Travel with a 125 cc bike

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Iranian, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Iranian

    Iranian Been here awhile

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    Hi everybody!

    First of all I would like to say that I am not sure if I have posted in the correct part of the forum.
    I been riding bike since 2005. I have currently a honda 500 cc and been traveling little bit.

    I am little bit interested in traveling with a smaller bike like a 125.

    I have read some thread's there people have been traverling with a 125 cc bike.

    I would like to come in contact who has experince of ridig long distance with a 125 cc who can tell their view of travelling with a 125 ccc.

    The advantage and disadvantage of ridig with a 125 and safty issue.

    Best regards,

    Amir
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  2. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    I've done extensive touring (30,000 miles) on a Nighthawk 250. It has about 18.5 hp. Only slightly more powerful than a 125cc.

    The two limitations:

    You tour slower than a big bike (my average speed drops about 15 mph)

    You cannot safely ride on some interstate type highways because of the low top speed.

    I enjoy using the small bike because it is much cheaper and it takes away any sense of urgency because you cannot ride very fast.
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  3. Iranian

    Iranian Been here awhile

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    My first by was a yamaha sr 250 special with 20 hp. unforunetly I sold it after that I passed my driving liecense and thereby I don't have any experince in longdistance riding with it. Today I regret selling it.

    As fare as I can recall it should be possible to have a average speed of 70-80 km/h right?
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  4. pax maac

    pax maac Been here awhile

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    I bought a Yamaha XTZ125 about a year ago to use as a commuter bike around town. The guy I bought it from is a 125 freak, he loves 125's and does all kinds of cross country (we live in Mexico) touring on 125's.

    He's always asking me to come along, but our timing doesn't usually coincide. As far as I can tell, he just sticks to backroads and travels as light as he can.

    He does big trips that go many thousands of kilometers and he loves it.
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  5. NJ-Brett

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    I guess it depends on the speed limits and the amounts of traffic where you would be riding.
    Some roads have a 75 or 80 mph limit, and some have a 250cc and up limitation.
    Mountains and had winds are no fun.
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  6. b1pig

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    My first motorcycle was a '92 250 Nighthawk. I put 11,500 miles on it before I sold it. In that time, I only had to replace the back tire, chain and the headlight. It was my daily commuter while stationed at Ft. Hood Texas and easily got 65+mpg.

    I rode the bike straight through from Ft Hood to Tifton Georgia in a little over 21 hours as I remember it. That particular bike was well insulated for the operator. (not pass) I had a medium ruck cross-strapped to the tank, a garment bag and a small gym bag bungied to the back seat. I rode laying on the ruck and it was an easy ride. ofcourse I was 22 at the time. :rofl

    I was always comfortable on the bike and it worked flawlessly.

    My wife currently has a 2007 GZ250. I have richened the mixture a little and added a +1 front sprocket. Before, the sprocket change, the bike always was real buzzy. with the lean mix, it returned a little over 70mpg (with E10 fuel). as it is now, the lower gears are for more than idling at a walking pace, accelerates well, will cruise at 65 without too much buzz and still returns over 60mpg. it has a small windscreen and medium saddle bags as well.

    as it stands with my experience with the two 250's.... i'd be comfortable on one of them. i dont think i'd say the same for a 125 though.... but thats just me.
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  7. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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  8. JerryH

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    In the U.S. you need at least 150cc if you are going to get anywhere. 250cc would be better. I put 20,000 miles on a 234cc Honda Rebel, over half of it on the freeway at full throttle. Supposedly that bike will last around 80,000 miles at full throttle (good old fashioned technology, small but built like a tank) But the big issue here is one of legality. I rode 22 miles on a freeway with my Yamaha Zuma 125, 11 on the way there, and 11 on the way back. Those 22 miles were scary, not so much because I was afraid of getting run over, but because I was afraid of getting busted by the cops. We have a 150cc minimum displacement law to ride on freeways here, even for a short distance, and it is almost impossible to get across the country without getting on a freeway at least once in a while.
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    I made the assumption, perhaps wrongly, that with a username like 'Iranian' that the OP is not in the USA.

    Most over-landers say that you rarely break 50mph on long trips across continents.

    For freeways/motorways I wouldn't want less than 40bhp.

    That said, my ex g/f did pretty well on a 33bhp Ninja 250, and I regularly see a motorway rider on a Honda CG125. Just not in the outside lane!
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  10. Randy

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    I suppose it depends on where and how you ride, but even though I do appreciate small, light weight bikes, I just can't see the point of a 125 on the road once you get out of the urban environment. The disadvantages outweigh any advantages that I can see. Something like a TW200 or XT 225 perhaps, but that would be my lower personal limit. And even then, it would only be for rural backroad exploring.
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  11. Iranian

    Iranian Been here awhile

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    Yes, you are right I am not living in USA. I am a Iranian living in Sweden and currently I drive a honda 500 cc.

    Personally I am driving between 100-120 km/h when I driving to other countries. With a bike without fairing is impossible to keep high speed's for long distances.

    The idea of driving with a 125 cc is just to make the trip more interesting.

    What does OP mean?


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  12. RaY YreKa

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    OP = Original Poster. The person who started a thread.

    If you are in Sweden, you have big costs, but you can get all over Europe on a 125. Avoiding highways just means it will take you longer (but might be more interesting?).

    If you make it to the UK on a 125, I respect that, PM me if you need somewhere to stay for a few days!
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  13. Iranian

    Iranian Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the offer!

    Next year I most certainaly will go to Germany but it will with my honda 500.

    The idea of riding with a 125 cc is for the future. I have been reading some posts of people riding long distances with a 125 cc which had made me interested in it.

    Yes we have high costs in Sweden but Norway and Denmark is worse.
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    I wish I could find the GREAT cross country ride report a kid did last year here in the ride report section. He fixed up and rode a Honda 50 from California to NYC. It really was a good report and the kid saw so much more than the Ironbutt guys do. Hopefully someone else looking at this thread can find it for you. It CAN be done.

    edit- found it!
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=716516&highlight=supercub
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    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Check out the link in my Signature below.

    My 125cc ride.
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  17. Meter Man

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    Two pics from a Cross country ride in 2004. About 120 miles inland from the Atlantic all the way to San Francisco.

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    There's a guy (Bob Munden) from Winsor, Ontario Canada who has Ridden a Honda CBR125R all the way from Key West, Florida to Alaska and back! If he can do this in North America then touring on a 125cc is certainly do-able in Europe.

    BTW, I am very familiar with the CBR125R and these little Bikes are essentially bullet-proof ...

    [URL]http://blog.motorcycle.com/201...lorida-to-alaska-and-back-on-a-honda-cbr125r/[/url]

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