The outside of a motorbike engine seen up close near the exhaust


Ren's Biking Blog

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

E-Motorcycle Standardised Battery Problem Standardised Batteries could be the perfect solution to the electric vehicle problem. But beware! Herein lies a treacherous trap.
CBF125 Overrun Rattle Ren has a rattle. It's probably a baby's rattle but he thinks it's coming from the engine. Here he postulates ill thought out theories as to what could be the problem. We blame the owner.
CBF125 At 90,000 Miles Ren still shows no mercy to the long suffering CBF125. Just how long can this pitiful cruel torture go on for? There can't be long left now.
Too Damn Clean We know Ren isn't really the cleaning type. Or the fastidious sort. Or beholden to the wonder of "nice". Here he's just making more excuses for his slapdash ways.
Off Road Bumble-Foolery Ever the keen wild adventurer Ren has been traversing the wilds of Lancashire in search of off road challenges. He found one.
Engine Warm Up Best Practice What's the best way to start a cold engine while trying to limit the stress and wear? Nobody really knows but Ren has an opinion for you to discuss.
Devaluation It looks like Ren is going LockDown Loco with this thought piece.
Wind Stalling Mr Ego himself believes he has a full and comprehensive understanding of fluid dynamics and their effect on powered two wheeled velocipedes. The problem with stupid is it doesn't know it's stupid.
CBF125 Dies On Tickover Ren's bike went home in a van on Friday the 13th. Is it dead? Of course not but he's not really sure what the problem is, erm, was, erm, could be?
On Waterproofs For The Insouciant Staying dry on two wheels? Cheap or expensive? Careful or careless? Ren believes there's only 2 ways to keep the rain out and his choice is obvious.
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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!
01/01/2000 12:00:00 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!
01/01/2000 12:00:00 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.
01/01/2000 12:00:00 UTC
putz said :-
great site,i have a nc700s and just read the review
01/01/2000 12:00:00 UTC
Henrik said :-
Part's and usefull eksplosion diagrams for the RKS:

In case someone's interested

01/01/2000 12:00:00 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Good call Henrik! How on earth did you find them?
01/01/2000 12:00:00 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
01/01/2000 12:00:00 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.
01/01/2000 12:00:00 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

01/01/2000 12:00:00 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
10/05/2018 02:21:57 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.

10/05/2018 03:43:22 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 :-)
10/05/2018 04:59:49 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.
10/05/2018 05:25:55 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Just testing some more...
15/01/2019 12:43:48 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
That soil pipe looks very dodgy. What exactly are you testing?
15/01/2019 02:28:22 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?
15/01/2019 02:29:23 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.
15/01/2019 03:36:30 UTC
Ronald said :-
Hi Ren,
I see you have some good info re to CBF 125. My daughter have a 2009, and now the Fuel Gauge, neutral lamp and engine fault lamp is all dead... I have checked all connections, everything else is all good, engine starts and runs good etc.
All was good - then the yellow engine diagnostic lamp came on and now it is all dead.
Any Ideas re to how to reset this fault ?

Anything you could share would be appreciated.

Brgds Ronald
07/06/2020 03:15:23 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
It won't be a case of "resetting" the fault but finding the fault and fixing it. Going to need more information. Is the battery good? Does the bike turn over on the starter? Does the dashboard indicator "idiot" light work? The neutral light?
07/06/2020 07:01:36 UTC
Upt'North said :-
When was the last time you cleaned all the earth's Ronald.
Like Ed says, is the battery OK, if so CHECK ALL the earth's next.
When I say check, clean and tighten.
07/06/2020 11:53:52 UTC

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