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    Welcome500彩票网安全下载 To Bikes And Travels...

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

    Ren's dirty and well used CB500X covered in camping kit

    Autumn is upon us as the nights draw in and the weather changes. Is it time to put the bikes to bed for the winter? No of course not! It's not like Ren's bike could get any dirtier could it.

    What's New?

    CBF125 Rear Tyre And Chain Again Fancy an existential crisis? Or a moan about "professionals"? If you500彩票网安全下载're lucky there might be something about tyres and chains inbetween, but don't hold you500彩票网安全下载r breath.
    Big Trips On A Small Bike: Part 2 Mark rather enjoyed his Highland trip on the Suzuki 125, so why not go just a little bit further this time? Maybe dip a toe into Europe?
    To Fix Or Not To Fix Or How To Fix Ren's CBF125 has a drink problem. It's taste for oil is reaching the point of at least considering doing something about it. Should he, and if so what should he do?
    Bealach na Bà Ain't So Bad Andy is making his excuses for a late start today, but it's all self-inflicted. It's time to be overwhelmed by the not really scary Applecross road.
    Big Trips On A Small Bike: Part 1 Mark has quite an exotic history of powered 2 wheeled velocipedes when a humble 125 crosses his path. Reluctantly he takes it for a little spin to see what it's like.
    Big Trips On A Small Bike Mark has a story to tell...
    Z250SL Tappets Again Ren is back inside the top end of Sharon's Kwakker once more. More shimming action but second time around is a lot easier.
    Lake Vyrnwy Christmas is done and Sharon is otherwise occupied. Fear not, it may be hard to believe but Ren has friends! Welsh Wales and a(nother) place name he can't pronounce.
    Mulling Around To The Mainland When Tobermory is a major town you500彩票网安全下载 know you500彩票网安全下载've been somewhere remote. Andy is making his way up the West Coast of Scotland now.
    Christmas Ride Out The only time to visit a city centre is Christmas Day when it's quiet. Liverpool this time.
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    To Fix Or Not To Fix Or How To Fix RobEll said :-
    Ah, I thought you500彩票网安全下载'd have considered it, the oil leak on that old Honda was
    much increased with the engine running but had more than one oil leak! And yes in all weathers getting to and from Bristol 3 days a week from South Wales for work, a salty business in Winter. I'm a little lazy with the daily (read weekly), bike rinse and it's faring very well on rust front but it is garaged. I've been swapping some parts across from RKS bits which seem a bit easier to find & cheaper, sprockets and the like - these bikes are just SO cheap to buy and run, and everyone likes a bargain! The cheap transport sector of the bike market has been well and truly revived by the recent influx of Chinese commuters, they could teach the big Jap 4 a thing or two, looking at the new super cub for around lb3k...
    6/2/2020 6:17:08 PM UTC
    CBF125 Rear Tyre And Chain Again Ren - The Ed^1 said :-
    Stuart - yes trousers. Admittedly though I often perform motorcycle maintenance in my boxers, or "skiddies". Less washing you500彩票网安全下载 see, and less ruined clothing. Up here fer thinkin', down there fer dancin'.

    ROD - the Michelin City Pros on the 125 work very well including in the wet. I often hear the Michelin Pilot Roads (PR1, PR2, PR3, PR4 and now I think there's a PR5) are supposed to be absolutely bleeding awesome wet or dry. Thing is the City Pros are very well priced compared to the competition whereas the Pilot Roads are not a cheap tyre. As a tight Yorkshireman I am happy with the price and usability of the Continental ContiMotions.

