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A New Bike Rises From The Ashes

A New Bike Rises From The Ashes

You’d be hard pressed to find a better learning tool than a 125cc two-stroke. Buck 25s tend to make new riders feel safe while also preventing better riders from becoming lazy. On this Honda, I was surprised with how lacking the power was, but at the same time I had fun challenging myself to carry as much speed as possible around the tight Milestone track that we tested on. The engine did next to nothing without excessive RPM, but once it got on the pipe the little Honda came to life with a nice mid-range hit that transitioned into a flat yet cleanly-jetted top end. The clutch was tiptop, a good thing considering how much you use it on a bike that must be shifted several times between and through each and every corner. With a soft character, the suspension was forgiving, allowed the bike to settle in turns and withstood hard hits and chop better than I expected. You have to look at this bike for what it is: a cost-effective, beginner friendly platform that is super fun despite its well-used condition. I’d encourage anyone out there looking for a cheap way to get into the sport to follow this same route and consider refurbishing a used 125. You’ll learn some mechanical skills in the process, and the end result will be well worth it. —Chris Denison/ 5’10?/ 155 lb/ Intermediate

Travel | April 02, 2013 | Views 1096

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