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Bike Reviews

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Here's the collection of bike reviews from various riders as well as the BAT team. 

Impromptu Kawasaki Z250SL Review Ivor puts his thoughts about his Z250SL to Ren in a casual email. After 6 weeks of ownership it seems the logical choice for exploring Lincolnshire's roads and beyond.
12 Months From New 2019 Honda CB125F Review How well is Honda's humble everyday 125 meeting Nigel's requirements? Can it handle his 6 foot 4 frame? Will he ever get his head around CBS? The tension is all too much.
Royal Enfield Himalayan Review Crofty gives us his Himalayan experience (the bike not the mountains). Is it all it's cracked up to be or are them some "niggles" to be found?
Suzuki DL250 V-Strom 6 Month Review After 6 months with Suzuki's not-so-little 250 adventurer Nigel gives us the low down. With a 33 inch inside leg it can't be that low down though.
V85 TT Moto Guzzi Test Ride Review Just before Covid-19 Lockdown nab301 nabbed himself a test ride on some Italian Adventure Machinery. He's making comparisons against his eclectic experiences.
Benelli Leoncino 500 Brief Ride Review A long look and a short ride on Benelli's Leoncino 500. There's a lot to like for the price.
KLX 250 The Little Bike That Could Bob reviews his Kwakker KLX250. It is way more than a dirt bike with lights, especially now Bob's had a fettle inside the motor.
BMW F850GSA Exclusive Review Mark Collins has the chance to compare and contrast his 800 against BMW's new F850GSA. It's a hard life, it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it I guess. Poor Mark.
A Look At The Honda C125 Cub Honda has re-invented the C90 into the new C125. But who is it really for?
Kawasaki Ninja 400 Test Ride Review So what does the Hobbitses thinks of Kawasaki Ninja 400s? She has to ridesis them to makes her mindes up. Scarees it is.
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Reader's Comments

Alan said :-
Greetings Ren. Am I getting confused or do you have a CBF 125 and a CBF 250 as well as the CB500X. Also which of these 3 would you say was the best all rounder, the CBF 250, Sharon's Kwacker 250 or the 300 Ninja. When I pass my test I want something big enough to go 2 up on for medium touring but with decent fuel economy so I am not really looking for anything above 400cc.
07/12/2016 12:41:02 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Alan. I presently own a CBF125 and a CB500X. I used to own a CBF250.

Best all rounder? The Kawasaki Z250SL is a fabulous funky bike and I love it BUT if you want to go 2-up (with pillion) then it'll be close to blooming useless! The rear seat is nothing more than small pad.

The 300 Ninja's rear seat isn't much better from what I can recall.

The CBF250 has a much more plush regular seat. One thing I did notice is the rear and front footpegs are close together, I often would clash my feet into Sharon's unless she had her toes on the peg and not the arch of her foot. Finding good CBF250s is getting harder these days. Watch out for any with poor tickover - worn valve seats due to poor servicing.

I'd take a look at the MT03. I haven't ridden that 2-up but the rear seat looks more substantial. It's a lovely thing to ride too with accessible usable power. There's a review on here.

Economy wise the CBF250 would give me around 80mpg. Sharon's Z250SL between 90 to 100 mpg. I can't comment on the Kwak 300 or Yammy MT03. While Sharon's 250 is great on fuel my CB500X is giving me every bit as much economy as the CBF250, sometimes a bit more (80-90mpg). It also has plenty of space for 2-up.

I guess it depends on your budget!
07/12/2016 02:17:57 UTC
Ross said :-
Hi Alan, you could do worse than checking out the Suzuki has a sensible, full size pillion seat, good economy and you can pick up secondhand ones for not much money. It may be down on power though, depending on your expectations/needs!
08/12/2016 06:10:20 UTC
Alan said :-
Thanks Ross, will have a look at them as well.
08/12/2016 11:18:40 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Yeah good call Ross, I'd overlooked the Inazuma. They have the big bike feel and spacious seating. I'm told they're good on fuel too.
10/12/2016 06:43:18 UTC
Maurice said :-
Hi I have almost completed a rebuild of a CBF 125 which had been unused for about 18 months when I got it. Have done a frame up rebuild but now I have to select a new set of tyres. It has a TVS tyre on the front and a Conti go on the rear, the TVS looks like its been on since new as the tyre manufacture date is 2009 and the Conti go is 3 years old. I'm looking at putting Avon Street Runner tyres front and back.
Are they as good in the winter as the manufactures say.

24/02/2019 03:15:58 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Maurice. Maybe you can restore my battered old CBF125 when it finally gives up the ghost! Hehe, looking well. I personally have not tried the Avon Street Runners. The Continental ContiGo! are OK, they've given good mileage and work acceptably well. However when the rear gets low the handling gets ropey. I've recently fitted a set of Michelin City Pros and so far I'm happy with them.
24/02/2019 10:27:36 UTC
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