    If the Z6's are working for you500彩票网安全下载 then if it ain't broke don't fix it.
    6/2/2020 11:48:53 AM UTC
    CBF125 Rear Tyre And Chain Again Stuart said :-
    When you500彩票网安全下载 use the term 'pants' I hope you500彩票网安全下载 are referring to trousers and not performing maintenance in you500彩票网安全下载r Y fronts?
    6/2/2020 7:55:33 AM UTC
    CBF125 Rear Tyre And Chain Again ROD said :-
    Ren, You are correct the rear tyre does make a difference to the handling.
    I remember Avon not making my tyre choice in the correct size for my bike , so I fitted a slightly oversize tyre to the rear. This changed the handling of the bike, the bike felt slower steering going into a corner and the front felt lighter on acceleration out of the corner. The handling reverted back to a neutral feel when I fitted the correct size tyres.
    The make and profile of a rear tyre can also change the handling.
    I will be changing the tyres on the BM shortly, and note that you500彩票网安全下载 have chosen Michelin.
    I have had a preference for Michelin for some time now (I would say that I am a Michelin man, but being a little over weight that term must be avoided) but when I got the BM in March last year it was shod with Metzeler Z6 front and back.
    I intended changing them for Michelin as I had never used Metzeler tyres before in my almost 50 years of motorcycling.
    I have just ordered another set of Z6 tyres, they feel great, give good mileage, and are not expensive. I will say however that the grip in the wet weather is not as good as Michelin if you500彩票网安全下载 use the power when cornering, but when braking on wet roads they are very good, and this for myself is the most important wet weather feature.
    5/2/2020 7:06:00 PM UTC
    To Fix Or Not To Fix Or How To Fix Ren - The Ed^1 said :-
    There's no oil on the floor around the bike and no serious oil leaks. There's a weep from the head gasket but the oil dries out before it even starts to dribble it's that slow.

    I'm glad to hear the RKV is doing well! Do you500彩票网安全下载 use it in all weathers? At just shy of 1,000 miles a months I'd guess you500彩票网安全下载 do. And find me a bike that's used regularly and doesn't require the brakes servicing all the time. I used to own a CLR125 City Fly fitted with an supposedly "cheap" Grimeca brake. It was loose, rattly, the pistons weren't so tight and the paint flaked off. But BECAUSE it was built to low tolerances it never seized up and worked a treat. Here's to slack brakes.
    5/2/2020 12:46:54 PM UTC
    To Fix Or Not To Fix Or How To Fix RobEll said :-
    Hi Ren, just a thought but when my old off road, long-toothed XL250 farted it's last it was haemorrhaging oil via the final drive output shaft oil seal. Maybe worth a looksee bit likely already on you500彩票网安全下载r have-checked list. In other news: My little Keeway RKV 125 is banging away better than ever at 15000 miles in 17 months and only a few minor fixes for rear caliper dragging (clean piston/caliper every quarter and done), and shield (duct tape) some wearing wiring sheathing. Love that little bike, and much of it is way over engineered e.g. massive upside down forks and frame from the previous RKV200, only the thin paintwork or electronics are unknowns so far. Much cheaper to fix than my ageing car which costs at least lb300 every visit to the mechanic...with ever more alarming frequency.
    5/2/2020 9:30:35 AM UTC
    Honda SH125 Mode Test Ride Review Upt'North said :-
    School, now there's a topic for conversation.
    Met my best bud there and regularly read and discussed MCN when I should have been doing algebra. Not sure I can even spell it. Algerberra that is.
    I was a fairly frequent visitor to the headmasters office and I can recall the following punishments....
    Slipper/plimsoll, at least three foot long and delivered heartily on ones buttocks. Can we say buttocks.
    Cane, as thick as a broom stale and whacked across you500彩票网安全下载r palm.
    The bat, no bat like this had ever been made commercially, it was like a chair seat attached to a fence post, he hit you500彩票网安全下载 just about anywhere with that.
    But it did me no harm.......as they say.......why am I sweating and twitching.
    You'll smell my mates Suzuki triples Ed when he takes them for a warm up between Eccleston and Chorley.
    Clouds of lovely Castrol R. He does it on purpose, on instruction.
    Upt'North.
    4/2/2020 8:47:43 AM UTC
    Honda SH125 Mode Test Ride Review Ren - The Ed^1 said :-
    2 stroke?!? Did someone say 2 stroke!?!

    Bill, I thank you500彩票网安全下载 for the useful, clear and informative details. 330? Not many is it. The rest of the reprobates are winding me up because they know I don't like 2 strokes. Pfffft.

    I shall ignore this bad behaviour today as I am on the road presently. However when I return this evening if you500彩票网安全下载r attitudes haven't improved you500彩票网安全下载'll all be going to the headmaster's office!

