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Keeway Front Sprocket Kieron said :-
Hi everyone i have a keeway tx 125 and im having trounle finding a front and rear sprocket set for it... can anyone help! Alls i know is that the back sprocket is a 50 tooth n the front is 13 teetg

Daytona Lady Star GTX Boot Versus Daytona Lady Pilot GTX Boots & Initial Review Of Pilots Nidkid said :-
Hi! Thanks for your very detailed review. I just ordered a pair of the pilots based on this! I hope it's as good as you say it is:-)
I am a new short rider, so can't wait to have these to give me a wee bit of height!

Honda SH125 Mode Test Ride Review Sharon said :-
Hi Ray,

The SH Mode will be the name that is has been given by the manufacturer to market the product. The ANC 125 will be the model number. The F on the end may be the actual colour of the the scooter or some other specific feature.

For example I own a Kawasaki Z250SL. The owners manual is for a BR250 EF The V5 shows the model as BR250 EFS. I believe this S denotes the colour green of my bike.
If my bike had ABS it's model number would be different as in BR250 FF.

Hope this helps.

Cleaning Blue Dot Bike Brakes (Fazer) - By Ren Withnell R6zer said :-
Cheers buddy you're a legend!

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Pocketpete said :-
I have ordered the bolts the original honda ones. The Haynes manual states they should be replaced each time you remove them. But then goes on to tell you in great detail how to Install them back with none permanent thread lock. Ehich is what i did.

I've just ordered a small torque wrench that will go down to 10nm so that when the new ones come I can tighten to The correct settings.

The question that begs to be asked is do the new bolts require thread lock?

The shop says yes the honda service book doesn't mention it. Does anyone know what is correct in respect of bikes tgere seems to be a lot of guess work.

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Ren - The Ed said :-
Being a home tinkerer as opposed to a genuine motorcycle engineer it seems a bolt is a bolt. As long as the threads are right and the length is roughly the same then "it'll do".

That's fine if I'm bolting a bracket to my handlebars to hold a GPS but Ron W - you're right - when it comes to brakes despite me seeing "a bolt" I have to accept that not all bolts are equal. I'm sure there's a lot of other home tinkerers who'd say "Well I fitted XYZ bolts and it's been fine" but that's no help if you're parked in the back of a truck because a bolt failed.

Sometimes expert advice IS required.

Tappets, Shims And Plugs Ren - The Ed said :-
Don't you be fooling yourself Mr McQ! While there's no fairings to remove I'm sure it won't be plain sailing. The tank with have a fiddly high pressure hose as opposed to a low pressure rubber pipe. There'll be wires to the tank too for the fuel pump and gauge. There'll be a computer and sensors and environmental control under there too. The cam chain is likely to be in the middle to give it that classic look making camshaft removal almost impossible. The inner spark plugs will be buried under the frame rails requiring a special tool for removal.

If you want simple classic motorcycle mechanics - you'll have to buy a simple classic motorcycle.

Honda SH125 Mode Test Ride Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Aaaaw Ray! You're breaking my heart. Do you have your own 2 wheeled motorised transportation system or are you just left at home sorting out the paperwork? Maybe you need to get your own scooter and join her on her adventures.

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Ron W said :-
Be careful when replacing caliper bolts with non - original items! These bolts are usually 8.8 high tensile steel in which case A2 stainless won't do as it has less tensile strength. A4 stainless has about the same tensile strength as 8.8 and what you get from reputable specialist suppliers who sell replacement SS caliper bolts. If you knew all this apologies.

Tappets, Shims And Plugs Tom McQ said :-
Tappets & Plugs used to be one of the enjoyable tasks you carried out on a Saturday morning! Now it’s a nightmare that you put off or pay someone a small fortune to do for you. In fact, most jobs are a nightmare these days. My headlight and position lights have stopped working and Honda decided to put the headlamp relay under the fuel tank, which means I have to remove ALL the fairing panels and the tank.

And believe me, those fairings are a royal pain in the a$$! Why don’t manufacturers put all that stuff in one place (ideally under the seat)? This is one of the reasons that I’m still considering the 70’s style CB1100RS. What a joy to work on it must be!

Honda SH125 Mode Test Ride Review Ray Ellis said :-
I have done the same, several times!
Although the user manual and V5 say it is an ANC 125 F, that is never brought up on any search.
The reg plate on insurance drop down lists brings it up as the ANF, not what the DVLA has it logged as!
I’ve come to the conclusion that it is an SH125I, but is familiarly known as the SH Mode. But I’ll wait for the official result from Honda before contacting the insurance company again.
In the meantime my wife happily buzzes around and let’s me, her secretary, sort it out for her!
Happy days! ??

