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...It's about bikes...and travels...mostly on bikes!

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Birthday Update on 2 year old Keeway RKS 125cc Sharon updates her thoughts on the Diminutive Keeway RKS125. Is it still a love story? You bet ya it is...

Blinkin Motorcycle Brakes Ren has got his moaning head on again. This time it is the curse of the motorcycle brake calliper. If only he was a better and more caring mechanic.

A Taste Of England Ren returns home after stopping at Monk's place. The sun is shining and there's time to think on the way through Middle England.

Meeting Monk Ren meets Monk. But...what if Monk is a psychotic axe murderer?

It Never Rains Down South Ren heads south on a mission to meet BAT reader and contributor "Monk". Contrary to popular myth it definitely DOES rain "daan saaf".

Watford 2015 - Meeting Monk Title page of Ren's trip to visit BAT reader Monk in Watford. 200 miles, rain and sunshine, and a most enlightening experience.

Wandering Home Sharon and Ren's ride back home from Bala includes tea at Dolgellau, going to places we've already been and an unsuccessful attack on Harlech Castle.

A Piece Of Cake Causes A Puncture Sharon's desire for CAKE leaves her feeling somewhat deflated, let down. Will she ever get home?

Sharon Leads To Bala Sharon leads Ren (sort of) through North Wales and to Bala. We meet with the cheeky chappies for an evening of nonsense.

Camping At Bala Lake 2015 Title page for our trip to Bala lake in Wales. May 2015

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Consumer Adventure Motorcycles Ren - The Ed said :-
Hey Henrik. You're going to have to get an injection bike. Them there carbys are getting rarer and rarer you know, I reckon even the Chinese bikes will soon be injection too. I suggest you start learning component level electronics now so that when that day comes you can fix your own sensors, computers, pressure systems and injectors.

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Bradley. So you're getting a CBF 125 huh? You're a lucky fella, wish someone would get me one. Give yourself time to get used to the gears and the extra speed, it'll feel quite nippy after riding the 50. Check the tyres too, if they're Continental's you're good to go but if they're the TKS they're blooming awful in the wet.

Chris, the CBf will be ideal for commuting. You may find you use it for much more besides too, depending on your "need for speed". ACF50 is a good idea, keeps the rust mites at bay, at least that's what they tell me.

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Chris said :-
Hi Ren, before getting my Triumph I did consider getting something smaller such as a Ninja 300 or CBR 500 as I knew that I'd never warrant the power of a 675, but with price tags of around £5K I felt a little short-changed considering how cheap they looked and felt (IMO). At the time, Bill Smith Ltd were selling the standard Street unregistered for £6.5k, and so ultimately the smaller ones didn't represent enough of a substantial saving.

The CBF125 however is cheap enough to forgive it for not having any fancy gizmos, nor would I have worry too much about it getting grubby in-between washes (as long as it has a good coating of ACF50 or the like). Subject to interview, I may be starting a new teaching post come September, which would mean a weekday 38-mile round trip. Therefore, given that the mpg figures it will go a little way to making it a viable second commute/rainy day ride/workhouse bike.

Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Bradley said :-
Hi Ren, I've just been reading all of the comments and your blog, and it has been very helpful indeed. I currently ride a Piaggio Zip 50cc as I am only 16, but I am 17 in a months time. I (well, my parents) bought a CBF125 for me and I have yet to ride it, but I am incredibly excited after hearing everyone's opinions. I have no income aside from pocket money so the 100+ mpg will be brilliant :). Cream of the crop at college soon :)

Consumer Adventure Motorcycles Henrik said :-
Ok, 2007 ;-) and btw. in this case I would take the Innova, despite the fact that the one I got, and its thai-quality, is nothing to write home about,.. as far as I remember there was another BAT-contributer recently that also was not overly impressed, but its all covered elsewhere already

Consumer Adventure Motorcycles Henrik said :-
I hear so much good about YBR, but how old does it have to be to be without the devilish injection ?

Blinkin Motorcycle Brakes John S said :-
I had a Suzuki DL650 Vstrom with brakes that looked suspiciously like the ones in your picture there. They were awful! Had to strip clean them fortnightly in the winter and they still seized up. Bought some second had callipers from Arizona (nice dry hot state) and they were perfect right up until winter struck. Actually, it was partly the brakes and their inability to work during the winter that made me get rid of that bike.

The YBR on the other hand... Other than new pads, they've gone untouched in 4 winters now. It seems to thrive on neglect that thing.

We have an old Moto Guzzi for our big bike these days. It's beautiful, a blast to ride and full of character but regularly comes over all Italian in the fairest of weather. I dread to think what would happen to it if we got salt and dirt on it.

Consumer Adventure Motorcycles John S said :-
I'd take the C90 copy probably but I'd want to look them bot over first.

Whenever my mates and I chat a about this, I always say I would take my YBR125 if I ever got the chance to go off on a big adventure. I'd trust that little thing over anything specifically catered for by Touratech. I've owned a pseudo adventure bike before and it couldn't match the YBR for reliability, convenience, fuel economy or running costs. I can even think of a time I came to the end of some Tarmac and wanted to explore further. It looked like rough going. No way I was riding off road on a 650cc adventure bike. Nope. I went home and got the YBR out. That thing goes anywhere, eventually.

Birthday Update on 2 year old Keeway RKS 125cc Henrik said :-
In orde to gain eternal life it might need a little help, just like the rest of us ;-) with no fuel-inject, ecu, or pump the basis is there however, but a selection of essential spares are crucial, while still there, thus the qustion,,

New Tyres - By Ren Withnell said :-

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