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I bought my little CG125 about 3 years ago hoping to coax my other half to get back on the road, but despite having a full motorcycle licence and an immaculate Yamaha XV535, she is just not interested. I paid £150 for the little 1988 Honda, which had 17,300 on the clock.
This year I tidied the bike up with a new exhaust and kick start and repaired a couple of other grotty bits, put an MOT on it and insured it on a classic policy with 7 other bikes for a total annual premium of £95 - a bit steep, but at least the road tax was only £16...
A few days after getting it on the road, the rear master cylinder on my Harley failed, so I had no choice but to use the little Honda. At first it seemed so tiny and under-powered, and I felt so vunerable on it I rode with a flourescent jacket and full face helmet - unlike my large, and loud Harley, the baby Honda does not have a lot of road presence!
Anyway, after using it for 2 or 3 weeks I began to get familiar with it, and even rode it up the A3 to London, reaching an indicated 65 mph. At the second fill-up I put the most expensive "Super" fuel in it, and WOW! what a noticable difference!...
I feel like a bit of a clown on the wee bike, but it is doing it's job well. If the missus wants it, she can't have it 'cos I'm keeping it - there are so many times that I just don't want to drag the Harley out, such as short journeys and poor weather, and the tiny Honda will help me out no end!
I am thinking of mounting a motorcycle carrier on the back of my vintage Land Rover so that I can take the little Honda away with me on holiday!
The Honda CG125 performs as I expected it to and it a great little run around!
For most bikers their first taste of biking is CBT the compulsory basic training course required before you can ride on the road as a learner with L plates. Usually this involves a morning spent getting to grips with the controls and wobbling around the cones at the training school followed by a ride on the road with an instructor in the afternoon. The CG125 is the perfect bike for CBT it's reliable easy to ride and virtually indestructible which makes it the bike of choice for many training schools this means for many riders it's the first bike they ever ride.
I decided to buy a CG125 in 2003 mainly to use as a winter hack for commuting to work to save my main bike from the salt and grit that destroys the finish and also to save money on fuel, consumables such as tyres,chains etc and servicing. The bike I bought was the 1999 model I paid £300 for it which was a bargain compared to of the most 2nd hand 125s that were available.
The CG125 is never going to be exciting especially to anyone who has ridden bigger bikes at 11 bhp and a top speed of around 65mph excitement is not where the CG125 excels. However it can provide a lot of fun if you look at it for what it is rather than comparing it unfairly to faster bikes. I personally loved riding the CG125 in town it filters easily, can beat most traffic away from the lights and chucking it round corners at silly angles is no problem on wet or dry roads if you fit decent tyres.
Out of town A or B roads can still be a lot of fun if you treat the CG125 for what it is. Ok so you don't have the powerful acceleration of a bigger bike and overtaking anything other than tractors or very slow Sunday drivers is near impossible but with some decent tyres on it once you get it up to 60mph on a twisty road and you shouldn't have to slow down for anything!
Motorways should be avoided as far as possible it's ok to nip on for a couple of junctions but not recommended for any distance while the CG125 is unlikely to blow up from running flat out on a motorway the chances of dying from boredom are pretty high! I'm pretty light at 8 and a half stone my CG could get up to about 75 mph in decent conditions I once made it to 83mph with a strong tailwind on a downhill part of the motorway but uphill on a motorway you'll be lucky if it makes 60 mph if you are 14 stone it's probably going to be even slower.
The CG125 is perfect for commuting on the cheap mine used to average around 85 mpg although really thrashing it will drop this to around 60 mpg if I was really careful I could get 95mpg although this usually only happened if when I was broke in the last few days before payday! Spares are readily available the CG125 has been around since 1975 so there's plenty of new and second hand spares available. A chain and sprocket set is around £30 which will last for ages if you look after it.
