I’m Neil and I’m a motorcyclist! I used to commute about 300 miles a week on my trusty Honda CBF125. The motorcycle was my only form of transport, bar public transport, and I choose to ride primarily because of the extremely low costs of doing so. To put things into perspective, if I were covering the same commute by train, I’d pay 2 – 3 times as much for a season ticket as I would to keep my bike running (that includes ALL costs, even insurance and road tax)!
My background is technical, but specialised towards music, and I am qualified to degree level in the field of music technology. Since an early age I have had an urge to take things apart, starting with my grandfather’s old alarm clock – I even managed to put it back together again, although it has never worked since! I currently work in the field of IT as a systems administrator, specialising in Apple Macs at a university, with previous experience in IT training and before that, providing technical provision for the music department. I’m also qualified as an Apple Certified Trainer for the music production platform, Logic Pro.
I am a husband and father to four children, two rabbits, two guinea pigs three degus and a bunch of Giant African land snails. You could say that I’ve got rather a lot on my plate, but to be honest, I’ve got to admit that it’s really my wonderful wife who keeps everything propped up. You could even go as far to suggest that I’m her fifth child!
I have held a full motorcycle licence since June 2008 and previously rode a Yamaha YBR125, achieving a mileage of nearly 40’000 miles on it, having owned it since it originally had only done 500 miles. Sadly, it was written off in an accident that was not my fault. That bike taught me an incredible amount about maintenance – I took on all the servicing after 16’000 miles and built up a fair amount of experience of how to keep it going all year round over 3 winters.
I decided to write about my experiences with the CBF125 as it was a ‘new kid on the block’, as it were. It’s been quite an adventure for me as I had no idea how things would pan out, although the CBF125 was *supposed* to supersede the venerable CG125! I planned to run it indefinitely and take on all servicing myself, bar the first 600 mile service. Hopefully my experiences might provide others with some helpful insight into how the CBF125 fares, it’s characteristics, quirks, strengths, weaknesses and longevity.
I’m always looking to hear from other riders and any insight and experiences they want to share, so please do contact me if you feel you have something to say!