Bar­gain YBR125’S set to #ride5000miles

£18 tax, fuel up for a ten­ner. Who needs a BMW GS?

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I’ve come to the con­clu­sion that the best tour­ing bike in the world isn’t a BMW GS as con­ven­tion sug­gests but a nine-year-old YBR125 with over 20,000 miles on the clock. Mine cost £1300 four years ago and takes me to work all year round. It coped with a 2000-mile run to the Ele­phant Rally in sub-zero tem­per­a­tures and took me to work again two days later. It will cruise ef­fort­lessly at 50- 60 (in the slip­stream of a truck). It does a gen­uine 160 miles be­tween fill ups for £8 or £9. Tax is £18 a year. It’s easy to ride in snow, ice, mud, rain etc. It’s com­fort­able with the ad­di­tion of a scat­ter cush­ion seat with wa­ter­proof black bin liner cover and par­cel tape fas­ten­ing sys­tem. Bet­ter still, it has de­cent car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity thanks to the cheap­est pan­niers Ox­ford sell. Who says bik­ing has to be ex­pen­sive? Mark Ed­mond­son, #ride5000miles

Lov­ing MCN #ride5000

MCN should be con­grat­u­lated on the #ride5000miles ini­tia­tive. Dif­fer­ent clubs, man­u­fac­tur­ers and own­ers groups all over the coun­try have their own Face­book pages which only their mem­bers see, but you seem to have brought the whole lot to­gether! I’m lov­ing see­ing posts from all around the UK (and fur­ther afield) with rid­ers up­dat­ing us with their rides/lo­ca­tions and mileages cov­ered. I’m sure peo­ple are in­spired and thus ea­ger to ride their bikes more. Well done guys. Ian Speight, Hull Ed: Cheers Ian, turn to page 9 for more on how to get in­volved with #ride5000miles

Want chips with that?

I’ve yet to en­counter a restau­rant where they serve up ‘braised frame’ and if they did you would re­quire a set of gnash­ers like a well-known James Bond villain to get through it (Spirit Moto2 bike, MCN April 12). No, the word you want is ‘brazed’. ‘Braised’ refers to a cook­ing process. Great pa­per again. I don’t know how you do it ev­ery week. John Cot­terell, Port­land

Mak­ing a bas­kets case

In re­sponse to Alan Mclaugh­lin’s ques­tion, I’ve been us­ing my old crash hel­mets as hang­ing bas­kets for years. All the neigh­bours think they’re bril­liant! Robert Vin­cent, Stone­henge, Wilt­shire

Old lids can save lives

While the fire ser­vice may not ac­cept old hel­mets, St John Am­bu­lance might. I am a vol­un­teer for this or­gan­i­sa­tion and know that hel­met re­moval is a part of the ad­vanced first aid course and with the va­ri­ety of hel­mets avail­able I’m cer­tain the or­gan­i­sa­tion would be glad to have the hel­mets. Chris Shor­tall, Kent

Bike prices too high

MCN read­ers David Shaw and John Walker are both spot-on with their crit­i­cism of today’s stupidly high bike prices and sadly I think that part of the prob­lem is buy­ers’ seem­ingly muted ac­cep­tance of this. An­other con­trib­u­tory fac­tor, I feel, is the same ap­par­ent ac­cep­tance by the bik­ing press. I of­fer in sup­port, this week’s MCN ‘Buy­ing & Sell­ing’ item which lists the Yamaha MT-10 naked as the ‘Deal of the Week’ at al­most £11k. Am I the only per­son who thinks that this, far from the steep­est price, is a big chunk of cash? It’s about time these feel­ings were made known to the man­u­fac­tur­ers be­fore we’re all are re­stricted to watch­ing through shop win­dows. Bar­rie Lynn, Aberys­t­wyth

Un­beat­able RC30

Af­ter 40 years a mo­tor­cy­clist, I have a clear win­ner of all the great bikes I’ve

rid­den. In­clud­ing the lat­est mod­ern bikes like the Pani­gale, Fire­blade, GSX-R1000 etc, and ones I’ve owned, Yamaha FZ750, Suzuki GSX1100, Du­cati Sport 1000, 888SPS, 996R, Du­cati 999R. There’s one I haven’t listed, which I bought five years ago and still own. A bike that I wish I’d bought 20 years ear­lier when they were launched. One which to this day is the best-han­dling of them all, with the great­est en­gine, and which blows me away ev­ery time I ride it. An amaz­ing bike in 2017, let alone way back in 1989 - Honda’s RC30. JP, Devon

It’s good… in the­ory

As a late­comer to mo­tor­cy­cling (a 50-year-old fe­male) I did my CBT last July, and have just done (and passed) my the­ory test so that I can go on to do my DAS later this year. Any­how, I re­mem­ber a few weeks ago one of your MCN re­porters tak­ing the the­ory test to see how he faired, and I guf­fawed at some of the bonkers ques­tions. Well, there are some truly very odd ones. For ex­am­ple, does know­ing that a tram is an ‘eco-friendly’ mode of trans­port make me a safer rider? I’d be bet­ter off know­ing about trams be­ing on rails and not very ma­noeu­vrable. And how does know­ing how to safely dis­pose of mo­tor oil make me a bet­ter rider? Is it just me or are these far too ob­vi­ous ques­tions that any­one with a mod­icum of com­mon sense should know? Then again, com­mon sense can be in short sup­ply. Any­way, it did give me a lit­tle chor­tle, and I passed with fly­ing colours, know­ing how to safely dis­pose of en­gine oil and avoid trams at all costs. Lynn Broad­hurst, email

Don’t up­set the lo­cals

Hark, I hear the first signs of Spring and no, it’s not a cuckoo, it’s the sound of bikes speed­ing through vil­lages. Now no­body likes hav­ing a good quick rideout more than me, but, if we don’t get our col­lec­tive acts to­gether we will alien­ate vil­lagers, who will then be on their phones to the po­lice com­plain­ing that we are go­ing through at 100mph, even though we aren’t – but that’s what it sounds like to them. Keith Devlin, Cum­bria

Front end pioneer

Your piece on funny front ends should have men­tioned that Jack Di­fazio was the first ma­jor in­no­va­tor of hub cen­tre steer­ing. He was also a suc­cess­ful racer and chas­sis builder in­cor­po­rat­ing his own de­sign of front end in the 1970s. Tim Tucker, Ex En­gi­neer Di­fazio Mo­tor­cy­cles

Not a very bright idea

So let me get this right. For £28k, I can buy the En­er­gica which: ● Feels sim­i­lar to a Yamaha MT-07 ● Has a main power pack which is only guar­an­teed for 30,000 miles ● When I’m charg­ing it, the seat has to be up – so I have to stand near it to pre­vent the lo­cal jok­ers dis­con­nect­ing it and/or steal­ing the lead ● Weighs more than an FJR1300 and will get through tyres and brake pads rapidly if used to its sporty po­ten­tial Michael Price, email

‘An amaz­ing bike in 2017, let alone way back in 1989 – Honda’s RC30’

You can’t beat a parceltaped scat­ter cush­ion for long-dis­tance com­fort

glo­ri­ous Honda RC30 Bikes don’t come much more spe­cial than the

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