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    Default Honda CT125 Trail and 1000 miles across Alaska

    Ok, As many here know - I'm short, and light. These little devil's appeal to me.

    Found this entertaining Revzilla vid last night about riding one, along with an older unit across Alaska. Having spent lots of time in AK, something this low powered would be one of my last choices to tackle the terrain and unrelenting "highways" out there - it still looked like fun.

    My living arrangement right now wouldnt allow me to make the most fun of one of these, but with the current prices of the bicycle market the msrp of a brand new ct125 sounds like a downright bargain, and a real hoot for in-city errands as well as weekend shenanigans.

    Anyone have one??




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    Default Re: Honda CT125 Trail and 1000 miles across Alaska

    No BUT the scooter rage is on. Ask Dan, he's gone to the dark side.

    They are VERY appealing and I'd get one in a heartbeat for urban errands.

    If nothing I'd be the poster child for the #monkeyhumpinafootball look.
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    I think what I like most about the idea of these is (1) the price! and (2) for a motorized trail riding novice like myself, the super low weight makes it harder to get in real trouble, and of course, the limited speed helps with that also, but might be a hinderance on real hills too.

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    Those guys do great videos. If you haven't seen this one it is worth a watch.



    The Monkey and the Trail 125 both use the same 8hp 125cc engine. The little bikes are big fun but definitely have their drawbacks and limits. To be honest, I think you would be better off on something like a Yamaha XT250. Double the horsepower, but still not enough to get you in trouble, plus actual suspension.
    Are happy spot is the Vespa GTS300 if dirt is not involved. We just got back from a couple hour ride. We can do 80 mph if we have to, but stick to the 45 mph back roads.
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    Default Re: Honda CT125 Trail and 1000 miles across Alaska

    8hp of ridiculous fun



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    I actually still own a CBR250 that I used to commute on a bit and general riding. I'm light enough that it could do highway duty, though at 75mph that engine is strung out like a kitten with a coke habit and after a couple hours at high speed you really feel the vibes.

    Really cool though. There are so many exotic, really amazing motor bikes, but I find myself excited about a 125 :)

    I have to move some stuff around in life, but the temptation is real!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaMtbRider View Post
    Don't let Too Tall lie to you, he has a secret scooter fetish
    My piaggio 300 has the same engine but with bigger wheels. It is a gem in the city and can do highway duty just fine as long as it isn't too long. Riding seated like you are taking a dump is not that great for long distances.



    Still I am intrigued by the newer e-scooters, mostly because I hate hearing all those maxi scooters when I am trying to sleep or listen to the music and thus don't want to inflict the same to others. I am about to have a test ride of the Silence S01 with its smart removable battery. Most challenge using EV for people living in the city is most of us don't have any garage so charging while leaving the vehicle parked in the street is complicated.



    Problem is that would leave me have to look for another proper bike for longer rides. But I see it more as an opportunity than a problem :)
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    Default Re: Honda CT125 Trail and 1000 miles across Alaska

    A little more Zack and Ari scooter content, vintage edition

    Dan Fuller, local bicycle enthusiast

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    Ugh. This thread is not good for me. I grew up on a hobby farm in the 90s and was fortunate enough to have adventure upon adventure on a late 80s TW200. I have a serious impulse to find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    Ugh. This thread is not good for me. I grew up on a hobby farm in the 90s and was fortunate enough to have adventure upon adventure on a late 80s TW200. I have a serious impulse to find one.
    Here's a place that might help you do just that ... https://www.advrider.com/f/forums/bikes.52/

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    The TW is a cool beast. I like that they’re still air cooled …

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    Ugh. This thread is not good for me. I grew up on a hobby farm in the 90s and was fortunate enough to have adventure upon adventure on a late 80s TW200. I have a serious impulse to find one.
    The good thing is if you enjoyed a TW200 in the 90s you should enjoy one today, because it is basically the same bike.
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    Default Re: Honda CT125 Trail and 1000 miles across Alaska

    That TW looks great! Big fun, low risk IMO.

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    Dan Fuller, local bicycle enthusiast

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    ^ Yuss!

    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokePete View Post
    Here's a place that might help you do just that ... https://www.advrider.com/f/forums/bikes.52/

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    Thank you for this. My wife is not going to be happy. . .

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
    That TW looks great! Big fun, low risk IMO.
    Safer than the Big Reds that nearly killed me on many occasion that's for sure.

    I used to go on long, aimless rides in woods with friends on 4-wheelers but I couldn't be the one in the lead because I could often get into/through spots they couldn't.

    I lived in BFE on a hilly, 6-7 mile long road (asphalt, but narrow with no lines). There were maybe ten houses on the whole road. A neighbor must've reported to my dad that they saw me blow by their house with the speedometer pegged because one day I got off the bus from school to find my TW gone. When my dad came home from work he said he had noticed the sprocket was extremely worn and so he dropped it off at the shop. I got it back several days later and something was seriously wrong! The max speed went from 75mp (so the speedo said) to less than 50mph. My dad claimed to have no notion of what could explain this and declined to discuss it further. Decades later, when pressed, he confessed to having the sprocket size switched.

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    Default Re: Honda CT125 Trail and 1000 miles across Alaska

    Would love to have a CT125 to scoot around the backroads on. Finding one for sale seems to be difficult.
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    Default Re: Honda CT125 Trail and 1000 miles across Alaska

    The Pit Viper guys riding Honda Helix scooters (with mountain bikes) from Columbus, OH to DirtRag DirtFest at Raystown Lake, PA:


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