I am debating an overland trip in either a Honda CD70 or CG125. An ?overland trip? is to explore the road less traveled, but it is NOT off-roading to find the roughest, harshest and rockiest path. If a local does not ride/drive that path, I have no intention to either.
The path might be a bit bumpy (not as well paved), and there might not always be a repair shop near but it will take me into the back roads. I know the ideal machine would be a BMW GS 650 or Kawasaki KLR 650, but both of those aren?t easy to find in Pakistan. Besides, there is something to be said about an overland trip in the ?common man?s bike.? And it?s always nice to ride a bike that is so popular that anyone can fix (anyone other than me, since I am not very mechanically-inclined).
Call it a challenge, but I want to do this in a CD70.
What are the reasons I would absolutely need a CG125? Another words, why will the CD70 not be adequate?
- I know the CG125 has slightly wider and larger tyres (but none of the tyres for either bike are true off-road tyres ? not sure there are aftermarket off-road tyres that will fit into the current wheel)
- Top speed of CG125 is 100kmph (compared to 90kmph for the CD70) ? not sure that really matters in terms of one bike being allowed on a highway while another isn?t
- The OHV engine in the CG125 might be able to handle more abuse (lack of routine maintenance if I skip an oil change) than the OHC engine in the CD70 ? see Honda Worldwide | History
But despite all these, I think the CD70 is just as durable and reliable. I don?t think the suspension is different between the two bikes (but I can?t find information on whether the two suspensions are different). Also, I think the brakes are the same.