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Motorway Miles And Muses Snod said :-
There are other solutions, y'know.. Build quality is of course unknown! ...

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Wow! I thought it looked familiar - check the link ...

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Tim said :-
Spot on mate! We stopped there for a coffee before the ride home via the mumbles!

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ren - The Ed said :-
That's a great picture Tim. Which beach is that at? It looks kind of familiar...I'm guessing here at Port Eynon?

Motorway Miles And Muses Ren - The Ed said :-
I have offered Rod I really have. She has this "thing" about the bike looking nice though. I don't gerrit meself.

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Tim said :-
Well our ride went well!! We did 50 miles around the Gower and the little Cbf125 performed really well, my friend Alan is not a small guy shall we say but the bike dragged him up all of the hills with little effort and held a steady 50-55 mph no problem which is fine for the area we were riding.His bike used hardly any fuel and like you said the grin on his face said it all!! Think there will be lots more days like that to come!

Me and Alan at Port Eynon, Gower.

Motorway Miles And Muses Rod said :-
Sharon, I am sure if you ask Ren nicely, that he could secure the luggage better with a few wooden brackets!!

Motorway Miles And Muses Ren - The Ed said :-
That blasted luggage! It is very well made and it's a good system but oh my goodness it drives me to despair. Every time she needs something from it there's a 7 minute hiatus as she tightens, fastens, clips, pulls and re-re-re-adjusts every blooming buckle. Gerra box and lob stuff in it, job done!

Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review Ren - The Ed said :-
If you keep an eye on the website martin the whole story will be revealed in the fullness of time. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review martin said :-
Hi Ren,

Yes, I am impressed. I see Sharon has a Kriega solution to her luggage problem now, must have been very handy for a long trip like that. How many stops did you make on the way down? I am assuming the ferry was not direct to Spain?

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ren - The Ed said :-
They are a good commuter bike. But I hope your friend takes it further afield as it is perfectly capable. Mine has been around Southern Ireland, Scotland, The Netherlands and a large chunk of England and Wales.

Sharon and I had a look around South Wales last year. We were both very impressed with the area so I think you and your friends are very lucky to have those playgrounds in your back garden. Gotta be better than Manchester and Liverpool.

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Tim said :-
We are lucky enough to live right on the gateway to the gower so we have great beaches within a 10 min ride from us and we have the black mountains and Brecon beacons to play on too, my friend is impressed with the Cbf125, he said it's light and well balanced, he has only ridden it on a private estate so far because his CBT is in the morning but he likes it so far. See how it goes on our run tomorrow and I might be tempted into buying one as a commuter bike for work.

CBF 125 Tappets - Brief Guide Ren - The Ed said :-
Cheers Bassel. Just be sure to take your time and get it right. Patience and plenty of cups of tea. I've done the tappets many times now, the more you do it the easier it gets.

CBF 125 Tappets - Brief Guide Bassel said :-
thank you mate for the detailed how to, I thought I need to buy a work shop manual to get this right.

Building Up To España Ren - The Ed said :-
Well Christopher - there's more to come so keep on reading to see how we get on.

Sleepless Nights Over Sleeping Bags Ren - The Ed said :-
I'm sure Sharon will be along soon to tell you all about her final decision...

Building Up To España Christopher said :-
Espanol is all going to be just fine....Go for it! As for the weather....Remember it is just a 'forecast'...and that's all it will ever matter where you are! Focus on the positive, and the outcome you desire.....not the one you don't want eh! Hence, The weather you are 'creating' will be fine, warm and dry...The U.K Met Office(along with the media in general)Just love 'doom and gloom' stories...(as you will have guessed!)....Take no notice of any of it, and do your own thing. Have a great trip!

Long Term Review of the Honda SLR 650 - By Ren Withnell Greg said :-
I've just ordered a 15 tooth sprocket and I'm hoping this will improve the ride. The gearing is my biggest issue as many mini roundabouts over my way.

