Originally Posted by Turborob
I've seen a Euromot second hand with around 37k by memory - still apparently running well and was loaded with panniers.
I'm currently in Chile about to bite the bullet, and am still umming and ahhing over the xr125 vs the Euromot. Deciding factor will perhaps be seat height. Will sit on them later this week, and update my previous post.
In a similar position really, but I've heard the xr125 can really struggle in the Andes, to the point of having to physically push it up hills! People give reports of the Euromot surviving pretty well at high-alt, even two-up...
Seems to be that the engine is solid, suspension is decent, along with all the important bits, but many parts of the part are low-grade, i.e. the plastics, headlight, etc. Yet there are a few old ads on here with overlanders selling them with 25k + on the clock, and seemed to be happy with them overall, and esp. for the price.
So judging from my research, the Euromot seems like the best budget option so long as you get the rear spokes and chain changed with Japanese parts. I'd really love a Honda Tornado or maybe a Falcon, just to have that peace of mind, but they are of course much pricer than the Euromot, even second-hand.
Anyway, would be interested to hear what you go for in the end!