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|That bike was a Honda XL185S trials bike and I bought it with 2000 miles on the clock and sold it almost seven months later with an extra 6000 miles on the clock. The bike was brilliant and very good as a first bike. Very forgiving and very easy to handle which is foremost when trying to learn to ride.|
|I then traded in the XL185S for a new Honda CB250N Superdream, which I kept on the road for about 2 years doing about 27000 miles but didnt sell till a few years later. The one problem with this bike was that it was a little bit heavy and also underpowered but as a bike it was brilliant - handled well and was comfortable to ride on long journeys. That was probably the bike I had most fun with, albeit not much in the riding sense. The bike was fitted with a Typhoon fairing and I also added loads of lights, as well as a stereo radio cassette and also CB radio rigs! One year also had Chistmas lights up the ariels too >:*)|
|Next bike was a new Honda CX500EC Eurosport and although most people reckoned that the CX models were horrble bikes, I found mine to be great and handled much better after increasing the air suspension pressures higher than specified. I`ve got fairly short legs and so my choice of bike is usually limited by its saddle height and the CX was definitely my tallest bike. What made things worse in the beginning was that the engine was "transverse" and as you revved the throttle, the bike would shake sideways - very un-nerving! This bike lasted me for around 40000 miles (in about 5 years) and I still have it around, although its condition isnt too good at the moment. Ive always wanted to convert it into a trike but still havent got any further than thinking about it. Best thing about this bike was that it was shaft drive and so required vey little maintenance and also the servicing intervals were every 8000 miles.|
Next new bike I regretably bought was a Honda VF750FE and was probably Hondas biggest mistake as far as bikes went. This only lasted me 13000 miles and I decided to scrap it within 18 months when the engine apparently seized waiting for its third set of overhead cams. When it worked it was a pretty good bike - sadly it didnt work that often >:*(
Luckily, I still had the CX500EC available to use when the VF broke down - thats how the CX did 40000 miles against the VF`s 13000 miles!
|While looking for a replacement for the VF750FE, Phil my brother, was trying to sell his Honda CBR600F (had only done 2000 miles), and so I decided to give that bike a try. Again, wasnt one of Hondas finest as far as I was concerned and its handling was terrible - my CX500EC was better! The CBR lasted me 3 years and I managed to knock up another 22000 miles but caused me lots of problems mainly due to battery charging problems where the bike would never start and I couldnt wait to get rid of it.|
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