Sleepless Nights Over Sleeping Bags Andy Gray said :-
Hate to say it but down packs down smaller for a similar rating. Yes I know it’s expensive but it’s an investment.

Also someone else’s idea of warm may not be yours - some people sleep hot & others cold. I sleep very cold.

What you need is a big birthday so Ren can buy you one as a present. Got my -16C rated Critereon Traveller 750 for my 50th and I now use it all year round.

Ullapool 2012 - The Lochinver and Drumbeg Loop Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi David. I can see Yeovil is a long long way from Ullapool! 636 miles if Google maps is to be believed. Now of course if you has a backside of steel and the concentration of a Zen master then it but a short hop. If however you're a mere mortal like the rest of us then I'd split it into two or 3 days...or even 4!

I'm very much wishing I too was up there right now.

Ullapool 2012 - The Lochinver and Drumbeg Loop David Petersfield said :-
Just caught this via Bing. It's been a long time since I was last in Ullapool and seeing these images drives me to return. I live near Yeovil so it is a long ride. I'm thinking it would be better to break the trip up rather than try it in one shot.

Long Term Review of the Honda SLR 650 - By Ren Withnell Ren - The Ed said :-
It's been a while since I owned my SLR650 Greg - but I'm fairly sure it too the regular "small" plug spanner size. Hopefully someone out there can give you a more definite answer.

It's a cracking machine ain't it! Living proof that 39bhp is more than enough for we mortal types.

Long Term Review of the Honda SLR 650 - By Ren Withnell Greg said :-
Also does anyone know the spark plug socket for these bikes. I've tried all mine and can't get a fit. Thanks.

Long Term Review of the Honda SLR 650 - By Ren Withnell Greg said :-
I've been lucky enough to come across one of these recently. 20 years old but has covered less than 500 miles from new!(honestly, genuine shed find) I've cleaned it up and am now using it as a daily runabout. I love it and I'm glad to see so many positive comments. I plan to keep it and catch the mileage up with its year's once I've done the 15 tooth conversion it desperately needs.

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Your friend on the CBF125 will have to accept he's not really going to be out-performing you on your 750! But he will use around 1/3rd of the fuel, it will be a lot cheaper to run and he'll be giggling inside his helmet just as much.

On the narrow lanes of the Gower he'll find it ideal. It's a lovely area, Sharon and I enjoyed ourselves greatly when we were there last year.

Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Martin - we've just got back from Northern Spain and Sharon was on her Z250SL. Is that distant enough for you?

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Tim said :-
Hi Ren, I bought a Gsx750f back last year as a bit of a mid life crisis!(44 yrs old) I only started riding it this spring after around 20 years since my last bike. All my lifelong friends have had similar time away from riding bikes but have seen mine and Have bought bikes too, one friend in particular has just bought a cbf 125 and it's being delivered tonight, he is so excited to be back on 2 wheels and having read your excellent review I'm sure he will enjoy the bike and our days out in South wales!! He was worried that only being a 125cc he might get left behind but I have told him that at our age it's more about enjoying the ride than goin flat out. He is re- sitting his CBT on Monday so I think a quick spin around the gower peninsula is in order! I will let you know our thoughts on the little cbf after the ride with maybe a pic or two! Safe riding everyone!!

Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review martin said :-
Thanks Ross and Pete,

I will try a pinlock when I next buy a full face helmet, probably when the weather gets colder! Sharon, you have obviously made the most of your Zed putting 12k on in less than 2 years. Definitely puts me in the shade. What you said about head shape made me realise my problem is quite likely down to my rhinitis, most of the time I cannot breath through my nose! I will try wearing a thick balaclava or scarf under my helmet along with the pinlock. With the open face helmet its not a problem but I think I would prefer a full face helmet when the colder weather comes. I am hoping for a good run on my Zed next week as I need to go up to Anglesey once more, the A5 through the mountains is a delight in good weather and before the holiday season starts. Looking at my back tyre I can tell I have great confidence in the bike as its scrubbed most of the way across the tread. Anybody going to distant places on their 250sl this summer?

