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Kawasaki Z300 MRA Double Bubble Screen Review Bob said :-
Every faired bike have had has had screen that doesn't work for me.
I'm 6'2" so the problem is that my head is usually in the turbulence.

-There is a still bubble of air behind the screen, if you're small you'll be in there so that's fine.
-Above that is band of turbulence, if you're tall your head will be in that it's horrible.
-Above the turbulence is "clean" air, unaffected by the bike.

I find the only solution for me is a low screen at a very shallow angle. The air slips off the top of the screen and I set the height and angle so that the turbulence is on my shoulders, leaving my head in clean air. This relieves the pressure from the upper body but prevents buffeting of my head.

I do believe the performance increase claims, I added a screen to my KLX250 and it increased the sustainable speed by 5 to 10 MPH into a headwind.

That FJR1300 needs a shorter screen, not a taller one. I had similar on a Versys 650, it was defeaning above 60MPH. I ended up running it with no screen.

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ren - The Ed said :- don't worry too much about hijacking posts here at Bikes And Travels. I am of the opinion that conversations turn off down random paths in real life so I expect them to do so here in the comments section.

Sharon on the other hand believes people come to read about the subject of the original post and wouldn't be interested in the random diversions the comments section often takes. It has been a point of contention in the past.

Buuuuuuuut! You'll all kindly note I'm always asking for contributions. Why? While this is presently Sharon and I's blog we don't want it to be just about us. In fact we'd love nothing more than for it to expand and involve many writers with varied interests and points of view. So if you have a something to say regarding motorcycling and it fits in with BAT's ethos (I'll have to put together what our ethos might be!) then send it to me :-)

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Fumbletrumpet said :-
Thank you Ian, Ren and Sharon for your feedback

It's very much appreciated - since you've been there, done it and ridden out the other side. (Yes, Ian, I did a 'round the block' Part 2 way back - failed it - but I love all the urban myth stuff about the examiner stepping out in front of the wrong biker for the emergency stop !!)

I'm also aware that I've slightly hi-jacked a topic about the (venerable ?) Honda CB(F)125(F), turning it into 'chunky old git wants fastest possible legal bike on CBT only without compromising his arthritic posture', leading onto 'strategy for actually (one day) getting a bike more suitable to my bulk' :) !!

So, as a PS that might gently (counter) steer back towards the Honda I'd comment that in many ways the CB 125 may actually tick more boxes than I'd initially imagined when it came to arranging insurance. I was staggered at some of the prices quoted to me as a faffed around phoning and web-form-filling-in to brokers trying to insure me to ride the Duke.

I've subsequently learned that any newbie (and having stepped off a KE100 then CB100N three year stint back in 1986 I hardly considered myself a newb ! - but in truth I am !) is considered a BIG risk in their first year of biking. Things will settle down once a year plus of NCD kicks in I'm told. Actually passing the Mod 1 & 2 will help as well I'm told. But one broker did comment that the premium would've been cheaper if I'd been riding a "different sort of bike". By which I interpret he meant "the Duke's a bit quicker/sportier, attracts a certain sort of rider (maybe) and therefore riskier (as an insurance statistic)". Maybe he meant scooter ? But just maybe he meant 'commuter' ??

My starting out thought was (before quote seeking) that with some 15 years of car NCD to my credit I'd get a bit of a leg-up, so to speak (it's quite a tall seat on that Dukey). But not with most insurers it seems. Finally found (if anyone's in the same situation) that the RAC have a drop-down which asks about your car claim history and this seems to then have been reflected in their offered premium (which was at least affordable for me - not approaching a grand as with many others !!). But the person at the LV call centre (I'd insured a car with them up until end of January) I spoke with did suggest (at least infered) that it was the Duke (rather than my lack of experience alone) which was pushing the premium up. So, if I'd have chosen the more sensible Honda, perhaps, I might not have been so shocked by the insurance quotes. Maybe.

I'll sign off (for a while - waiting to pick up the bike now, but then have a few days away immediately after so won't be riding for a week or so) by giving a (possible) point to the Honda for its dependable sensibility (which in an age of risk aversion and general un-sureness is a very valuable 'thing')

Happy, safe, (dry ?) riding to you all.....

