Can you sill buy a new Honda C90 / CG125?
A friend of mine is considering a tour of Europe next summer on a small engined single cylinder bike.
He asked me what I would recommend him getting for the trip.
My recommendation was either a Honda C90 step-thru
(which really would look daft) or a Honda CG125
. I know both these little gems have been widely used for this purpose. In fact, both are legendary in their own way...
In 1978 (when I was only 15 years old), I used to sometimes nick my mums Honda C90 when my parents went out! I used to ride it furiously up and down the road hoping no one would realize I never had a licence! Ah, those were the days... I remember that little bike just kept on going and going despite never being serviced etc.
Later in 1979 (at 16) I used to ride a friends Honda CG125 too.
I must say both these bikes were brilliant in their own way - cheap to buy, cheap to run, reliable and good fun (for a youngster any way).
When I was 17 I learned to ride on a Honda CB250 G5 (What a pile of rubbish that one was). In 1981 I took my bike test and passed on a Honda CB250N Wet Dream (slightly better than the awful G5). Since then I have owned and ridden many many bikes.
As far as this proposed trip is concerned, I really don't think there is anything currently on sale which could beat the C90 / CG125. Or perhaps you know better.
When he asked me where a new one could be brought I had to admit defeat. As far as I'm aware BOTH these bikes were dis-continued years ago!
I wanted to ask you guys if their is an alternative new model worth looking at? IS there a copy Honda C90/CG125 available made in China perhaps and still here sold in the UK?
Obviously for this trip he's going to need something small, slow but bulletproof reliable.
I really admire anyone with the tenacity and determination to do such a thing on something so small...
Triumph Bonneville 800 (2004), Yamaha XT600E (1999), Honda XBR500 (1986).