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★☆☆☆☆

“very poor gearboxes”

Written on: 14/10/2013

previous w honda cg125 over 75,000 miles engine still as good as new. Bought biggest lemon every in motorbikes this cg125 year 2004. reviews say best gearbox yet, well not this one its a pig, it has let me down constantly in fact a very dangerous machine to ride. IF stopping at junctions lights etc if you are in 5th or 4th gear you can not change down into neural. You have to get of the bike and rock it hoping eventually it will let you change gear. Honda reputation is rock bottom with… Read Full Review

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Cardinal1's Comment

Written on: 31/12/2013

slip the clutch slightly then pull it back in then press the lever down. my es-7 can be a bit like that too.

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★★★★★

“perfect 125cc bike”

Written on: 07/09/2013

i own a cg125 br-j 1991 22yrs old and in mint condition! i have done 6000 miles and never ever let me down!! i was hit by car and rear trailing arm bearing and chain guard and number plate and indicator etc total cost was under 100 to restore to perfect condition! it never lets me down sometime requires chock to start but never ever hard to start runs and rides great!! a complete idiot could ride fix and maintain! if your think about a 125 and want a faithful, reliable, fun bike cg125 is for… Read Full Review

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Bsadan's Comment

Written on: 27/09/2013

I agree totally. i also have a 1991 CG125. Having owned a Chinese 125 which fell apart , I was not expecting a lot when I bought my 22 year old Brazilian CG125. Yes it was very low mileage and had been standing a long time unused and needed a little TLC. I was pleasantly surprised - the bike is comfortable, with good suspension and handles brilliantly, I feel sorry for people wanting bigger and bigger bikes , I used to untill I realised that big heavy bikes are hard work, expensive , useless in traffic and too fast for U.K. roads The CG125 It is nippy and lots of fun , I also own a 650cc bike, which does not give the fun factor that I get from the CG125. My cg125 holds 55 to 60 very well with 65 to 70 with a tail wind or slight downhill slope. Finally - top speed is no longer an issue these days as apart from motorways, speed limits are all being reduced to 50mph. People have toured the world on Honda 90's and Honda 125's forget big bikes have some real fun!

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★★★★☆

“reliable durable economical”

Written on: 18/08/2013

Hi i own a honda cg125 es-4 2005 model & think it is the best styled & best looking out of the cg range as ive driven & part owned the older models. Proper little motorcycle is easy to service & ride & not fast 65mph but isnt built for speed. A competant commuter & holds its resale well if looked after, change the oil every 1000miles & lubricate the chain & cables regularly & should last well, obviously you have to buy tyres brakes plug e.c.t like all bikes. The 2000-2003 model made in turkey… Read Full Review

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“reliable durable economical”

Written on: 16/08/2013 by c90cg125 (12 reviews written)

Hi i own a honda cg125 es-4 2005 model & think it is the best styled & best looking out of the cg range as ive driven & part owned the older models. Proper little motorcycle is easy to service & ride & not fast 65mph but isnt built for speed. A competant commuter & holds its resale well if looked after, change the oil every 1000miles & lubricate the chain & cables regularly & should last well, obviously you have to buy tyres brakes plug e.c.t like all bikes. The 2000-2003 model made in turkey… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The best bike I've owned.”

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 to… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“brilliant for learning”

Written on: 04/11/2012 by phardy95 (1 review written)

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 Full Review

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★★★★☆

“having trouble starting the bike”

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 the… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Like a faithful dog”

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 Full Review

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“Budget and Bombproof”

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 Full Review

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Stevezzr's Response to zaphod987's Review

Written on: 26/04/2013

Good review and oh so true.

I bought a little CG on the cheap at £100 too but mine had a bit of tax and test still.

23 years and 43,000 miles have not been kind to it (it's been abused with rattle cans of paint over the years for sure) but it's going strong!
Turned out a friend of a friend had sold the bike as a non-runner 10 months ago having just done a new cylinder + piston, new wheel bearings and shoes and new chain and sprocket and tyres! Bargain buy and had only done 1200 miles since last MOT!

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★★★★★

“This is a great little bike and should be on the list...”

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 Full Review

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“The CG125ES4 (2004-2008), was the last of the Cg125...”

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 still… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 12/07/2011

I agree with the above. I have a Fireblade and Blackbird and after buying a CG as a runabout was suprised at how fond of it I have become. Wonderful little bike :-)

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C90Cg125's Comment

Written on: 18/08/2013

I have a cg 2005 model & prefer the es4-7 over the older models & is a little gem to ride service ect. If only honda stuck to making the cg,s in japan rather than brazil turkey incidently is a poor built cg then they would be more rated. Still a proper little bike as ive onwed kawa gt550- yam xj650- honda 250,s & suzuki gt & x7 250s & one cx500. Nice little bike the cg & quite fond of it.

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★★★★★

“its a great little bike starts first time every time...”

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 Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Good Little Commuter So Much Better Then My Old C90”

Written on: 21/03/2011

Good Little Commuter So Much Better Then My Old C90… Read Full Review

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“ this is my fist bike 1996 honda cg its only done 1700...”

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 Full Review

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“fortunatly I stumbled upon this bike honda cg 07 plate...”

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 your… Read Full Review

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Joncg125's Response to spaceman17's Review

Written on: 25/03/2011

I found this review very helpful because...I`ve been looking for a good reliable 125 to learn on and after reading this review confirmed what everyones been telling me. I have since bought a CG125-7 ES and havn`t been able to wipe the grin off my face since. It may not be the fastest of bikes but it`s very forgiving and relentless an ideal bike to learn on. I have seen some negative feedback for the new model CG`s (the brazilian built bike) all I can say is take no notice it`s all aload of bull.
<br/>So...if you like me, want to find a reliable 125cc bike to learn on you have now found ur answer.

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★★★★★

“I've only had this 2002 (?import) CG125 for a couple...”

Written on: 20/10/2010 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 the… Read Full Review

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“Its a lovely little bike. Great for a learner as it is...”

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 is… Read Full Review

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“CG 125 BR-J 1988. My first bike. 100+ miles from a 12l...”

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 and… Read Full Review

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“Great Bike I have ever had.”

Written on: 10/02/2010

Great Bike I have ever had… Read Full Review

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“I bought my Honda cg125 about 3 weeks ago now and it...”

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 Full Review

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