You can buy tyres for as little as £20 each although I would recommend buying a decent set of tyres it definitely makes a difference to the bikes handling round corners and makes a huge difference to the way the bike handles on wet roads. Michelin Pilot Sporty are great tyres for the CG125 the Metzler ME 22 is also pretty good you can get these for around £80 a set if you shop around. The original exhausts get rusty and the finish corrodes quite quickly if you don't look after them but replacements are available for around £70 or sand it down and paint it with exhaust paint for a cheap fix.
The bike hasn't changed much since 1975 even with the slightly more modern seat and bodywork on the later models it is still a very basic looking bike. The good thing is the bike may be basic but this means it is easy to work on with no fairings to get in the way there's easy access to any part of the bike so no excuse for not checking the oil regularly and home servicing is simple with the aid of the Haynes manual even beginners with no mechanical knowledge will manage basic servicing which is a lot cheaper than paying a garage to do it. The only thing I ever paid a garage to do was fix the clutch after 45000 miles and replace the fork oil and seals everything else the CG125 needed was done by me or my partner.
The oil change on the CG is easy just warm the bike up remove the drain nut from the side of the engine then pull out the spring and filter and let the oil drain out. The filter is metal so all you need to do in clean it then put the filter and spring back on followed by the drain nut. and pour the required amount of oil in and give it time to work it's way in before starting the bike. I used to change the oil on mine every couple of months especially when I used it for courier work although the manual says every 7500 miles I would recommend doing it more often. With regular oil changes the CG125 engine will last for ever mine had 82000 miles on it when I sold it last year and t's still going strong 2 owners later.
During my time with this bike it was used for commuting to work in all weathers when I spent a couple of years as a courier it was used for a back up to my main bike and even survived 5 months as my main courier bike when my main bike was stolen. In the time I owned the CG it only broke down on me twice once with the clutch and once when I bought a new chain which was faulty and snapped.
The bikes are very popular with learners,training schools and city couriers so demand is high unfortunately this means the prices for second hand 125s are also quite high but if you buy a used CG and look after it when the time comes to sell it on you can probably get your money back. I paid £300 for mine which was a bargain and only sold it because someone approached me and offered me £450 for it. Due to being a bit broke at the time I jumped at the chance of £450 but in reality I wish I had kept the bike.
The downsides of the CG125 apart from the lack of power is there is no side stand which isn't a major problem as the bike is light and easy to put on the main stand but beware of ex courier bikes as the centre stand wears out quickly when you use it 50 or 60 times a day I bought an old side stand from a breakers and got a garage to fix it to the bike to solve the problem.
The later models were built in Brazil rather than Japan and the finish isn't as good as the early models so it needs to be kept clean or corrosion and rust will start to show especially on the wheels and exhaust. The CG125 is kick start only but on a bike of this size kick starting it is easy and a few kicks on the starter will get a flattish battery back to life. The bike has drum brakes which aren't as good as discs but they are more than capable of stopping a bike of this size and power.
I would recommend the CG125 to anyone looking for a learner bike or a commuter to get you around town. It's ideal for learners although it's not as cool as the sportsbike 125s with their full fairings and racy looks but if you drop a faired bike the fairing panels can cost hundreds to repair or replace whereas the CG will probably walk away unscathed from most low speed spills or drops. The most damage I done to the CG was a bent gear lever and a cracked indicator when it was hit by a car.
CG125s like any 125 are targets for theft they are light so easy to pick up and chuck in the back of a van, they make good field bikes and are always in demand for learners so easy to sell on whole or for parts so if you buy one make sure you buy a good chain and also try to lock it to something so they can't just lift it into a van.
If you are looking to buy a CG125 and don't know much about bikes try to take someone with you who does. If you have to go alone I would advise checking the the usual things such as how it runs listen for any unusual noises,check tyres, lights and general condition also check if the centre stand works properly,check the oil if it's too low or thick black and gooey it's probably a good indication that the owner hasn't been looking after it although many owners will change it just before they sell it. Check the chain tension and condition as the enclosed chain guard on the CG keeps most of the road muck off the chain but it also means many owners don't check the chain regularly.
