Go Big and Ride Small

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Re: Go Big and Ride Small

Post by Yoyo » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:24 pm

Scott_rider wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:25 pm
I saw this today at On Yer Bike, Aylesbury. It looks very smart 8-) . A Versys 300 with an Enduro 'kit'.

https://www.onyerbike.net/deals/versys_300/?gg=5506

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That looks really good.

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Re: Go Big and Ride Small

Post by Darren s » Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:06 pm

Very interesting topic going to follow this one .ive very fond memories of doing my test on a cb125.👌

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Re: Go Big and Ride Small

Post by Tink » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:54 pm

Godspeed wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:49 am
For the past couple of years I’ve flown over to Malaga and rented a ybr125 and then ridden up into the mountains. V. Cheap to do and great fun!!


Also done a couple of thousand miles on my XR125L. A lovely little bike that gives 100mpg, and confident enough to still take off road


In October I rode 1132 miles from Bristol to Koblenz in Germany on my fully loaded C90.

Toying with the idea of getting my 125 shipped to Bulgaria and then riding back from there... would love to get to Kiev too... and also up to the Arctic circle.

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Was just wondering how fast the Honda XR 125 goes? What is your cruising speed?

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Re: Go Big and Ride Small

Post by Godspeed » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:56 pm

I had it geared more for off-Road and it would manage 55 and cruise at 45, but changed the gearing back to stock and it can cruise at about 50, top speed maybe 60/65 but I always feel bad for it at that speed.
On the plus side I get a good 101mpg averaged over the past 7,000 miles. Combined with the tank of 12 litres gives a range of 260 miles :)
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Re: Go Big and Ride Small

Post by boboneleg » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:13 pm

Hmmmmmmmmm, I'm always inspired by your ride reports Chris but after reading about your cruising speed I don't think I'm quite ready to drop down to a 125cc just yet.

I love my CRF250 Rally and I get 90mpg out of it but I can happily cruise at 70mph and that's slightly more appealing to me at the moment, plus the ability to go faster than that for an overtake and just pottering along on the back roads which is what I do most of the time at 30-50mph.

More power to your elbow though and keep up the good work 8-)
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Re: Go Big and Ride Small

Post by crofty » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:42 pm

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One of my best trips on the crf250, up to the Ace cafe for breakfast after a 4k trip round France & Spain

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Re: Go Big and Ride Small

Post by Godspeed » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:13 pm

boboneleg wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:13 pm
Hmmmmmmmmm, I'm always inspired by your ride reports Chris but after reading about your cruising speed I don't think I'm quite ready to drop down to a 125cc just yet.

I love my CRF250 Rally and I get 90mpg out of it but I can happily cruise at 70mph and that's slightly more appealing to me at the moment, plus the ability to go faster than that for an overtake and just pottering along on the back roads which is what I do most of the time at 30-50mph.

More power to your elbow though and keep up the good work 8-)
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It takes a fair bit of adjustment, firstly in the time it takes to get anywhere, but the slower you go the more you see.
The second adjustment and probably the hardest is how other bikers see and speak to you. I’ve had people say that I don’t ride a real bike and that I’m not worth talking to. They also assume that riding a 125 means that I just have my cbt and that I probably haven’t ever been far on a bike.
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Re: Go Big and Ride Small

Post by Tink » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:25 pm

Godspeed wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:13 pm
boboneleg wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:13 pm
Hmmmmmmmmm, I'm always inspired by your ride reports Chris but after reading about your cruising speed I don't think I'm quite ready to drop down to a 125cc just yet.

I love my CRF250 Rally and I get 90mpg out of it but I can happily cruise at 70mph and that's slightly more appealing to me at the moment, plus the ability to go faster than that for an overtake and just pottering along on the back roads which is what I do most of the time at 30-50mph.

More power to your elbow though and keep up the good work 8-)
Cheers!
It takes a fair bit of adjustment, firstly in the time it takes to get anywhere, but the slower you go the more you see.
The second adjustment and probably the hardest is how other bikers see and speak to you. I’ve had people say that I don’t ride a real bike and that I’m not worth talking to. They also assume that riding a 125 means that I just have my cbt and that I probably haven’t ever been far on a bike.
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Your definitely right about the bike snobs... Most of them won't have even been further than there local shop but think there something special because they have all the gear (but no Idea)😂😂...
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Re: Go Big and Ride Small

Post by P4ulie » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:06 pm

I did a trip down to Italy on my VanVan at the time....not renowned for it's performance. Yes it was a fun time but it was hard work at 50- 60, far too much time to think about life on a 70 mile length of straight road :(

There was a group of us on the VV's, (some vids were posted a few years back), we were waiting for the ferry after a week of all the military roads on the French / Italian border & next to a group of GS riders (no disrespect to GS owners here, but the pristine bike in full Touratech regalia gang). they wouldn't even look, let alone talk to us (we tried). It was disappointing, they honestly looked at us as if we were scum
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Re: Go Big and Ride Small

Post by boboneleg » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:51 pm

Bike snobs, they crack me up. On my commute to work I pass a bike (I won't mention the make) coming towards me . If I'm on my KTM 990 he nods without fail but if I'm on my 250 he ignores me to the point of looking the other way.

It cracks me up every time I'm on the 250 and I chuckle all the way into work, what a prize twat :lol:
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