CBF 250 Review - In Response Ren - The Ed said :-
I'm glad you guys could help as I had nothing useful to contribute...

Kawasaki Z300 MRA Double Bubble Screen Review Matty said :-
Arrgh screens - they are the bane of my biking life right now! I have a Yamaha FJR1300 and with the original screen on its lowest setting the wind blast at moderate speed hits my shoulders square on - at 70mph it hits my helmet and ends up really giving my head a bashing - enough to cause a headache. If I raise the screen (the bike has an electric adjust) then the blast reduces but my head still gets buffeted around. I have just mounted a larger touring screen which seems to help - but only then at motorway speeds if I can tuck my head behind it a bit - but then I find myself looking through the screen rather than over it which does nerve me a bit. Maybe less is more and I try a small screen or maybe another helmet? I loathe having to spend money sorting this out without a clue about what might actually be the best solution!

CBF 250 Review - In Response Ian Soady said :-
I have one like that on my Guzzi and it fits quite well after some fettling.

Why Do You Ride? Dogger said :-
I started riding at 16 which was way back in 1976. Like many I stopped in my twenties when family came along. I started riding again when illness changed my life, not knowing if it was still possible but needing to get something in my life that made me forget pain. After more than twenty years a motorcycle still has the power to make me feel good. I wanted to follow your lead on a z250 as it offered all I wanted, except the saddle, can't lift my leg so I ended up with a little Suzuki Van Van 200. Fabulous little bike and it allows me,as others have said to be in my own zone, the best stress release ever. Riding again has been like seeing through younger eyes which helps everything. You and Ren played a part in me returning to biking as your love of our shared passion comes through clearly in your posts. So for the freedom I now enjoy I attribute your enthusiasm as part of the motivation for me to actually act on something I had thought about for years.

CBF 250 Review - In Response Rod said :-
I have had a quick look for a universal luggage rack.
Have a look at the link :-

CBF 250 Review - In Response Rod said :-
Hi Louanne, It looks like a universal luggage rack will fit on your bike. Most Universal racks come with adjustable fixing points, and may just need a couple of spacers or washers to give a good fit.


Kawasaki Z300 MRA Double Bubble Screen Review Keith m said :-
Yeah. I was very surprised at the difference such a small screen could make. If you look at MRA website they talk about the effectiveness of their double bubble screens and as I said in my review it works really well for me.

CBF 250 Review - In Response Louanne said :-

I have a cg125 nostalgia model and I cannot find a luggage rack for it anywhere!

What sort of size/fit did you have on your one pictured above? As my bike was modelled on this and looks fairly the same.

Many thanks,


Royal Enfield Himalayan Test Ride Review Henrik said :-
None of the new "adventures" are off-road, but some are very decent travel-machine, some with bigger tanks, and better position etc.

The only one that comes near something off-road is CRF250, and only very very partly.

Its all style and wannabe

DL250 strom and the Royal Enfield are 100 pct road-travellers also IMHO

Their weight versus power being much on par as far as I remember, so maybe an analogy is not that far out

Himalayan is not available directly in DK, some of the others in same range are though, and the pricing is terrible, like 70-80 pct more than the little v-strom, (being already to expensive imho).

I dont believe they will sell any Himalayan here, and thats likely why we dont see them at stock at all in the first place.

Not even the import believes in it, so to say

Royal Enfield Himalayan Test Ride Review Ren - The Ed said :-
It's another one of those personal things Rod. While I myself will take in a few farm tracks and the odd trail I'm certainly no bona fide off roader type. However I know quite a few adventure bike owners who do go quite seriously off road.

So as ever it'll be horses for courses.

Kawasaki Z300 MRA Double Bubble Screen Review Rod said :-
I agree with Ren. Screens are a personal thing.
On my full dress tourer other riders were fitting a flip up screen to the top of the standard screen. At only 5'4'' (hobbit) I could ride at 100mph with the visor up and always found the screen very good.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Test Ride Review Rod said :-
Sorry Ren, I thought you were saying that with the lower price of the Enfield, the BMW riders would be looking at changing to an Enfield.

