Honda CG 125
Ideally restricted to A to B commuting, with
perhaps a very occasional foray as far as C, this 125 is one of the least
expensive motor cycles on offer from Honda, and one of the few to have pushrod
valve operation. Until 1981 a poor seller, despite its low price and economical
(100mpg) ways, the CG was confidently expected to climb the sales charts as the
October 1982 deadline for reduced capacity learner machines became more
The overhead-valve CG125 produced 12bhp, compared
with the ohc model's 14bhp. In some versions it had a casing for the rear chain
At first glance, the CG seems to be one of the
more popular ohc 125s; the different arrangement of cylinder head and valve gear
is not obvious and there is little else to give the game away (which perhaps
suggests that Honda intended some blurring of the differences between the two).
Price cutting is evident in the 41/2in-diameter
drum brakes, which are not up to the job of dealing with the 60mph, sometimes
70mph, of which the CG is capable — especially when a pillion passenger is
carried; that, and the use of direct lighting with attendant dimming of the
headlight at low engine revs.
CG125: Single-cylinder, ohv, 124cc (56.5 x 49.5mm). 11.6bhp/9,000rpm. Five-speed
gearbox. Flywheel magneto/ direct lighting. 2.2g petrol, 1.8ptoil.
Telescopic/pf. Tyres, 2.50 x 18in (fr), 3.00x 18in (r). 2101b. 65mph.