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Hi,

I started riding motorcycles since June 2004, reason for this I was getting sick of traffic. At the time I needed to commute between The Hague and Utrecht, which was about 140 km. Started on a Yamaha XJ600s. After that I owned a Honda VFR800, BMW R1150GS and Honda CB1000RA.

For my old job (Optiver) I have been working in Amsterdam-Zuid for the last 5 1/2 year. Here it was 5 1/2 years of public transport with a rare bike ride to work. The CB1000RA has been stolen and recovered once. This made me decide to store it in a garage in the neighborhood. But looking back at the last 2 years I owned it I only put 5000 km on it.

Last year I started working at the Technical University of Delft. Looking at the lack of use of the Honda CB1000RA. I wanted something that I could store close to home, cheap to run and fun to ride. So goodbye Honda CB1000RA, enter the Honda MSX 125.

HondaMSX125_firstdayout
by Arthur van Reijn, on Flickr

In the first month of owning it I have bought and replaced:
- Metzler Feel Free rubber
- Evotech Tailtidy
- Akrapovic complete exhaust system (db killer removed)
- Put a 1100 km on it

In future I might be looking at suspension and brake lines.

Thinking about but not really committing to a BBK conversion as first it needs to be reliable. As I am not convinced that it will be reliable as the stock engine.


Grommit by Arthur van Reijn, on Flickr

Edit: I will try and collect all my bills for maintenance and I try to keep track of fuel consumption.

Honda MSX 125 - 3350 Euro (Honda dealership)

Full Akrapovic - 704 Euro (Ebay - BikersTopBrand)
Evotech Tailtidy - 80 Euro (Evotech directly)
Metzler FeelFree - 200 Euro (Tyres/balance/mount)
CB1000R mirrors - 25 Euro
1st service 1000 km - 64 Euro

Insurance "All risk" including theft (3 years full pay list price) (not sure how to translate this) - 13 Euro/month

Fuel consumption average: 160km per 4 liters costing me +/- 6 euro
 

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I've lived just at the other side of the Zuider Amstelkanaal for 10 years before moving to Bussum and back to France, guess we've been neighbors at some point.
Never touched a motorcycle in Holland, too scared of all the ''wegpiraten'', especially on a monkey bike... :wink:
 

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Welcome to the site.

Parked next to my Grom is a CB1000R. Great bike, but the Grom is my first choice usually.
 
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