The Honda CG125 is one of the most rugged small displacement bikes ever created. Born from the CB125, the CG was designed specifically for developing countries, where oil changes, dealer service, and preventative maintenance were not so common.
Whereas the CB models had overhead cams, whose bearings could easily wear, the CG125 had a push rod, washable foam air filter, and fully-encased chain guard. The result was a machine that could motor on through years of abuse and inclement conditions, the 12-horsepower engine carrying passengers in countries all over the world. The design was so successful that it has been copied again and again, and continues to be in production in one form or another.
Enter Jake Paloma Peñaranda of Boolbs Personalizado Motocicletas, based in Surigao City, Philippines. Jake has turned this 1982 Honda CG125 into quite the looker. The bike is a tribute to the Honda CB77 Superhawk, and the design echoes are clear and beautiful. Below, we get the full story from Jake on the build.
Honda CG125 Brat Bike: In the Builder’s Words
The base bike is a 1982 Honda CG125 fitted with an iconic tank from a 1964 Honda CB77 Superhawk. I decided to approach this build with a clean and direct concept of making an everyday utility bike and turn it into something different and shall I say, special in some way. Hence the thought of putting in a classic cb77 tank.
The client who owns the bike insisted on making it spot-on different from the rest. Ended up with bigger tires and wider rims, a custom exhaust muffler and a gloss jet black paint job with gold trim.