Reviews

These are just my personal thoughts or experiences, like everything in this blog.

Honda XR150 Vs Yamaha XT125

If you do much riding in SE Asia beyond Thailand you will encounter countries with motorcycle engine capacity limits and find these two bikes in rental shops. I have completed two tours on each and kept a couple of notes. I first rode the XT125 in southern Vietnam from HCM […]

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Six days with the Honda CB650R

For this years ride in Northern Thailand I rented a CB650R and have a few notes on the bike. I like this class of motorcycle. Mid size naked. It doesn’t suit my current location but if I was back in my old stomping ground I’d probably own something in this […]

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Ratchet type helmet locking t-bar

If you own a helmet with a ratchet type strap rather than the D type strap then it is a challenge to secure these using said strap. It’s not something I have needed to do frequently but in some locations I really want to leave the helmet on the bike. […]

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Book review – Waypoints

I have a few motorcycle travel e-books I have been reading lately when flying and have become bogged down in about four of them. However Waypoints by Bud Miller I breezed through on my recent travels to Vietnam. Mostly because it’s not a very big volume, but also as it […]

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56 Design – Edwin rider jeans

Ahead of a trio of rides in SE Asia next year I decided to get a new pair of riding jeans. I’ve owned a couple pairs of rider jeans over the years. Alpinestar and Draggin items, neither of which I liked because they were not comfortable on the bike and […]

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Olympus Air A01

More camera talk. Yes I have another imaging device I am testing out in my quest (hobby) of better on bike riding photos. Back in 2015 Olympus released their take on the lens only type of camera. These devices were designed to use your smartphone screen and were briefly tipped […]

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The quest for good onboard motorcycle photos.

I’ve posted a few times that in my experience the best way to get a good photo while riding is just get off the bike and compose it properly – but that doesn’t stop me from taking photos on the move and looking for ways to improve them. I’m not […]

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Ten days with a Yamaha XT660R

I had never really noticed this motorcycle before, but after riding one in Turkey I now see quite a few people in those overlander groups on Facebook have them set up as ‘traveler’ bikes and along with the venerable KLR650 are a popular choice for riders on budget doing extended […]

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Book review – Motorcycle Messengers 2

I always try to have a few books to read when I do one of my motorcycle tours. Being a cheap charlie I’m usually on LCC flights with no entertainment system, but even on regular airlines I can scroll through all the movies and not find anything I would watch. […]

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Alpinestars Atom gloves

I went looking for new summer gloves in Japan and despite literally 100’s of pairs on display in the motorcycle superstore Naps I came away with something from a familiar brand I seem to favour, Alpinestars. In Japan there are loads of motorcycle accessory brands I am not familiar with. […]

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Honda CB500X

I have completed three tours of Thailand on the CB500X yet never got around to writing a review of the bike. Honda builds the CB500X in Thailand and it is a common model in the rental fleets in Chiang Mai, often the cheapest option in a big bike which is […]

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Four days with the Yamaha MT-07

There has been much written about the Yamaha MT-07 already but having enjoyed four days touring on this bike I shall add a few thoughts all the same. What struck me first is how compact the bike is, it felt like a toy compared to my QE2 size touring bike. […]

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