Well, horses for courses and all that. I LOVE motorcycles and I currently have 4 bikes, I recently realised that my stunning R1 was er just a bit faster than me so I decided to trade her back to Martin before I got carried away!. I have owned and loved 4 R1s including one fantastic track bike so I thought that another one would be fun which it was BUT this latest version made about 200 horses and weighed about 200kg so was a bit too fast for the road and for me!!! She would reach about 150kph in first gear, gulp.
So I thought long and hard about life and stuff and I then asked Martin to find me a gentle on/off roader for some gentle fun. I have had a few in the past as well as a Yamaha Raptor 700 Quad (which was amazing fun) and Martin suggested the Honda CRF as the best buy. The CRF in Europe was a 250 until 2018 and now 300, currently there is a 6 to 9 month wait if you want a new CRF300, goodness. Well Martin found me this stunning red and white bike, 2017 with only 3700 miles on the clock and in wonderful condition, she looks almost new!!
My bike was manufactured in Thailand which seems to have become one of Honda’s major manufacturing plants. The only “defect” I can mention is that the bike has some rather nasty rusty fasteners which at only 5 years is crazy, so I will be cleaning and or replacing them, this does NOT seem like Honda quality to be honest. Moan aside, the bike is truly stunning!! The suspension, brakes (with ABS that can be easily disactivated for offroad), gearchange and engine are all superb and the bike feels really GREAT and needs almost nothing else EXCEPT some hand and lever protection for the handlebars so I am gently upgrading her before I make any off road forays!.
Despite this bike being built “down” to a price point it feels amazingly well put together and great to ride. The brakes are strong (discs front and rear), the suspension is VERY strong with huge 48mm front forks, 6 speed gearbox with super light clutch and so on, a truly well put together package.
A few photos follow and I will add more when I start to fit some protection to the bike!! Time for some gentle FUN!!