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Bike chooser: Funky 125s

In the latest Bike Chooser series, MCN have looked at some of the quirkiest 125s on the market. If you are a learner looking for a small bike with a bit of an edge then here is a list of some of our favourites. We’ve also included some insurance prices to help you find the bike that is most affordable...

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ChristoT

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ChristoT says:

Yes, but....

I've said before, that I consider the Varadero 125 to be grossly underestimated. It's one of the few 125s that looks, and feels like a 650 (its design drew heavily from the Transalp 650), and the V twin provides good torque, and power all the way up to the 14.7hp limit - something the single cylinders rarely get near. Fuel economy - aggressive town riding still gave 70mpg on the 04 model I had.

Also, that's the only 125 I've seen that I would feel comfortable on doing long distances - mine went to France and back down the M3, whilst grossly overladen!

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

+1 to the Verydearo

I know a chap who goes through six or seven bikes a year, and currently chooses to commute on his Varadero over his R1. Or you could get the Gilera, in which case I'll see you in the Workshop section over at bikechatforums soon - BE SURE TO USE CAPS SO THAT WE KNOW WHAT YOU BOUGHT.

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bikerdezzie

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bikerdezzie says:

Wheres the msx 125, there selling like hotcakes? I have one and the americans getting them soon and also going crazy for them!

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kpjwateridge

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kpjwateridge says:

Have to agree with the Varadero posts

While I've not myself ridden one, I've owned a Honda Shadow 125 that shares a lot of mechanics. Bullet proof, properly reliable and powerful engine for its capacity all in a modern, flickable and solid frame like that of a Varadero...what could be better? My shadow was a bit of a lardy bike for a 125 but the Varadero would be the ideal bike for anyone wanting a 125 worth its salt.

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Dav3H

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Dav3H says:

I have to say the Van Van is a great bike. It does evertything, even green laning. I even went to Dubrovnik on mine last year.

It's also got a great dedicated at forum www.suzukivanvan.co.uk.

 

BTW it will do a lot better than 65mpg, 100mpg is easily achievable.

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rlf3

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rlf3 says:

Funky 125?

Has to be a Sachs Madass, doesn't get any funkier than that.

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FellRaven

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FellRaven says:

Van Van ?

I road one of these on my CBT, it's a hateful machine, when would any sane person buy one, unless they intended to ride on a beach.

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