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Staying Warm Through The Winter On Your Motorbike - By Ren Withnell Ben said :-
Hi

Dave, Re keeping you midriff warm?

Try an Kidney Belt. You can pick one up very cheaply on Ebay

I wear a cotton Balaclava, a Thermal Polo neck top, thermal body warmer, HG All seasons Jacket, Thermal Scarf, A High viz Waterproof/Windproof Jacket, thermal long johns ( a courier mate of mine recommended ladies tights (NOT STOCKINGS!!)) a HG All season trousers (or you can get some Ski Salopets), thermal socks, Boots, Silk inner gloves, Leather HG Gortex gloves and Handlebar muffs


Mark, If you are in Germany/Holland, HG seem to have larger sizes. I have XXL gloves from them (bought in the UK before they ceased trading here)


Regards
Ben



Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Ben.

Yes I've seen the Ryno, it looks like a very curious and fun bit of kit! I kind of think it's more aimed at the Segway type of user rather than motorcyclists but I bet it'll be a hoot to play on.

There's something up with your 250 for sure. My Benly 200 would easily cruise at 60 all day long and keep up with 125's, 250's and so on.

The CBF does have this 2,500 mile service interval with the valve check. I...I check mine every 10,000 miles and I've hardly touched them. I reckon 2,500 miles for the first few checks while everything beds in then leave 'em a bit longer. Mind you, to keep the warranty from Honda it will all have to be done properly and to the book otherwise they'll not play ball if you've got any problems.

I WISH, I HOPE AND I PRAY for someone to make a Diesel motorcycle! 500cc, about 25bhp, simple, basic, slow revving and reliable. Indian Enfield did one ages back, a 300 or 350cc dumper truck motor. It was slow, yes, but it was reliable and returned almost 200 mpg apparently.

The electric cycles are very good these days but most seem to have a 25 mile range. Your 28 mile commute would mean a little extra effort at the end of the ride and you'd have to be able to recharge at work. The tech is improving all the time though, it'll come to you soon enough.

Cheers, Ren.



Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ben said :-
Hi Ren,

Thanks for that.

Yes its a CB250 Nighthawk. Hardly any power (I wonder if its restricted?) But its great, economical to run and can be used in the rain/snow/Ice when bigger bikes I see on my daily commute suddenly disappear until the sun comes out!!. Its like riding a motorised push bike!!

I should be okay with a 125 as I used one for my motorbike DAS.

The K75S is a Great narrow machine, but for commuting, with London's pot holes I have to be very careful. It comes with me mainly at weekends(for Insurance purposes £102 fully comp ins for both bikes with a £250 x's)

I plan to test ride one very soon.The thing that puts me off the CBF125 is having to adjust the tappets EVERY 2500? miles!!!

As for the warranty, Honda should cover that. Most reputable manufacturers give a world wide warranty nowadays.

I was thinking of an Diesel or even an electric bike/bicycle for commuting as many of the cyclists that I see at the traffic lights soon catch up with me when i am stopped at the next set, then I wouldn't have to worry about MPG :).

Have you seen the one wheel electric MB capable of approx 600mpg equivalent?. Check out Ryno Motors

I look forward to your updates on the CBF125

Cheers
Ben










Helmet Review - Shark Vision R Sharon said :-
Hi Terry, I have had my Shark Vision R for over a year to date and have not experienced any problem as of yet with the visor. Will let you know if this does occur but fingers crossed so far so good. I wonder if it would be worth you contacting Shark direct about the problem you have had with yours?




Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Ben.

The CB 250 Nighthawk, if I have the right model in mind, is a continuation of the amazing and most excellent CD200 Benly. Having done over 80,000 miles on a Benly I've hankered after a CB 250 for ages but the right one has never come up. It should be a GREAT bike.

Your CB 250 may be getting old but I can't believe it's slower than most of the 125's. I suspect something's amiss with your 250 if that's the case. I know they ain't fast but I've owned the similarly engined CMX 250 and that was quicker than my 125.

The CBF 125 would be ideal for your 28 mile commute though. Light, nimble, 140 mpg and just a good solid bike. Maybe you ought to test ride one first though, they're very light and the handling may come as something of a shock after riding bigger bikes. As for getting one from India...great idea! What about the warranty though?

Cheers, Ren.



My Opinions On Cold Hands Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Ben.

I use them plastic gloves from the petrol station. They help a little bit with the warmth but even better is it makes getting wet gloves on and off a lot easier! Plastic bags on the feet too.

So much stuff is marked up and sold as waterproof but it rarely is.



My Opinions On Cold Hands Ben said :-
Hi,

I use a pair of Thermal cycling gloves and if my gloves leak & its raining, I keep some of the disposable gloves from a petrol station as spare in my jacket.

They keep my hands dry and seem to help keep the cold out!!

For my feet, I wear thermal ski socks and I carry a couple of carrier bags to put my feet in if my boots leak. (also useful for pickup some last minute shopping on the way home....but not if I am using them as emergency waterproofs!!



Regards
Ben



Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ben said :-
Hi,

Great article thanks.

I would not describe myself as a "biker" as I also cycle and drive a car

I am thinking of getting a CBF 125 for my daily 28 mile round trip commute to Central London as I want a newer bike for commuting.

I have a couple of bikes, a BMW K75S (1987) and a CB 250 nighthawk 1996 model.

The K75S is a beautiful machine with very smooth turbine sounding engine. The CB250 is used throughout the year to commute on.Its a great little bike. On a 3(3.5 including reserve) UK gal I get approx 350 miles before switching to the reserve tank. The only problem is that all the 125's and mopeds are much faster and the CB is getting a bit old.

I dont know if its me, but when I run the bike on BP or Esso fuel, I seem to get more mpg than when I use supermarket fuel & the bike runs much much smoother!!

One of my main bug bears about the CBF 125 that annoys me is the price. In India, a similar version sells for approx £600 inc taxes @ £1 = INR100.
Even with shipping(£200 per bike if shipped in a container of say 20 bikes), how can Honda justify the £2700 price !!!

I may ship a new one over from India!!!

Keep up the good work

Ben




Brief Ride On A Honda Innova 125 - By Ren Withnell Phil said :-
Just a few interesting things I've found regarding my carb'd Innova for anyone with one too. The weedy tungsten filament headlight bulb is awful, but a halogen equivalent is available with a whiter output, I fitted a RING RMU417 12v 35/35w Ba20d for £5.34 delivered on Amazon and although not higher wattage the whiter light reflects off things more and makes riding at night safer.
Keep speeds below 55mph and generally easy on the throttle will see 150+mpg, I don't know why people say the later injection model is more efficient? My last fill up returned 154mpg. If your reading this and thinking about buying an Innova, the injection model is newer(less component wear and less corrosion/rust), with a better headlight beam, and less fuss on cold starts as injection sorts out the idle and fuelling whereas the carb model has a crude working choke lever. But it also has electronics and sensors that if they fail and cause a breakdown, can't be repaired at the roadside, the carb model is fixable most times and a lot cheaper to fix too if the problem is fuelling related(£15 for a replacement carb).
But in general they are both very reliable.



Long Term Review Of The RST Alpha Textile Jacket - By Ren Withnell ned kelly said :-
I have a lest than a year old srt jacket and my arms and front do get wet in heavy rain very disapointed



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