Tappets, Shims And Plugs Ren - The Ed said :-
I think I must have seen the same post. Hydraulic lifters my arse. If I find anything out I'll let you know.

Tappets, Shims And Plugs Liam said :-
I found one post saying they're hydraulic lifters, that's one bike that's not getting its clearances done any time soon!

I'm a few thousand off needing them done yet so I've got a whole to find out. Hopefully be some more concrete info out by that point, or I'll have to start ringing the dealers.

Tappets, Shims And Plugs Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Liam. Nope. Sharon's 7,500 mile service with shims was done by the shop as she had a "deal". Once it was done they said to Sharon "£260 Please" Sharon replied "Nope, don't think so, here's my deal done at the point of sale, the service is only £100". She enjoyed saying that a lot.

So no, I haven't done the shims on the Z250SL yet. I have looked into it though. As far as the physical task of doing it I expect it will be the same as the videos and guides I've looked at for the KLX250, as the motor appears to be basically the same.

BUT! I can find the valve clearances for the KLX250 / KMX250 but not for the actual Z250SL. I've seen one forum post from the far east which suggested they're the same as the motocross bikes but I wouldn't put any certainty into that. As the engine is likely to be in a different state of tune to the motocrossers I would not be surprised if the clearances are different too.

My plan is to simply ask the Kawasaki dealers. Experience tells me I ought to ask a few - if they agree then I can be confident they're right. I would not be shocked if they all offer me different values though in which case I'd have to do more research.

Tappets, Shims And Plugs Liam said :-
You had the pleasure of doing this on the Z250SL yet? Between the Internet and owners manual I can't find any information at all. Not even the clearance values.

Is it just the same as doing the job on a KLX250.

Honda SH125 Mode Test Ride Review Ren - The Ed said :-
I've just googled "ANC125F" including the quote marks. It brings up all the info regarding the Mode.

Honda and many other manufacturers "do this". Google "NC30" and you'll find lots of information about the VFR400. Then do the same for "NC24" and you'll get what appears to be the same bike. I'm sure other folks can supply plenty of other examples from other marques.

Most insurance companies these days go off the reg plate anyhow?

It's enough to drive you spare but you're not alone.

Honda SH125 Mode Test Ride Review Ray Elis said :-
My wife has just treated herself to a Honda 125 scooter, 18 months old, 400 miles on the clock. At 64 years of age she’s fulfilled a lifelong ambition and it’s such a joy to see her buzz off down the road. It’s brilliant and she loves it.

However, here’s the problem.

According to the Honda dealer she bought it from she’s bought an SH Mode.
According to the V5 document she’s got an ANC 125 F.
Yet insurance companies don’t recognise either of these and have recorded it as an ANF 125 Innova!
The dealer maintains it’s an SH Mode.
The owner manual calls it an ANC 125.
And we are totally confused!

So now we await a call back from Honda UK and in the meantime the insurer are happy to simply add a note to the record.

Any ideas from any of you guys?

Bracing Winds And Wobbly Hobbits Ren - The Ed said :-
Puck - I've always known then as pucks.

Both bikes are on pucks otherwise they wouldn't stand even on dry solid grass. I have, in the past, experienced ground soft enough to see the puck slowly but definitely sinking into the grass and soil under the pressure of a heavily loaded NTV600 Revere. Oddly enough, that was the last time we were in South Wales when we just passed through.

Z250SL Radiator Fan Protector Ren - The Ed said :-
I can do many things if I try. I often just lack the will to try.

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Ren - The Ed said :-
I take your point regarding practising emergency stops. If, as many riders do, you tend to only use the front brake then in the event of a real emergency stop the rider is immediately not making full use of all the braking available. Or the go for the long forgotten rear brake and it's either dysfunctional due to lack of use or the use it incorrectly doe to a lack of practice.

That said with more and more motorcycles having ABS most riders can just grab a fistful of both and let the computer work out what's best...

Honda CB 125 F Test Ride Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Thanks TMO.

Bracing Winds And Wobbly Hobbits Ian Soady said :-
You mention worrying about the bike stands sinking into the ground, and I see from the campsite picture that there's nothing under the stand. I always carry one of those spreader things that I got free somewhere although I'm sure you could make one out of the left over bits of plastic / plywood from another job......