Watch for crash damage minor scuffs are nothing but bent or out of line forks can indicate more than a minor crash. Rust or corrosion on the forks can break the fork seals so wipe the forks and push down on the front end if there's oil showing on the forks the seals will need replaced. Check engine and frame numbers are present and also look for broken ignition locks and steering locks or different keys for each lock which can be signs the bike has been stolen. Also do an HP check before you part with any cash and if you have any doubt walk away there's plenty of CG125s available.
This is a cheap and reliable bike and is ideal for people new to riding.
I owned a CG125 a few years ago and got 3 years of excellent service from it.
If you google it you will find a wealth of technical information, so I will give a more general review based on my own experience.
I owned a CG which was produced in 2001. I bought it second-hand in 2004 for 850 quid in very good condition, even though it had been kept outside and the previous owner hadn't given it much attention.
Aesthetically it does look like something from the past, but thankfully not in a dated, 80's kind of way, but more like something from the days when bikes didn't have as much bodywork as standard. The conical exhaust pipe will make a lot of young riders grimace as they think of the implications it could have on street/rider cred, but you soon get used to that and learn to love it for what it is.
The single-cylinder, four stroke engine only produces about 10-11bhp, but this little bit of power is all you need to move something this light. It honestly doesn't feel weedy if you are lacking experience of bigger bikes and you can have a lot of fun growling along on your own. You can even take a mate on the bike as it has a double seat, but don't expect to get past about 40mph. On your own you can get about 65mph top, which you'll soon come to regard as the magic number. This makes it perfectly acceptable for around town, country lanes and even dual carriageways, however, it is not really suitable for long journeys on fast roads.
The handling is smooth and easy, mostly due to the light weight of the bike and the upright seating position. As I had a 2001 model CG, it was equipped with drum brakes front and rear, which are not that effective to be honest. You become used to the below average brakes and compensate for them with your riding. I think that the newer models with a front disc will be a definite improvement.
- A word of warning though, do not try to lean a CG too much around bends, particularly in the wet, as the tyres are slim and you may go over, as I did on one occasion.
This brings up the issue of durability. Dropping my bike at 20mph and letting it slide down the road for about 5 metres only resulted in a few scuffs on the handle grip and mirror. These bikes are used by many rider training schools, in part, I am sure, because they can take being dropped. Repairs are unlikely to cost you much either.
I must admit that I did not take particularly good care of my bike in terms of cleaning and maintenance, but it never once failed to start, whatever the weather. Finally, the paintwork and general finish are good, no chips or abnormal corrosion for as long as I owned it.
The particular model I had had both an electric start (worked every time) and a kick-start. I liked having both in case the electric didn't work, but in the end I only ever used the kick-start because it's fun.
The last major point about this bike is regarding economic performance. I believe my bike's tank capacity was about 12Litres (newer models have 13Litres I believe) and it can do over 100mpg. This is just great. A full tank is very cheap and then you can ride it around town for about two weeks before your next visit to the pumps. I had to fill it up so infrequently that it was a kind of novel experience going to the petrol station. Combined with the fact that you pay the lowest rate of tax and the bike is in insurance group 3, this makes it one of the most affordable bikes out there. On top of this, it will retain it's value very well if kept in decent condition because there are not many bikes in this class out there to choose from.
By the way - fear not young riders; it sounds nothing like a scooter. It is also considerably faster than a scooter too. You will feel secure in the knowledge that although your CG is small, it is still a motorbike and not a scooter.
Overall you will find this awesome little bike a lot of fun to ride and it will really help build confidence in new riders. A final warning though; keep your bike locked up well; the steering lock on mine was not enough to stop my beautiful bike from being stolen whilst left overnight on the street outside a friend's house.
The Honda CG 125 has been around since the mid 1970's and has been manufactured in both Japan and Brazil. It is a well known tool for learners and those looking for cheap two-wheeled transportation all over the world.
One of the main reasons for it's original design (and ongoing success) is that it was conceived as a simple and rugged bike for developing countries. This, however, has benefits for those in developed countries, as the bike remains a steadfast, basic and rugged bit of kit. It met it's end in Europe in 2008/2009 thanks to ever-tightening emission laws although there are still many used examples around for the prudent buyer on a budget! Of course, in the UK's consumer-driven culture it appears outdated and a little agricultural, but as long as you understand what you are getting then you should be perfectly happy!
