Saturday, May 10, 2008

Sachs MadAss 125 review

Motorcycles come in all shapes and sizes, but the radically styled Sachs MadAss 125 has always stood out in a crowd.

Designed to appeal to all those with a sense of fun, for 2008 the MadAss 125 continues with its minimalist styling but gets a new look with matt black alloy wheels and polished rims, plus a stainless steel exhaust system with brushed alloy silencer.

Although the MadAss falls into the learner-legal category, it almost shrugs off such tags – this is a motorcycle all right, but not as we know it. Designed by the well-established German company Sachs, minimalism gives the MadAss 125 its style, but it’s certainly not short on features.

Aided by the neat trick of carrying its fuel in the main frame tube, with its twin seat mounted on a single extension from the bike’s spine, the MadAss is an incredibly light machine, weighing just 95kg. And that’s despite having monoshock rear suspension, hydraulic disc brakes front and rear, tri-spoke alloy wheels, underseat silencer, a digital speedo, LED tail lights, and, topping it off in style, mean-looking, streetfighter-inspired, stacked twin projector headlights.

But MadAss doesn’t necessarily mean bad-ass when it comes to the environment, because the MadAss is very compliant. A clean four-stroke 125cc engine with catalytic converter exceeds the latest stringent European emissions requirements. Equipped with 12v electrics and an electric starter, the MadAss doesn’t scrimp on creature comforts either.

As to be expected from Sachs, quality is a key word and this shines through at all angles. The MadAss comes in yellow, anthracite grey or black.

Sachs Madass 125

5.3L (0.3 reserve) tank, top speed 110km/h Sachs Madass 125 simple CUB type engine, which should yield around 40+km/litre regardless of throttling style, since this bike is effectively light and aerodynamic. air cooled means coolant maintenance free this bike maintenance is about the same as a Honda Wave, cheap! but should only use mineral and not synthetic engine oil.

changing the carbuerator should yield a top speed in excess of 120km/h, but not sure of fc. A genuine Keihin PC20 carb hould do the trick. changing the rear sprocket to be smaller would yield better fc for long distance travelling while compromising pickup.

the only drawback would be the rear suspension, where servicing and maintenance is concerned. but i'm sure an economic version of such a small rear shock would be available from our neighbours soon.

a lot of room for customization and performance modding since there are no bike fairings. wheelbase about the same as a KSR, which should mean that it could easily fit into any HDB lift you can also fabricate a cylindrical tank and spray in matching colour and use it for fuel and the authorities won't even know!

with this bike, you'll spend more on customising than maintaining it no belt to change already saves u quite a sum, cub type engine parts easily available, engine oil change at only 12 bucks for a good 3000km or more, mechanical bikes are easier to maintain than automatic scooters. clutch plates are similiar to that of honda wave (it's a honda copy engine), semi-auto step through transmission gives one the ability to drag and change gears, and being a honda cub copy engine, you can easily boost it up to a 140cc or more displacement as such honda cylinder blocks are long available in the market.

if you have the $, get aftermarket japan tuning parts for racing magneto and you'll be revving your Sachs like a 2-stroker bike, but get a clever mechanic to re-route the electrics to the headlight. For exhaust options, i believe big names like Leo Vince and Yoshimura would have them soon legalised in Sg context. Am trying to find exhaust models for this since this model was available since 2006.

wah finally our local authorities are opening up to bike criteria; firstly we got the KSR 110, and now this! wahahahaha cheap and economic bikes! save the earth, burn lesser fuel please, do your part in global warming!
ask any biker who rides his cub hard and whether his bike gives him problems, none!

You gotta love the Honda Cub engine

Model: Sachs MadAss 125
Year: 2007
Category: Allround
Rating: 66.6 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes

Engine and transmission
Displacement: 124.00 ccm (7.57 cubic inches)
Engine type: Single cylinder
Stroke: 4
Fuel system: Carburettor
Valves per cylinder: 4
Fuel control: OHC
Starter: Electric & kick
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 4-speed
Transmission type
final drive: Chain
Physical measures
Dry weight: 100.0 kg (220.5 pounds)
Overall length: 1,815 mm (71.5 inches)
Overall width: 720 mm (28.3 inches)
Chassis and dimensions
Front tyre dimensions: 120/80-16
Rear tyre dimensions: 90/90-16
Front brakes: Single disc
Front brakes diameter: 260 mm (10.2 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes diameter: 215 mm (8.5 inches)
Speed and acceleration
Top speed: 90.0 km/h (55.9 mph)
Other specifications
Fuel capacity: 16.00 litres (4.23 gallons)
Color options: Black, yellow