Written on: 26/04/2013 by SteveZZR (1 review written)
I bought my little CG for the princely sum of £100 in January this year with tax and test until the end of March. In that time it had paid for itself and it's tax and test (just under £50 in total). Due to it being 23 years old and having 42,000 miles on it, the wiring was looking worse for wear and a very bad job had been done of repairing and changing the wiring at some stage. This resulted in the headlight only working on main beam and the horn not working. For lack of money I decided... (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2012 by phardy95
as i am only 17 the cg was my first motorbike after enduring a year on a moped. I have to say for the price i paid i love this bike to bits, it won't do blistering speeds but happily cruises at about 50mph with is perfect for where i live. Easily the best thing i have bought and in terms of petrol i would say i only spend a little bit more than what i did on my little ped. So reliable and amazingly fun (read more)
Written on: 10/07/2012 by palmer687 (1 review written)
i have a honda cg 125 br-j 1988, when i first brought it it run however the choke wasnt working very well i left it for a couple of day, top the petol up to half a tank and it wouldnt start at all,i had a look round to see if there was any tube that was disconnect, like any obvious damage and i found the crankcase breather tube wasnt connected and i am not sure where it has to be connected to so i looked on the internet and coundlnt find anything, im not sure if this tube is whats stopping... (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2012 by ianbradley (6 reviews written)
I have ridden these bikes in varius forms for well over ten years now and i have to say that i have NEVER been let by any of them. They must be the worlds most best desiegned and built bikes ever made. they were built for over 30 years and it is a great pity that they stopped making them in 2008. About 65mph and 100mpg is to be expected and 50 is a fair cruising speed 100,000 is not an unusual life The only drawback is a lack of torque so i would queue all week for a 250 or 350 version. Keep... (read more)
Written on: 02/12/2011 by zaphod987 (13 reviews written)
I bought this as a cheap (£100) run-around for local use. After being dragged out of the garage it had lived in for 3 years, it started 2nd kick ! After new tires and a service and a little light fettling, an MOT pass and its legal and on the road. Sure, it's not fast, it's not fashionable, but oh boy is it lightweight and fun to throw into corners, and miffs off riders of bigger bikes (I've got one of those as well) when you keep catching back up with them. Obviously at this age it's... (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2011
This is a great little bike and should be on the list of anyone looking for a 125 for learning on or even experienced riders looking for a cheap reliable form of transport.
I cant really comment too much on the more recent models as I only rode one briefly but it was very comfortable and easy to ride. My 1980 example, however, has proved a very good bike. The engine still starts first kick even after 30 years of use and it gives around 90-100 mpg which with fuel prices as they are is a very... (read more)
Written on: 29/04/2011
The CG125ES4 (2004-2008), was the last of the Cg125 models. I have owned this little bike for around four years now, alongside larger bikes of 650cc and 1100cc, and can honestly say this wee bike provides a REAL BIKING EXPERIENCE for very little money. I would never sell my CG, fuel is too expensive for one to part with her.
