Thursday, January 22, 2015

Single Cylinder Motorcycles 125cc

 This is going to be a long-term project to take pictures of all the single cylinder motorcycles I encounter in Central America. They are everywhere here...but they don't hardly exist in the U.S.A. Sure, you can buy a 1978 CB 125 and I admit those are awesome, but why not buy a 2015 125 with a fresh motor for less money? Because you probably don't live anywhere near a place that imports the Honda CGL 125. And this puzzles Oggy because in a place like Los Angeles where one must drive 45 minutes in order to park and walk on a rubber treadmill for 45 minutes and then drive 2 hours to buy medicinal marijuana edibles...and it hasn't rained in 10 years...well, it gets crazy. They've got Pink Dot delivery services driving all over the place to deliver A FUCKING 6 PACK OF BEER and a 1/4 oz of Purple haze kind bud and Sushi in a 6 cylinder vehicle? That's real bright with gas in CA taxed highest in all 50 states. Down here, the ubiquitous Italika 125 moto costs $900 brand new and includes a helmet. That's an entry level price for a worn out 1975 Cb125 that has no carburetor and no seat and was last started in 1987. A Honda or Suzuki probably runs $1400, but I'll find out exactly because I want to buy one. Actually the Italika was everywhere in Mexico but I don't see it as much in Guatemala. I see the Isuki, Freedom for the low end 125cc bike. Yamaha (pronounced ya-MA-ha) Suzuki, Honda for the high end options.

There are single cylinder bikes that are like 450cc. I think KTM makes those kind with a big piston. But they are not the ones I'm talking about or have any interest in. I want to deal with these little piston models, no more than 150cc designed for the city. Most are 125cc. Sometimes the fiberglass body and chrome makes it look like there's more power, but looks are deceiving as they have no more than 125cc, top speed is around 55. Around 70mpg, single little gravity feed carb, air cooled, rear drum brakes, front disk brakes, 4 or 5 speeds of pure awesomeness. No electric starter on most of them so be prepared to kick start, but you're only moving one cylinder so it's no big deal. They barely make any noise too unless you cut the muffler off.

On an average walk to the gym I'll see about 50 of these single cylinder motorcycles parked or swerving through traffic. Women will drive single cylinder scooters solo and when a passenger they will ride side saddle on a moto. In the U.S. I'd have to drive for 6 hours merely to have the option to buy one that has no battery and is mostly in a box full of rusting parts.

Yamaha YBR 125 with the mag wheels

I'll make this a page break so all the pictures don't load at once unless you're really interested in 125cc Japanese and Chinese motorcycles in Central America. Every bike I take a picture of will be honored here.

Freedom Fire125, design totally stolen from the late '70s Honda CM185T and CM 200T, but with only one cylinder

Most of Domino's delivery fleet are some bike called Bajaj.

Pizza is popular here and my pizza reviews will involve a whole other essay
I think that says Bajaj. It's from India, another country that tries to conserve gas.

Honda TP 125 with some awesome trail options. I think the dirt tires are a good move...and the engine crash bars

Bajaj Pulsar all dressed up. This one has an electric start. That Ninja in the back actually has two cylinders. It's a real bike.
This classic Honda GL is equipped for 2 propane cylinders strapped down with an inner tube


Pulsar 150cc
Hoping you don't realize it's not a Suzuki. Like Wrambler jeans. Or Roy Ban sunglasses.

A true Suzuki GN 125. Excellent Japanese bike.

I'm not sure what this model is but it looks like a Honda Rip Off
"Happy Jesus" on the headlight?

REIVE Jailing...a total ripoff of a Honda Rebel 450 circa 1986

There was one street in Antigua actually filled with 125cc Motorcycles.

Sukida? Chinese bike.

Cool Honda CGL 125
I met a guy in Antigua who rode a Suzuki AX100 two-stroke motorcycle from Panama to Austin. This blows my mind because that's not much bigger than my 75cc Vespa Ciao, but I could never cross Guatemala on that vehicle. He said that when he crossed the border he didn't get questioned, they just let him drive through.

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