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Old 13 Mar 2023
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Originally Posted by Turbofurball View Post
Eh? Small bike fast is the best kind of riding - if you've never dragged knee on a 125 at full throttle trying to squeeze every bit of momentum from a corner, are you really living?
dosnt sound much like an adventure ride to me !!( 350 cc scooter )
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Old 14 Mar 2023
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Well, at the moment my adventuring is done on a 9hp 125 with 50/50 tyres, and it works very well for me, but sometimes it's fun to lean it hard on the road when I'm going to work too ... certainly more fun than the "big" bikes we've got
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Honda CG Cargo

Since 1975, Honda produced the CG 125 for decades.
Currently it is produced as 150/160 cc.
There is a version called "Cargo".
That comes ready with a rack over the pillion seat.

As far as know the GG is produced in Brasil and Mexico.
I have never seen one in Europe.
it it was availible, I would buy a CG 160.

Simon used this CG 125 pizza delivery bike to ride from Mexico to Ushuaia and than up to New York.

His trip seams much more an adventure and interesting than riding Interstates and Pan American Highway from Alaska to Ushuaia on a huge touring bike.

Someone already mentioned Nathan. Who used a CT 110 from Sydney to London. He is very open to all kinds of bikes. For this trip at that time it he consider this as the perfect bike.
Reliable and easy to maintain. Kind of important in Mongolia that it starts every morning.

And more....

So it has been done... With fantastic results
All respect for these guys. (And Ed, Godspeed, ++++)


I want to sleep in tent when travelling. I have not seen any luggage racks for 125 c bikes. So you have to create and build your own solution
I am not at 125 cc yet. But at 400 cc.
Next step will probably be a 250 cc.
(Benelli TRK 251)
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The cargo 160 is an almost ready made solution. Pretty much change the tyres, load up and ride away. The hassle is getting one outside South America then doing the registration paperwork.

Next level is the Hunter Cub. The rack is huge, plenty of luggage options available. Seven Seas will import you one to the UK and your only hassle with paperwork is maybe insurance for a grey import. Plenty have done it.

The Supercub luggage options are many. Start here https://beezdeals.com . The Supercub's minor challenge is tyres unless you want to revert to tubes. That said, I've ridden mud and snow on the OE tyres and it was actually fun. I'll take the Cub in commuter trim over a GS behemoth just for the lack of weight. MX machines they are not though.

A CG125 probably is indeed going to need more fabrication, but given you need to travel light anyway I'd start with what commuters might use and strengthen.

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The Honda CT 125 Hunter Cub comes with some improvements:

In the end everything will be fine. If its not fine its not the end....
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The Hunter Cub update is my doing.

I bought a Supercub because having an oil filter was important to me.

Honda of course reacted by fitting the same engine in the CT and making the petrol tank bigger, thus leaving me with only my tubeless tyres and simpler insurance as consolation.

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A couple of months and a few little outings in

It's honestly great, a real variation on the whole thing, a sort of halfway between big motorcycles and joining the lycra.

Practically, loads are no problem, the limit is volume and trying to avoid too much that will catch the wind.

Speed over the ground is mid-30's mph, 200-250 per day is a breeze. It'll do motorways and you get no hassle so long as there are trucks also doing 53-56 mph. On steep gradients you can be down in second at 25 mph, but so are the campervans and the cyclists are even slower.

Handling is actually great fun, you can ground the stand on corners

Off road it does what a road bike does but is so very very light. You can pivot it round on the stand, lift it up by a wheel etc.

Running costs are a pittance. Fuel use is 130's to mid 150's mpg giving a tank range of 100-120 miles, hence the little can. I got an oil filter for £3.84. The chain enclosure works.

The wireless key thing though is @#$%&y stupid.

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Love reading these CT posts.
I have a 1970 CT110 dual range for the farm.
That thing can sit for six months and still starts first kick lol

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