Truley a design classic of the 20th century. Although the latter models of the Honda CG125 cannot compete with the build quality of the earlier Japanese CG125s, it... (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2011
its a great little bike starts first time every time even down at -5 a bit of choke and it started fine. I have done just under 7000 miles on it since I got it. I live in Dorset so most of the roads are 60 mph which it can do fine and there are plenty of hills its not the most powerful machine but it doesn't do too bad. it doesn't do badly in the bends either. slow riding is very easy nice light clutch good gearbox and not bad brakes too. nice quiet smooth engine almost cant hear it on tick... (read more)
Written on: 21/03/2011
Good Little Commuter So Much Better Then My Old C90 (read more)
Written on: 27/12/2010
this is my fist bike 1996 honda cg its only done 1700 miles in mint condition i only use it at weekends for plesure iam 61 years young and find the bike fast enough to learn on very reliable good mpg about 100 its only got kick start and starts very easy drum brakes could be better handling is good and very easy to ride (read more)
Written on: 17/12/2010 by spaceman17 (1 review written)
fortunatly I stumbled upon this bike honda cg 07 plate through having a low budget,I got tired of car sharing, Already the bike has paid for it self Regards fuel economy, reliability, and simplicity. this machine has balls of steel and gets trekin regardless of the weather. These machines are so sought after they hold the value well so look after it. But beware dont expect it to be as fast as a daytona or a ninja but ask yourself this..who cares about speed when this bike does the speed of... (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2010 by blackscorpion (2 reviews written)
I've only had this 2002 (?import) CG125 for a couple of months and my main main machine is a 2009 Honda Shadow VT750 and I got the CG125 as a commuter/winter hack and so far I'm chuffed to bits with it. I fill the tank and keep doing my (16-mile round trip) commute on rural roads and keep expecting it to run out of fuel but it just keeps going! I think it's doing 100+ mpg effortlessly! I changed the shoddy tyres for a pair of Michelin Pilot Sporty tyres, fitted a Givi A660 screen and coated... (read more)
Written on: 13/10/2010
Its a lovely little bike. Great for a learner as it is very forgiving if you inadvertently try to destroy your gearbox. As most people say, the bike will run forever and a day, without hardly any petrol. Like most bikes, though, it can be a bit reluctant to start when its cold, and if you have had a long journey at (relatively) high speeds the clutch is extremely sensitive, but this is the same for most bikes. I love my little bike but its not made for long journeys as the top cruising speed... (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2010
CG 125 BR-J 1988. My first bike. 100+ miles from a 12l tank is fantastic considering fuel prices! Buy a Haynes manual and you can do most of the service work and repairs yourself saving a fortune on garage charges. Parts are reasonably priced and readily available. Perfect for commuting. Great fun whether you are experienced and want a winter hack or totally new to biking looking for that first bike.
Despite being 22 years old my bike can make it up to 70mph on the right downhill sections... (read more)
Written on: 29/01/2010
I bought my Honda cg125 about 3 weeks ago now and it is such a good bike even though it was made in 1995.I would highly recomend this bike to anyone who is considering getting a bike.Now we come to fuel consumption well it is cheap to fill up i rarely pay over 6 pound and is chaep on tax and insurance.This is my first geared bike and i hope to never see the back of it HONDA you have made an absurlute gem with this bike keep up the good work. (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2008 by murzy (2 reviews written)
There are two bikes in my garage. An Aprilia RSV-R and a Honda CG125. Both bikes prove that there is a lot of fun to be had out of motorcycling at either end of a the power spectrum.
The CG is an increadibly simple and faithful machine. Easy to service, easy to clean, reliable and fantastically finished. We bought the bike a little over a year ago as something upon which my wife could pass her CBT and restricted licence on. My with adores it and successfuly passed her test in September,... (read more)
Written on: 13/11/2008 by Robertall
Its a nice bike, I would not recommend it for anybody else. Reliable gearbox
Reliable engine, easy to work on, simple, Revvy. (read more)
Written on: 13/11/2008
Haven't experienced any problems on the bike (apart from getting it started after leaving it out on a cold night) eventhough it is second hand. Really good for a beginner as its cheap to run and insure. The bike is pratically bullet proof as I leave mine out at night often without a cover and have dropped it on it side (by accident) and there is very little rust. (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2008 by SiColl007 (14 reviews written)
The CG125 is the epitome of the saying "it does what it says on the tin". It isn't a thrill a second, the handling won't have you attempting silly lean angles on every round-about, and you won't be guaranteed first away from the lights.
But the CG125 is about none of the above: it is about rock-solid reliability; it is about starting every time no matter what the weather; it is about getting you to and from work without hassle, fuss, or bother. And the CG125 does this without complaining... (read more)
Written on: 02/11/2008 by kingsknight (3 reviews written)
I ' ve owned a Honda CG125W for just under a year and I have out on my bike pretty much every day since buying the bike!
It had 30k on the clock and iv done about 8k in the last year without a single problem. I have serviced the bike every 3000 miles, changing the oil etcbut that ' s about it.
I ' ve done all the servicing myself so its cost me nothing but the parts. The servicing is really simple and doesn ' t take much time to do.
