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While I was in Canada, I visited Suzuki's Canadian headquarters in Waterloo Ontario, and persuaded them to lend me one of the few C-Stroms that they brought across the Pacific Ocean.



This is a miniature, one-cylinder version of the V-Strom, and it has only 100 cubic centimeters. You can readily see the family resemblance between this DL-100 and its bigger cousins the DL-650 and DL-1000.

We may need to rethink the term Wee-Strom now that there is a *really* wee Strom.

Like the two-cylinder bikes, the DL-100 has a computer-controlled, fuel-injected engine that is water cooled. It also has the proven Suzuki six-speed transmission and the legendary reliability of the V-Strom. Like the bigger Stroms, the C-Strom has four gauges, but these are all analog. The familiar "needle-dance" is not part of the C-Strom's wake-up routine.



I asked whether the term "C-Strom" was derived from C being the Roman numeral for 100, or whether C meant Compact or some other adjective based on the bike's relatively small size. Nobody at Suzuki Headwuarters could answer that.

Whatever the basis of the first letter of C-Strom, the rest of the bike deserves its moniker. The 100 cc engine is redlined at 11600 RPM, and readily pushes the bike over 60 MPH. The C-Strom feels out of place on an Interstate Highway, but is thoroughly legal there. Its proper place is on Florida's many State and County Roads, especially the twisty ones. Because the little engine can cope with only slight hills and only modest headwinds, Florida's generally flat landscape and benign weather are just the place to enjoy this keen performer. I wish I had better skill at curves and corners, because this bike really holds the road well, and a skilled road-racer would enjoy pushing the bike to its limit. Unfortunately, I am not permitted to let anyone else ride it, but y'all can watch all you like.

I feel honored to be one of the few writers chosen to promote this innovative bike, and I look forward to seeing the C-Strom at dealers in 2011, or perhaps the second half of 2010. If the Florida Stromtroopers organize a ride, not too far from Sarasota, I would be pleased to participate. I hope rodK can be persuaded to ride my Wee-Strom on such a ride.

Keith
 

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Looks and sounds much the same as a Honda CBR125. Wife had one for a couple of months and I rode it a few times. I got very tired of shifting gears and reving 9K to make any power and having my hands go numb with vibration. Good Newbie learner bike though and better than a 50cc scooter. Not sure why they used the Strom name for this baby bike but then again I wondered why Honda named their pup a CBR.
 

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U R 2 smart 4 ME!

Of course it's a Honda CBR125. Such bikes are popular in many countries, but are not available in the USA.

I thought it might take a while for the Florida folks to catch on, but you guys exposed the hoax much faster than I expected.

In fact, the Honda CBR125 really does look much like a tiny V-Strom.

With six speeds and fuel injection, it behaves like the Stroms as well, except in the area of power.

Next summer, I plan to take this bike on a long ride and show it to lots of Honda dealers, hoping I can persuade them to petition Mr. Honda to let them sell it in the USA. In my opinion, this is a fine bike for beginners, because it is light and low-powered, yet maneuverable and peppy at city speeds. I suspect that lots of beginners buy Ninjas and GS500s and even CBR600s and get into much more trouble than they expect, merely with a twist of the wrist. I hope the CBR125 gets sold in this country, and perhaps saves several lives by displacing sales of dangerously powerful machines.

In my youth ... before steam engines had been invented ... well, no, but before Kennedy was elected, I had a low-powered machine that suited my lack of skill and judgment. I got into enough trouble anyway, and I shudder to think of the mayhem I could have wrought with a decent bike in my unskilled hands.

So please pardon the joke, and let me ride with you on my little gem and show you a bike that is well built and economical and a total treat to ride ... but I STILL won't let you ride it.

Keith
 

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The first bike I rode was a Honda 125 Elsinore.

I managed to upset a few folks with it.
 

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Keep clean oil in that 125. I was looking after my wifes and had no problems but I did notice there is no oil filter other than a screen that can be cleaned. I would not push the oil change schedule. We did not have it around long enough to change the oil...it went to another learner girl.

The bike reminded me of my first high school bike in that I could almost pick it up and carry it. The seat hight is nice and high but the bars too low for me as I had all my weight on my wrists. As I said, you have to work the gears to make any power and keep it well north of 7-8K if you want any acceleration, but my son's Ninja 250 is no better in the high RPM regard. I would consider the 125 as an in town commuter with limited freeway use, much preferred over a scooter of the same size. Handling is excellent as supected from Honda with monoshock and good discs front an rear. Fuel economy is not worth discussing as it barely uses any. They are a nice functional bike and my wife gained experience and confidence riding it.
 

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Oil is indeed critical for this bike.

Keep clean oil in that 125. ...
Aye, aye, Sir. The manual stresses the need to avoid oil designated "energy conserving" lest the wet clutch be ruined by the additives in such oils. The V-Strom has a wet clutch too, and I will similarly avoid the same additives for my main ride.

I changed the oil a tad early, at 900 kilometers, and I will heed the service schedule. That screen is not easy to clean, because coolant must be drained and the right side of the crankcase removed. I am glad I will not need to do that until 12000 kilometers. I bought a Service Manual for the CBR125R from a fellow in Surrey, so I am prepared to do most of the service myself, as I do for the V-Strom.

Perhaps I will see you in the spring. I plan to ride to BC again because I have a new grandson there, and he needs something scary to look at, just to keep him aware of reality. When I rode to BC in 2006, I neglected your island because of time constraints. I will not make the same mistake this time.

Best wishes from the BC of the USA??? Well, no, Florida is too flat for that appelation.

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Perhaps I will see you in the spring. I plan to ride to BC again because I have a new grandson there, and he needs something scary to look at, just to keep him aware of reality. When I rode to BC in 2006, I neglected your island because of time constraints. I will not make the same mistake this time.

Best wishes from the BC of the USA??? Well, no, Florida is too flat for that appelation.

Keith
Keith...Please let me know when you are coming to the Island...There is some great riding here...I like Florida for other reasons, particulary in winter....Ian
 

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You'll be leading a pack.

Keith...Please let me know when you are coming to the Island...There is some great riding here...I like Florida for other reasons, particulary in winter....Ian
Thanks for the suggestion. I know a Stromtrooper in Richmond who will likely be riding with me. Of course he loves your island, although I suspect he loves the little islands near it a tad more.

Come and visit us in Florida; at the very least, we can erect a fine tent for you and show you some interesting (but flat flat flat) roads hereabouts.

Keith
 
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