Z250SL Radiator Fan Protector Ian Soady said :-
Looks pretty good. I knew you could do it if you tried.

Honda CB 125 F Test Ride Review Ian Soady said :-
Re training in the London area try Kevin Williams

I have been riding for 50 years but an assessment I had with Kevin a few years ago was very useful.

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Ian Soady said :-
The only problem with "getting a feel" is that their own way may be a way that will end them up in trouble the first time they need to use the brakes in earnest.

I make it a rule to regularly practise hard stops so that I'm familiar with the pressure needed on both hand & foot lever (tricky of course with multiple bikes). The maximum braking force is when the tyre is just about to lock which again is difficult to assess. It is quite astonishing how short a distance you can stop from say 30 mph - a couple of car lengths is ample. But of course you have also to be ready to do it.....

What makes me smile is when people talk about laying the bike down to avoid a crash. First, that is a crash; second, brakes working through tyres on tarmac will slow the machine down far more efficiently than assorted bits of metal scraping along.

A Box Of Bits, Paint and Engine mike said :-
I really love your fizzy tank.Can you give me your paint code or the name of this color (blue).thanks a lot !

Honda CB 125 F Test Ride Review TMO said :-
Hi Ren - The Ed,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree with you on 30-40 mph speed figures, I some times go up to 50 mph if I am early on the road and can see the engine working hard plus the vibrations, moment am under 40 mph, feels better. I will sick to the 30-40 mph range and see if I get some good value from every drop of petrol. I am not into racing but just to save on work commute.

I take your point of taking a week out to come up north but the train fares will make total cost more or less as here :(. For now I am taking A1 and passed mod 1 so am using you tube videos and RJH motorcycle training from Manchester has got some excellent videos so am taking their tips and implementing on my riding also other training providers too. If I pass my mod 2 then it would be great :) I will go for A category after few years once saved enough :)

Honda SH125 Mode Test Ride Review Ren - The Ed said :-
I only wish I could test ride more motorcycles and scooters. Unfortunately I only run this small website so I don't get invited to motorcycle launches for magazine reviewers. There's only so many test rides dealers will tolerate before they realise I'm not there to buy a bike.

I live in a little terrace house. Ideally I'd like to live in an old massive industrial unit so I could keep on buying bikes. I only need a bed, a cooker and a toilet, the rest can be storage.

Honda CB 125 F Test Ride Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi TMO. 27 miles per litre equates to 122 miles per gallon, a figure I'm more familiar with. I'd say that's pretty good considering the traffic you're passing through.

I own the slightly older CBF125. My model seems to get the best economy at 30-40 mph. Any faster and the engine is working quite hard. I don't have a rev counter on my early CBF125 but I estimate I usually change gear around 5-6 thousand rpm.

I can't help with training schools in London as I live in North Manchester. I have been told training is expensive in London, I wonder if it would make financial sense to take a week's break and do your training outside of the big smoke.

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Ren - The Ed said :-
Quite true Keith, it is an individual thing. I do think we need a basic starting point for learners but once they've put some miles on they'll start to get a feel and make their own way.

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Keith m said :-
When I learnt to ride back in the mid 80s I was like most taught 70:30 in the dry and 50:50 in the wet. But after years riding 2-stokes and now jumping back on a 4-stroke I'd forgotten (surprised) how much engine braking slows a bike down. So I tend to use engine/gearbox and front brake.
But riding bikes is about balance and feel and is down to the individual to find what is right for them. I was just curious as to what other people did.

Honda SH125 Mode Test Ride Review Ted said :-
Thanks Ren, at least now in my life I don't have to justify how many bikes I NEED....Ok, just want ;-)
The little cub was an impulse buy and probably more of a nostalgia trip.
There is no rust and it is a solid little easy starter which does exactly what it was built for.

I read the review you did on the Honda, either Sh125i, or Mode.

The 300 Shi looks a lovely beast, but not sure I can warrant another more expensive than a 125cc, insurance policy.

I was hoping to see a review of the Yamaha Xcenter 125.
I was torn between that and the Honda Shi.

I am hoping to soon go have a look at a late (ish) model Xcenter, then unfortunately my impulse cub and I will have to part company.
Minus the top box, that shape box has gone, but I would have put a later shape GIVI on.
I even had it planned to have the "Slow Vehicle....Please pass" sign on the back.

As you rightly say, space.....Urgh, maybe I would have been better living in a Tardis, no restrictions on finding places to put "Stuff" and travel would take on a whole new dimension.

