Well, there are certain expects about all of these bikes and the types.
The bike with the looks is the Dragstar, in my humnle opinion. Big, fat and cool. It has the looks of a 1200cc and handles like one. Also a very comfortable bike, but remember: The big frame and other parts weigh quite a lot, making it a very heavy bike which suck incase you get a standing-still tip.
The Virago is the lighter version of the Dragstar, also it uses less fuel. But it has a problem, as the rear cylinder often gets overheated and will sooner or later bow down. I do my current drivinglessons with the Virago, carrying a 210 pound guy on the back, myself weighing 158. I still feel its very comfortable to ride and also can take quite the beating.
The YBR...Yamaha's cheap yet extremely reliable bike. This is the bike with one of the lowest mpg's there is, also the bike itself is very cheap, both to buy and maintain. The only drawbacks is the "weak" engine and the pure simplicity of the bike.There is nothing exciting or creative about it.
You could say that the CBF is a YBR with more plastic, bigger frame and a bit more kick to it.
A very good bike, but it has the same "weak" engine as the YBR, yet it feels quite different due to the weight of the bike.
Aaaah, the Honda XL125V, otherwise known as the Varadero. Honda's currently best bike at the market, with a nice and strong v-twin 4-stroke engine. It has awesome sound, awesome mileage and the reliability is off the charts! Only drawback is the relatively high price. Other than that, there is nothing wrong with it. One of my buddy's ride a 2006 and ive tried it for a few miles. I was blown away by the comfort and steering, it just felt like a dream to ride.
Honda XR 125. Versatility is always good. This is the only enduro you have listed. Being a enduro, you can ride it quite comfy on the asphalt, but you will have a much better grip on dirt/dustroads. The price of this is less comfort while riding asphalt, but if you frequently have to go on bumpy road in the middle of nowhere, this bike would be quite sufficient. Also remember that a enduro will be a lot taller than the others, meaning that if you are a short person, you might have problems when standing still, going off or on the bike.
But the question was what bike I would recommend? If you've read all this, you probably understand that I would want you to buy the Varadero. This is the bike I recommend the most, it simply is a bike you can go wrong with. A perfect bike for a 16 year old who dont want to spend his time filling and smelling like 2-stroke oil, like the rest of us suckers with Aprilia RS 125.
So, answer in short: Honda XL125 Varadero
I know a lot about 50cc and 125cc's
(and by the way, Ireland isnt a part of UK)
· 9 years ago