To put it bluntly, if this was food it would be a pot noodle - it is relatively bland and uninspiring but as a basic tummy-filler you can't really fault it!
The basic specification will vary according to which model you buy / ride but in general the CG 125 will be as follows:
> Power - around 10 bhp
> Engine - single cylinder 4 stroke
> Weight - around 110kg
> Seat Height - around 780mm
Don't expect this to set your world alight if you have just hopped off a FireBlade! It is a basic bit of kit but, in my opinion, it is also quite popular for three reasons:
> It is easy to ride, even for wobbly novices. The handling is straight-forward and the controls are intuitive;
> It is simple to maintain. This makes it easy and cheap for schools and owners to repair (depending on your level of skill, of course) and parts are also cheap;
> It is rugged and will cope with ham-fisted hill-starts and regular drops.
I learnt to ride on a CG 125 and a Yamaha SR125 and must say that the CG 125 was confidence-inspiring and helpful where the SR 125 felt tricky and challenging.
Overall it is a simple bike for riders with simple tastes and moderate expectations. Bit if this is what you need and/or expect then you will be hard-pushed to find anything better! If I was in the market for a low-capacity bike and money was tight I'd probably go for one of these over a new chinese bike...
My Honda CG125 is a 19 year old Brazilian import in white with grey and red markings. From that description to a new rider it sounded like a potential death trap dressed up in a 1980's shellsuit , but I wouldn't change it for the world!
The best thing about these bikes is that despite their age they go on and on as there is really not a lot to go wrong. The other big advantage is that most of the parts can be bought on ebay for less than £40 and often less than £20. When I bought it from a work colleague of my husband's, we cleaned it completely, using a Haynes manual to take it apart and put the pieces back on again. One massive tip I learnt from this is that rust can be removed from the surface of metal really easily with tinfoil and water- just wet the foil rub it on the metal, and the rust comes off! After the chain had had a good clean the bike ran beautifully.
I've only really had two problems with this bike and they are reletively minor. Firstly, after a week of not using (I try to use it every day for work but occasionally need the car) the battery can run down a lot and as it is a kick start, extra time is required the first morning to encourage the engine to fire up. Also, my headlights sometimes flash with the indicators but I have been advised by a bike workshop to clean around the metal where the electrics have been earthed and that should solve the problem. Apparently the electrics are earthed directly to the metal in the frame where the light is mounted.
In terms of riding, it is a learners bike or a commuter bike. I don't expect it to go very far or fast but it is saving me £40 in petrol every month. The car costs £15 a week in petrol, the bike costs less than £5! My insurance came in at £180 (bit more than I anticipated but not bad for a new rider) and tax is £15. The bike itself was £400 but it is in very good condition - just was a little dirty and needed some maintainence. Last expense was my CBT course at £120 to allow me to ride for two years on L plates.
I love riding my bike and although I do want a big bike, this one I am very fond of and will certainly be fun to nip around the city on for the time being.
Now this is a bike that is ideal for learning on. And that is about it. But for learning it is brilliant!
I have ridden several of these on CBT's and some of the bikes may have seen better days.
Starting the bike, you will notice the lack of an electric start and once started some of these are quite noisy. Moving forwards is simple enough and gear changes are easy to do. The clutch is easy to operate. The top speed is around 60mph (on the flat with no wind).
Unfortunately at some point you may need to stop and oh dear, this is when you wish you had better life insurance. Drum brakes all around and pressing the pedal and pulling the lever seems to require the strength of god and you might even begin to pray. Although you will get plenty of time to list your sins to god, since it takes such a long time to come to a stop. Someone once told me that bikes fill you with adrenaline, but I don't think this is what he meant.
The bike seems well built and considering the hammering that these CBT bikes must get, it shows the quality when so many bike schools buy them. They always seem a bit rusty, however, but maybe they are not maintained and treat as well as they should be.
