These 125cc manual bikes used to be our popular touring motorbikes for rent in Hanoi. However, when it comes to dirt roads and steep hills, older 125cc road and dirt bikes are underpowered and we now use newer 2014 CGL 125cc and 2013/14 XR125L as our standard small bikes for long distance touring.
Honda CB125T Benly
This 125cc, twin engines is simply a street bike. In addition, it had a very classic looking. Many collectors now use this to customize a retro bike. Low ground clearance, low torque, single passenger seat and small wheels make it an uncomfortable touring bike. CD Benly 125cc is now a top choice for a Vietnam’s classic 125cc bike collector.
SanYang Motors (SYM) Bonus 125cc
This was one of the only three non-Honda manual bikes Hanoi Motorbike Rental used in early days when we had no dirt bike choice. This was a good bike, except the steering was horrible.
Yamaha Serow 125cc Dirt Bike
A dirt bike but a bit underpowered and spare parts was a problem in the mountains.
Jialing Honda XL125
This 125cc dirt bike was like the original Honda XL125 version but with disc brake. The engine was good but not the frame. The suspension was extremely hard and it’s far less comfortable than our current XL125.
Russian Minsk 125cc
This 2-stroke bike was the only choice during the 1990’s. Then with the arrival of the more powerful, more reliable yet fuel saving bikes, Minsks were almost replaced with 4-stroke Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese motorbikes. It’s very hard to find a Minsk now when you ride in North Vietnam. There is a reason for this: Minsk is a fun but expensive experience after all! This is the worst bike we have ever hired out.