Monthly Archives: September 2016

Little Bike for a Little Island – Honda MSX 125

Winding the clock back here – with H away putting her two wee grand daughters on the plane to Japan my empty head swings to motorbikes. Little motorbikes. Back in the late sixties – early seventies I lived at Siavonga on the shores of Lake Kariba with my friends Jack and Beryl Canty —


Now Jack was a big burly fella with a crewcut – shorts n flipflops while Beryl was a wee slim thing who lived in her swimsuit – easily done in such a balmy climate where life revolved around the swimming pool. Honda Monkey bikes were in their infancy back then and my abiding memory of Jack was of him riding his tiny 50cc Monkey Bike around his property out on the peninsula —


There she is – the little 50cc fourstroke. I’ve no idea how Jack got it to Central Africa – no doubt the crate was labelled motor spares or machine parts but he managed it.

One thing I spot right away is the comfy seat for there is no such thing fitted to my modern 125cc version —


A flat plank of timber would be just as comfortable – but – with less than ten miles of road on the island and the ferry just a long mile away she might just be the wee beastie I need around here —


Time will tell — hell I reckon I could reach Oban from here on this lil beautie —


Initially I had my concerns about the two n half litre fuel tank —


but that was before she clocked up her first 100 miles without the need for a top-up —


Oban is only sixteen miles from my new home and unlike the A75 – where convoys of high speed Belfast bound McBurney lorries terrorise everything in their way – with a few exceptions the traffic around here is quite accomodating and the wee 125cc Honda has slightly more oomph than Jack’s 50cc Monkey Bike from days of yore ūüôā

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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Honda Pan European ST1100 1995 For Sale

pan My 1995 Honda Pan Euro ST1100 is for sale. Designed and built as the ultimate bolide to whisk two people in comfort from one side of europe to the other Mr Honda used lots of plastic to save the riders from a battering in the wind Рadded a comfy seat and fitted two nice panniers to hold a respectable amount of luggage.

There is shaft drive so no oily chains to be lubricated every night on arrival at your hotel – rear view mirrors that actually work and if the plod tails you and hits you with a roadside fine for speeding – as they can do in many parts of europe – then it is your own fault for not paying attention.

My first ride on this big fella was two n half years ago. I was finding my tall Рlean and narrow seated Tenere a bit of a pain in the derriere. An op to cure a simple problem had gone wrong and four subsequent ops including skin grafts failed to rectify matters.


Regular four/five hundred mile days with an occasional six over a number of years with the Ten had taken their toll and one particular twelve day soaking in the outer Hebrides was the final straw. No sooner had I returned home than I was whisked off to the local General with blue lights flashing. A monumental cock-up in the surgery changed my life completely and despite the best efforts of one of our top surgeons over the following two years to sort things out Рsitting is one of my least favourite occupations.

So-o — when I saw the Pan at my local Honda dealer with it’s comfy looking seat¬†and only 21000 miles on the clock¬†I soon had her out for a test ride —


snow or no snow —


I¬†loved her at first sight —


She handled the changing road surfaces like the thoroughbred she is —


and 9000 miles later she is¬†still one of the best around¬†—


if not¬†THE best¬†with her after-market Nitron rear shock —


new¬†Bridgestone tyres —


and my two and half years of pampering —


Her well serviced 1100cc V4 motor is a stonker —


and¬†I would be sad to see her go – but –


Having recently¬†moved to an island that measures only ten miles by two I don’t have a lot of call for this bonnie mile-muncher¬†and¬†it would be a real shame to bring her up here and see her deteriorate in the salt air —


She is MOT’d till March 2017 and my most recent aquisition for her was a couple of rare waterproof pannier liners. No need to unhook the panniers now – just lift out the smart inner bags and carry your dry¬†pj’s up to your room.


I have lots more pics available for a seriously interested party to peruse at their leisure — the price is ¬£2250 ono — just call¬†01852 314187 or email


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Posted by on September 9, 2016 in Uncategorized


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