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CB300F - Yes PLEASE! Sharon said :-
Yes is certainly looks an option for the smaller rider. I would be most interested in giving it a try myself. Plus the seat height can apparently be even lower.

From the Honda website
"A low 30.7-inch seat height does more than help make sure the CB300F fits a wide range of riders. It makes it easier to put your feet down at stoplights and in parking lots—a big confidence builder. Plus, we’ll offer a Honda Genuine Accessory seat that’ll lower seat height even further!"

If you get to the end of the video the man then rides the CB300F and the female rides his bike. So I think that is quite clever by Honda.

I am really excited by the fact that at long last the big names are finally beginning to make lower and lighter motorbikes that are suitable for the smaller rider, be they female or male.



Test Ride Review of the Honda NC700X - By Ren Withnell William said :-
I have a NC700x 2013 with 1300 miles on it.
Has anybody had any issues with the electronics on this bike? Mainly the engine light coming on and the bike over heating?
It's been in the Honda dealership for 5 weeks. They switched out the ECU, done all tests that Honda recommends and now they are replacing the whole wire rack. They still have not been able to solve the issues.
Any suggestions, similar issues or advice would be appreciated.




Hawes For A Novice Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Mathew. If you've got the CBF 125 don't be put off by distance. That little bike will do 300 miles a day just as well as any 600 or 1000 cc motorcycle. And you'll save a fortune on fuel!



Hawes For A Novice Mathew Taylor said :-
So glad I seen this just brought a back box for my cbf



CBF 125 Poor Running Problem Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Karna Deshar. Sometimes it's the simplest of things! I've seen motorcycles stripped right down...only to find the kill switch is in the off position.

Nobody said it was easy. Thanks for the tip!



CBF 125 Poor Running Problem Karna Deshar said :-
I was having exact same problem with my CBF 125 (Stunner- carburetor version) for almost 9 months since last November. Went through all the mechanics recommendation from piston repair, air filter change, carb cleaning, fuel tank cleaning, battery replacement ....., but none helped. Finally, an idea struck, maybe the problem is with the spark plug and went for a spark plug change last week. To my amazement, the problem was solved immediately and haven't seen that problem since. The problem troubling me almost a year and costing me more than $200 over the year, solved by just a $2 spark plug. Give it a try guys....



Triumph Street Triple Review And Follow Up Latchy said :-
Hey Phil that mpg figure is correct for the older (A) models, Triumph have played a bit of magic with the B model and made it much better on fuel.
Update on my bike, I now have 10000 miles on the clock and am half way through my second set of tyres, simply can't stop riding the pants off this bike it is very addictive.
Getting worried now at the mileage creeping up so much, the next service is expensive if I choose to have it done at Triumph Manchester(Youles) it will cost a whopping £475. I have done all my own servicing on previous bikes with no problems and I am tempted to carry it out on this bike myself even though there is still 10 months warranty left. If I were to do the service myself then a service indicator in the form of a spanner will be left on show on my clocks ..... Annoying. But then I could spend what money I saved on bike goodies like an end can or rear shocker etc.
Still love the bike though and just the other day I out dragged my mates on their FAZER 8 and GSR750 .......excellent.



Test Ride Review Of The NC 700 S – By Mark Tomlinson Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Danny

I suspect the main difference between the street S and the trailie X is the suspension. As such that's a fair item to change. You best bet would be to go to your local Honda dealer and see if they have any further info.



Test Ride Review Of The NC 700 S – By Mark Tomlinson danny said :-
HEY GUYS. CAN THE SEAT LEVEL OF THE NC700X BE ADJUSTED AND LOWER IT
TO 40 MM LIKE THE NC700S ?
THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS



Sharon's Biking Blog Sharon said :-
Hi Rhona,
Congratulations on just completing your CBT and welcome to the wonderful fun filled world of biking. Wahoo!!!

One of the reasons I began to write my blog was in the hope that it might prove useful one day to other learner riders going through the same fears and nerves as I did as I began my biking journey. So it is so good to hear that you are making use of the blog.

I hate to say this but I will be truthful with you and the truth is you will probably at some stage drop your bike. This is particular true if like me you are only small. A stronger taller person has a greater margin of error than us little folk. Once we slip we are neither strong enough or tall enough to bring the bike back beyond its tipping point. But I tell you this not to dishearten you but to tell you you are not alone. Nearly every single learner I know has dropped their bike at least once and usually more than that. It even happens to the more experienced ones now and then, they just keep more quite about it hee hee.

The trick is not to feel too bad about the drop. Try if you can to wear it as a feather in your cap, I have been there and done that kind of pride. Turn it into something positive like a fresh chance to learn and practice picking your bike up. Of course if you are like me you may need to have a little sulk about it too on occasion as well. But always remember you are learning and mistakes teach us a lot.

You will over time find that you will get what I call bike fit. Certain muscles needed to manoeuvre the bike and control the bike will become stronger. You will also develop better techniques and once your confidence improves moving the bike about will also become much easier. I used to really struggle getting the bike on and off its main stand, now I can do it with ease.

Do not judge yourself by mine or others ability. Be comfortable with yourself and set your own goals that feel right to you. Sometimes it is good to have a more experienced friend with you who will help you by gently encouraging you to push yourself a little further but only when you have the basics firmly in place.

What area do you live in Rhonda? Maybe there is bike club near you that you could join which has lady members. Nothing like a bit of girl power to give you a boost. There are also some facebook pages dedicated to just the lady rider which are good places to get advice and support.

I know I am lucky in that I have a very experienced and patient ex-instructor for a boyfriend. So I got a lot of great advice and support from the outset. If you know a good rider who will come out with you on rides and whom will offer you advice and support then this will help you enormously. However riding with someone who is either over critical or even wanting to show off is a hindrance, so choose your riding companions carefully especially at first.

It is hard to really place a date on when I felt comfortable on my bike. I would say at a guess maybe around the 6 month mark was when I finally began to relax enough to really enjoy the ride. But it has only been recently so therefore about 10 months in that I now dare to use the word confident about how I sometimes feel while riding. More important than time is mileage. Every time you get on that bike, every mile you put under those tyres is knowledge and experienced gained. I now have nearly 7000 miles under my tyres and each and everyone of them has helped me become a more experienced and confident rider. But you as an individual with find your own timescales.

Expect to have good days and bad. One day everything will click and feel right another day and everything just feels wrong. The longer you ride the more good days you will have to out balance the bad. I used to have a pattern at first where a good day was always followed by a bad. I think after a good day I then had an expectation of myself that made me nervous and stressed for the next day. But a bad day usually meant things could only be better next time and they usually were. So get use to the ebb and flow.

If you have any other queries about anything in general or specific question please get in touch and I will be happy to help in any way I can. Please keep me updated about your progress I would love to know how you are getting along.

For now get out there Rhona, ride that bike and do it with a light heart and a big smile because I find riding to be the best therapy out there. In a stressful world my bike keeps me sane and smiling. XX



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