Never had a problem starting the bike no matter how cold it... (read more)
Written on: 30/09/2008
I have had my bike 3 months know its a 1990 model nearly as old as me it has got 46000 miles I have put 3500mile on in 3 months. I have took it to the garage to get it checked out and they said there is no problem with it what so ever. It is brilliant I get 60mph out of it easy enough on the straight I get 100mpg+ and that ' s me giving it a fair bit on my 60 mile round trip on roads every day. I would definitely recommend this bike to anybody. (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2008
I had my 2008 Honda CG125 for two months. This bike is a fantastic learner or commuter machine. Fuel efficiency is amazing comfortably managing 100 mpg+. The seating position is upright and comfortable. The longest journey I did was about 2 hours and found it to be no problem at all. Performance is good for what is a learner machine. The bike will manage 65 mph on a slight downhill with the wind behind you. Calm conditions expect 55 - 60 and cruising speed about 50 mph. On the whole this... (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2008
Lot of comments about the speed of a honda cg 125 but I have had no probs as I also own a zxr and used to high speeds would just like to comment the cg125 is idel for work cheap to run and very reliable also like to mention that there is a lot of 250 cc motorcycles only manage to reach speeds of 75 - 80 mph and bikes like the gs500 reaching speeds of 95-100mph so for a cg125 to reach 60-70mph is not doing bad at all, if its speed you want then you need a 600cc bike or bigger and a lot more... (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2008 by xzeldax
I bought a honda cg 125 last year and up until yesterday i've been riding it nonstop. This bike is the best thing in my life and has time and time again come through for me with its honda reliability. unfortunatley my bike has now been stolen and I dont want a new bike. I want my old one back. Yes I recomend this bike to any learner.
r.i.p my little bike. (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2008
Reliable, bullet proof, convenient, economical , i personally think its cool to look at. Also it wont be put off by tough winter conditions. ideal first bike. CG your ideal bike for the a- b run (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2007 by jonathangall (1 review written)
Had mine a year now after buying from new. It has delivered me to work every morning without skipping a beat. I've passed my test on it but just cannot be bothered to trade it in against a bigger bike as the cost just isn't worth it. (read more)
Written on: 05/12/2007 by hondaman7 (1 review written)
The bike I'm reviewing is a 2005 Brazilian produced version. She's a Brazilian alright and doesn't like the cold much. Starting after a week in the cold and rain she'll take a while to warm up - think choke and throttle but don't flood her. Generally, starts first time. Gear shift first to second must be firm or you'll end up, at best, red faced - in neutral - with a taxi honking like mad behind you. Handling is good for her size and power but be sure to shift attention to the rear break in... (read more)
Written on: 05/08/2007 by stevo1505 (1 review written)
As you've all heard a thousand times this bike has great fuel economy and is extremely reliable and "is a great first time bike". I agree, I believe this bike is for the sensible person who isn't too bothered about the thrill of holding on for dear life and more bothered about how much money they have in their back pocket after they've finished their long day at work. If your looking for a 125 to practice on before you take your test then great, that's exactly what I did, as I didn't want to... (read more)
Written on: 23/04/2007 by cporourke
I have ridden large bikes over the past 9 years. I bought the 125 for economic reasons. I should have got a 250 though. The 125 lacks the torque and top end required for a sensible commute to work.
It is a good bike but it is a 125! (read more)
Written on: 12/02/2007 by robinross (1 review written)
After a break from motorcycling of about 5 years I bought a new Honda CG125, and did just under 22,000 miles in 20 months, including trips to Devon and Cornwall, the Peak District, the Lake District, Snowdonia and Scotland. Used daily to commute about 15 miles each way to London. This has NEVER, EVER let me down and averaged 109 mpg over my period of ownership. A wonderful little bike. (read more)
Written on: 06/12/2006 by bign19 (1 review written)
I have done up to 90 miles in a day on my Honda CG125 and this includes both town, country and duel carriage ways without so much as a moan from my CG. Since I have had her I have done over 6,500 care free miles on her with regular oil changes. The gear box is easy to use if you are thinking of moving up from a moped. The handling is light which makes the bike very manoeuvrable in town or over taking mopeds! Will sit at 55-60 all day long without the engine breaking into a sweat! Build... (read more)
Written on: 20/11/2006 by harvardt28 (1 review written)
I purchased my Honda CG125 new in 2006. Generally, I think it was a good buy. In the 4 months I have had it, I have put on over 3,300 miles on everything, from busy urban streets to dual carriageway A roads. I have ridden it in the heat of summer, and in some of the worst weather so far this year (well, since I bought it).