Honda CB 125 F Test Ride Review TMO said :-
Any suggestion on what is good economy speed to ride a Honda cb125f to get good fuel economy. Any tips on speed at which to swift gears would be helpful too.

I am not into speed but saving monies. Thanks. Tej

Honda CB 125 F Test Ride Review TMO said :-
Got my new cb125f, called city flyer on v05 doc, I get around 27 miles a litre, riding from Wembley on A40 western avenue at peak hours to and from work down into busy London kings cross doing 26 miles a day. Is this good fuel economy? How much you actually get per litre or mpg? I am planning for A1 licence only so will stick to my 125 for few years,

A category licence training are costly in London around £160 a day, can you suggest any cheaper ones in London? Thanks. Tej

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Pocketpete said :-
In the police you were always taught the 70/30 method with another option combined and that was no gearbox down changes until you have finished braking. The idea being not to use the engine and gearbox to slow you down.
This way you wear out your brake pads and not your clutch and gearbox.

Apparently it's cheaper to replace the pads rather than the other more expensive bits.

I would expect things may have moved on in the 25 years since I did my tests. But it sort of makes sense.

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Ren - The Ed said :-
I had several customers ask how were they to know what is precisely 70-30. The only reasonable answer is that you're not expected to precisely calculate the ratio, it's more of a rough guide, an estimate, a start point. "If it's dry a bit more front than rear, if it's wet then about the same."

Different brake setups would make a mockery of trying to get exact figures. How powerful is the front brake to the rear, how well maintained is each brake etc etc.

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Ian Soady said :-
I'm shocked that anyone from the IAM should offer advice like that. For most bikes, the front brake is by far the more efficient stopper and provides most of the braking effort (which is why it often has twin discs which are bigger diameter than the rear). As you apply the brakes, weight is transferred to the front thus making the brake on that end more effective still. It's simple physics.

I don't know if Motorcycle Roadcraft is still the IAM bible but it is very clear on the issue.

For cruiser type bikes the rear is admittedly of more use due to the smaller weight transfer effect. Th ere are all sorts of wild stories about using the front brake causing headers over the front wheel etc but they are put about by people who have never actually learned to brake in a progressive fashion but just grab a handful in a panic. This will often lead to disaster.

Where the rear brake is of course essential is in low speed manoeuvring especially with bikes with little flywheel effect which also need excessive (to my mind) clutch slipping.

It is interesting that the 70/30 ratio is often mentioned but I have never seen anyone explain how exactly you measure the different braking effects front to rear. My Guzzi with linked brakes in fact is not far off 50:50 as there is no actual proportioning valve so the same pressure is applied to the (identical) calipers at both ends. Not a perfect situation in my eyes but it does seem to work quite well although the separately controlled front brake is (deliberately) given a very poor leverage ratio so is very wooden. I will be rectifying this to some extent by fitting a smaller diameter master cylinder.

Bracing Winds And Wobbly Hobbits Ren - The Ed said :-
The old rickety bridge at Penmaenpool isn't always open Andy. There's just one chap in a little booth and I imagine he'd like to have some kind of a life. It is a dinky little shortcut though.

We must have been past West Hook Farm and you can read about that in the next exciting episode...!

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Ren - The Ed said :-
When I was instructing in the mid to late 90s the advice was 70-30 front-rear in the dry and about 50-50 in the wet. I still consider this as being sound advice.


I have heard instructors say you must have your feet this way or that. You must/must not use this brake and those fingers. You must/must not apply the throttle thus and the gears this way. And so on and so on and so on.

If you are covering the miles safely and without troubling other road users then do what works best for you and your motorcycle and your riding style. Some bikes have better front brakes than rear, some bikes load up the front tyre in a stable manner others don't. Some riders prefer the ease and bite of the front brake while others feel secure in the control of the rear.

I am not a fast rider save for the occasional countryside squirt. As such I tend to be more rear brake biased with engine braking and I also use the clutch - a LOT! I'm not here to tell you that's right but it's what works for me that's all.

Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review Ren - The Ed said :-
I think a sidecar fitted to the Z250SL would be perfect! Sharon could take all the outfits and hair dryers and shoes she could ever want. That's it, that's my next business venture - sidecars for 125 and 250cc motorcycles. Thanks Martin, I'm going to be a millionaire!

Yeah 11 litres. When Sharon's starting to panic and flap because there's only 1 bar left on the fuel gauge I tell her to chill but she won't. When we pull into a station and she puts 7.5 litres in that means there's still at least 3 litres left, enough for 60 miles I reckon.