It's an easy to operate bike in a car park and on your CBT but I chose to buy a CBR125 once I passed my CBT.
Now the CBR is a little more expensive. It is still quite a sit-up bike and has a fairing. It has electric start, side stand and six gears. Thank the lord, it has disc brakes! It also has an automatic headlight so you never forget to put it on and has a slightly higher top speed of closer to 70mph.
As a commuter, the CG125 is ok. The CBR is brilliant. If you can afford the extra, get a CBR (even an older one), you won't regret it.
This was my first bike. Despite being rusty on the outside as testament to the brilliance of these little bikes it never gave me a problem.
The wobbly handlebars and slim tyres take some getting used to but when you are used to the bike it actually allows you to be more precise. I was able to balance mine when approaching stationary traffic while barely moving.
The fuel economy is another great factor, even at todays ridiculous prices this is still a cheap machine to run returning around 100mpg.
It is certainly not overpowered but if you stick in fourth gear(it will scream) it is possible to reach 70mph. Although this is not recommended as it only has drum brakes front and rear, that does however eliminate the possibility for a learner rider of locking the brakes and skidding out.
The little single cylinder engine sounds great and I ran mine for a month on below the minimum level of oil without any ill effects.
Believe it or not these bikes are desirable and as investment will often return more than you paid for them.
I have a Honda CG125, 2005 year, owned from new
I could tell you how good the bike is, like nearly every review of the bike.
But I do not wish to bore you with another identical review saying exactly the same.
I was amazed to find no websites that support the Honda CG125, so I have created one.
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I could write a very large review of the bike, since I am an experienced rider, I past my test over 10 years ago and have had several bikes, I have also done over 10,000 miles on the bike, including many trips between 150 and 250 miles in a day.
I have also been reading everything I can about the Honda CG125 and other makes and models of 125cc bikes, including magazine and owners reviews and reports.
I can honestly say, I would not buy any other make or model of 125cc bike.
If my Honda CG125 was stolen tomorrow and I won the lottery, I would buy another Honda CG125 for the town/city and winter work, and a 500cc or larger bike for everything else.
The Honda CG125 is far from perfect, but all the other makes and models of 125cc have far greater faults, unless you are on a race track or off road.
The Honda CG125 is so good, nearly every manufacturer has tried to copy it and failed.
The worst are the Chinese clones of the Honda CG125, brand new some are so cheap you could buy 3 to 4 of them for one new Honda CG125.
But nearly all owners reports are so shocking, they tell you whatever you do, never buy one, they advise you to buy a 2nd hand Honda CG125 instead, even a 15 year old Honda CG125 will be far better than a new Chinese clone.
This review is based on my current and recent experience with the Honda CG125.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION AND MY EXPERIENCE USING IT
My Honda CG125 is an 06 plate bought from new. This is the fully up to date model, so has great features such as electric start and front disc brake (more about these later in the review). This bike was made in Brazil rather than Japan.
Overall the looks of the bike are a great improvement on previous CG125 designs, especially the smoother lines of the body panels and much larger fuel tank (now with a locking petrol cap). The only other possible cosmetic improvement I would have liked would be alloy, instead of spoked, wheels (the spokes are a pain to clean!).
In terms of general performance it's o.k. but not brilliant, but it's a small 4-stroke 124cc bike after all. No problems at all in town, flat roads or downhill. You notice the lack of power mainly when going up steeper inclines, having to change down rapidly to keep some speed up. On a flat stretch of dual carriageway the bike has got up to 74mph (I quickly reduced to 70mph when I noticed though officer). If you have time to build up speed before an uphill section it's not too bad, I have managed to go up a steep hill at 60mph. Of course being such a small modern bike, it's extremely light and not good in very windy conditions, you often have to slow down quite markedly (40mph) to avoid serious instability. I would imagine this is the case with any smaller light machine.
