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I love da 80s !

Postby Bustin on Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:46 pm

Some of you might remember me posting about picking up an '82 Honda CB125S last year.

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One of those great Craigslist deals , I think I gave $300 for it and the guy was happy as a clam. Anyway , it needed some mechanical attention because the PO had decided to fix a clogged carb jet by playing around with the ignition timing. Bear in mind, this is a CDI ignition, which doesn't even really have a timing adjustment, but anyway... it kinda slipped to the back of my garage due to other interests, but I decided to dust it off recently . After a little head scratching ,I finally got it running good and had a chance to really road test it over the last week or so .

What a fine little machine ! It actually rides much like a full-sized street bike , ergo wise , although it is super-light, and has that crazy, courageous little 4 stroke 125cc single with a five speed gearbox riding on 18" wheels. It's a blast to ride around town , nimble if not especially quick when measured by motorcycle standards . Very comparable to my Elite 150 when it comes to acceleration and top speed , around 60mph . The fact that you can shift down a couple gears, and pop the clutch, does give the ability to pick up a little quicker than a scooter with a CVT , in typical city driving situations. All in all , plenty of umph for everything except freeway use , and you could probably pull that off just fine if you stuck to the slow lane.

The overall effect is a perfect combination of a scooter's compact , nimble functionality paired with a very genuine motorcycle "feel" , which includes the whole shifting , clutching, downshifting, engine braking, and revving experience. Honda sold these bikes in the US for about 15 years , starting in the late 60s and continuing through the mid 80s.

I figured this little bike deserved a rave , on it's 25th birthday.

High-res photo , if anyone is interested :

http://s163.photobucket.com/albums/t301 ... G_3754.jpg

And a link to the CB125S wiki , be sure to check out the 1981 Honda Brochure ...... awesome lineup !

http://www.cyclechaos.com/wiki/Honda_CB125
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Re: Not really a scooter...... more of a tiddler

Postby WoWo9 on Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:03 am

wow. that's kinda like my dream bike...
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Re: I love da 80s !

Postby vulcan on Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:43 am

Beautiful bike. To bad they don't make things like that anymore. Well, actually they do, but they are not available in the U.S. Honda makes a 50th anniversary Super Cub, and it looks just like the one they made back in the late '50s, and it is available just about everywhere but the U.S. I had a chance to put some miles on a Kawasaki Eliminator 125 recently, and thought about buying one, but wouldn't you know, they discontinued it due to poor sales. Funny I couldn't find an '07 model anywhere. Oh well, I guess that is par for the course (actually I hate golf) in a country where bigger is better, no matter how big it is. Even scooters have turned into overgrown monstrosities, like the Silverwing, the Burgmans, the Majesty, and T-Max. Jerry.
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Re: I love da 80s !

Postby Archimage on Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:24 am

Bigger, is always better!!! Don't believe me, ask my GF..
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Re: I love da 80s !

Postby WoWo9 on Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:32 pm

=))

it has training wheels!!! :))
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Re: I love da 80s !

Postby GIJoeBob on Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:25 pm

Man, what a deal!
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Re: I love da 80s !

Postby vulcan on Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:27 am

Isn't it great the kind of motorcycles you could buy 30 years ago? I used to want an early '80s Honda CB750F in the worst way. Never was able to get one, and in this throw away culture we have, by the time I started looking for a used one, every one I could find was trashed. Back then, cruisers were just begining to appear, and most of them had an inline 4 cylinder engine. Looks AND performance, plus comfort. The Yamaha Specials were my favorite. Most streetbikes had centerstands and cast wheels (except for Honda's Comstars), and used tubeless tires. Some of them even had kickstarters. I'm actually amazed that the Met and Vino still have kickstarters. And every company made dual purpose bikes in a variety of sizes, that were actually affordable. Now, believe it or not, I can go into any Japanese dealer, and not find much of anything I even want, much less that I would be willing to pay their ridiculous prices for. Not long before they dropped it, I had seriously thought about buying a 750 Nighthawk, the last standard style motorcycle still in production. But wouldn't you know it, before I got around to it, they dropped that too. I like my Shadow, but sometimes I wish they had put an inline four in it. I remember when the Yamaha XS Eleven first came out. The speed. The power. It would run circles around my anemic V-twin. I really like my scooters, but can't help but wish they were made out of metal with 2 stroke engines. Oh the good old days. Jerry.
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Re: I love da 80s !

Postby GIJoeBob on Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:21 pm

vulcan wrote:Isn't it great the kind of motorcycles you could buy 30 years ago? I used to want an early '80s Honda CB750F in the worst way.


You sound like you would like my father-in-laws bike then.

He bought a totaled CB750 at an auction and used the engine to build a custom hard tail bobber-

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I am unsure of the year of the donor bike.
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Re: I love da 80s !

Postby vulcan on Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:47 pm

I used to own this bike back in the mid '80s. It had an early SOHC CB750 engine in it, '74 I think, and that, and the wheels, were the only Honda parts on it. It had an Amen Savior plunger frame, which may as well have been a hardtail. I liked the way it looked, it was uncomfortable even back then, but I just dealt with it. But I'm too old to deal with it anymore. BTW, I didn't build it, I bought it that way. It was faster than the Harley choppers of the day, but handled like a wheelbarrow. Jerry.
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Re: I love da 80s !

Postby Boom21 on Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:33 pm

Can i buy these bike in the u.k
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