Honda XL125V Varadero

Honda XL125V Varadero has been on the market since 2001. With this bike Honda aimed at the beginner rider market with the bike having 125cc and 15Bhp.Up to 2007 the bike wasn’t changed at all. But in 2007 Honda updated the bikee with fuel-injection instead of carburators, lower emisions for euro 3 standard and a complete redesign on fairing and cockpit. Here are the pictures of both bikes: 2001-20072001-2007
and 2007->

As you might have noticed both me and Simon had the same bikes. I have owned mine for 3 and half years and 18000km on the clock, while Simon has his for 2 and half years with round 10000km. The bike handels great on and off road. On road you can lean so far that you gring the foot rests on the asphalt, off road it is a bit heavy for technical stuff but it is possible. Down side of this bike are brakes, they could be better but if you use your head and have safty distance in traffic they are good enough. The seat is very comfortable, we once did a 900km ride in one day and our backsides weren’t sore :-D. Fuel consumpiton is low, round 3-3,5l/100km and with tank capacity of 15l(+2l reserve) you get round 370-410km per tank. Overall it is probobaly the best bike in its class(125cc enduro), sutibale for beginners and also experianced riders who aprichiate a easy riding. I have posted a video on youtube from one of our “off-road” rides, in the comming months I will also make a short video with more pics of bike on all our rides. In the wideo you can also see the actual size of the bikes.

See ya!

P.S.: Eaven though we were riding in places like this the only maintenance were regular services every 6000km and a good wash after every ride. No problems or any malfunction of the bike, only one flat tire πŸ˜€

  1. Ivan says:

    wahoo – guys , based on your videos and reviews. I have just bought one too … real fun bike

    just getting to learn about it too . as am a newbie in riding 1mth old license only.

    By any chance you have the manuals as have trouble finding them.

    Best regards

    ivan Varadero XL125 newbie

    • Ghosty_SLO says:


      Congrats on your license and a bike. I have a complete manual but it is 300mb in size so I don’t know how to send it to you. I will try to make a dropbox and put it in there and will send you the link through mail. But it may take a week of so because of the holidays.


      • ivan Ong says:

        Thanks a million – will be usefull for sure – as am new to bikes entirely… πŸ™‚

        Had to call a friend to ask about tire pressure yesterday – second hand shop pressure was at 33/255 psi rear/front (was riding on it for a month) .. can you believe it …sigh !

      • Ghosty_SLO says:

        You are welcome πŸ˜€ The workshop manual is still uploading to dropbox but it will be done in a few days. If you need any help with anything on the bike feel free to ask, alos check the blogroll tab on the left side, there is a link to varadero 125 dedicated forum and few other useful links.

      • Kirk says:

        Hi there ghosty I am the proud owner of a 2008 varadero 125 had it since she rolled off the production line, 15k miles on the clock

        I would really appreciate a link to your dropbox for the service manual – cheers – kirk

  2. ivan Ong says:

    Sure thing – Good to have an experienced Varadero rider advising … πŸ™‚

    Thanks – for the manuals ….

    I have been reading up on them intensively… πŸ™‚

  3. ivan Ong says:

    Nice manuals = was really helpful – in finding all the details out .

    Kindest Regards


  4. Ivan says:

    Hi Again πŸ™‚ – I have a query , you see am thinking of changing my Tires on the xl125 to the factory speced Pirelli Mt90. Am currently on a Dunlop Arrowmax Gt501m. The treads are actually quite new still on the Dunlops but thought that the Pirellis are much better tires. Later however i read the pirellis are a 70/30 off/on-road setup. and my existing Dunlops are more of a 90/10 with a V rating for speed. What is yr opinion as i probably be using the bike for street use (but i may eventually get off the road maybe for an occasional tour down the muddy path.

    Should i change those tires am really torn now – or am i just wasting my $$ if i do. The Dunlops got about of 70% thread life still on it according to the tire shop.

    Am just wondering i guess how good are the Pirelli – will i suffer much on the road grip in expense of more off-road grip that i do not normally do . And is there any other benefits to it if i change…

    undecided πŸ™‚ … help ?

    • Ghosty_SLO says:

      Stock Pirelli tyres a a bit more gravel oriented then GT501. I really liked the MT90 on gravel roads and street, but when they wore out I got a set of Dunlop D602 which had a bit more aggressive thread pattern than MT90. On-road no differences on both I could grind foot pegs, on hard gravel the MT90 were better, D602 got in a slide quite fast, but for loose gravel, rocks, mud, grass the D602 was better. And D602 had a bit softer rubber compound so it wore a bit faster than MT90.

      Hope it helps!

      P.S.: On the video above I still have stock MT90’s on!

