1990 Honda CG125BR from United Kingdom
It is your neck
Horrible little bike, now made in Brazil.
Performance is very poor from a single cylinder 124cc 4 stroke, with 2 valves per cylinder, claimed at 11 bhp, but they must be very small horses.
The seat is tiny, so if you are over 12 stone, it will be a problem.
For town use only. Pull onto the motorway slip road and it will slow down. It is very dangerous at 50mph and that is about it as far as performance goes.
Drum brakes are adequate. It has a speedo, but no rev counter. OK for someone doing The Knowledge, or driving to work at a factory a few miles from home, otherwise it is a mad way to blow money. A cheap car or better motor cycle is prefered.
A small petrol tank and small bills, but do not buy one. You only live once and you will be treated with contempt by other road users, and yes, they do own the road as far as they are concerned. The NS125 is far superior and will do the same mpg.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th July, 2006
29th Jul 2006, 15:52
Tell you what mate, although I own a CG125, I agree with you.
The CG125 is not brilliant, and the fact it is made in Brazil, adds insult to injury. The build quality, in certain areas is appalling, with evidence of short cuts every where. The plastics are nasty, especially the rear fender that is so brittle. The rocker cover leaks oil due to poor casting. The paint work is cheap, especially in red.
Reliability can be a pain due to the points ignition system, although the engine is solid.
I am a dedicated follower of Honda and have been for years. However, this CG125 almost terminated that, but I thought, well, it is made in Brazil after all and not Japan, where the real quality lies.
I have to admit, this CG125 is the worst bike I have ever owned, but I have had it for more than two years and it cost me only two hundred quid. The CG125 complies with my needs. I only use it for hopping around town and light shopping. I will not buy another Brazilian bike due to shoddy manufacture.
30th Jul 2008, 13:51
I own a CG125, and I don't understand what happened 15 years ago, but I have an imported 2001 model, and I got 75mph out of it so far, and I have not gone full whack yet.