Looking a more closely, begining at the handlebars/instrument panel, everything is laid out pretty well. The speedometer fuel, gauge and "idiot lights" (Neutral, High Beam and Indicators ON lights) are easy to see and read in light or dark conditions. However, because the Full Beam / Indicators / Horn controls are so close together (at the Left handle grip area), with cold hands and bulky gloves, it's easy to accidentally blip the horn instead of cancelling the indicators! As for the rear view mirrors, they are of a good size and spread out wide enough so that your shoulders don't obscure the view behind. They are also easily adjustable while riding i.e. not too stiff and doesnt affect the steering while adjustments are made. Additionally, at no point have the mirrors vibrated even at top speed, so you have always got a good view of what's happening behind. At the right handle grip area is the electric start button. With manual choke on the bike has never failed to start first time even in cold weather, excellent.
Still in the handlebars area, the 12 volt headlight works extremely well, and unlike on some older CG models, actually lights the road up sufficiently at night so you can see where you are going. It should also be noted that the lights are now hardwired to come on when the ignition key is turned i.e. you cannot turn the lights off when running the bike. Opinion varies on whether this is a good thing or not, not everyone agrees that daytime riding with headlights on is safe. I'll let you make up your own opinion on that.
Looking below the headlight, the forks and front suspension have given smooth trouble free operation and have coped well on some pretty uneven surfaces and unexpected potholes. At the rear, the back suspension and swing arms work fine and I haven't had to adjust them from the standard setting.
Moving on to the important area of the brakes, as I mentioned before this model has a disc brake on the front and the older style drum brake on the rear wheel. I haven't had to adjust the front brake yet, the brake fluid hasn't leaked or dropped in level, and it works very efficiently. At the rear the drum brake operates fine, although I did have to tighten up the cable tension when I got the bike as I found the brake action a bit "spongy". Engine braking is quite useful on this bike as well when slowing down or descending a steep hill, I've never had a problem slowing down efficiently and smoothly.
A very important point worth mentioning here is, that all basic adjustments and checks are covered in the excellent owner's manual which comes with the bike, they even give you a free tool kit (fits in the left side panel below the battery compartment), which can be used for basic and roadside repairs (hopefully never needed!). Of course my bike is still relatively new so little has had to be done to it so far, bar lubricating and cleaning.
Looking towards the bottom of the bike, it is equipped with a fairly sturdy centre stand which is very easy to operate, pressing down the foot lever with the bike properly balanced you can put it onto the stand practically with one finger.
One major gripe I have with the bike is the size and position of the gear change lever. Anyone with anything bigger than about a size 6 boot would struggle to operate it easily and comfortably. As soon as I got the bike I had it modified to accommodate my size 9 boots, and even now anything bulkier than a Doc Marten boot makes it tricky to operate. I haven't had to modify or change anything else though.
A new bike will normally set you back a pound short of two grand i.e. the RRP is £1,999.00. Some dealers will give you a hundred or two off for cash and/or throw in a helmet, security chain etc.. at a reduced price.
Alternatively, there are lots of second hand CG's to be found on EBay, Motorcycle Trader and other outlets. Prices here vary with the age of the machine obviously, but it is possible to get a reasonable machine secondhand for about £400.00
In summary this is a fun, reliable, learner bike easy to handle and maintain, which I'd recommend to anyone working up to passing their motorcycle test.
I love my CG125, it has never had a problem!
I brought it for £500 and it was immaculate! a little rust on spokes n exhaust a bit taccky thats all.
It has a brilliant ENGINE tone! especially wen you have the revs high in 3rd-4th gear. It gets me to the otherside of town to my college everyday without fail and PETROL! ive never ran out once! i just top up a fiver every weekend! it always lasts longer than a week.
THE HONDA CG IS INDESTRUCTIBLE BABY!!!!!
I thrash the nuts out of the dam thing everyday!!! and 3rd gear has the powerbands, the bikes kinda nuff up hills thoe! soo i usally rev the nuts out the engine and bang it down into a low gear and redline it goin up hills to achieve full potential! ha ha!
lol i redlines the beast in 3rd gear and 4th! the engine sounds like its gonna blow! but hasnt yet!