  5. Alfred says:


    nice website and nice bike =)
    Any chance you could send me the link to the varadero manual?
    Would be highly appreciated


  6. Ivan says:

    Hi My Varadero xl125 Console is dead – tried the shops no one could repair it , and replacements is a real bomb. Anyone has any ideas where i can get one original one – I was told that its my Console that is done….Sigh!

    And advise appreciated …. sad Varaderian 😦

    • Ghosty_SLO says:


      Sad to hear that. You best look on ebay or ask around Varadero forums.
      Sorry that I can’t be more of an assistance.

  7. David says:

    Great bike but could anyone tell me where to get workshop manual?

    • Ghosty_SLO says:

      Well If you could give me your E-mail I can send you the manual.

      • Jens says:

        Hi Ghosty,

        Ass a lot of people here I’m looking for the service manual of the varadero. (2001) could you send it to me. I would be must appreciated.

        Thanks in advance πŸ™‚

      • Christian says:

        Hi Ghosty

        Need a repair manual for a friend.for a Varadero 125 Type ? : JC32/1/1.
        My mail is
        Can you please mail it.

        THX a lot

  8. Jeffrey says:

    Hey ghosy, could you send me the workshopmanual ?
    Mij email is:

    • Johan says:

      Very interesting information Ghosty, just got a 2007 vara. To do CBT would love copy of owners manual , if it covers 07 injection model could you forward the link please? My email

      • Ghosty_SLO says:


        Congratulations on your new bike, I am sure you will enjoy it. Unfortunately I only have the manual for the older version with carbs. Most of the things are the same for both models except the front fairing and injectors. I can send you the version I have if it will be usefull to you.

  9. John Taylor says:

    Hi Ghosty
    Thanks for your response to my request , dissapointed the manual does’ nt cover my 2007 model of Varadero125 . If you think your edition would be helpfull I ‘d appreciate the download,thanks for your help in this matter

  10. Ben Carson says:

    Hi Ghosty, I just bought a 2001 Varadero! as my first bike , it’s brilliant! Might just have to keep it for longer than i originally planned ;). any chance someone could send me the manual? Would defo come in handy! thanks

  11. Ivan says:

    Just some thing i felt worth mentioning – am currently taking my CL2A (400cc limit) license now – The school i joined to take the higher class bike license was using a YAMAHA YBR 250 as a school bike. And they changed the entire fleet some 2 weeks ago . I felt the yamaha bike was offcourse more powerfull than my XL125. But the handling really sucked. The posn of the handle bars was off i feel – just holding them made my hands tired. after riding for 2 hrs in the school . when i got back to my 10yr old varadero – OMG it was so sweat πŸ™‚ the ride/riding posn / clutch / response / handling / response / balance was way better still – even after 10 years as compared to a new 2week old bike. I have thus acquired a new appreciation for the Varadero since, I also notice that the VAradero being a v-Twin has a good midrange power, whereby i feel is most needed. ….. just another VaraderoXL125 appreciation moment πŸ™‚ . PS- have been reading abit – and read somewhere that the Varadero XL1000 was meant to be HONDAs flagship bike when it was first designed (Of course sales is a different matter altogether). Am guessing some of that design attributes may have dripped down to its lower cc variation of the same bike…. what do you guys think ?

  12. Edwin de Wekker says:

    Hello Ghosty,

    My son has a 2001 Varadero XL125V which suddenly doesn’t start anymore. The spark plugs are functioning and the nozzles are clean. If someone has tips and/or can send me the workshop manual, that would be great. We only have the maintenance manual.

    Thanks in advance,

    • Scot Wilson says:

      I just posted a comment below but not a reply so you probably wouldn’t see it, my mate had the same problem and it turned out to be the solenoid/starter motor/both. Hope that helps πŸ™‚ Also try bump starting it to make sure it will actually start, then if it does try replacing both components, (try starter motor first if your funds are slightly short :P) I don’t know where you’re from but in the UK lists all available spares, they might ship to wherever you are.

      • Edwin says:

        Thanks for the reply. Cause found and it’s actually much worse as I would haved guessed. I found out that the rear cylinder had almost no compression anymore. The piston became very hot and was almost jammed. I am waiting for the new parts which I’ve ordered at

  13. Scot Wilson says:

    My mate had the same starting problem, either the solenoid or the starter motor

  14. Scot Wilson says:

    Also I’ve done some decent offroading on mine in the last few months after at least 4-5 months of getting used to it. Absolutely beautiful handing but my Battleaxe BT45’s aren’t particularly good, can anyone recommend some decent offroad tyres?! Please?! i was thinking about Maxxis Dual Sport Trails C6006? I have another set of wheels to put these tyres on so as long as they can do enough road mileage to get where I want to go then it doesn’t matter too much about road performance. Some experience of these tyres would be great, I can read too πŸ˜›

  15. Vygis says:

    Hi Ghosty,

    Just bought my first bike 2 weeks ago – a 2003 Varadero XL125. Got a new rear tyre fitted last week – Metzeler Tourance and I’m very pleased with performance so far. Will get the front one replaced shortly as it’s quite worn as well. I can’t get Metzeler Tourance as they don’t make that size so I was planning to go with Pirelli Scorpion – would you say they’re suitable tyres for road use?

