Monday, 28 October 2013

The New Arrival

Well she has arrived! The bike that will carry me around the world over 15 months!

Saturday morning and I decided to walk the mile from my house to Colwyn Bay Motorcycles where my bike was waiting for me. Prepped and ready to go.
As I get nearer I feel the excitement building at the thought of us getting acquainted! I had chosen the bike I was going to be spending the next 15 months with and, forsaking all others, it would just be me and her for better or for worse! There was no going back now. It felt amazing!


The team at Colwyn Bay Motorcycles were exited for me, recognising this as a big milestone and were full of helpful advice and suggestions as always. We discussed possible add ons to the bike and agreed that it would be wise to fit her with a bellypan and hand guards. The good news is that I will not need to strengthen the back end as I had originally thought. The bike is more than capable of carrying the luggage as she is. All I need to do now is figure out how to fit the Kriega luggage system! The most important thing though was to get out and ride, so waving goodbye to the crew, I left CBM and headed straight for the hills.

The CRF250L did not let me down. It is so much fun to ride with a comfy seat, good cornering capabilities and a smooth gearbox. This bike may look like it's enduro cousin, the CRF250X but it is a very different machine. It is clearly a dual sport and behaves very well on the road. I also felt confident enough to steer off the tarmac and wonder in to the forest on my own without a second thought. It handles the tracks well and is low enough to the ground and light enough that you just want to go and play. So I did!

Of course the rain came down after a couple of hours but I had so much fun on my first day with my new bike that I just cant wait to get going. The bike is no longer a worry and I know I will have the confidence to steer her
down dirt tracks, potter down country lanes and even manhandle her in to hotel rooms if I have to!

I am sure we will be very happy together!





17 comments:

  1. well played lass let the boogaloo'ing begin

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  2. You Boogaloo along and enjoy it all xx

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  3. You are going to like this bike, but the seat is not that comfy on a long ride. You should consider a Seat Concepts or a Corbin replacement seat. You are going to have a blast.

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    1. Thanks for that. Great advice. Just had a look and I think I will go for one of those. It makes sense to invest in a good saddle I think!!

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  4. Stephen, just came across your site as I was looking for info on my own CRF which I collected today. Wow you have a big challenge, but in a way I'm envious and wish you all good luck. I'll deffo be sending you a small donation to help you along. I'll be interested to see what mods, if any, you make to the bike and of course your progress, as we watch from the comfort of our iPads!

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    1. Thank you. Yes a massive challenge ahead and it doesn't go without it's stressful days but after all this I;m I'm pretty sure the trip itself will be a piece of cake!! : 0 ) Although were would the fun be in that? Thanks again for the donation and please do stay posted. I'll do my best x

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    2. Oh and sorry for the predictive text version of your name that I just noticed! Good job you're not a sensitive sort.......

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    3. Ha ha! Been called far worse!

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  5. Adventure-spec.com have goodies for the CRF, I've recently bought one myself and I've fitted the bundle that they do for this bike, I reckon that at the very least you'll need the rear rack, bash guard and engine casing covers.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/boltysan/9882646556/
    I'll be keeping an eye on your adventures Steph, best of luck.

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  6. You probably already know this, but fair to still point out. Good Luck, fellow CRF250L rider!

    How to lift a motorcycle:
    http://youtu.be/OOCTsna2jiI

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  7. So shiny and new! Will be intrigued to see how she looks at the end of your trip.... Lovely blog, I can really sense your excitement x

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  8. 15 months of riding mine would kill me. My CRF250L vibrates my fingers on long trips (Its trippy to touch things when I get off) and hurts my ass. Maybe I need a bit more padding on my bonny old behind. Or one of these http://www.corbin.com/honda/hcrf25013.shtml

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  9. You definitely need some protection for the gear lever. It is too strong, and if you crash, the gear shaft gets bent or breaks off. Clutch is fragile in trail riding situation. It will burn out in less than 5 minutes if you can't get traction on a hill.

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  10. Hi Marianne! : 0 ) Thanks for the tips. I'll look in to it. Cheers. Hope all is well in Mid Wales.

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  11. did you change the tank? 'cause i think even if the bike has great mileage, the original tank is still kinda small for a long trip

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  12. I have just bought a 12 litre tank but I havent put it on yet. Should be more than enough.

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