Rode

24 Feb 19
travelwithjimbo

Last night, Peggy and I went to the Brauntex Performing Arts Theater to see Red Steagall.  I found out things about Red that I never knew.  For instance, he wrote songs for years before he ever recorded.  He has been named, at different times, the Cowboy Poet of the State of Texas, and the Poet […]

24 Feb 19
The Opera Scribe

Opera seria in 3 acts Composer: George Frideric Handel Libretto: Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani First performed: Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo, Venice, 26 December 1709 For many people, Handel is Baroque opera: musical and scenic spectaculars based on classical myth, medieval romance, or history, with castrati singing elaborate, highly ornamented da capo (A-B-A) arias. Haydn hailed him […]

24 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
THE Honda CB500 has always been a bit of a workhorse. Almost every rider-training school uses it, couriers love it and savvy commuters would choose one over the train any day. It’s easy to see why – it’s reliable, dependable and built to last. It’s the Honda way. Taking the CB500 X model for a test ride But of all the words you could use to describe the CB500, “desirable” is not really one that springs to mind. Until now. Clever thinking born from necessity means that, for 2019, your CB500 comes in three flavours. An R version for those of you that want to live out your first sports bike fantasy, a naked F model for those who prefer a more upright riding style . . . and then there’s the X model. This adventure-styled bike is designed to appeal to those looking to escape the norm – even if only on the daily commute. ‘Surprisingly lively’ on the road It has a 19in front wheel and dual-purpose tyres, for both trail-riding and Tarmac. It has slightly longer travel suspension compared to its R and F brothers and a windscreen that allows the rider to shelter from the wind and rain. We rode all three bikes in Tenerife and it was the X that stood out. Powered by the same A2 licence-friendly parallel twin- engine as the other two, the X model is a surprisingly lively bike to ride on the road. It climbs through the revs, delivering smooth, linear and useable power all the way to the 8250rpm peak. A handy shift light on the dash lets you know it’s time to add another gear. It coped well off road too, even if other bikes are more dedicated to this The dash also displays gear position, speed and all the other useful info you need.  The brakes and suspension are matched perfectly. You can adjust forks and shock if you need to. We didn’t. Even when our ride went from super-smooth Tarmac to rutted, off-road trails, the X just got on with the job of making us smile. If pure off-road riding is your thing, you should look at other bikes. But will they be able to cope with your daily commute as well? Will they be able to deliver 70mpg, day in and day out? Will they leave you with the feeling you’ve picked a bike that really could deliver you across Europe just as easily as it could cart you to the office? [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN MOTORS” posts_category=”1474″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Maybe not. Aside from the smiles – and the fact it’s a Honda, so you know it will still work in ten years’ time – we were most impressed by the price. With a £1,000 deposit, you can ride the CB500X for £90 a month. Oyster cards cost more than this bike. It represents so much more than just value for money, though. Don’t take our word for it, grab a test ride at your nearest dealership and you’ll be as surprised as us at how much fun this little diamond is to ride. – For more bikes find Bike World on YouTube or Amazon Prime. [bc_video video_id=”5791819314001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Incredible Honda advert shows car parts making ‘mouse trap-like’ chain”] GOT a story? Ring The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or email exclusive@the-sun.co.uk.  
24 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
THE Honda CB500 has always been a bit of a workhorse. Almost every rider-training school uses it, couriers love it and savvy commuters would choose one over the train any day. It’s easy to see why – it’s reliable, dependable and built to last. It’s the Honda way. Taking the CB500 X model for a test ride But of all the words you could use to describe the CB500, “desirable” is not really one that springs to mind. Until now. Clever thinking born from necessity means that, for 2019, your CB500 comes in three flavours. An R version for those of you that want to live out your first sports bike fantasy, a naked F model for those who prefer a more upright riding style . . . and then there’s the X model. This adventure-styled bike is designed to appeal to those looking to escape the norm – even if only on the daily commute. ‘Surprisingly lively’ on the road It has a 19in front wheel and dual-purpose tyres, for both trail-riding and Tarmac. It has slightly longer travel suspension compared to its R and F brothers and a windscreen that allows the rider to shelter from the wind and rain. We rode all three bikes in Tenerife and it was the X that stood out. Powered by the same A2 licence-friendly parallel twin- engine as the other two, the X model is a surprisingly lively bike to ride on the road. It climbs through the revs, delivering smooth, linear and useable power all the way to the 8250rpm peak. A handy shift light on the dash lets you know it’s time to add another gear. It coped well off road too, even if other bikes are more dedicated to this The dash also displays gear position, speed and all the other useful info you need.  The brakes and suspension are matched perfectly. You can adjust forks and shock if you need to. We didn’t. Even when our ride went from super-smooth Tarmac to rutted, off-road trails, the X just got on with the job of making us smile. If pure off-road riding is your thing, you should look at other bikes. But will they be able to cope with your daily commute as well? Will they be able to deliver 70mpg, day in and day out? Will they leave you with the feeling you’ve picked a bike that really could deliver you across Europe just as easily as it could cart you to the office? [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN MOTORS” posts_category=”1590″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Maybe not. Aside from the smiles – and the fact it’s a Honda, so you know it will still work in ten years’ time – we were most impressed by the price. With a £1,000 deposit, you can ride the CB500X for £90 a month. Oyster cards cost more than this bike. It represents so much more than just value for money, though. Don’t take our word for it, grab a test ride at your nearest dealership and you’ll be as surprised as us at how much fun this little diamond is to ride. – For more bikes find Bike World on YouTube or Amazon Prime. [bc_video video_id=”5791819314001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Incredible Honda advert shows car parts making ‘mouse trap-like’ chain”] GOT a story? Ring The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or email exclusive@the-sun.co.uk.  
24 Feb 19
Glenn's Travel Blog