I have been practising burnouts and wheelies on this bike! tonight i raced my mate on his 400cc ninja
! i lost the race but, manged to keep up with the car that was racing us too!.
soo basically you CAN TREAT THE GEARBOX AND ENGINES like total shit on these cg125's and they will still work and work and work and lasst forever!
if u have heared of a honda c90! well a CG is the same princible! both built like bricks! n get treated like shitee!
i have popped the clutch many of times on my cg! it does crap wheelies coz i havent learnt that well yet!
but will soon!
but everyday on a dual carridge way! i get around 65mph no problem! no need to DIP the clutch! :D
you look after your CG because they are roadbikes not racebikes
JUST PUMP THE CG125 INTO SECOND GEAR AND THRASH HE BALLS OFF OF IT AND THEN PUMP IT INTO 3RD GEAR AND THEN TRASH IT INTO 4TH GEAR AND DIP THE CLUTCH AND BOB MARLEY IS YOUR JAMICAN UNCLE !
just think! BOB MARLEY HAD A CG125! and got stoned on it! ha ha
I have owned a Honda CG 125 for twelve years, having bought it, a year old, from the lad next door who had just passed his test and rushed off to buy a big Kawasaki; it was a step on the ladder of increasing power since I had worked my way up through Honda 50s, 70s, 90s and now this.... unfettered (or slightly fettered) power and the world was my oyster! Within six months I had been as far as I could go in this country without getting wet, ie up to Land's End and down to John O'Groats, since I live in Northumberland almost exactly midway in between. Having been to John O'Groats before on a 70 (and round the Irish Coast on a 90) the (relative) speed and ease were exhilarating. The machine was, and is(after 32 k miles) reliability itself - it will cruise in the mid 50s, and hit 70 (once) downhill with a tail wind - but unlike other reviewers I could never coax it to more than 80 odd mpg, even by throttling down and keeping it in the 40s - the 90 used to do 150 mpg. Lack of power means busy motorways and dual carriageways are out of bounds; carrying the wife or a good day's bag of fossils (I am an amateur palaeontologist amongst other things) is a struggle, although the latter complain less than the former. Is this the year for the long awaited step upwards to a 250? I will be sad to part company with such a reliable workhorse.
Well i have owned my cg for about 3 months, decideing to buy a motor bike is the best thing i ever decided to do..
I find myself constantly finding excuses to go for rides, "oh no, i left my pen at uni! id better go get it :)"
as much as i hate to say it this bike has its faults, i'll start with them...
ok, lets start with the the engine, on a cold day (-3 cold) starting usualy takes a few trys (however the newer versions have an electric start so not as much of a pain) and when it goes be very carefull to warm up properly otherwise you will be stalling at lights and with a kickstart thats not much fun!
The engine is quite vibey especialy at the top end, there is a dead spot at 50ish and at this speed and slope upwards will cause you to drop speed. the worst thing i think is the front brake, its pants, however you ride the bike to its capacity, if the brakes are rubbish keep a decent distance and make sure you have plenty of time to stop... also the front light isnt fantastic but will do the job.
Right on to the good stuff, these bikes run forever, i did my cbt on one with 40,000miles and, bearing in mind it recieves a dayly thrashing (and i mean absoloute thrashing to death) it was in perfect working order, the engine was easyly as responsive as a new one. for in town work this bike is fantastic, more than enough power to blast to the head of the traffic from the lights. the handleing is suppriseingly good on twisty country roads which makes for an immensely fun ride, i dont have a massive problem keeping up with my mates zz-r 400, and the way he rides thats quite something, of course on straights its different but not suppriseing. the fuel economy is fantastic! a full tank cost me about £8 and i dont usualy have to refill for weeks at a time, the tank potentialy has a 200mile range. (beware, after rideing to leeds festival it got to reserve after 100miles, which was a bit worrying cause i thought i'd broken down 100 miles from home!)
update - Quite some time has passed since writeing this review, i'm currently rideing a transalp 600vtwin, before that i'd had a cx500 for a year, both brilliant bikes... worlds away from the cg.
