We have ridden now almost 3.000 kms on them, time for a review.The Honda Wave falls into a special category of bikes. They look like a mixture of a motorbike and a scooter. The back is more motorcyclish whereas the front resembles a scooter. Sherrie therefore named them moscouts. Unfortunately they have neither the cuteness of a scooter nor the coolness of a real motorbike. But that said they are all over Asia, apparently the moscouts look is tailored for the Asian eye and not for those Farangs (stupid Westerners with big noses who have no idea what a bike is supposed to look like).
There are lots of bikes here that fall into that category and they are mainly from Japan (Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki) with some from China; although the Japanese have a way better reputation among the locals then the Chinese (but are also twice the price). We settled for the Honda version of a moscouter because
a) its one of the most popular bikes here (that makes for a good spare-parts and repair situation)
b) every Honda Africa Twin rider tells me how awesome his bike is. Maybe they transfered some of those awesome and reliability genes into the Wave since the Africa Twin has been out of production for almost a decade 😛
We bought the Malaysian Honda Wave 125 Ultimo with sport rims (tubeless) and an e-starter. The first due to my hurtful experiences with exploding tubes in Iceland and Uruguay. The second because I am afraid of Sherrie & her violent approach to not working kickstarters see also the Black Devil incident.
The Wave goes a little over 100 km/h at top speed (crouching, praying for back wind and a slight downhill run that is).
Comfortably you can ride between 80 and 90 km/h. Small curvy mountain roads can be a lot of fun (especially downhill) but of course you can’t expect the same stability as from a bigger bike (which also costs multiple times more). Our favorite roads for the Wave are the little back tracks that lead through small villages, tuck along palm trees beaches and through rubber tree plantations. And I guess thats the places you want to be anyway in Asia. For high speed highway runs you are better of in Germany with its unlimited Autobahns or one of the race tracks.The sitting position is surprisingly comfortable, the seat is not bad either. But you need to stop (at the latest) after about a 100kms anyway because you will run out of gas. And this is the one annoying thing about the Wave. A tiny gas tank (3,7l) and it is under the seat. That means unstrapping all your luggage at least once every 100kms. Pretty annoying. There must be a better solution. I’ll let you know when I’ve invented something. Thinking has started… Speaking of modifications: What we did add is a self made chain oiler (see picture below). An oil can, some wire and a tube: total costs 3 EUR per Bike. And no more chain spraying (problem being, I have not found any chain spray here. They just use oil cans themselves).
P.S. They can handle floods as well. But that story to come!
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