Touring on a 125cc machine, offroad/street
I have some experience riding far on a single cylinder small displacement bike, like driving around india on a Bajaj Pulsar 150 and crossing northern scandinavia on a CBR125R, which was my latest bike, that i have recently sold. The main reason is that the riding position is too cramped to spend month after month on the road, even for a thin guy like me. And the fuel tank could be a little larger too.
Now i am looking for the ultimate tourer for my style of travel and i have come down to 2 models and i cant decide which one i should buy: CBF125M vs XR125L.
The things i like about the cbf is its extreme range, low fuel consumption and a perfect riding position for me. I also find street bikes more appealing in general for some reason. The XR has a slightly higher fuel consumption but it is a offroad bike, which means that i could go to the places i could not go before. Or is that really true? Is the XR really that much better in offroad conditions, or will it just add a little extra comfort on bumpy roads? I remember i had absolutely no problems of handling the cbr on trails, sand, gravel roads etc, even though i had to take it easy.
I guess my question is if the XR is that much better in tougher conditions that i should take it instead of the cbf?
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