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Brice Moss
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So until I can reduce my commuting miles I've been fussing about not having a backup to my lil diesel VW, I found this would should take me from the 45+ on biodiesel the jetta gets for me to 70-80 on unleaded
the fact that the Honda ct125 is a very rare bike in the US that I happened to pick up dirt cheap is just a bonus but the fact that plates fuel and insurance all cost less than half what it would to add another car to the stable is huge right now, and means I don't get stuck driving the truck to school every time maintenance on the jetta take a poor turn (which happens now and again as cars approach the half million mile mark)
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looks like a lot of fun.  would replacing the knobbies with road tires help your mileage at all?  or maybe that would cause handling trouble.  maybe someday when distributed  small-scale ethanol production catches on, you can convert it to burn booze.  nice find.
 
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Very nice. I hope a motorcycle is in my near future if the girlfriend allows...
 
Brice Moss
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the knobbies are dot tires and ride pretty smooth on the road, taking them of fwould kill the bikes looks and make using it for farm work and trail riding tricky,
nicest thing about these little Honda's is they are civilized enough to hit a nature trail without scaring off the wildlife.

I can't praise the 70's honda 125-350 enough as starter bikes xl's for those who need it to go offroad cb's for street only. and the smaller the better the 125's will do 55 all day long start like a dream and are as simple to work on as a lawnmower
 
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Nice bike!  I'm curious to how you use it for farm work and why that model is rare in the US. 
 
Brice Moss
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well I'm still piecing together data but these have been helpfull
of course if anyone else has more data for me I'd love it
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CT_series#CT125_.22Trail_125.22
http://www.cyclechaos.com/wiki/Honda_CT125
 
David Galloway
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Very cool, thanks for sharing!

That bike kind of reminds me of a Rokon Motorcycle.  Rokons are awesome, but they only get up to around 30mph so it probably wouldn't work for too many commutes.   An awesome motorcycle though...here's a paragraph from the website:

"Versatile? You bet. Mount pumps, generators, sidecars, gun boots and 50 other accessories. You can turn your Trail-Breaker into a plow horse or mountain goat. And they even float by virtue of hollow 15-inch aluminum drum wheels. Drum like in you can store up to 4.5 gallons of fuel or water in each wheel. Narrow enough to fit down a row crop or tight tree stands. Tough enough to climb over rocks, fallen trees or other obstacles."

 
                    
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Rokon's are way cool, although I think of them more as a two wheeled tractor
 
Brice Moss
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I'd love a Rokon preferably with a diesel so it could run biodiesel, but mtnDon is right they are more tractor than dirt bike
this Honda I've got was designed for the Aussie agro market, I'd imagine that ranchers out there need something that can get in and out of most terrain and move fast enough to make checking on the herd possible and the cargo rack being over the tire makes it ok to carry heavy gear like a spool of fence wire
I'll say this the suspension makes the average hayfield into a smooth road and first gear is low enough to climb anything it can find traction for
 
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