The cg has had quite a makeover last year, different clocks, (a fuel guage) and, wonder of wonders! disc brakes! appart from that its pretty much the same bike.. they are a bit pricey considering what other bikes are available for the money second hand but when used examples appear they will be a steal...
You may have noticed certain chinese copys floating about, useing the same parts e.t.c. while these are quite a bit cheeper dispite their claims they are NOT as well built, the electrics are abismal, generally not well put together at all, for £1000 a low milage cg will be a far better bet.
I'm actually looking for a cg to rebuild, for a spare bike and for going off road with! versatile they are ;)
Bought Dec last year for a modest price, this wee bike had little to prove ...except that the heaps of praise from every review suggested something special... The fit 'n finish is 'fair' for a '99 bike, with loose minor components here 'n there, some areas of discolouration & plenty of surface rust on chrome bits. However, it's mechanically sound I think - likely to pass another MOT for nominal money - and drives much as I'd expected from others' comments. Likes - - superb economy - small & very manouverable - plenty fast enough for nipping around town, quiet and composed tootling about up to 40mph. Dislikes - - I'm 6' tall with long-ish legs so I'm a bit scrunched up to ride it, sat on my haunches as it were - and frankly the level of comfort in the arse department is dire! - Will definately want a bigger bike once I've passed the test, as there's just not enough power!
I recieved this beautifal little scarlet machine within hours of passing my CBT on a horride Kawasaki with a dodgy clutch. And straight away I was mesmerised by the handling and ease of use. This bike is the perfect introduction to Geared Motorcycles. If you are fed up of Mopeds and Scooters but are either unable or unwilling to get a big powerful bike, then the CB 125 is just correct for you. I have to admit that the machine is too slow, and at 11BHP, it is too small to take your category A UK motorcycle test, yet because it can travel at over 65mph it is too fast to take the category A1 test, so be warned, you will have to hire or buy something else to take your test. Economy wise, it is about as cheap as you can get. I communted a 35mile round trip 5 times a week for only £5 of petrol (At UK prices remember - 70pence a litre). This made it much cheaper than the car. Bus prices one way would have been £2.70 per trip. Over a longer period this bike would have been cheaper than the bus, with group 4 insurance making premiums under £100. Unfortunatly though, there comes a time where you move on in life. The big fault with the CG is its lack of speed and acceration beyond 45mph. You cannot overtake on this thing, so you end up getting stuck behind doddering drivers all day long. Living in the countryside, this just causes frustration, so I am buying a more powerful machine. However, in the urban areas, you just cannot fault the CG 125 for Economy, manouverability or reliability. If you live in a town, this bike is a must, your wallet can't live without it.
I had been looking for a good cheap to buy/fuel and maintain cummuter bike for my 18 mile round trip to work. Having being recently forced to commute on my ZX6R, it has become a nightmare, so the sad decision in the end means she has to go! Having seen the reviews on the CG, I had my heart set on a new one. I decided to go to my local Honda dealer, but was amazed when I was told that I would be lucky to get one anywhere in the country! Apparently new emission laws that come into effect in June mean that Honda have stopped shipping new CG's to the UK as they will not pass the new laws. As they are so popular, it is very hard to find a new one now at a dealership. I was lucky and eventually found one at Dobles in Surrey, and made the trip from Cornwall to get it. I have only done 40 miles on it so far, but I am very pleased with the bike. It feels very solidly built and the engine purrs like a well oiled sewing machine. It also has electric start which is a bonus. Only gripes are the fairly poor front brake (drum) and the choke lever located on the carb can be awkward to find on dark mornings with cold hands. It would be nice to have the choke lever near the switchgear as it is on larger bikes. The bike does also seem rather slow, even for a 125. I am still obviously running it in and I won't open the throttle fully yet. I suppose the engine should loosen up after a few hundred miles and i'm sure it will perform better then. Saying that though, my last bike under 500cc was a new KMX 125 back in 1988 and any 125 will feel slow after being so used to my ZX6R!