    I would appreciate if you could send me the manual or the link I could download it from. I’m planning to get the oil and filters changed myself so manual would be a great help for me. My email is Thanks!

  16. Alastair Pitt says:

    My 2007 vara 125 all electrics have failed battery new all fuses in tact where do I start looking?

    • Ghosty_SLO says:

      Have you checked the main 30A fuse at the starter relay?

      • Alastair Pitt says:

        Yes all fuses in tact.Power goes to and from starter relay.All main power cables ok power to ignition fuse when ignition turned on but nothing on dash console. Any more ideas please ?

      • Ghosty_SLO says:

        Any lose or dirty contact between dash and main harness? That is about all that I can think off. I am not got at electric stuff at all.

  17. Alastair Pitt says:

    Cheers Ghostly I am not good with electrics either. Have checked everything you mentioned with no joy I don’t suppose beating the fk out of it will help but it will make me feel better. Contacted a local bike shop and left it with them. I will let you know how much and what the problem was when I get it back. As the old saying goes IF IT.S GOT TITTS OR TYRES IT.S TROUBLE , CHEERS

  18. Alastair Pitt says:

    Hi ghosty Slo just picked up bike from shop . The problem was the main earth cable from battery to chassis was breaking down so when maximum power was needed to start the bike not enough go go juice was able feed through cable thus shutting down all electrics. The cost was one hours labour plus VAT. Maybe I should hit the VAT man with a hammer ! Now that really would make me feel better. CHEERS for your help HAPPY DAYS.

  19. stru says:

    Hello ghosty, another happy baby vara owner here! Since i’ve had some pretty bad experience with some mechanics in my area, is there any chance you could sent me the manual link? I own the carb one. Thanks in advance mate.

  20. Ghosty_SLO says:


    Unfortunately I had to remove the manual from my dropbox and am no longer able to send it to anyone. I have sent it to a lot of people that had commented here so try to get in contact with one of them and help each other out.


  21. edu says:

    Hola Ghosty. ΒΏpodrias enviarme enlace del manual de servicio para mi Varadero XL125V

  22. Mish says:

    hello from newbee owner of 125 in SIngapore (yes we do have a few passionate owners here!!!)
    Pls could you share the manual for pre-2007 model (mine 2004) please. Many thanks

  23. Giedrius says:

    Hi. I’m a new owner of varadero 125. Could some one share with me a manual of the bike. Would be really great full. My email thanks.

  24. lee warrren says:

    I need the sizes for the magneto puller on my 2001 varadero can you advise please

  25. Gill.J says:

    Hi there, I’m a new & proud owner of a used 2002 XL125V2! I would be most indebted to you if you could email me a copy of the service manual? It is practically near impossible to find any info/manuals/advise in my country(Singapore)…. I sincerely thank you in advance, cheers!
    My email:

  26. Puuhis P says:


    Nice page this πŸ™‚
    Thx for all info
    If someone have 125 varadero service manual, please mail it to me


  27. sakis says:

    Hi there, I’m a new & proud owner of a used 2002 XL125V2! I would be most indebted to you if you could email me a copy of the service manual? my e-mail:

  28. Arf says:

    Hi, My grandson just imported a 2004 Varadero 125 from Germany and are in need of a workshop manual… can You pplease send me link to your dropbox if it’s still available there ??

  29. Arf says:

    My grandson has just imported a 2004 Varadero 125 from Germany to Norway and are in need of a workshop manual….can You please send me a link to Your dropbox if it’s still there …or any other way I can get it :_)

  30. RossEss says:

    Hi guys, ive now become a proud owner if a 2004 vara, im looking for the user manual if anyone can please send it to me will be much apreciated


  31. RatedRemy says:

    I recently got my license and a 2007 varadero want to get to know the bike a bit better.
    Is there any chance that dropbox link is atill available?

  32. Jamie Gibson says:

    Hi @Ghosty_SLO. I was also hoping you could give me the link to the manual too. Would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks a lot

  33. JanP says:

    Working on the carbs on a 2003 and would really appreciate a link for manual download. Need badly Air mixture screw settings and sync description.

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