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Ren's Biking Blog

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

Breakdown Recovery - Expectations V Reality If you're unlucky enough to break down it might be wise to manage your expectations regarding your recovery insurance.
Effective Average Speed Cameras Average Speed Cameras are spreading. Ren thinks they're doing what they're meant to do too.
Sharon's Shed Sharon has a shiny new shed. But why! It's time for a tale of love, tragedy, pain and survival.
Reaction Tester Ren's really simple reaction tester. Is age catching you up or are you still as sharp as a yoof?
Fruitless Overtaking Is persistent overtaking the only way to make good progress or just an unnecessary additional hassle that offers very little gain?
Summer Holidays Commuting Bliss Even the curmudgeon that is Ren has unwittingly enjoyed a brief moment of the summer holidays. Is there hope or is this just a hiatus?
Upcycled Oil Dispenser In a bid to save the world Ren has saved one small bit of plastic from the world's oceans. Probably spilt more oil than the Exxon Valdez in the process but still.
The Tour-A-Plank Tale Sharon won't let Ren mess up her pretty 250. Ren hates Sharon's luggage. It's a quandary in a problem wrapped up in a conundrum with a dilemma. Ren might have the answer(ish)
Oh No! Noise Cameras Motorists are being targeted for their noisy motors. Is it a good thing and is it possible in the real world?
Self Reprimanding Is it good to beat yourself up over honest mistakes? He's a bit funny that way is Ren.
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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!
1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
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!
1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
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.
1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
putz said :-
great site,i have a nc700s and just read the review
1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
Henrik said :-
Part's and usefull eksplosion diagrams for the RKS:

In case someone's interested

1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Good call Henrik! How on earth did you find them?
1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
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:

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
1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
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.
1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
Henrik said :-
Even though in Spanish, more goodie's here, in pdf, and for the TX as well ;-)

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

1/1/2000 12:00:00 AM UTC
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
10/5/2018 2:21:57 PM 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.

10/5/2018 3:43:22 PM 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 :-)
10/5/2018 4:59:49 PM 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?"
"Do you have adventures on it?"
"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.
10/5/2018 5:25:55 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Just testing some more...
15/1/2019 12:43:48 PM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
That soil pipe looks very dodgy. What exactly are you testing?
15/1/2019 2:28:22 PM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
ps I used to be able to press return and my message submitted. Now I have to click on the button. Can we revert please?
15/1/2019 2:29:23 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I'm testing that the image upload works by using images from Devon. I shall consider your request when I've finished recovering hopefully 25,000 emails for a client. IE sat here waiting for things to do their thing.
15/1/2019 3:36:30 PM UTC

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