not sure what u gonna get at that price but have you tried the autotrader first to see whats out there for that money? no use looking for what you want if it’s outta that price. I had the same dilema when I wanted my first bike. The insurance laughed at me when I asked what they would charge me for a 1300cc 180bhp bike
Varadero’s are definetly worth a look, they are quite big for a 125, i’ve seen them cope with two up work quite easily, which is good for a 125!! they have a v-twin engine too:D i’m told they will cruise at 70-80mph without too much stress from the engine.
Not to everyones taste, but I have a soft spot for the VavVan. Been out for ages so well proven and some supercheap ones out there. Decent owners forum too.
That stated, the Varadero was launched in Spain before the UK and the 125 was instantly the bike of choice for a lot of the youngsters. Even thought about buying one for myself at the time (I had a flat there then) but the second hand prices were holding up far too well for my pocket.
Not been a huge success in England, so second hand prices are far more reasonable.
I briefly checked fleebay and bike trader for vanvan and the ones near me wer over £1500! def out of budget haha.
the CG125 looks like my best option in terms of price at the moment but Ill constantly be checking prices for the next few weeks so I can get a good guage on value. Supposedly What bike? magazine is also good for bike valuations is this true?
LJSG One of the first “truths” of motor vehicle ownership you learn is “What you want you can’t afford” closely followed by “I can afford that, but not the insurance”.
That’s why we all (well, most of us) started on staid, worthy machines that were as exciting as haggis.
The CG125 is just such a machine. Simple, sound, conventional engineering and well proven. Not for nothing has it been one of the worlds best selling motorcycles.
Years back, a friend lost his licence due to 3 speeding nicks in 6 months. (The joy of owning a new Ducati.) When he got his licence back a CG125 was about the only thing he could afford to insure and had to keep a clean licence for a year. He loved it and even toured France and Spain on it.
+1, did similar (no real touring), but on the Yamaha SR125.
great first bike, not much broke on my first off, what did break was cheap and easy to replace.
tought me the basics of how to fix bikes, if i had gotten a newer (more relyable) bike, i would have never learnt that, thus meaning i will never have a chance to learn (big bikes get much more complex).
When I passed my CBT I got a Honda CG, and I absolutely love it! It’s sturdy and you get good milage from it. They are relatively cheap to buy, and can withstand alot - just what you want from a first bike! I have recently been on a Yamaha YBR125, and I must say I was quite impressed with that too. Lighter compared to the CG, and because of that was easier to throw into corners. I don’t want to make my CG jealous, but a YBR may even be a tad more fun! :hehe: