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Archive for June, 2007

City Fly

I had to do something about being bike-less. Since I’ve been given a second chance to do things, it would be foolish to not get it 100% right. The Minsk would have been fun and challenging, but now those spare parts are gone, I’m having to find something reliable.

I was thinking about getting the same bike as James (a Honda XLR125) but thought that getting something that was a bit more of a compromise for the roads in Europe would also be handy. Between the CG125 and the XLR125 is exactly that, the CLR125 CityFly:

Suited for city commutes as well as off-road play, it looks like the ideal bike to take. The only problem is, they’re really hard to find for sale! After a bit of hunting however, I found one up in Huddersfield. I drove up, hired a trailer, and brought it back down in some seriously heavy rain after paying for it:

Since then I changed the oil, but found bits of metal in the filter (tends to be a bad thing) so I took it to Gavin for a complete overhaul. Since he’s worked on bikes for years, as well as toured around Iceland on a 250cc XLR, what he says goes! Here it is now:

We’re currently waiting on Honda engine parts from Belgium before putting it back together, and when we do it will be awesome. Mongolia, here I come! (again ;) )

Minsk no more :(

130 miles after I set off from home, hugging the backs of lorries down the M40 and slipstreaming white van men round the M25, a severe back-fire caused me to stop by the roadside. After no love getting it started, my team-mate James came to save the day with a big car and a top-up of petrol – just in case. As I farted and hiccuped back onto the road, a large explosion followed by the chain wrapping round the rear wheel put me into a slide and the Minsk lay dormant.

Here, after months of preparation, expense and effort, lies the only UK registered Minsk. Its dreams of Mongolia are very much dead; getting it running would use up all the spares I had, which means the chances of ever making Mongolia are non-existent.

After I return, I’ll rebuild it and get it running again. It can be my eccentric, smoky transport around the City of London.