How many Adventure bike riders actually take their bikes off road?, and if they do how many use the full potential?

Kawasaki Z300 MRA Double Bubble Screen Review Ren - The Ed said :-
I think the problem with screens is that every rider is different. Rider X says screen Y is absolutely fabulous and brilliant and amazing. Then rider Z says the same screen on the same bike is blooming awful.

Maybe the riders are different heights? Maybe they have different helmets? Maybe they sit differently? And so on and so on.

Kawasaki Z300 MRA Double Bubble Screen Review Henrik said :-
Some are claiming almost unveliveable fuel-savings also, and increase in top-speed, with relatively small screens

While with a medio screen like Puig touring II what I was experiencing on my GS500 was more like just a PITA kinda turbulense added

Don't know what to believe anylonger, I am on the market for a screen also, but confused

Maybe less is more ?

Royal Enfield Himalayan Test Ride Review Ren - The Ed said :-
I did not mean the BMW was a competitor - I mean that the Enfield is poles apart from the big BMWs. Adventure bikes have been getting bigger and more powerful and indeed more expensive. Then along comes Enfield with an less powerful and better priced machine. If the Enfield proves to be a big seller it will affect the whole market. Maybe we'll see fewer big sill models and more sensible real world models.

The Strom 250 and the Enfield - hmmmm. I see the Enfield as being more dual-sport and off road capable. I'd be interested to see what off road skills the Strom has.

Kawasaki Z300 MRA Double Bubble Screen Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Many thanks to Keith for sending me this review. I'm surprised at how effective you're finding it Keith, it doesn't look big enough to make much difference.

Why Do You Ride? Bob said :-
It's been proven that people who are regular motorcycle riders have lower stress levels, but I can't remember where I read it.

Rush Hour Traffic Bob said :-
I've had a couple of clips but never been knocked off.
I think CrazyFrog it sounds a lot worse in Birmingham than it does round here, I've never experienced anything like that level of abuse.
I do employ defensive riding techniques, positioning myself to prevent drivers carving me up on the approach to mini roundabouts for instance.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Test Ride Review Henrik said :-
I agree so much with Rod :-)

Cool how the zuma-engine is used once again in thier 2 latest 2018 bikes, promissing for longivity in spares

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Sharon said :-
Hi Fumbletrumpet,
Like yourself I began riding in later life. Also like you I preferred to gain experience on a 125cc before progressing to bigger bikes.
In fact I spent 2 years on my 125cc. 2 years I would not change for the world as I had so much fun and gained invaluable experience and confidence.
I always advocate that as good as it is to seek advise in the end we all have to find our own way to do things. You I am sure will find out what works best for you.
The downside of age can be that our ability to learn new things quickly is decreased. However the advantage of age is we are usually not so self-conscious. We are happy to measure ourselves by our own yardsticks and not those of others.
Learning to ride is an amazing experience. Yes it has its ups and downs but on the whole, wow what a ride it is. I wish you many safe and happy smile miles. Enjoy your new bike

Why Do You Ride? Sharon said :-
Thanks for all your replies and well wishes for me daughter and myself.
I really enjoyed reading the reasons why you all ride.
I guess it seems that for most of us riding is our therapy. Our freedom, our peace and the all important me time.
The feel good factor it gives us is amazing. Would it not be great if we were able to get motorbike therapy on the NHS. Prescribed motorbike ride days off work.
But even though we don't have the above we all have our bikes to give us that feel good factor and I am sure like me we are all so grateful for our 2 wheeled therapy machines. Ride on with smile miles ladies and gentleman, ride on.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Test Ride Review Rod said :-
Ren, I think this could be the competitor, not BMW.

Suzuki 250 V Strom.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Test Ride Review Ren - The Ed said :-
It is really really great to hear from owners and I'm glad your enjoying the Enfield. This could cause a shift in the whole market because the price is at the opposite end of the spectrum from BMW. Cheers.

