Written on: 21/06/2012 by puddlehopper (3 reviews written)
I have owned and ridden my Intruder for the last 2yrs it is a 1999 model i bought for 1000 with 13000 miles/kms on the clock.
i bought this bike because i wanted to do my test without paying direct access costs i was looking for a 125 cg or gn or whatever that was A2 catagory and this was all i could find in my price range that wasnt knackered lol i really didnt want a cruiser as i didnt like the laid back position being used to crossers and trails,
HOWEVER I WAS WRONG lol
ride and handling.. once you get used to it..Superb, comfortable has plenty grunt when you use the gears right (they are long gears so stay in them longer and the power 14bhp kicks in like a power band about 8000 revs)
but is also good for slow riding as there is plenty of torque (for a 125)
faster than a lot of reviews say..... theres not much real go in top gear as 5th is more of an economy gear/ overdrive ( on a 125 dont see the point it already does about 70mpg on average if you ride it easy possibly 100 mpg ?? ) if you thrash the bejaisus out of about 40-50mpg
top speed i have had is about 65mph with a passenger im 12 stone passenger about 10 stone so thats 22 stone
accelleration is quite quick (if you use the gears almost to the top so the v twin kicks in and it humms sweet) its a large heavy bike so doesnt feel as quick on the pick up as say a gn 125 single cylinder but trust me it is because my daughter has one of those which i ride as well occasionally.
two year review then
Good points.. real head turner and looks much bigger than a 125 ( same size as a 600 it handles well and if you want to get a bigger heavier 500 or 1000 when you pass your test on it then your already used to the weight
very comfortable, i have yet to experience numb bum on it whereas on other 125s i got that after 20 miles and i have done a hundred miles on this without any uncomfortability
its reliable and good on gas and sounds looks and acts like a real bike
IT IS ASTONISHINGLY EXCELLENT IN WET AND WINDY CONDITIONS AS LOW CENTRE OF GRAVITY AND WEIGHT KEEP IT ON TRACK and you dont get blown accross lanes with sudden gusts
other points .... turning circle is quite large so you have to take the cones a little wider on the test (figure of eight) and its best to leave it in 2nd gear for the swerve test to reach the 30 mph required after the bend as you will need the straight line accelleration because you are not going to get round the bend as quick as a small light bike but it will do the job well as i passed my test last year.... oh and i still have the bike so that says something, im having difficulty finding something i like as much as this bike :) thinking maybe a yamaha 535 virago but for someone who didnt like cruisers this bike has converted me and i find other types lacking now especially in storage space because the seat lifts and you can get your chain and locks and luggage in there lol its a cavern :)
problems i have had
ok sometimes it just decides not to start...... it then floods so you have to wait about 15 mins then try again but to be honest its better i you can bump it then......
PROBLEM SOLVED..... if you allow the battery to depleat too much it doesnt turn the engine fast enough to kick in THE BATTERY HAS TO BE ON TOP FORM FOR THE V TWIN. i bought an oxford optimiser drip charger for 15 quid and about once a month leave it drip charging to top it up to full power (green) this solved the problem it only happens now if i have forgotten to top up the battery lol and if it is really cold i charge it over night because the cold contracts metal making the engine harder for the battery to turn...
STARTER MOTOR WENT LAST YEAR and they are ridiculously priced at £471 quid for this bike as opposed to 40 quid for a gn 125 etc :(
PROBLEM SOLVED - found an auto electricians that would REWIND AN GLUE THE MAGNETS BACK IN PLACE ( it was proper broke cos i stripped it down myself and couldnt put it back together lol)he refitted the motor and reconditioned it for £35 its a simple job if you have the tools but if you ever have this problem with a vl25 DO NOT LOSE ANY PARTS FOR THE STARTER ITS VERY EXPENSIVE.