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Question Yamaha AG 100 or Honda CGL 125 TT

Hi guys, I am thinking buying a bike in Peru, any travel experience with the following models?

Yamaha AG 100, 2 stroke

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Honda CGL 125 TT 4stroke, if you were travelling with this models -- tell me about it, please.

I think they are pretty simple and inexpensive bikes, but to tell you the truth, on several trips in Peru I never saw this Yamaha, the Honda you can find everywhere.

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Question Nobody knows these bikes - or?

Does really nobody know these bikes - I can´t believe it, please share your experiences with me...thanks a lot.

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The honda cg motor is a seriously solid bit of engineering. We race them, and the abuse they can take is amazing. Not one has self destructed in the all the teams racing them this year. Change the oil and they will last forever.
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The AG100

Hi Jens,
In July/August this year my brother and myself rode two AG100's around Mongolia for 6 weeks. We did about 4500km on Mongol roads and the bikes were faultless. We loaded them up with soft panniers and topbags and carried 10L of extra fuel and the standard racks stood up to the punishment. Neither my brother or myself are small, so the bikes had to put up with our weight too. Dont expect the cruising speed to exceed 65km per hour. They dont have a lot of power and are not designed for high speed, but this didn't matter in Mongolia because the average track speed for everyone is somewhere around 40km per hour. The low 1st gear is walking pace and will climb you up a vertical hill i reckon. This was handy for finding good camping spots hidden away. The two stroke is premix and 1L of two stroke gets you between 1000 to 1500km. Finding two stroke is the countryside was impossible, might be easier where you are going. Fixing flats is easy as there are two side stands and the rear wheel comes off with the sprocket and chain left on the bike (the chain is enclosed, so no lubrication required). VERY easy bike to work on. If you dont mind going slow, but want something bulletproof this bike is worth considering.
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Question Where can I find something about the races?

Hi Joe, thanks for your answer, where can I find something about the CG 125 races on the web? Thanks a lot - Jens
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Honda CGL 125 - how to register...

I am still thinking about the 125 Honda, would like to fly into Peru in january, I have only 1 month...how to do the registration? Any idea? I don´t want to loose a lot of time.

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Both the AG100 Yamaha and the Honda CG125 have been around since the earl;y '70s. The AG100 was developed as a farm bike and are designed to run every day all day on a farm, and the CG125 was designed to run every day all day on the road. Both can't be broken under normal use and maintenance. You decide where you want the priority to be, better road bike or better off-road bike. In my opinion, a good bike either way.

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Honda maybe better for me...

I think if I really go to Peru in January I will buy the Honda brandnew, it costs around 1200.- Euros. There are a lot more Hondas around than Yamahas, and the Yamaha is a lot more expensive, I think nearly double price....

So the decision is nearly made, I will let you know more about it in January.

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I think if I really go to Peru in January I will buy the Honda brandnew, it costs around 1200.- Euros. There are a lot more Hondas around than Yamahas, and the Yamaha is a lot more expensive, I think nearly double price....

So the decision is nearly made, I will let you know more about it in January.

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There's also the Suzuki GN 125 which is better looking in my opinion and has a disc on the front, I was eying them off a while ago but decided I will try to get an XL200. You could definitely pick up an XL200 for $1200 EURO, probably new. I would be very concerned about riding a loaded 125 at high altitude, I recall riding my CT110 at slightly higher than normal altitude and its performance dropped significantly.
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