Rush Hour Traffic Ren - The Ed said :-
I would definitely NOT take the pushbike on the road at rush hour around here. It'd be suicidal. I can however mostly off-road and proper cycle lane a good portion of the trip save for about a half mile stretch I would walk(ish...).

The problem is there's nowhere to put a dirty bike that's been across a dirt track - yet. I'm hoping to get friendly with the maintenance guy and see if I can stow the push iron in his little cupboard.

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Yeah I reckon you're both about right - get on and get a few miles under your belt on the KTM. You can decide how you feel and what you want to do in the fullness of time.

Do let us know how you go on with the Duke. I've ridden the 390 and that was a sweet bit of kit.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Test Ride Review David B said. said :-
Continued from above. Service should read 350 mls. I have now covered 580mls and nothing has come loose or fallen off. The bike is very stable at speed but the screen could be a little higher. My thoughts at the moment well worth the money but dont look at one if you want to tear around these are comfortable smooth running pleasurable bikes to ride and with 80 MPG what more could you want for £4199.OTR

Test Ride Review Of The Suzuki Inazuma 250 - By Ren Withnell Ren - The Ed said :-
Yeah Henrik, drop me an email. You don't need to wait to form a comprehensive review, you can do that when you've done a few miles on it. I reckon we'd like to hear the story and thinking behind why you've chosen the bike and how you came by it.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Test Ride Review David B said. said :-
Waited from last May 2017 when I took my EFI in for part exchange for a Himalayan and got it March 2018. Am I happy yes very much. I have run it in at below 4000 revs and had the first service at 3500mls. It felt very tight at first but as the miles piled up the engine felt very usable and free reving. The clutch and gear box are a solid shift but smooth in action but I find first gear slightly tall for town work. I find it very comfortable to ride with the soft seat and wide bars at the right height and the foot peg position makes the seating position very comfey for my 5ft 8in. I do find it a problem getting astride the bike with the ali panniers but I just get a foot on the left foot peg and swing my leg over and its totally stable on the side stand and a centre stand comes with the package and is very easy to roll the bike on.. I have used it on all types of roads including Motorways and have found it happy cruising down the Motorway at 65-70 and can overtake the lorries with no problem going up to 70-75. The handling is near as good as my CBF 1000 and have complete confidence swinging around wet roundabouts even with the on/off road tyres.

Rush Hour Traffic CrazyFrog said :-
Been there, done that Bob, in fact I cycle commuted for about 20 years on and off. It was the off bit that was the problem though, as in getting knocked off, which happened to me at least once a year. The older I get, the more mortal I feel, and having ridden my luke (see what I did there?) for all those years I decided to pack it in. You only have to be unlucky once.

In the end I packed it in 18 months ago though strangely the incident that finally caused the decision to stop was a near miss. A white van sped onto an island I was already half way round, missing me by inches. The van and the three yobbo occupants then went to the trouble of following me off the island, slowing down and hurling a load of verbal abuse at me. Enough is enough. Over the years, I've been spat at out of car windows numerous times, had cans of drink thrown at me, been deliberately driven at and forced off the road and even on one occasion had a firework thrown at me. Verbal abuse was an almost daily occurrence. Perhaps this kind of behavior is limited to Birmingham, but sadly, I doubt it.

Commuting by motorcycle is in comparison a relaxing stroll in the park.

Rush Hour Traffic Bob said :-
I cycle to work 10 miles each way in rush hour traffic - things can get ugly.
Sometimes I use a motorcycle and I tend to favour the XR125 over the XCountry because when I'm on the XCountry in traffic I tend to get progressively more and more aggressive and naughty (fun at the time but I'm always remorsefull afterwards).
I'd give the push-iron a try, I like being able to use cycle ways and cut throughs and very occasionally pavements if there's no other way.

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ian Soady said :-
Interesting points.

Modern "bigger" bikes are less formidable than they used to be and there are some fairly soft options around (although I have to confess to not being familiar with them myself having passed my own test when it was merely a quick couple of runs round the block).

