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Test Ride Review Of The NC 700 S – By Mark Tomlinson Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Henrik. I daresay while both the CB500X and the NC700X are more economical they are really road bikes with off road styling. The KLE has a little more off road potential.

As for fuel tank sizes...ARGH! Yes, why are they so small these days? Many bikes seem to come with a 120 to 150 mile tank range. My CBF125 will easily do 300 miles and the gf's Keeway does at least 250. I'd LOVE to own a Honda CRF250 but it has the tiny little 7 litre, yes SEVEN litre tank. Useless, absolutely useless. Grrrrr!


Keeway RKS 125 Review 2013 Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Jwan. I can't tell you which bike to buy! I'd get into all kinds of trouble if it turned out to be the wrong one.

I've never ridden the Superlight. I do know there are several happy owners on Facebook's "125 Owner's Group". I can tell you that Sharon and I are both quite satisfied with the build quality of her Keeway RKS and it is proving to be a good bike. I can also tell you there are many happy owners of Yamaha's popular YZF 125.

Your 2 choices are very different. The Superlight is a cruiser, the YZF is a sports bike! Do you want to ride in laid back style or look like a racer? The choice is yours.


Keeway RKS 125 Review 2013 Jwan said :-
hello Ren , just wanted to ask u before buying a new bike, i have got almost 2 grands and i really loved 2015 Keeway Superlight LTD which is for £1899 and i was wondering shall i get a that one or a Yamaha YZF second hand. Many thanks




Test Ride Review Of The NC 700 S – By Mark Tomlinson Henrik said :-
Looking after a KLE500, by pure curiosity I have been looking what compares today, Guess CB500X is the only MC that I would consider.

KLE/GPZ-500 engine has every narrow span on consumption, 18 km/l
driving as a maniac, and 22 km/l driving super-economy, (its hard
getting these bikes under/over these limit's no mater how).

CB500X seems to perform around 27 km/l according to fuelly.com so
injection most certainly gives a lift in the 500 segment bikes.

More impressing is that NC700S/X is also around the same 27 km/l !!!

They all got thanks around 14-17 litres, I find this being far to
small for a medio-sized travel-machines, that goes around 25 km/l

Especially the NC, I ask my self why they didn't make a larger tank insteadt of that luggage-rom in front, 25-30 litres would be nice,
and possible,...

Btw. Keeway KLS is very well-equipped with tank capacity compared to
consumption, that alone makes it a candidate for touring,..


Test Ride Review Of The NC 700 S – By Mark Tomlinson Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Richard. NC700S, Sydney to Adelaide, good fuel economy and weekend rideouts with your mates...are you deliberately trying to make us soggy Brits jealous!?

That said I know Sydney has had some very severe rain recently.

A friend has just purchased the "X" version so I might beg a test ride.


Motorcycle Monopoly? Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Andrew. MT09, good choice. I'm glad to hear the folks at Accrington are looking after you. I don't think becoming part of a group has to ruin a shop, it's the people in the shop that matter and make the difference.

Enjoy your new bike! I'd love to hear what you think of it.


Motorcycle Monopoly? Andrew Lambert said :-
ive just bought a new Yamaha mt09 from the shop in Accrington and you couldn't meet a more helpful bunch


Test Ride Review Of The NC 700 S – By Mark Tomlinson Richard said :-
I've had my NC700S now for 6 months and done 10800km.
I rode from Sydney to Adelaide with detours this is 1650km. I did 650 km day 1 and 1000km day 2. I felt I could have kept on going it is so comfortable.
Bike averages about 3.5lt/100km (4.0lt/100km with head wind).
Had a 650 Suzuki Gladius before this (wrote it off when I hit a 'roo). The NC lacks power by comparison and definitely needs more revs and gear shifts if you want to keep it moving. However it does well in the corners and thru the hills.
I ride most weekends with Christian Motorcyclist Association (CMA) and get lots of comments on how smooth it looks when I'm tucked in, knee down.
Bottom line? Touring, commuting, boy racing (legally of course), I love it!


Thoughts On The CBF 125 Ren - The Ed said :-
Well Monk the fun in life is chasing dreams. Crack on fella, get the test done, save the pennies and you too could be living the dream in a laid back style.

Pipe dreams...urgh...please no more said the crowd...enough already


Thoughts On The CBF 125 Monk said :-
I am Ren... I definitely am. It's interesting as I oft fancied a Harley at many points in my life but now do not? I spotted the VN in the local dealer whilst hanging about for the service on the 125 to complete and thought Hallo, the reason, I think, is this... that I long for freedom and being a bit languid my brain keeps telling me that the comfort and effortless riding on a bike like the VN would suit my philosophy of being laid back, sturdy, reliable and ruggedly good looking!!! Stop laughing at once!

Plus she has really nice pipes man! Any way mate who knows it may never happen...it's a 'pipe dream'...oooooo... went the crowd!




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