Honda CG125 For Sale
What Is It?
The Honda CG125 is a learner friendly naked bike and is powered by an air-cooled single cylinder 124 cc four stroke engine, producing 11 bhp at 9,000 rpm and maximum torque at 7,000 rpm.
- Steel tubular frame
- 114 mm drum brakes
- 27 mm telescopic fork with 115 mm travel
- Dual shocks with 80 mm travel and adjustable pre-load
- Five speed gearbox
- Kick starter and 6V electrics
- Neutral warning light
- Washable air filter
The cheap as chips CG125 is one of the simplest Honda bikes and this contributes hugely to its reliability. It was designed for production and sale in China, Brazil, Thailand and Indonesia but also found its way around the globe.
Crucially it's a simple pushrod engine with long service intervals and more tolerance to lazy maintenance. That's mainly because Honda realised that the biggest market for it, in Asia, wanted precisely that; a machine they could flog every day until it finally keeled over.
It can also cope with more overloading than you might expect i.e. several people or rider and livestock. Even the lights are basic, being powered by a magneto rather than from a battery. The 18" wheels take a 70/100 tyre at the front and 90/90 at the rear.
In the UK, when the new learner 120 cc plus test law landed mid 90s, it was in prime place to scoop up big sales from riding schools. Anyone in the market for a 100 cc machine before the law suddenly needed a cheap, easy to maintain and relatively disposable 125.
Colours: Red, blue
1985: Electrical system moves to 12V.
1998: Modern looking plastic bodywork.
2001: Electric ignition alongside the kick starter, increase in fuel capacity and front disc brake with single piston caliper.
Review In A Few
- Reasonably tolerant to fuel quality
- A learning legend
- Easy to maintain
- No fuel gauge
- Dim lights
Launch RRP: £2,000
Capacity: 124 cc (low)
Power: 11 bhp / 8 kW (low)
Red Line: 10,500 rpm (high)
Top Speed: 65 mph / 105 km/h (average)
Economy: 90 mpg / 3.1 L/100km (very good)
Range: 250 miles / 402 km (high)
Fuel Capacity: 12.8 litres / 2.8 gallons (average)
Seat Height: 771 mm / 30.4 inches (low)
Wet Weight: 114 kg / 251 pounds (light)
Dry Weight: 95 kg / 209 pounds
Power to Weight: 0.096 bhp/kg / 0.072 kW/kg
Check out this video review from Simon Hadden.
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