If I was in your position I'd probably run around on L plates for a few months to get familiar with the differences between riding a bike and driving a car, then investigate the DAS route. Doing this doesn't mean you have to jump on a rip-snorting race replica of course but it does keep all your options open. It's also probably the cheapest option in the long run.

Don't discount your car driving experience either. You will have developed a fair amount of road sense from this and much of it is transferable. What you don't have are the bike handling skills and the different levels of observation and prediction that are necessary to stay safe on two wheels.

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Fumbletrumpet said :-
Thankyou Ren and Ian for replies.

I like analogies/similies/metaphors/whatever - Apparently I compare one sort of thing with other unrelated stuff and (often) confuse people (frequently I'm told), but here's a bit how I see it (because my head works that way):

I'll go computers since I understand that's where you're at professionally, Ren; I once had an old 286 with 1 Meg of RAM. It ran WordPerfect 5.1, Lotus 123 v.2 (I think), dBase III+ and EasyCAD (or called something like that) perfectly. Between 1992 and 1995-ish it did all I needed.

But in 1996/97, now with a laptop running Windows 3.1 (with 8 Meg of RAM I think), I bought a modem and 'connected' to the 'information superhighway' (as it was called back then). Albeit on dial-up. And now, on my 8th consecutive laptop, with 1000x the RAM capability and broadband (supposedly - it's a bit slow out here in the countryside !) I'm in a completely different computer world compared with what I had back in the early 90's.

But, I'm still (only) requiring capabilities that could (mostly - perhaps 70% of the time, with some adaptation perhaps) easily be met by the old DOS software I initially mentioned. The context of the internet, to some extent, changed things. (Actually, in this particular realm, it changed EVERYTHING !) Who'd want to go back ?

With the bike scenario it's a bit like this: A moped would get me around fine. (If I were fitter a pushbike would too). If I need to go on a longer journey I could just get up much earlier ! If I lived in a large city (I live in a fairly rural Midlands village) the moped really would be all I needed in (mostly) 30mph zones anyway. But, one day, I need to go a way outa the conurbation. I'm probably going to train it in that scenario, or hire a car perhaps. Because the context has changed. The distance is farther and I know there's a quicker way (Okay, I hate timetables so the 'fixed' nature of the train or bus would annoy me, but bear with me, it's the vehicles relative speed that is the point here).

The thing is, my work (such as it is !) is a bit unpredictable. I have a customer who is 16 miles away and a site I need to visit fairly regularly which is 20 miles away. These journeys are however quite different - one involves going through two towns (both very congested in 'rush hours' when I'm going 'to work' too) with a fairly fast stretch of dual carriageway between. The other is a journey through fairly rolling countryside, on two lane roads which, time of day and tractors depending, can be fairly nippy. And it's quite hilly in places. Actually, having just done some Googly measurements (which surprised me a little) most of my typical journeys are in the 15 to 30 miles range. All moped-able, all CB125F/YS125-able for sure. But ones where 60 to 70 mph is possible in places and, personally, I'm always a bit late setting off (add in jacket, overtrousers, helmet, gloves, getting bike out of crowded shed and warming it up a little before setting off and the comparable scales are tipping against me once again).

The context-changing issue is that I'm used to doing these journeys in a car. (open door, chuck stuff on back seat, turn key and go). I'll crawl at sub-walking speed listening to radio nonsense through town and (in my head) make up a bit of time by driving at 70 (if I can) on the cabbageway. On a bike I'm going to be a little colder, more vulnerable, using less fuel of course, able to filter through the congestion I hope (when confident at doing so - scares me a bit just now). But, when faced with those open stretches I'm still going to feel that I could be going just a little faster ! Because, like the internet (especially fibre v. dial-up) going back to less always feels wrong somehow !

It's a poor argument I know (it sounded better in my head than in words here). I actually bit the (financial) bullet and bought a KTM Duke 125. Apart from the fact that I think it looks amazing, I also think that, since this is going to be my main transport for a while forwards, it will do the day to day journeys just fine and I won't be crouching down with my elbow at my right knee 'wishing' a couple more mph out of it when trying to nip past a tractor on a country road or something. So, that's my 'case' over with !

