your opinion about taking a Honda xl200 or xr125l !
Hello people ,
As some might know the bike are very expensive here in South America.
So for the moment i am limited to a small bike.
So i know a big bike will do better but it is not a option.
I am planing a trip from Ecuador to Peru and maybe Bolivia,:funmeteryes:
and i like to know what people think about these 2 options that i have in mind.My first choice would be the xl200, it has a few things i do not like:
small tank ,no rear rack,so i think going slow that the xr125l is not so bad at all,but i am also going to ride in the mountains ,not sure if it will still be a nice ride??doh
And going on the xl200 i need to bring a jerrycan.
I am living here for a few years now so i am jused to the slower bikes.
Tank 12liter 8.5 liter
rear rack yes no
hp 11 19?
O.k. people just like to know your optinion.
Something in the layout went a bit wrong in the post above.
So i do it again.
Honda xl200: tank:8.5liter (200km.range) Hp:19 ,No rear rack.
Honda xr125l12liter (350km.range) Hp:11, standart rear rack.
Without doubt I would choose the 125 :thumbup1:
the xr125l also has standart a kickstarter and electric starter here in Ecuador!:thumbup1:
O.k. it seems like not many people know about small cc motorbikes.
(650cc or 1200cc is more far more popular:mchappy: i guess)
I don't know if it is available in Ecuador, but I rented a CTX200 Honda in Guatemala. This bike has front and rear racks, still a small tank though. Intriguingly, it has side stands on both sides, which is surprisingly useful. I rode it up to maybe 2,500 meters elevation, and up a hill at that altitude, it would go maybe 50 kph. But you know that, as I assume you have ridden up the hill from Puyo to Banos. If you go into the high mountains of Peru, I would not want to be on the 125, given the choice.
I rode a XR 125 and it really lacked power, but I'm sure there it had a problem, otherwise it wouldn't sell that much being so slow (in comparison, a Bajaj Pulsar 150 looks like a Hayabusa). It wouldn't got any quicker than 85 km/h under any conditions (full throtle and with patience). Not that you need speed, just to show how it felt the one I rode. Sorry, cannot tell more... only it is quite tiny, like a trail bike on "scale", all the rest I liked it.
Both new and 2nd hand markets look pretty expensive in South America...
Buena suerte and happy rides on that beautiful trip!
I left Peru on a Honda CGL125 at the end of February and i´m currently in El Salvador.
Uphill at altitude you´ll be going slowly, but so will everyone else. How much of a hurry are you in? The only time i`ve wanted something faster was on the coastal panamerica in Peru - but that was just a stupid choice of road.
I´ve got a 300km range and i´ve never come close to needing all of it.
Get on with it, you´ll have a great time - on either
The ctx200 is the same bike as the xl200,only the xl200 has no racks.
Its a real pity that the ctx is not sold here in Ecuador.Those racks
are so great on that bike.
I haven't had the chance to sit on the xr125.Is it really so small?
I a few reviews some tall people said that they liked it because it
was a bit bigger than other 125's.
And the saddle seems comfortable?
No matter what i will take ,it will be a blast:tank:!!!!
Still its nice from some professional feedback from you guys.:cowboy:
I don't remember the saddle to be particularly unconfortable, not more than the XT, which I'd say is pretty unconfortable.
Esville that's a interesting ride you make!
You keep a blog or something? Good luck man!!:thumbup1:
Estebangc ,i saw the picture!
Is the suspension on that xr125 a bit better then that chinese crap?
(that is the mane reason to take a little Honda and not a chinese bike i think!?)
About suspension, I cannot tell you. I rode the XR only on good paved roads and I have never ridden a chinese bike to compare it. I'm no expert at all and wouldn't notice the difference unless it were very obvious. Overall, I guess the Honda will be more reliable. What about something in between, as a Bajaj Pulsar? Or will you travel often dirt roads?
Hola ,Bajaj Pulsar 220 is a great bike for its price.
Good on asphalt,can do gravel roads as well but its very low,and the
The few Chinese bike i tried always had terrible suspension.
The fact that you did not notice the suspension on the xr is a good thing i think.
I like the xr125 the only reason i might go for the xl200 if the suspension i a lot better. Anyone knows about that?
I have a XT 600 and tbh the power is ok. Its a heavy bike for the cc's. Saying that it will be able to carry a fair load.
I have read lots of stories on hear.
People going round the world on 125s, sym symbas, all manner of small bikes.
Even a guy taking a pistie bike from Aus to England.
Most have no money or are slightly looney tunes.
It could be the challenge.
If you want to use or have to use a small bike!
My opinion is to travel light, very light.
Bivvy, sleeping bag, puncture outfit and some clean undies.
It still will be a challenge
i think in Europe it is a bit more necessary to have a faster bike.
Here people take what they have ,and that is mostly no more then 200cc.
And here aren't a lot of high ways.
But i am sure to go travel light.:thumbup1:
Saw a other little bike the "yamaha xtz125" Attachment 6589only 100kilo's, that's 20 kilo lighter than the "xr125l", and 1hp more hahahaha.
Any thoughts on that one?
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