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2 motorcycles with luggage with stunning Welsh mountains in the background

Spring has sprung, now we have a few months of warm pleasant rain to enjoy after the cold and miserable rain of winter. What excitement and adventures will this year bring?

What's New?

Z400 First Impressions Sharon's got the Z400 home. Now it needs some prep work and a first ride. Nothing is ever as simple as it should be in Sharon's world.
Spring Clip Or Peened Rivet Is there anything wrong with spring clips? If you're looking for answers you've come to the wrong place.
Home From Penrith There's time enough to enjoy a little detour on the way home from Penrith. Ren is also pondering his atypical indifference towards a place he feels he ought to adore.
Fastest Purchase In The (North)West Join Sharon on a terrifying journey where she meets a stranger and throws money at him. There's fear and excitement and trepidation and joy. Buckle up!
Sat Nav Leads To Learning Ren has a terrible admission to make - he has moved to the dark side. Maybe this means we won't need to hear him griping and whining about being lost anymore? Doubtful I'm sure.
The Hadrian's Wall Experience Ren takes Sharon for a (very limited) Hadrian's Wall experience. There's a lot of tea to be consumed too. It's another day of leisurely exploration.
Oh No! Where To Go Ren is facing a first world problem. Oh and he's looking for sympathy too, silly boy. The problem is - where to go on holiday this year.
A Piece Of The Lakes, Rethinking Maryport Ren is long overdue a reassessment of the town of Maryport so while he's doing they The Dynamic Duo have a look around the area too. There's hot tea, good food and decadent living.
The Sweet Aroma Of Desire "I've Been Thinking" - scary words. Sharon is thinking about thinking and overthinking thinking. Bear with her, she's thinking about new motorcycles.
The Horror Of Luxury Remember folks, Ren does these things so you don't have to. Poor lad, Sharon's given him nothing to moan about.
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Latest Posts

Long Term CBF 250 Review bentonius said :-
Hahahaha, thanks Ren. I feel truly humbled
26/02/2024 19:05:58 UTC
Z400 First Impressions Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I think you'll have to share your thoughts on the HNTR ROD - I keep on looking at them in the shop but well, I dunno, it's just not Honda enough.
26/02/2024 18:16:17 UTC
Long Term CBF 250 Review Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Oh my poor eyes! It's far far too clean now bentonius, far too clean. As Ian Soady pointed out I personally prefer rusty and dirty, but alas I appear to be on my own in this regard. Being the gracious and benevolent creator of this website I shall allow your terrible images to remain so that others may enjoy them. I'm off to rub some more dirt into my engine casings to calm my shattered nerves.
26/02/2024 12:48:31 UTC
Z400 First Impressions Henrik said :-
BTW. Glad to hear about the good match ,.. seems like a long time keeper ,.. wish you both a good season 2024
25/02/2024 19:29:53 UTC
Z400 First Impressions Henrik said :-
Terrible, Terrible, Sharon,.. all I can do is preparing, and build up my mental strenght, waiting for these pictures to arrive :-)
25/02/2024 19:23:38 UTC
Long Term CBF 250 Review bentonius said :-
LOL Ian, i assure you time is still to be seen ?
25/02/2024 17:30:25 UTC
Long Term CBF 250 Review Ian Soady¹ said :-
Ouch my eyes hurt! Ren will snip those pics as to be allowed here it has to be filthy and rusty.
25/02/2024 17:27:19 UTC
Long Term CBF 250 Review bentonius said :-

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25/02/2024 16:07:49 UTC
Long Term CBF 250 Review bentonius said :-

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25/02/2024 16:07:00 UTC
Long Term CBF 250 Review bentonius said :-
Cleanin' & pimpin' my ride ?
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25/02/2024 16:06:20 UTC
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Latest Repair-Chat

Go To Repair-Chat Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
"oscilloscope"?? Say what? I'm sorry nab301 you appear to have mistaken me for someone who knows what he's doing and has such tools as an Oh-silly-scope. I'm flattered you think me capable of plugging one in let alone being able to calibrate it and make any sense of the readings. I've got a £10 multimeter - will that do?
06/02/2024 07:56:02 UTC
nab301 said :-
Ren , the clogged filter , bad as it was is probably still within the parameters of the fuel injection system (compensation) , maybe hook up your oscilloscope and look at live data with the old filter , it's all beyond me though!
05/02/2024 16:43:48 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Fitting the new air filter has barely made a difference to the CB500X. I'd like to say it's a tiny teeny bit crisper on the throttle but that's as much psychology as it is physical science.
05/02/2024 07:34:37 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I can't imagine sleeping in the doghouse is going to help your ailments Glyn.
01/02/2024 22:57:09 UTC
Glyn said :-
Oh dear I've just got caught by Mrs Glyn with my engine parts in the oven curing the fresh paint at 220°C. That's going to cost in one way or another. She returned home just 10 minutes too soon.
01/02/2024 16:30:11 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
You've spoiled it for me now nab301. Pfffft.
31/01/2024 20:06:34 UTC
nab301 said :-
Ren , I'm surprised the bike is still running! A lot of the newer OE filters are treated with a sticky substance to better trap dust so vacuuming may not be effective.