Ian's point is well made. I want to pass the 'full' test but don't see how (for me anyway) I'd get confident and reassuring enough (for an examiner) on a 650cc bike after just a few day's training. I can and have ridden bikes but I'd feel better prepared (having just done CBT) with a few months of riding a 125 as background I think (the older you get, the more time it takes to learn, apparently).

Ren's points are well made too. Way back, when contemplating a mid-life (crisis some have said !) return to a bike I'd thought something of around 250 - 400cc would suit me fine (eventually) - enough to safely nip past slow traffic at times, would 'keep up' on the motorway and not frustrate when wringing the living soul outa of it in between. I've no interest (and yes, been there on back of friend's bikes a few times - resisting the wind pressure is hard work and was actually more scary than exhilarating for me) in travelling at very fast speeds. I (really) need to keep my licence. I don't drive very fast in a car actually. One can (and has - Saab 9000 to Fiat Doblo) adapted.

Once riding for a while I might change my view entirely. Maybe it's not about broadband v dial-up, maybe it's to do with more concise code, or more brevity in emails. Or, perhaps, with more confidence, I will be convinced by super, super fast fibre. I'm already aware that the 'bike' state of mind is quite different - it's so easy to 'drift off' when driving a car (concerningly in boring town traffic of course) and not concentrate, while the biker's direct involvement with surroundings make for far more interesting journeys anyway.

I'll see how it goes and report back.
Thanks for your comments as of now.

Test Ride Review Of The Suzuki Inazuma 250 - By Ren Withnell Henrik said :-
You mean a new separate topic ?

You want me to send it by mail when I am able to put together something more complete, instadt of all these small fragments ?

Admitted this topic is getting awfull long and heavy :-) :-)

Test Ride Review Of The Suzuki Inazuma 250 - By Ren Withnell Ren - The Ed said :-
Henrik - rather than stick the details on here why don't you put together a post about the bike, about buying it and what you think of it so far?

Why Do You Ride? Ren - The Ed said :-
You must have one of them there "Iron Butt"s Rod.

Riding A Motorcycle For A Living Susan alker said :-
The thing I like about Ren is he's tells it like it is even after a bike accident he still rides and enjoys his motorcycling and has lots of knowledge I admire him a great deal and he is a down to earth guy and been on many adventures .his posts are interesting to read x

Test Ride Review Of The Suzuki Inazuma 250 - By Ren Withnell Henrik said :-
Thanks Ross and Ren

Will return later with a few pics, been busy in Sweden for some days, (garden), but just a few fact for now,..

Its even cheaper than the first one, and younger :-)

2.575 GBP, 73 pct compared to new-price, and from mid-sesson 2016 ,.. so only one and a half sesson in use

Horrible "on the street taxes" will be saved

Milage around the same 3100 miles

Givi top-box holder, and pannier holder, plus new and better tires, all in place, and all things that I would self have had to spend money on if not

Defective brake-light contact also exchanged already under warenty


Electronic alarm

Like new ,.. no damages

New Chain, and rear sprocket, gearing changed, don't remember from what to what, but the old sprocket is there also

To be continued ;-)

Why Do You Ride? Rod said :-
Hi Sharon,
I am sorry to hear that your daughter is very poorly. Although I do not know you, I feel that I do from the travel stories that I have read on the site, and my thoughts are with you.
I ride because I still love it!
I have been trying to give a response to ren's post (Why cant I ride long distances) but if I have the right bike and the money for petrol I can ride all day. I will often go out for a ride to no given destination and clock up 400 miles by the time I return.

Test Ride Review Of The Suzuki Inazuma 250 - By Ren Withnell Ren - The Ed said :-
Whoop whoop!! So what's the mileage and the price and where did you get it and and and...?

Why Do You Ride? Ross said :-
I've got very similar reasons for riding to you, Sharon. Primarily the sense of freedom riding gives me and the fact I have to focus on riding well doesn't leave any space in my brain to dwell on the 'crap' that goes on in life...I come back from a ride feeling refreshed, calmer, and with a clear head. Also I think I get a bit of a 'kick' out of the slightly rebellious nature of biking and the danger element of it too...I can kid myself I'm not the same and as boring as the rest of the herd!

