- what "big" 125 bike?
- Boba FattMember
Other than the Honda Varadero?
Looks like I’ll need to sort out some other transport for when the wife goes back to work. Cyclings not really an option and I’m feeling like scratching the motorbike itch.
Had a look round and the Varadero seems to be the biggest 125 out there. I’m a big guys and a CG125 or the like gives me visions of dumb and dumber
Posted 5 years agodogbertMember
I’m a solid six foot and “robust” puts it best. I also looked at the Suzuki DR. I don’t expect a Ducati performance wise and has of the journey is long boring straight A road stuff, the other half is town.
Part of me thinks I should just get a banger of a car and keep the bike side of me for leisure rather than commuting and do the full test rather than pootling round in the pouring rain and hating it.Posted 5 years agorwamartinMember
The DR is probably a 50mph bike. Yes, you’ll get more out of it in some situations but I wouldn’t expect you to maintain much more than that as a cruising speed.
My (admittedly limited) experience is that Learner legal 125s are just not A road bikes. You’re having to ride them “balls to the wall” to make them keep up with the traffic.
I had the DR for about 3 months and put 1300 miles on it before doing my A licence. I had thought I’d use it to get around the county but in the end it was mainly used to practice what are arguably the more important bits of the A licence – slow speed handling and the procedures (positioning, lifesavers etc.)
You’ll pretty much recover your outlay on a 125 and it will probably work out cheaper than extra lessons/retests if you fail first time.
Get the A licence done then find something that’s good for the commute.
Rich.Posted 5 years agobwfc4eva868Member
Varadero all the way. Missus has a CBF 125 it’s a good bike but I find it small when I occasionally use it and I’m only 5ft 10.
Hyosung GT125 is a big bike. Build quality isn’t amazing but if you look after it then it will be fine.
Honda CBR 125 the 2012 model onwards.Posted 5 years agostumpy_m4Member
Baby Vara is a big 125, good presence on the road and more than happy at 60+ mph on my commute every day even through the winter ! … Bike did show signs of corrosion at the end of the winter,mostly over the front of the engine and gearbox covers from the salt though 🙁Posted 5 years ago
sadly now sold as we bought a new car, but id get another tomorrow if i could afford it.
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