Are you moving far or a local move?

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Stuart said :-
When I started learning to ride a bike I was always taught it was 70% front brake 30% back so the rear brake rarely got a look in.

Speaking to another biker recently who had taken the I.A.M. test they now say you should rely on just the rear and only use the front if you have to.

Any newer riders got a view on this?


8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Keith m said :-
On a slightly different tack and i may be blown down in flames here. But am I the only one who rarely uses the rear brake especially on a four stroke with all that engine braking. Off road (trials) I use it none stop but on road just don't seem to use it.

Is Dafydd's 250 A Lemon? said :-
Hi Ren, I had a brief try in a year old tricity yesterday. Compared to my sh125 it was less refined engine and transmission wise and the 2 wheels up front didn’t increase my confidence in the bends. The roads were greasy so it was a reasonable test. I was a little big for it too with the bars too close, so I’ve ruled it out. It looks like it’s designed for cobbled roads in attractive European cities! Cheers, David

Bracing Winds And Wobbly Hobbits Andy Gray said :-
Great reading about your travels to the same areas I’ve been.

Wish I’d known about the wooden bridge near Barmouth, the inland drive is boring!

When you were on the campsite at Caefai, directly south is another right on the other side of the bay. West Hook Farm in Marloes - basic, exposed but has wonderful views!

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Pocketpete said :-
The standard brake pads are quite good they have always stopped me. They have always felt adequate and you get a decent feel.

The back brake is rather small and I have always felt it was pretty useless unless you really stand on the pedal.

Since changing I simply cannot believe how poor the back brake has been since I got the bike. How did I put up with it for so long. Now it's really responsive. Grab the front and back together and you are really coming to a stop in double quick time.

Maybe because I'm a big fat git the extra bulk caused my brakes to struggle. Not any more lol

Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review Martin said :-
Thanks Ren,

Had not thought of that, I am around 14 st so that must make a difference. good idea about using the bike to move house, I wonder if I could fit a sidecar? I will cancel the van. Its dry again tonight so will have to get out there again. I just realised that after the 500 mile service I am supposed to keep to 6000 rpm for the next 500 miles, not too bad on A roads. At least I will be able to use it for longer trips then. Just found out the tank capacity is 11 litres so almost 2.5 gallons. Its not really a problem anyway as I wont be doing more than 100 miles at a go. Happy Biking.

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Ren - The Ed said :-
I have to agree though the OE Dunlop tyres are no fun at all. I've gone with cheap Continental Conti-motions and they're a lot better.

8,000 Mile CB500X Review (& Service) Ren - The Ed said :-
I honestly have not had any issues with the brakes on my CB500X. I guess Pete's just enjoying the extra ooomph from fancy HH pads.

Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Sharon finds she's ready to refuel around the 160 mile mark but that's being over cautious. We estimate around 90 - 100 mpg but then Sharon is only 7.5 stones and offers little wind resistance.

There really is only one way to get those revs up - you're going to have to put the miles on! I'm sorry but I don't accept excuses such as moving house or not being where the bike is. I suggest using the 250 to move house. You can bungee the settee onto the back seat and put the fridge on top of that, I'm sure you'll be just fine.

Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review Martin said :-

Gentle readers you may be shocked to learn that after one month of ownership of my Z250sl I have still only covered 160 miles. My excuse is that I am in the throes of house moving and spend only half my time where the bike is and am busy all day on house chores. This week I have managed just one evening outing, on Tuesday it was very windy on this sceptred isle but it was dry. I took the bike out for about a 40 mile run (sticking mostly to the 4000 rev limit being a boring old git - 64). I was really pleased that the bike was not at all troubled by side winds, I remember a Suzuki GSX600F which I used to own (didn't like it, too heavy) on a trip across the island being leant over at about 10 degrees all the way to Bangor and all the way back but then it was rather a slab sided device. Must admit I do find it difficult to keep below 4000 rpm when accelerating away from a stop (there do seem to be an awful lot of roadworks about at the moment) as it doesn't take long to get from 3 to 4k. I was a little disappointed to find that the low fuel indicator began flashing as 160 miles came up, I had brimmed the tank when I first rode it but had not noted the amount put in the tank and the owners manual does not state the tank capacity. I had hoped for a 200 mile range, especially when riding the bike as gently as I have been with the speed restriction in force. Perhaps the tank is smaller than I thought or the engine is still "tight" and the economy will improve as the mileage increases. Have to say its a really nice bike.

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