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Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review Sharon said :-
Yes fun time is now yours to be had. My own Kawasaki Z250SL now has over 12k on her so hopefully you will have many more trouble free miles to come your way.
As for the visor as other have said the double glazed system you describe is most likely a pinlock insert.
My most recent Shark helmet came with one but as I have no real problems with it misting up I have not bothered fitting it.
My previous Shark the Vision R was fantastic because you could open it a tiny notch and lock it. Never ever did that helmet mist up.
My current one the Skwal does open up a notch but does not lock into position so can become shut again when travelling at speed. However I simply nudge it open a crack again and any misting disappears. So far for me personally I have found all the Shark helmets I have had have not caused me a problem with misting.
However just because one person tells you a certain such a such helmet does not mist up for them does not guarantee the same for you. Because your head may be a different shape so air flow is different etc etc. It is one of the reasons I would love to be able to test ride helmets.

Daytona Lady Star GTX Boot Versus Daytona Lady Pilot GTX Boots & Initial Review Of Pilots Sharon said :-
I am so glad you found my review useful. I hope you are getting on well with the Daytona Pilots.

If you cannot find any Daytona Pilot boots I would suggest maybe trying to preserve for a while with the Stars. I found them strange at first and thought I would never get use to them. But after a long trip of around 200 miles a got use to them.
Yes I prefer the Pilots but I would still be happy to own the Stars if they were the only ones I could find in my price range.

Are You A Terrified Learner Rider? I Was Sharon said :-
Hi GJ,
I think I would struggle myself with longs gaps between each lesson. So hopefully the refreshers get you on track again.
Your training school seems very thorough getting you to practice on the actual Mod 1 site. First time I saw it myself was the day of my actual test.
Good luck, was good to hear you update so keep us informed. X

Givi Handguards (HP1121) Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Glenn I've heard lots of good reports regarding Bark Busters but they're not I made my own.

Bill I live in North West Manchester. That's the rainy bit of the rainy city in the rainy north west. I think we'd be better off with a jetski.

Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review Pocketpete said :-
Yes sounds like a public mine didn't really work o my schuberth helmet but my wife's she says is great on her m1 helmet.

Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review Ross said :-
martin said:- "another biker at work had some sort of double glazed visor which he claimed to be mist free though I never tried it. Does anybody have experience of these?"

Sounds like a Pinlock visor insert, they work better on some helmets than others, but usually make a big difference to visors steaming up but scratch and mark VERY easily I've found! ...

Kawasaki Z 250 SL Review martin said :-
Well, the gloves are really off now. 1000 miles on the clock and no limitations on engine revs. This is so much fun, the only downside is that since I am not usually where the bike is located its going to be a while before the next service becomes due and probably not this year. The good news is that I seem to have a buyer for my old house on Anglesey so I just might be able to spend more time with the bike at the end of the summer. I have had no problems whatsoever with this bike and nothing was picked up at the first service so its all looking good. I have been wearing an open face helmet with visor because the full face helmet I used in my commuting days was prone to misting up in wet weather, I have not really tested the demisting qualities of the open face helmet but it certainly seems less mist prone if rather draughty. I recall having to ride in the dark in falling rain with my visor open with the full face as it was the only way I could see safely though another biker at work had some sort of double glazed visor which he claimed to be mist free though I never tried it. Does anybody have experience of these? Happy Biking.


Daytona Lady Star GTX Boot Versus Daytona Lady Pilot GTX Boots & Initial Review Of Pilots justine said :-
I just scored a pair of not-much-used Lady Stars size 38 for $50... but they are far too large. I normally wear a 7 and these fit with two thick pairs of socks, but overall they feel wide and clumsy and clunky. I've debated trying to scout a 37, but I'm really attracted to the Lady Pilots... I have thin ankles and 13" calves. Wish I could find some used Lady Pilots in my size, grrr...