    Except you500彩票网安全下载 Upt', you500彩票网安全下载'd probably like that.
    4/2/2020 7:32:37 AM UTC
    Honda SH125 Mode Test Ride Review ROD said :-
    I could join in on this nostalgia of two stroke motorcycles, but I am worried about the editors health!!
    3/2/2020 10:13:27 PM UTC
    Honda SH125 Mode Test Ride Review Ross said :-
    "Upt'North said :-
    I'm guessing the B had the black side panels."

    Oooh, good anorak points there, Upt', yes and different rear light, paint colours and graphics but otherwise the same as you500彩票网安全下载r A model.

    I can almost smell the two stroke fumes now...I've got an itch for another 'stroker!
    3/2/2020 9:22:39 PM UTC
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    Go To Chit-Chat Ren - The Ed^1 said :-
    Thanks for the cunning plan Ian and Upt'. You can call me Mr Norton from now on, well, until I've used up the grants and loans, goodwill of the banks and the foreign investment.
    2/2/2020 7:15:26 AM UTC
    ROD said :-
    I guess that the building, plant and machinery is rented.
    So the only salable asset will be the name.
    I can not see Norton being sold as a going concern.

    1/2/2020 6:45:25 PM UTC
    Upt'North said :-
    Ian, you500彩票网安全下载 are so right. But you500彩票网安全下载 knew that anyhows.
    When the full details are known I'm sure there will be evidence that grants from government, government agencies, local development funds have all not been repaid. That'll be multi millions.
    Then there will be massive pension shortfalls. More multi millions to be found.
    Redundancy payments to be made, together with unpaid holiday entitlement. Even more millions.
    Will it be Garner's fault, not in his eyes, it'll probably be down to Brexit!?!
    But yes, we'll be the one's picking up the bill for Garner's erectile dis-function fix.
    I'd love to know how much it has cost to build the units that left the factory, I'm guessing an awful lot in a crazy mixed up pyramid scheme.
    The best part is it'll be sold for lb1.00 to the next Garner, ker'ching.
    These are my views and not those of the official Batties.
    Just saying.
    Upt'North.
    1/2/2020 6:20:57 PM UTC
    Ian Soady said :-
    I have posted this elsewhere so apologies.

    It's sad that all the people who set out to "rescue" the proud name of Norton seem to be chancers that I wouldn't buy a cup of tea from. LeRoux, Garner etc - all sharks looking for a quick buck in my experience. And look who the bulk of the money s owed to - HRMC - in other words us. I bet he's paid off the loans before them.

    1/2/2020 11:43:33 AM UTC
    Upt'North said :-
    No.
    30/1/2020 1:20:30 PM UTC
    ROD said :-
    I believe that a lot of prospective scrambler owners placed deposits over a year ago, and have been concerned about Norton for sometime. Will they see any return of their deposits?
    30/1/2020 12:45:15 PM UTC
    Ren - The Ed^1 said :-
    IF if that HUGE Benelli returns 80mpg then I'd consider buying myself one second hand. I could of course easily afford buying you500彩票网安全下载 all one but I didn't get this wealthy by spending money. Norton do appear to have got into trouble for owing 300,000 to the tax man.
    30/1/2020 10:05:58 AM UTC
    Upt'North said :-
    R.I.P. NORTON (?), now that's a blummin shame if it's accurate.
    Upt'North.

    30/1/2020 12:02:45 AM UTC
    Upt'North said :-
    I'd bet on an updated Benelli Trei set up.
    I think they were about 1100 cc.
    I'd also bet on 300 Kg plus.
    Now it just needs to be less than 10k,with 5 years Pan European warranty, 5 years 0% finance and 5 years of haring around Europe.
    We'll see, I do hope it's good though and it'll be good to see someone take it to BMW.
    Perhaps Ren will buy us all one, bless him.
    Upt'North.
    29/1/2020 11:52:18 PM UTC
    ROD said :-
    It looks pretty lightweight Upt'
    I think it should be at least a 6 cylinder flat 6 of about 2000cc or preferably a 2500cc V8.
    29/1/2020 9:14:42 PM UTC
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