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Old 9 Jun 2012
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Hola amigos,
a little update:

i have bought the Honda xr125l,
really happy with it!

My last bike a Honda Tornado 250cc (and a lot of big bikes in the past)was also a really, really nice bike but the Tornado always wanted me to ride it fast, could not ride slow with it.( engine loved revving)
(also fun)

This little Honda xr125 is fun i a different way,and it seems to be happy to
drive relaxed and slowisch (probably because its not capable of racing ,lol)
And got nothing to worry about because these little bikes are popular here in South America every town i can find parts.
And the quality seems really good.And it is nice not to have the responsibility and some worry that one might have with a big bike.
The less is more thing.
A duffel bag and i am ready to go!What more does a man need??

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My 2 cents worth

All bikes mentioned here are capable of getting the job done.
My advice take the xr125, and pack light.
20 percent less fuel used, I am sure you can find a way to spend that extra money later. On meals, accomodation or whatever you fancy.
Extra 150 km distance per tank. You will spend less time at the pumps. Off road you may need the extra mileage.

You could customise the carry racks to make them bigger if need be with a bit of welding.
Also take the time to learn basic maintenance tasks for your bike of choice.

More than anything else enjoy and have fun.
To those who say it can't be done - stand aside for those who are already doing it.
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Thanks ,

the main reason to take the 125 and not the xl200 was the 12liter tank that the xr125 has.The xl200 only has a 8.5 liter tank.
And its 2000 dollar less then the xl200 when buying new.
I could always have thought about taking a jerrycan for extra fuel ,if i had bought the xl200 but that seems a hassle to me.
I accepted the fact that the bike ain't fast so with that in mind i am felischwith this choice.

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Originally Posted by anaconda moto View Post
i have bought the Honda xr125l,
really happy with it!
Congrats! Glad you are so happy, it's the kind of bike you wanted.
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Have you ridden it off road yet? I am interested in how they handle off road and if they have enough power when you put some kit on the back.

Your probably too busy enjoying it to reply!
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Thanks guys,

I have ridden it off road and its good because it's light.
I am not talking about going with 90kph over a rocky road,
no,but it will handle anything you will encounter!Slow and steady,wins the race.

There are so many people riding this little bike 2up so it has no problem
with weight.(or with luggage)
But in mountains you will be slowing down with more weight.
The cruising speed i feel i the best is about 70kph.
The seat is great.
And has that Honda quality feel.

So keeping in mind that it is a 125cc, its a real nice motorbike,that can take a beating, and probably never will let you down!!

Thanks people for the responds!
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