Givi Handguards (HP1121) Review Bill said :-
Ren you must ride in some torrential rain, looking at your picture of your bike with homemade handguards you also have a lifebelt and rope on your rear carrier

Givi Handguards (HP1121) Review Glenn said :-
A classic example of how it's sometimes better to spend the money the first time.
I have Barkbusters fitted to my DL650 and my CRF250 the Strom has hit the ground several times with nothing but scratches on the plastic parts of the BB's, they will last longer than the bike, I have absolutely no doubt.
And I am the original tight arse.

Handguard Upgrade Ren - The Ed said :-
Wen I wur a lad there wur a clear definition of a rat bike.

It had to be a development over a period of years. Things were bodged to save money not to create a certain look. Additions were practical not aesthetic. Dirt was collected with distance not applied. The bike was a hack not a creation.

So when I see a modern rat creation I scoff like any old fuddy duddy curmudgeon should. Bah HUMBUG!

Are You A Terrified Learner Rider? I Was Ren - The Ed said :-
Keep at it GJ!

Handguard Upgrade Glenn said :-
British Orange County Choppers may not be in your future but I see a huge success as a rat bike builder.
Oh wait, it seems form is more important than function even there.

Are You A Terrified Learner Rider? I Was GJ said :-
With the time off from the bigger motorcycle I had lost a bit of feel with it. I've had a couple of lessons a few weeks apart to regain the feel again. I have mastered the issue with the speed trap and can do it without much fuss. Every Saturday the Motorcycle Training Company has use of the official DVSA site. Therefore tomorrow a few test runs through everything to do with the Mod 1 again. With the proviso that provided I complete all the Mod 1 activities without fuss it's book my Mod 1 test.

Then a couple of on-road lessons and Mod 2 booked.

Hopefully fully licensed soon.

CB500X Miles Per Gallon Ren - The Ed said :-
Yeah erm... doing the tappets on the 500 is easy. GETTING to the tappets is a bleeding nightmare. I've not done the 250 tappets though I'd expect getting to them is easier.

Glad you're enjoying the blog, it's been 15 years in the making :-)

To Lube Or Not To Lube Ren - The Ed said :-
That's a very sensible piece of advice John.

CB500X Miles Per Gallon George said :-
Hi Ren,
Thanks for the response, having previously had an old ZZR600 and downsized to the 125, I must say I'm preferring the less popular quiet-and-sedate style of motorcycling now. That and not having to remove half a dozen fairing panels to access anything.

It'll be for a mixture of stuff - longer trips to visit folks & shorter adventures to explore. Am used to packing light from bicycle touring.

This blog's been a great read, been trawling through the back catalogue :)

To Lube Or Not To Lube John said :-
In this age of instant information it has become so easy to overload your brain with conflicting information that you can end up doing nothing. Old school common sense approach. It's better to use any form of lubricant than not. Take ten minutes to clean chain using a small brush with your chosen cleaner. Add new lube. Use bike,repeat process when chain looks dry or dirty.

CB500X Miles Per Gallon Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi George. When it comes to fuel economy I'd expect the CRF250 to be better than the CB500X, but not by a huge margin. When it comes to self servicing I'd say the 250 will be easier here too. If it's purely for commuting then the 250 in my opinion is the better bike.

The 500 is a great bike though. It offers a little more performance for not a lot less economy.

CB500X Miles Per Gallon George said :-
That's really interesting to find that the CB500X can manage that.

I've got a CB125F which is now hitting 130 mpg on the commute (mixture of dual carriageway and the Leeds ring-road). It's been improving with each tank though, so I'm hoping the engine is still bedding itself in as I approach 5k on the clock.

Anyways, am moving somewhere rather more remote in the coming year, so if the CB125F doesn't like the rough gravel track leading to the house I was eyeing up a frugal dual-sport that I can still service myself :) CB500X or CRF250L/Rally were topping the list...


To Lube Or Not To Lube Ren - The Ed said :-
Ahhh, choosing between your bikes is like choosing between your children.

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