BMW 125 - assembled in Thailand

Klaus

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By plain accident I came across a black BMW 125. It looked like a brand new bike even though the look is kind of retro. It has a chain drive and dual rear suspension, the look overall is like it was made in the sixties.
The engine, too, is not the top-of-the-line technology we've come to expect from the Bavarians but a rather simple air-cooled, two valve contraption.
The reason may be that BMW is trying to keep the costs low; obviously this little machine is aimed at beginners on a small budget. It seems BMW is trying to attract a broader entry market to get a bigger customer base.
I took some photos but unfortunately I haven't figured out how to post them on this website. Maybe I can somebody can post them for me.
 

HIKO

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HI KLAUS

I can tell you for 100 % sure thet it is not a BMW. Probably somebody has put BMW stickers on some bike that seems to be a fashion in Cambodia and also in Thailand

HIKO
 

HIKO

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HI KLAUS

I can tell you for 100 % sure thet it is not a BMW. Probably somebody has put BMW stickers on some bike that seems to be a fashion in Cambodia and also in Thailand

HIKO
 

penetrator

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A bit like when they make Yammy SR400/500's into 50's/60's style British cafe racers and badge them up as BSA's or Nortons. See a whole bunch of them down the Kao Sarn Rd once.
 

tropicaljohno

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Hi Mr John,
here are the pictures of the "BMW125". Of course it's not a BMW but since it's quite a well done conversion of a Honda Wave 125 I wanted to post it on the gt-rider site. I expected a bit more of a discussion but HIKO nailed it fairly well with his "100%" opinion that it's not a Beemer. Can't fool the gt-rider crowd!
Thanks in advance for posting the pix, I attached one of myself, hope you don't mind.

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pianoman

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quote:

Originally posted by tropicaljohno

Hi Mr John,
here are the pictures of the "BMW125". Of course it's not a BMW but since it's quite a well done conversion of a Honda Wave 125 I wanted to post it on the gt-rider site. I expected a bit more of a discussion but HIKO nailed it fairly well with his "100%" opinion that it's not a Beemer. Can't fool the gt-rider crowd!
Thanks in advance for posting the pix, I attached one of myself, hope you don't mind.

BMW125a72dpi.jpg








I love it... Old style look with hopefully new bike reliability... Fun Toy.. Where can I get one???

Pianoman
 

Klaus

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...I've always been reliable...!! :cool:)

I had the same reaction as pianoman: where can I get one? I talked to the thai guy who built the bike, a kid, really, who runs a motorcycle repair shop for small bikes and had some parts lying around. So this bike is a one-of-a-kind but his brother is working on another one. I asked how much they put in, he couldn't tell. I asked him how much it would be if I brought him an old 125, he didn't know what to say, either. He was overwhelmed by the fact of having an extremely good-looking farang standing in his shop asking questions about his creation.
Then I started to add things up for myself: a fork off a Nova; headlight, speedo cluster, signals; air filter, handlebar, exhaust system; fenders, tank, seat... - those boys did a fairly thorough job of redesigning it. Plus cutting, welding, painting... Guess if I ordered one it would cost me as much as a brand-new Honda Phantom 200.
 

Noel Akers

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"Beemer wave "looks pretty cool but John should return home.....something extremely nasty has obviously happened to him up north !!!
 

tropicaljohno

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No way Noel am staying up here in the north a while longer, having a great time on the Degree with the lads, will post a trip report soon, have the foto's, just have to work out on the map where we went as all I did was follow our fearless leader, David Unc.
 

Klaus

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Hello John, thanks for posting the pics, maybe some day I'll learn it, too. People say it's easy, but that's what I tell my students every day, and they're having a hard time. Everything's easy once you know how to do it!
 

tropicaljohno

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No Worries Klaus, I said you would get some sarcastic remarks didn't I,re the picture of you. Will have to call in there sometime to say hi, as I seem to be up and done on Route 4 quite a bit now from Phuket to Bangkok/North Thailand.
 

Klaus

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Phuket - north Thailand - sounds like your girlfriend left and you want to see your kid on the weekend...?
Actually I expected some more remarks about the photo - if I couldn't handle it, I wouldn't post a picture like that! So come on guys, give it your best shot!
Bang Saphan is a good stopover from Phuket to BKK; it's about 400km to BKK from here, and it's 550km door-to-door to my bud's place in Kathu. Time is about the same since getting into BKK is a pain in the elbow with all the construction and backed-up traffic. Maybe to Phuket is even faster 'cause it's highway all the way down. I like to go Pha-Nga instead of the west coast.
Stop by and sample what my little jungle town has to offer - cheap bungalows, a mediocre beach, warm beer and cold girls.