Several years ago an illness prevented me from riding for the best part of 3 years and at times I was more depressed and upset at not being able to ride a bike than I was about being ill...which confused family and friends who don't ride! I hope things work out for your daughter but make sure you look after yourself because you wont be any help to her if you run yourself in to the ground (but it sounds as if your daughter knows the score)!

Test Ride Review Of The Suzuki Inazuma 250 - By Ren Withnell Ross said :-
Hi Henrik

Congratulations on the new bike! :) I had been wondering if you'd been to have a look at one...look forward to hearing your thoughts on it when you get out and about with it.

Replacing The CBF125 Clutch David Williamson said :-
Can you change handle bar grips on a 16 plate Honda cbf 125cc?

Spare Parts for the Keeway RKS 125cc Paul said :-
Yeah that’s the one cheers

Why Do You Ride? Gary said :-
I would rather have a throttle in front of me,
Than a frontal lobotomy.

Only room for one in a helmet, No spare room for thoughts, distractions, anger or frustration. Just road and wrist.

Test Ride Review Of The Suzuki Inazuma 250 - By Ren Withnell Henrik said :-
Bought one today, (not the one mentionen earlier), been test-driving a bit today, a very good initial impression, could very well be a keeper, driving position better than expected, better than the GS500 that did ride me like a mare, with the legs totally folded together, and dead on less than an hour. The engine seems like a little pearl, the size considered,... bed time :-)

Why Do You Ride? Borsuk said :-
When I was around my twenties I used to use my brothers C90 to toddle about when the operchancity presented itself. A few years later I went to buy a 200cc for going about on my own as it was a lot cheaper than using my car for everything, but as Fumbletrumpet mentioned this was around when they dropped the maximum size you could ride on L plates. I always intended to get my full license someday but was always too busy when I was single and my first wife was totally anti bike and anti guns so bang went the license and my shooting hobby. It was more to have the license than anything else. I would have done my HGV and PSV just for the hell of it but like my marine licenses you have to do so many hours a year to keep them so they never got done.
Years later I mentioned to my new girlfriend (now my wife) that I intended to do my license someday. She mentioned this to her number 3 son who fancied getting his license so he booked both of us a CBT.
I must admit the night before I was bricking myself, I hadn't been on a bike in over 30 years and was going to start learning again in my mid fifties. So we did the CBT and once we got on the open road outside the town I remembered what I enjoyed about riding, and my face was aching from the stupid grin on my face all through the road section.
For years I had lost the enjoyment when driving a car that I had as a teenager but it all came back when I was on the bike. I try to ride as much as I can when I have the chance, even if it is piddling down and I am only trundling around the countryside near Huddersfield, I still come back with a big grin on my face. I'm mostly on my own as the boy is at uni during the week but weekends we ride together when we can. But I am as happy on my own as then it's just you the bike and the road. You get that merging of all 3 that you don't get in a car anymore, at legal speeds anyway. You can hit a nice twisty country road and just flow with it. My riding is all leisure riding, I do ride all year round but because I want to, not have to. Commuting to work on the bike is not a possibility so even if I am in a down pour and soaked to skin it's because I wanted to be there. Which may show a side to my sanity that I don't want to probe too deeply.
I don't equate meditation with biking, I find there is too much to concentrate on to be meditative. If I was on a closed road with only my own actions to think about it might be more like that. My wife does meditation but my head is too full of wee motors as they say up my neck of the woods. Target shooting for me is probably the nearest I will come to meditation, the point when your entire focus is on the perfect moment to stroke the trigger. When wind,range, body position, gun position and all the other little factors that are in play come together in your subconscious and you take the shot.

My only regret about biking is not getting around to it sooner and not telling my ex to take a hike with her arbitrary bans. Funny thing, she is now a biker bitch and rides pillion on her new husbands bike. Apologies for the B word to you lady bikers but honestly it's the only appropriate phrase I can think of that applies.

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ian Soady said :-
Why not go down the Direct Access route?

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