Hi And so it begins. United Airlines flight wasn’t too scary, but didn’t get much sleep. We had a beautiful sunrise coming into San Francisco this morning Met up with Marton (my new skiing buddy this trip) in Auckland. We jumped on the BART into town, then rode the cable car. Found a cool backstreet […]

24 Feb 19
JerseyGirlFoodie_

For anyone that knows me, they know how much I love Disney World. I’ve gone almost every year since I was born, with family until I was about 18, and now with my friends. Growing up, my grandparents spent their winters in the small town of Punta Gorda, Florida. During a school break, either winter […]

24 Feb 19
Holistic Health

Guide for How to Bike a Century: Step 1: Decide I’m crazy enough to do this! Making this decision was the easy part. It’s been on my bucket list for some time now, I have a new bike, I feel recovered enough from the crash, I am confident in my discipline to train for this […]

24 Feb 19
Sometimes life is altered

Depression and more so anxiety has been the bane of my existence since just about as far back as I remember. Let me give you a brief synopsis of my childhood. Who am I kidding, I don’t know how to be brief in the least bit. My fucking life is a run on sentence with […]

23 Feb 19
Middle-aged nobody

I don’t know if anyone has, or ever will read these posts. I’m sure somewhere on this blog site I can find out how many people have visited or how many people have ‘followed’ me, but that doesn’t mean anyone has ever managed to get past the first few lines and I wouldn’t blame them. […]

23 Feb 19
Aarambhians

Chapter 9: The Sword of Sarayuha Sahasra was getting restless. It had been more than a week since she had come to Mahishmathi and still she was not allowed to leave the palace. She hadn’t seen Kshitij for all these days and the thought of him being in the dungeons made her heart break in […]

23 Feb 19
Going For Nothing

After the hardest part of van life hit us, (gas prices in New Zealand,) we decided to look for a job to fund the rest of our trip. Since I really lucked out with my council job in Dunedin, I wasn’t going to be picky this time around. We ended up accepting a mystery job […]