Product Type: Honda motorcycles
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Member Name: zero_99292749
Date: 03/04/03, updated on 28/01/05 (6440 review reads)
Advantages: 100+ miles per gallon, Exelent Build Quality, The most fun you can have with your clothes on
Disadvantages: Vibes At high revs, Front brake (pants), dead spot at 50/poor top end
Well i have owned my cg for about 3 months, decideing to buy a motor bike is the best thing i ever decided to do..
I find myself constantly finding excuses to go for rides, "oh no, i left my pen at uni! id better go get it :)"
as much as i hate to say it this bike has its faults, i'll start with them...
ok, lets start with the the engine, on a cold day (-3 cold) starting usualy takes a few trys (however the newer versions have an electric start so not as much of a pain) and when it goes be very carefull to warm up properly otherwise you will be stalling at lights and with a kickstart thats not much fun!
The engine is quite vibey especialy at the top end, there is a dead spot at 50ish and at this speed and slope upwards will cause you to drop speed. the worst thing i think is the front brake, its pants, however you ride the bike to its capacity, if the brakes are rubbish keep a decent distance and make sure you have plenty of time to stop... also the front light isnt fantastic but will do the job.
Right on to the good stuff, these bikes run forever, i did my cbt on one with 40,000miles and, bearing in mind it recieves a dayly thrashing (and i mean absoloute thrashing to death) it was in perfect working order, the engine was easyly as responsive as a new one. for in town work this bike is fantastic, more than enough power to blast to the head of the traffic from the lights. the handleing is suppriseingly good on twisty country roads which makes for an immensely fun ride, i dont have a massive problem keeping up with my mates zz-r 400, and the way he rides thats quite something, of course on straights its different but not suppriseing. the fuel economy is fantastic! a full tank cost me about £8 and i dont usualy have to refill for weeks at a time, the tank potentialy has a 200mile range. (beware, after rideing to leeds festival it got to reserve after 100miles, which was a bit worrying cause i thought i'd broken down 100 miles from home!)
update - Quite some time has passed since writeing this review, i'm currently rideing a transalp 600vtwin, before that i'd had a cx500 for a year, both brilliant bikes... worlds away from the cg.
The cg has had quite a makeover last year, different clocks, (a fuel guage) and, wonder of wonders! disc brakes! appart from that its pretty much the same bike.. they are a bit pricey considering what other bikes are available for the money second hand but when used examples appear they will be a steal...
You may have noticed certain chinese copys floating about, useing the same parts e.t.c. while these are quite a bit cheeper dispite their claims they are NOT as well built, the electrics are abismal, generally not well put together at all, for £1000 a low milage cg will be a far better bet.
I'm actually looking for a cg to rebuild, for a spare bike and for going off road with! versatile they are ;)