important Safety Reminders or Important Safety Precautions.

    such as Motorcycle Safety.

    how to use this motorcycle correctly and safely.

    This entire manual is filled with important safety information please read it carefully.

    Safety Headings

    Safety Section


    You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you dont followinstructions.

    You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you dont followinstructions.

    You CAN be HURT if you dont follow instructions.

  • page1 MOTORCYCLE SAFETY1 Important Safety Inforamation3 Protective Apparel5 Load Limits and Guidelines9 Off-road safety

    10 PARTS LOCATION13 Instruments and Indicators

    15 MAJOR COMPONENTS(Information you need toopetate this motorcycle)

    15 Brakes18 Clutch20 Fuel24 Engine Oil25 Tyres


    COMPONENTS30 Ignition Switch31 Right Handlebar Controls32 Left Handlebar Controls


  • page33 FEATURES

    (Not required for operation)33 Steering Lock34 Helmet Holder35 Side Cover36 Seat37 Document Compartment38 Headlight Aim Vertical Adjustment

    page39 OPERATION39 Pre-ride Inspection41 Starting the Engine45 Running-in46 Riding48 Braking49 Parking50 Anti-theft Tips

  • page51 MAINTENANCE51 The Importance of Maintenance52 Maintenance Safety53 Safety Precautions54 Maintenance Schedule57 Tool Kit58 Serial Numbers59 Air Cleaner60 Crankcase Breather61 Engine Oil65 Spark Plug67 Throttle Operation68 Idle Speed69 Drive Chain74 Drive Chain Slider75 Front and Rear Suspension

    Inspection76 Side Stand77 Wheel Removal81 Brake Pad Wear82 Brake Shoe Wear83 Battery85 Fuse replacement88 Stoplight Switch Adjustment89 Bulb Replacement

    page95 CLEANING

    98 STORAGE GUIDE98 Storage

    100 Removal from Storage



  • There is much that you can do to protectyourself when you ride. Youll find manyhelpful recommendations throughout thismanual. Following are a few that weconsider most important.

    Alcohol and riding dont mix. Even onedrink can reduce your ability to respond tochanging conditions, and your reaction timegets worse with every additional drink. Sodont drink and ride, and dont let yourfriends drink and ride either.

    Its a proven fact: helmets significantlyreduce the number and severity of headinjuries. So always wear an approvedmotorcycle helmet and make sure yourpassenger does the same. We alsorecommend that you wear eye protection,sturdy boots, gloves, and other protectivegear (page ).

    Your motorcycle can provide many years ofservice and pleasure if you takeresponsibility for your own safety andunderstand the challenges that you canmeet on and off road.



    Always Wear a Helmet

    Dont Drink and RideMOTORCYCLE SAFETY


  • Some drivers do not see motorcyclesbecause they are not looking for them. Tomake yourself more visible, wear brightreflective clothing, position yourself soother drivers can see you, signal beforeturning or changing lanes, and use yourhorn when it will help others notice you.

    The terrain can present a variety ofchallenges when you ride of f -road.Continually read the terrain f orunexpected turns, drop-offs, rocks, ruts, andother hazards. Always keep your speed lowenough to allow time to see and react tohazards.

    Pushing the limits is another major cause ofmotorcycle accident both on-road and off.Never ride beyond your personal abilities orfaster than conditions warrant. Rememberthat alcohol, drugs, fatigue and inattentioncan significantly reduce your ability to makegood judgements and ride safely.

    For safe riding, its important to keep yourmotorcycle properly maintained. Having abreakdown can be difficult, especially if youare stranded off-road far from your base. Tohelp avoid problems, inspect yourmotorcycle before every ride and performall recommended maintenance. Neverexceed load limits, and use only accessoriesthat have been approved by Honda for thismotorcycle. See page for more details.5

    Be Alert for Off-Road Hazards

    Ride Within Your Limits

    Keep Your Bike in Safe Condition

    Make Yourself Easy to See On-Road


  • For your safety, we strongly recommendthat you always wear an approvedmotorcycle helmet, eye protection, boots,gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirtor jacket whenever you ride. Althoughcomplete protection is not possible, wearingproper gear can reduce the chance of injurywhen you ride.Following are suggestions to help youchoose proper gear.

    Your helmet is your most important piece ofriding gear because it offers the bestprotection against head injuries. A helmetshould fit your head comfortably andsecurely. A bright-coloured helmet canmake you more noticeable in traffic, as canreflective strips.

    An open-face helmet offers some protection,but a full-face helmet offers more. Alwayswear a face shield or goggles to protectyour eyes and help your vision.

    PROTECTIVE APPAREL Helmets and Eye Protection


    Not wearing a helmet increases thechance of serious injury or death in acrash.

    Be sure you and your passengeralways wear a helmet, eye protectionand other protective apparel when youride.

  • In addition to a helmet and eye protection,we also recommend:

    Sturdy boots with non-slip soles to helpprotect your feet and ankles.Leather gloves to keep your hands warmand help prevent blisters, cuts, burns andbruises.A motorcycle riding suit or jacket forcomfort as well as protection. Bright-coloured and reflective clothing can helpmake you more noticeable in traffic. Besure to avoid loose clothes that could getcaught on any part of your motorcycle.

    On-road apparel may also be suitable forcasual off-road riding. But if you plan on anyserious off-road riding you will need moreserious off-road gear. In addition to yourhelmet and eye protection, we recommendoff-road motorcycle boots and gloves, ridingpants with knee and hip pads, a jersey withelbow pads, and a chest/shoulder protector.

    Additional On-Road Gear Additional Off-Road Gear


  • How much weight you put on yourmotorcycle, and how you load it, areimportant to your safety. Anytime you ridewith a passenger or cargo you should beaware of the following information.

    Your motorcycle has been designed to carryyou and one passenger. When you carry apassenger, you may feel some differenceduring acceleration and braking. But so longas you keep your motorcycle well-maintained, with good tyres and brakes, youcan safely carry loads within


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