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


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CB500X Miles Per Gallon Ren is proving himself to be the ultimate miser once again. This seems to please him greatly. Does he squeak when he walks? You betcha.
Too Many Signs Or Not Enough Are there already too many signs on our roads that just confuse motorists? Or do we need more so there's a chance the message gets through?
DVLA Change Of Keeper Now Online Did you know you can change the registered keeper of a vehicle via the DVLA's website? It's all very easy - but is there a security risk?
The Complexities Of Motoring Just take a moment to think how incredibly complex all the various rules and regulations are for motorists both at home and abroad.
Mathematics To Slow You Down Science, physics, mathematics. No matter how you feel about these topics they still apply to your ability to stop. You might be surprised what the numbers say too.
Another Sign Of Aging The ageing Honda CBF125 is showing another symptom of being a very worn out motorcycle. Or...perhaps Ren is an idiot.
Sympathy For The Devil Is there any money to be made is selling motorcycles for a living? Ren has a brief look at the maths and maybe it doesn't all add up.
Stripping The Free Engine The King of unskilled motorcycle mechanics has been stripping and rebuilding a 125 engine. What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
Pulling Halfway Out It's not exactly good practice but is this thing about pulling out halfway across a busy main road bad driving or a necessary evil? As usual Ren is sitting on the fence.
Fashion For Faded Being right at the bleeding edge of the latest trends and styles Ren is taking a look at what is in vogue today. Clueless is the word that comes to mind.
Ferry Luggage In the interest of making the simplest things as complex as he possibly can - Ren is planning on how best to board a ferry.
Engine For Nowt Ren has been begging once again and the good people of Facebook have come up with the goods. But why, what's he after this time the low-down cheapskate?
Christmas Ride 2017 It's Christmas! So that means it's time for Ren to ride to those places he'd normally avoid. This time he takes on consumerism.
Calculating MPG Ren explains how to calculate MPG. You might be needing a calculator unless you're a mental maths genius.
70,000 Mile CBF 125 The CBF 125 has endured another 10,000 miles under Ren's uncaring backside. Is it a miracle of modern engineering or just good luck and stubbornness?
Bored Of Adventure Despite the hype does being a world travelling motorcycle adventurer ever become dull? Maybe it's not all it's cracked up to be.
Towing With A Motorcycle Ren takes a tentative look at the notion of towing a trailer using a motorcycle. The first question is what are the rules here in the UK?
Rainbows On Motorways Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the road after the cold snap Ren experiences a buttock clenching moment on the motorways. Come back heavy rain, all is forgiven.
CBF 125 Exhaust Rust The exhaust on Ren's 125 is finally showing signs of its age. It will need replacing at some point - the question is what with.
Moto Winch Anyone? This gadget can help get your motorcycle upright once again if you've been unlucky enough to drop it. There's pros...and cons.
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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!
Cheers
Chris
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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!
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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.
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putz said :-
great site,i have a nc700s and just read the review
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Henrik said :-
Part's and usefull eksplosion diagrams for the RKS:

http://www.puzey.co.za/Resources/Keeway/Keeway%20RKS%20125%20-%20150/Frame%20Parts%20Catalogue%201.05mb.pdf

http://www.puzey.co.za/Resources/Keeway/Keeway%20RKS%20125%20-%20150/Engine%20Parts%20Catalogue%201.74mb.pdf

In case someone's interested


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Ren - The Ed said :-
Good call Henrik! How on earth did you find them?
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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:

http://www.thansen.dk/soeg/?q=keway+rks

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
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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.
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Henrik said :-
Even though in Spanish, more goodie's here, in pdf, and for the TX as well ;-)

http://www.pdfmotomanual.com/index.php?r=site/page&view=manuales&order=t&key=K&make=2292&lang=ESP

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



rks-pdf
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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.

hehe...
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?"
"Yeah?"
"Do you have adventures on it?"
"Yeah?"
"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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