learning to ride on a 1978 Honda CB125s
by Laurel Faulk
(Sonoma county,California )
my 1978 Honda CB125s getting tuned up
I am a 50 year old female who just learned to ride a motorcycle. I have been wanting to forever so I finally took the California motorcycle safety course. My brothers all ride Harleys but I myself have always liked the older Honda CB's, can't say exactly why, but that is the bike that has always caught my eye. So imagine my suprise when I got to looking for one that I got a barn find, a 1978 Honda CB125s, original owner and only 1400 miles on it. It had actually been the guys grandfathers who recieved it as payment for some work he did for someone years ago and he rode it some but basically parked it in the garage. Then grandpa passed away and it went to his grandson, now a grown man standing 6ft 8 inches tall, he loved the bike but he looked a little silly on it being so very tall and it really wasnt comfortable so he parked it until he decided to sell it, the year prior to my buying it he told me he only put like 30 miles on it. I decided I loved it, am in no hurry for a freeway legal bike, I wanted to get some riding experience just aound our back country roads and through town. The first couple of weeks the bike just would stall at every stop and finally I knew it wasnt all new rider issues so I took it into a honda mechanic and he tuned it up and cleaned the carb and that little bike rips now. It starts up first or second kick hot or cold and I have had it up to 55mph with out a hitch, it will go faster but I dont need it to really. Its a head turner and I have already been offered more than I paid for it but I like it too much. So, I am going to replace all the rubber, the grip, the pegs, it still has the original tires on it with little wear but I just got new tires for it.
Editor's Note: Laurel, thanks for a lovely story and that is a great way to get into motorcycling. Please don't push that little bike more than 50mpg, it might do it but in the long term it won't be good for it. So girls, looky here. Laurel is 50 years young and starting to ride. It's never too late. Thanks for sharing.