Best 125 for a big person?

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Best 125 for a big person?

Post by Bryn » Sat Jul 24, 2010 10:08 pm

What's up all? I am going to start saving for my first bike after next month and I am wondering what the best bike 125 would be for a big person like myself?

I am 6'2 and weigh about 16 stone, so I know my options are limited if I don't want to look like a complete fool. I have been looking at the XL125 (Varadero) and have been very interested by them, are there others like the Varadero in the 125 category, or is it a one of a kind?

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Re:Best 125 for a big person?

Post by Toby » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:52 am

Hey there Bryn... I'm thinking that I like to reply to posts that aren't getting replies. Makes you feel better doesn't it even if it's a couple of words.

Don't really know about 125's much. I has an MZ 125 to start out with which as you may know is a two stroke and was described to me by one mechanic as the Lada of the motorcycling world. I didn't agree at the time and loved riding it when it finally started (very difficult to start when hot and then left a while).

All I can say is that there seems to be a concensus amoungst most motorcyclists I know that if you want reliability then Honda is always right up there. I don't think that I've ever heard a seriously bad report about a Honda, although no doubt there are one offs in terms of problems.

If you carry a few pouns then you'll probably want something with a bit of power as well to keep up with the traffic etc.

What's the deal with the XL125 you mention?

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Re:Best 125 for a big person?

Post by mr_magicfingers » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:40 am

My girlfriend is 5'11, and we recently bought her a Honda Varadero 125. She prefers the more 'sat up' style of bike and this feels much more like a big bike than a 125. Seems to be popular with larger learner riders.

Might be worth a look.

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Re:Best 125 for a big person?

Post by Alun » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:50 am

Bryn, if you spent a bit more time in work and less on the road you'd have earned enough for a couple of Varaderos by now. What is it....4 days and then you're off cycling round Europe for as month? I'm jealous.

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Re:Best 125 for a big person?

Post by GOG 007 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:07 pm

Deffo a Vara, having said that what about a Jinlin, my friend did The Longest Day (www.thelongestday.org.uk) on a 125cc Jinlin, and apart from the electrics breaking down, no lights, and a cracked oil breather tube, (which was fixed with gaffer tape), he made it there and back. He brought it for 50 quid, and its now worth about 3p ! But if you want something that will hold its value get a Vara

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Re:Best 125 for a big person?

Post by Treadtrader » Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:06 pm

Do your Direct Access instead.
We know to a redundent Tiger 895 you could use.:lol:
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Re:Best 125 for a big person?

Post by Bryn » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:37 am

Looking like it's going to be a Varadero then! I've always liked the look of them though, i remember when i first saw one in the shop, it was like love at first sight :).

Well yeah Alun, that's why i can't buy a bike this month, too busy on my month long cycle tour of Europe, those Alpine passes you went up last week, we'll be doing on bicycles, i think i might die!

I wish i could do my direct access Treadtrader, i'm only 19 though so if i end up passing my test anytime soon i'll have to wait 2 years till i can ride a big bike!

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Re:Best 125 for a big person?

Post by LargeWayRound » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:37 am

As 125's Go , the Vara is a great choice .. biggest looking and holds its value well .. Has good road presence ..

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Re:Best 125 for a big person?

Post by Alun » Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:41 am

Point of order - the Tiger is an 885. And far from being redundant the old girl with be making a comeback this week whilst I have a few dents sorted on the 955.

It can't be easy being 19 Bryn, I mean a month off cycling round Europe sounds like hell when you could be enjoying life sat at a desk buried in a computer screen.

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Re:Best 125 for a big person?

Post by AckAckFlack » Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:11 pm

Bought a varadero 125 and used it for commuting. Imam 6ft 4in and 16+ stone. It was perfect- so much so I bought a 1000 version soon after passing the DAS

Great bikes both of them and cover great number of miles in comfort.
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