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Ren's Biking Blog

Hi, I'm Ren, the ed.  Here's a collection of brief biking blogs as time goes by...

Weird 125 Oil Usage Old engines use oil, it's inevitable. What is puzzling Ren is the ever changing amount of oil the long suffering CBF is burning.
Pack Neatly Or Lob It In Is it better to be all neat and tidy when packing clothes for a trip or to just lob them in and squish them down? Ren is doing real science to find out conclusively.
Biker Code Nonsense Is there something special about bikers or motorcyclists? Are we indebted to each other? Ren doesn't think so.
Find An Excuse To Explore Does travelling require an excuse? No, not really but it helps Ren's unfocused mind to have one.
In Honour Of Stop n Tail Bulb Ren is mourning the loss of a long standing and reliable friend. It's a bulb. A tailight bulb. For goodness sake.
Sharon's First Test Ride Ren's having a flap because Sharon is doing something that many many motorcyclists do.
Errrrrm - Devon? There's another minor adventure afoot! The Americas? The Far East? Africa? No, the clue is in the title.
Brexit Booking With Brexit looming and uncertainty regarding what will happen Ren is considering whether or not to book next year's adventure.
France Is Slowing Down, So Are We. France has dropped a speed limit across the country. The UK is dropping their piecemeal. Is there any point in owning a big bike?
Thoughts On Bunkhouses Traumatised as a child Ren's never fancied the thought of a bunkhouse - until someone points out they might not be all that bad. Do they make sense?
No Adventure Too Small Do you need to travel the world on a vintage motorcycle while wearing a tutu and carrying a fridge to have a real adventure? Ren doesn't think so.
CBF125 Exhaust - It's Time Replacing and exhaust gasket should be quite easy. Should...unless your exhaust, studs and nuts are made from rust.
To Lube Or Not To Lube Do you lube? If so how often? Ren comes to terms with the complexity of chain lubrication and reaches absolutely no useful conclusion at all.
Testing The New Adventure Transport Sharon and Ren are very proud to announce their future vehicle of choice for touring and adventures.
Flapping About Spain Part 2 This time Ren is trying to convince himself he's going to be OK. He's not doing a very good job.
Flapping About Spain Part 1 With a trip to foreign climes pending Ren is doing what he does best - overthinking everything. It's not easy being a wimp.
Motorcycling Get Rich Quick Schemes Ren has a couple of hair-brained ideas to get rich quick while riding his bike. Maybe not all is as good as it seems though.
Rush Hour Traffic It's all change on the commuting front for Ren. He's struggling with the new situation but don't worry he'll get there. Perhaps.
GDPR And Help! In the interest of not wanting to understand the law Ren has just removed the "Subscribe" option. He's a lazy git. In fact he's so lazy he wants your help with ideas for the website!
Riding A Motorcycle For A Living What's it like riding a motorcycle for a living? Ren tried it. It's not exactly what he'd hoped for.
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Reader's Comments

Chris Raper said :-
Drop in on your site occasionally and I really enjoy reading your opinions, reviews etc - you are the Samuel Pepys of the biking world!
Phil said :-
Hi Ren, is there any chance you could add dates to your posts? I've just stumbled across this blog after searching for Yamaha Fazers as I own one as well as a Monster and a frugal little Honda Innova, but I can't figure out what is and isn't up-to-date. Have you still got your Fazer and do you still add to this site or have you moved on? I've really enjoyed reading your posts on here, still a lot more for me to look at too!
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Phil

I do add dates to the blog now but I didn't used to. I couldn't add them retrospectively because I have no chance of remembering when I wrote them!

The site is still active, it gets more added to it every week and I wish to grow it much further. I'm always looking for contributions from other writers because they offer alternative perspectives, ideas, reviews and information.

Glad you're enjoying the website.

Cheers, Ren.
putz said :-
great site,i have a nc700s and just read the review
Henrik said :-
Part's and usefull eksplosion diagrams for the RKS:



In case someone's interested

Ren - The Ed said :-
Good call Henrik! How on earth did you find them?
Henrik said :-
I found it by using WAYYYY to much time on google :-)

Same way as I found your site here, thanks for all the good info !!!

Considering a Keeway as we got a very intusiastic new dealer here in DK

It looks like he even want a complete spareparts program, I wrote a while
back on your Facebook department, scroll down on "posts to page", link here:


RKS is very good covered already, and I got the explosion drawings, and info
on valve-clearance, BUT unfortunately it's the TX 125 I'm most interested in,
and I still think I miss a lot of info on that one

Just ordered Haynes book on 125 ccm Chinese cycles, maybe some info in that
Ren - The Ed said :-
Cheers Henrik. I've tried to "Google Translate" the page but Google doesn't do so well on technical terms it seems. Thanks for the info though, it's useful to know. Just wish someone on the UK could supply the same details too.
Henrik said :-
Even though in Spanish, more goodie's here, in pdf, and for the TX as well ;-)


The site is a little on and off ,.. but eventually give it a try

Feeding a translator with Spanish would likely be easyer than with Danish

Bill said :-
Hi, found your site whilst researching Honda CBF 250. I wanted a small light bike my knackered hips could cope with (old age) and also able to easily manage the access up a flight of stairs to the workshop(live on a hill).
After reading lots of web opinions I bought a CBF 250 to accompany my CRF 230 trailbike. I don't commute, so its just for sunny rides around Cotswolds and Oxfordshire. Really enjoy reading the chats and articles on your site and it makes a pleasant change from the usual BS and big bike hype, been there and done that :-)

Keep up the good work

2008 CBF 250
10/05/2018 14:21:57 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Cheers Bill.

We're not "ANTI" big bike here, I often wonder if people think we are. It's more a question that we don't feel the pressure to own a big bike that's all.

Actually if I'm honest...Sharon is a hobbit so she has physical limitations and I'm tight so I'm too mean to spend the money on a big bike. This whole website is just us looking to justify our personal issues.

10/05/2018 15:43:22 UTC
Bill said :-
I am not anti big bike either Ren it's just physicality of age that make small and lightweight more attractive but it comes with bonus of cheaper running costs. It is strange though how many "bikers" seem to look down on smaller capacity bikes and think you are working your way up, not knowing you have gone full circle after almost 50 years riding experience and come back to a smaller machine. Enjoying the ride or adventure is more important than the capacity. Ride what you like and like what you ride or some such deep claptrap :-)
10/05/2018 16:59:49 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
There is some degree of snobbery regarding the size of your motorcycle but thankfully it's not as omnipresent as it may feel.

I recall when Sharon and I attended a "Adventure Bike Rider's" rally for the first time. We arrived on our 125s to find ourselves surrounded primarily by big BMW GSs and the ilk save for a few unusual machines. However the overall attitude was this...
"Is it a bike?"
"Do you have adventures on it?"
"Then it's an adventure bike."

You'll always find those who base their self worth on the capacity of their motorcycle. They're not the majority, I daresay most riders are just happy if you're happy.
10/05/2018 17:25:55 UTC

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