There is no question, this bike is value for money. With the exception of the cheap Chinese imports, it's about the cheapest you can buy, new. At the time, mine was... (read more)
Written on: 10/11/2006 by nousernamesarefree (6 reviews written)
I recently sold my 3 month old Yamaha YBR as I was about to do my Direct Access Test and I also have a Suzuki GS500. So I assumed the YBR would not be getting much action and sold it. A very bad move, as I failed my first DAS test and so, could not legally ride the GS500 and also had no 125cc bike to ride ! So I bought a 1987 Honda CG125 with long MOT for £280.
The bike looked great for its age - it's the really old shape CG, in black. It looks more like a 70s bike than an 80s bike! ... (read more)
Written on: 11/10/2006 by charlieflecther (3 reviews written)
My Honda CG125 is really easy to ride and cheap to run. Much faster than my moped! Cuts travel times in half! However, I am having trouble with the choke. I'm having to sometimes stop after a few feet to turn it off. I don't know what is causing this. (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2006 by biker4ever (5 reviews written)
The Honda Cg is my first bike, I own a Magna Red 2002 Honda CG which was the 1st version with the Electric Start(alongside the kickstart).
Its a great little bike, with unbelievable fuel economy, I do a 5-6 day a week at work(14 mile round trip) on about 5 quid worth of fuel, and more recently I filled up with £6.50's worth of fuel and travelled on a 137 mile trip from Herefordshire to Stratford Upon Avon and did a further 20 miles after that, this was 157 miles on £6.50 worth of fuel, and... (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2006 by smchugh589 (2 reviews written)
The Honda cg125 (2004) was an excellent first time bike for me looks good, is reliable and is excellent for commuting. I have had 6,500 miles on her and she has only had two oil changes. Recently put a set of blue neon's on the bike - looks stunning when driving at night. Will use her for the test which is in two weeks. (read more)
Written on: 27/06/2006 by Rockerses (6 reviews written)
I love this Honda CG125 , but I will be trading it in for a faster one as soon as I'm through my test. If you are looking for a bike to ride while you are learning, or a cheap bike to run about town then I can't recommend this highly enough. 100 Miles Per Gallon is easily achievable around town. Parts are cheap enough. Tax is only £15 and insurance is dirt cheap too. I often ride up the A19 dual carraige way and can maintain speeds of 50-70 MPH depending on the conditions, going uphill with... (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2006 by gilesfenton
I started a new job, and part of my package was a £5,000 annual vehicle allowance. So I went onto Google and discovered that the cheapest and quickest form of transport in London was the Honda CG125, so I went and bought a second hand one for £800, and I haven't looked back since.
I use the bike for a 18 mile round trip to work and back. I have totally abused the bike, thrashed it, been knocked off 4 times, had it run over by a BMW X5, stolen by kids then dumped, but it just doesn't give up... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2006 by Kleggy (1 review written)
Bought the Honda CG125 just to pass my test on, have now gone on to bigger bikes but for fun, practicality and everything else I just cannot bring myself to sell it.
I use it for work all the year round and have put 7500 miles on the clock. The only things I have had to replace is:
2 rear tyres
1 headlight bulb
4 Oil changes
It still can maintain 55 mph with pillion (even over took some Hardly Movingsons, but thats not difficult!)
