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Test Ride Review of the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion - By Ren Withnell Richard said :-
I have a fully faired Diversion with ABS 2011.It really does tick every box for me! If you want power don't be afraid to dig into the box for them revs., the performance IS tthere (no: there ain't much torque low down). You do NOT have to take any covers off to check the coolant level like manual says. - just look from front near side axle thro' to reservoir and wobble bike slightly to see the level. I've found Silkolene oil very smooth - what an immediate difference. I'll add an extra front sprocket tooth in time which will increase an already good tank range. Big bikes (air cooled especially) can't compete here. Manoeuvring around obstacles is not a groin strainer either. Bike looks good too.

Tips On Riding A 125 On A Motorway – By Ren Withnell kvalbein said :-
Thanks for that. Great to know.

Whoops I Fell Over Ren - The Ed said :-
In rule 161 of the highway code regarding mirrors it states...

"Use them in good time before you signal or change direction or speed."

As Sharon was planning to change speed, ie slow down, she was quite correct to check her mirrors. This is to be aware of how close other vehicles are behind which may affect how you choose to brake. The notion of not checking my mirrors before coming up some lights would scare me.

Whoops I Fell Over Joe G. said :-
Hi Sharon,

Happened to come across this as a link from your review on your Shark Vision helmet, which I'm considering buying and so was doing some research on reviews and came across yours.

Regarding your get-off, sorry hear but certainly the outcome was about as good an one could hope.

Couple of things...

Regarding the situation where you fell, I inferred that you checked your mirrors while still in motion. If so, I'd highly advise against that, for the exact reason that you experienced: with eyes on the mirror instead of what's in front of you, that split second where things changed made all the difference and you weren't able to stop in time. Had you been looking ahead the whole time, this might have turned out better.

Secondly, I brake as a matter of normal course using both front and rear brakes (my bike doesn't have linked or ABS brakes). Certainly the front brake does the majority of the work, but in an emergency situation, the slight extra braking that the rear provides will help cut a few feet off the braking distance. Don't know if you used both brakes or not, but if not (and you don't have linked brakes), I'd recommend it.

You have a great, positive attitude towards riding so I know you'll introspect on what happened, learn the most you can from it, and get right back on your steed and carry on. And good on ya for that.

Safe riding.

Muc-Off Bike Cleaner Review Sharon said :-
Cheers for the tip Ian. I will dilute by 50% as you suggested and let you know how I get on.

Where Does The Yellow Dot Go (Balancing Tyres) Garth said :-
Yup, mine say the dot goes next to the tire valve too.

Muc-Off Bike Cleaner Review Ian Whittaker said :-

Hi my comment is that you can dilute it by 50% with water and it still works just as well so saving 50% on the price so its not as dear as it sounds

Royal Enfield 500 Classic Test Ride Review Sunil said :-
so very nice

Winter Camping Fail Ren - The Ed said :-
Aww cheers Rob! Trouble is if it did get too much not so sure you're fiancée would let us in!

Winter Camping Fail Rob G said :-
Why don't you just wait till its really bad and pitch in my back garden, that way if you do find it to be to hard you can just come inside.

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