31/01/2024 14:10:01 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Oh gosh darn it Glyn! I didn't think of letting Henry have a suck on it to clean it out. Pffffft I've just spent £16 on a new filter, worra waste.

I'll get Henry to do his thing and keep it for the 76,000 miles service.
31/01/2024 08:40:35 UTC
Glyn said :-
You just need to cut a large round hole in it to let the air through. It'll run a treat for a while. I might try to have a go at it with the workshop Henry Vac first.
31/01/2024 08:07:03 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I'm glad it's not just me Glyn. I have the best of intentions, not always the best of results.

Do you think my air filter needs replacing after 38,500 miles?
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Latest Chit-Chat

Go To Chit-Chat Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Them Langens need a dose of winter salt, some home made handguards and a touch of rust. Far too pretty for me. And as for the 2 stroke. ...WHY?!?!?!

09/02/2024 08:15:21 UTC
nab301 said :-
Ren , much closer to home , Langen Motorcycles, EFi with computer controlled oil injection , apparently no smoke or smell and yours for around 35K Stg. I'd definitely have one if I came into money... I wonder how much a kidney is worth.

07/02/2024 15:50:12 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Gosh darn it! Well that's Canada off my Christmas card list. Pfffft.

I imagine they'll probably be using some fancy direct injection system to help meet emissions regulations. I wonder... I might try and find out if I ever get time... do these direct injection 2 smokers have "proper" lubrication like a marine 2 stroke?
07/02/2024 07:41:14 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
All this talk of these unmentionable engines is making me nostalgic for the smell of Castrol R30!!
06/02/2024 22:17:31 UTC
KiwiJeff said :-
Bad news Ren Skidoos are two strokes! Having been around them for years on skifields they are very civilised, dont "ring a ring" like a good two stroke, don't smoke at all, don't smell so presumably meet all USA/Canada emission requirements. They had me fooled but they weren't motorcycles so I didnt take much interest. Two strokes win on snow mobiles for the obvious power to weight reasons so are used by most manufacturers. Even worse news one of the only four stroke snow mobile manufactures, Yamaha, has now moved to two strokes to compete! I've ridden a Yamaha snow mobile back in 2007 and it was a 1000cc 80 mph beast but the lake wasn't frozen enough to put it through its paces so we just rode at more civilised speeds through forest tracks. Wasn't on it long enough to get confident or competent and had my 13 year old son on the back so was a sedate ride. Rorty, powerful beasts though!
06/02/2024 21:10:37 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
It's people like you nab301 who can devalue a whole estate with actions like that.
06/02/2024 07:58:08 UTC
nab301 said :-
Ren , while I don't use my MZ on the road , I do fire it up occasionally , great for fumigating the shed....
05/02/2024 16:49:16 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I always knew Canada was a civilised country. Good on them for getting rid of them nasty smelly noisy 2 stroke things.
31/01/2024 20:08:46 UTC
nab301 said :-
@ KiwiJeff , you'll have to post up a video of that 3 cyl Yamaha outboard on the launch ramp , there's something about 2 stroke triples that I've always liked.
As for the RD400 , that was a bike I would have loved back in the day but was far too sensible to purchase at the time and nowadays are well out of my (financial reach)!
Upt'North (from memory) may have something derogatory to say about them!

( I did however at the time purchase an East German MZ two stroke..)
As for riding a two stroke bike on snow , I never had much luck in the 70's and 80's , although the type of snow makes a big difference and in the 2010/ 2013 period we had a lot of snow and I found 4 strokes much easier to ride , dare I say it Fun.


31/01/2024 14:34:43 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Re snow & ice - I used to commute through anything in my young(er) and foolish(much -er) days. I remember one instance when I went to work on my Yamaha 125 trail bike - arrived at the office to find the snowplough had left a bank all along the side of the road. Nothing daunted, I attacked it at right angles and deftly lofted the front wheel over the bank. Of course what I hadn't taken into consideration was that the other side was covered in sheet ice so went down on my ear.

Another time was coming home on the Commando in a blizzard. Some silly pedestrian pressed the button on a light-controlled ped crossing in front of me - the lights turned red so I braked gently and again found myself on my side. There was a layer of black ice under the fresh snow and I could barely stand up. Fortunately a helpful passerby helped me get the Norton upright and I continued my ride home. The worst bit was descending a slithery slope with a 10 ton lorry seemingly attached to may number plate.....
31/01/2024 12:30:07 UTC
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