With just the rider the average mpg is 102, with pillion... (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2006 by sithlord1082 (1 review written)
I have travelled every day, through winter, 25 miles along the A5 to Telford, and this Honda CG125 has been great, it handles, it can turn very well, and is great when there's a traffic jam. It's not exactly an R1, but has a certain charm. I paid £250 for it, and it'll do 80mpg! (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2006 by arfox7 (3 reviews written)
The Honda CG125 is plain and simple, does its job well if you just use it to go to work on, starts first time every morning and its a honda! It has a 13 litre tank and will last for ever around town, I fill mine up every 3 weeks I do about 2 miles to work every day. When on the open road you can get up to speeds of 60mph, down hill with the wind behind you it can do 75mph max but not advised! The tyres are wafer thin so you dont get much grip in the wet. The side panels on the bike can come... (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2005 by chas m (1 review written)
Purchased a brand new Honda CG125, after reading many reviews. Cost 1999 on the road, not bad I suppose. I am 43 years of age and have not ridden since I was 18. I find this bike all that I need it to be. The new styling looks good, stopping power is assisted by front disk brake, and the fuel economy is brill. About 12 quid to fill the tank, around 100mpg. Need to change down as soon as you see a hill aproaching.I would imagine she'll be good for about 65 mph. when run in. A bit quicker... (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2005 by XxDayWalkerxX (3 reviews written)
The Honda CG125 is perfect for first time rider or someone looking to do a full test on. The bike is very forgiving and will keep on going if you remember to fill the engine with oil, which I forgot to do, and am now looking for a new engine for my bike. The bike is quick, especially if it is bored out to a 130cc like I did with mine, but it is an ideal bike, and I would highly recommend it for someone who is starting out and wants a forgiving bike to learn on, especially if you have a lower... (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2005 by schumigirl1956
My husband has got one of these cg125s and it's similar to the ordinary cg125 Hondas. He used to ride a Velocette but packed up riding for about 27 years but he is back on the motorbikes once more before he gets too old. (read more)
Written on: 25/06/2005 by stuart foot (9 reviews written)
This review is for a 2005 model CG 125-4. This is the latest one with the disk brake, electric start and the larger fuel tank.
The Good points: -
The great fuel consumption has to be the main reason for buying this bike 1,600 miles from new the best I have had between fill ups was 105 miles per gallon and the worse 93 mpg. My last bike was a 125 scooter, which never managed more than 36-mpg and most motorbikes only seem to manage 30-40 mpg. It is actual cheaper than using public transport... (read more)
Written on: 17/06/2005 by TOMLEECEE (120 reviews written)
You may have read my other review of the Honda CG125 on this site, but here I am reviewing my new acquisition - a 1998 model. My previous CG, an original Japanese 76 model was stolen in May '05 and due to my third party only insurance I was left with nothing but a hole in my pocket. However, after a few cutbacks on lifestyle, I was able to afford another bike (complete with full insurance!), and so I chose another CG. The older one was temperamental at the best of times, but that can be put... (read more)
Written on: 14/06/2005 by Parsifal (2 reviews written)
I have owned three Honda CG125's over the years and completed over 7 years of daily commuting and around 40k miles on them.
The CG125 does not go very quickly, does not use fuel or other consumables very quickly, does not depreciate in value very quickly, does not deteriorate very quickly and does not stop very quickly. Only the last of these need be of any concern to a prospective owner.
So let's start with the brakes. In my humble opinion, the only real weakness the CG125 has. I speak... (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2005 by CGN (1 review written)
This Honda CG125 is a very cheap way of getting to work and if your only going through built up areas as much fun as a Ducati and without the pain. Not so good for posing though. It handles well and even the drum brakes pull you up smartly (my last bike was a 40 year old Triumph, disc brakes would come as a bit of a shock to me) My tank bag seems to scuff the paint easily and if you need to take the rear sprocket off buy a big pair of circlip pliers and wear eye protection. These bikes are... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2005 by Markdillon (1 review written)
To be honest this Honda CG125 bike has its good points and its bad points...
I bought a 1979 version of the bike , pretty old I guess but like the other review was in pretty good nick.
First problem I had was the electrics, the rear light didnt light, then was the stand, I had to have it fixed, then just when you thought the bike couldnt be any less reliable, the clutch cable snapped 3 times in the space of 4 months.
The kickstarter constantly needed to be replaced, needed new chain and... (read more)