My Cars, Motorcycles & Bicycles
25 Apr 14 - Sold the Honda CRM250.
Built from a donated Emmelle Aluminium frame and purchased parts. It has a Shimano M443-8-48T Octalink2 MTB Chainset (48-36-26) Crank 175mm with sealed Bottom Bracket, Microshift 9 speed rear mech shifter and cassette, Microshift 3 speed front mech and shifter, Shimano M520 SPD Pedals, 26" wheels with 1.3" Continental Sport Contact tyres, a Novatec 6W dynohub and Cantilever brakes with power hanger on the front. It now has a Bontrager rear carrier, dynamo front and rear lights and battery powered Magicshine MJ-808 and MJ-880 front lights and a MJ-818 rear light.
This is a folding mountain bike, which I bought to throw in the boot of the car for shorter journeys. It was bought cheap on eBay but has now been upgraded Microshift 3-speed front mech and shifter, Microshift 9-speed rear derailleur and shifter, chain guard, Shimano M324 SPD Pedals, 1.3" (front) and 1.6" (rear) Continental Sport Contact tyres and a bar mounted bottle cage.
I was given this bike when a friend emigrated to New Zealand. It now has 1.3" (front) and 1.6" (rear) Continental Sport Contact tyres, Shimano M520 SPD Pedals, an uprated suspension spring (1000 lbs./in.), A seat post rear carrier, 2 bar mounted bottle cages and lots of light brackets. Having built the Yellow Peril I'll probably remove most of the light brackets, a bottle cage and take this to work for lunchtime use.
ZZR1400 (Metallic Spark Black) (aka Ninja ZX-14 and ZX1400DAF) -
collected 9 Dec 11
500 (white) - collected 9 Jul 11
498cc, 2 cyl inline, 59 BHP @ 9500 RPM, 42 Nm @ 8000 RPM
0-60 mph 3.76s, max speed 110 mph, fuel economy 48 mpg
This motorbike was bought as a donor to convert to electric power
CRM250 Mk 2 (White - 1991) - collected 20 Oct 12
246cc, 1 cylinder, 40 BHP @ 8000 RPM, 36 Nm @ 6500 RPM
on 25 Apr 14
Triumph Sprint ST 1050 (Caspian Blue) - collected 30 May 06
1050cc, 3 cyl inline, 123 BHP at 9250 RPM, 104 Nm torque at 5000 RPM
0-60 estimated at 3.2s, max. speed 162 mph, fuel economy 39.3 mpg
on 9 Dec 11 at approx. 33000 miles as part exchange for the ZZR1400
Yamaha FZS600 Fazer (Metallic Blue) - Collected 24 Sep 2001.
599cc, 4cyl, 16v, 95HP @ 11500 RPM, 0-60mph in 3.6 secs, max. speed 140mph
Fuel economy of 49.5 mpg.
My first larger bike & I really liked it
at 18000 miles
Suzuki TS 125 ERT (White)
123cc, air-cooled single cyl 2 stroke, 12 HP @ 8000 RPM, 9 Nm torque @ 7000 RPM
0-60 eventually, max. speed approx 60 mph on the flat
Bought second hand from a friend of a friend with only about 800 miles on the clock. A nice bike which handled really well off-road, but really didn't like wet tarmac. It was stolen from outside a cinema and not recovered until after the insurance had paid out
The bike became the property of the insurance company
Renault Laguna Coupé Monaco GP special edition (Metallic white and gloss
black)- Delivered 25 Oct 10.
1995cc, 4 cyl. 16v. Diesel. 180 BHP @ 3750 RPM, 0-62mph in 8.5 secs, max speed 138 mph, fuel economy 40.9 mpg over 11000 miles
I was looking for a replacement for the Celica for ages (it was such a good car nothing really compared). Eventually I stumbled across a picture of the Renault Laguna Coupé and the handling and performance were superb
|Toyota Celica VVTi (Chilli Red) - Delivered 29 Jan 04.
1794cc, 4 cyl, 16v, 140 BHP @ 6400 RPM, 0-60mph in 8.7 secs, max speed 127 mph, fuel economy 39.01 mpg over 94333 miles, at 94333 miles.
I used to a big fan of Peugeot, but with them finishing the credit card discount scheme (which reduced the price of the 307 by £1800, 10½%), the problems with the 307 and the appalling service by the local dealer; the reign of Peugeot is over!
|Peugeot 307 D Turbo 110 (Paprika) - Built for me and delivered 19 Nov 2001.
1998cc, 4cyl, 110HP @ 4000rpm, 0-60mph in 11.0 secs, max. speed 119mph. Estimated fuel economy 54mpg.
It never lived up to the fuel economy advertised and I only ever achieved around 44 mpg. It also suffered from numerous minor problems which were really annoying. I got fed up of the faults and decided to get rid of it with under 28500 miles on it.
|Peugeot 306 GLX 1.8 (Bianca White) -
Picked up new on 7 Aug 1998.
1761cc, 4cyl, 90HP, 0-60mph in 12.2secs, max. speed 114 mph, Average of 36.0mpg over 49,500 miles.
Main Features - Air Conditioning, Auto Wipers, Driver Air Bag, Anti-lock Brake System, Electric Windows Front & Rear, Transponder Immobiliser, Remote Control. A very nice car with superb handling. This had the advantage over my previous 306 in being a lighter colour and also having air-conditioning.
|Peugeot 406 GLX 1.9 Turbo Diesel (China Blue Metallic) -
Bought new on 29 April 1996
I needed a bigger car to carry scuba diving equipment around, so I changed to this saloon. Another advantage is this car had climate controlled air-conditioning. After stopping scuba diving, it was too big so I traded it in for a another Peugeot 306 at around 35,000 miles.
|Peugeot 306 XTDT 1.9 Turbo Diesel (Black) -
Picked up new on 21 May 1994.
1905cc, 4 cylinder, 92 HP @ 4000 rpm, 0 - 60 mph in 12.4 seconds, maximum speed 110 mph.
Main Features - Auto Wipers, Electric Windows Front & Rear, Remote Control, Keypad Immobiliser
A superb car, but too hot in the summer. Traded in for the Peugeot 406 at around 37,000 miles.
|Ford Escort 1.6 Ghia (Silver)
1596cc, 4 cylinder, 90 HP, 0 - 60 mph in 13.0 seconds, maximum speed 117 mph.
Bought from my parents for a really good price at 50,000 miles. Nicer to drive than it's predecessor, but suffered from rust badly towards the end of it life. Part-exchanged for my first Peugeot 306 above at 103,100 miles.
|Ford Escort 1.6 Ghia (Metallic Light Green)
1596cc, 4 cylinder, 79 HP, 0 - 60 mph in 13.5 seconds, maximum speed 110 mph.
Bought from my sister for a good price with about 50,000 miles on the clock. A nice car which was in good condition when I sold it to the garage doing the MOT test after I got the next Escort. Despite having done 127,000 miles it was almost rust free & mechanically sound.
|Mini Clubman Estate (Russet Brown)
1098cc, 4 cylinder, 49bhp @ 5250 rpm
Bought second hand privately with about 24,000 miles on the clock. Drove well until you had a load in the back or 2 rear passengers, when it wallowed all over the place. Stolen from a car park in London & never recovered (as far as I know)
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