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Wear The T-shirt

I was threading my way through the crowd this morning in the Main Bazar, Paharganj, Delhi, when an Australian (I think) drew up along side on a big bike with panniers and top box.
"Hi," he said, "I saw the badge..."
He was heading for Agra and I was heading for a street children's haven.
I meet with Honda tomorrow. Maybe my new 125 will be ready. I have taken a big step into the future this time - electric start.
Anyway here's a big Hi to the Franglais riders and all those other friends from previous times and from Derby. I'll be back in time for the meet this coming June (if I don't snuff or get run down by more trucks).
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Good one Simon!

Best of luck with the new bike, and keep us posted please!
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I was at the Honda factory today outside Delhi. I sat on my bike, a 125 naturally, but what a 125, a new model red Stunner with electic start and fuel injection - 64K to the litre and only 2000Ks on the clock. I started the engine. Brmm Brmm sweet!
OK, so I hear you middle-aged BMW crowd tittering in the back ground. A 125 again! Sad old guy, what can you expect from a septuagenarian?
So let me set you straight: Honda designed the Stunner as slick kid's cafe racer. It has style!
Though wrecked somewhat once the fat old Blimp takes to the saddle.
Honda are trying to fit panniers to it and find me a suitable helmet plastered with Honda decals. Sadly I couldn't find my Mexican scarlet and white Honda racing shirt. I think my sons burnt it.
Anyone coming to India, please bring me a couple of HU stickers.
Cheers - and, as usual, thanks to Susan and Grant.

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Hi from Aurangabad, Simon. Sorry I didn't bring a spare sticker...
How are you finding the roads/traffic etc?
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I haven't ridden yet. However nothing can compete with Venezuela for terror. I collect the bike tomorrow - that's if my camera has been repaired.
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Anyone heading for India, or Simon, if you have an address you're going to be at, we'll get the stickers to you.

(I have this mental image that won't go away of Simon crouched over the bars on his new race-rep at full speed on an Indian highway... will try to get up off the floor now )
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Good luck Simon, from one (slightly underpowered) 125 fan, to another, who needs more than a third of a can of coke's worth of displacement anyway?

I had no idea what a Honda Stunner was, but a quick Google revealed it's a CBF:


my second favourite 125. I've seen a few of these buzzing round here, a couple with taller screens and wondered what they'd be like as a tourer, can't wait to find out your reactions.
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I haven't ridden yet. However nothing can compete with Venezuela for terror. I collect the bike tomorrow - that's if my camera has been repaired.
Hi S

Give us a comparison report - and the best of luck!!!
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(I have this mental image that won't go away of Simon crouched over the bars on his new race-rep at full speed on an Indian highway... will try to get up off the floor now )

Thanks, Grant!
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So what's your plan this time?

Hi Simon! So where do you plan to go in your Indian travels? Really enjoyed your 'chats' at the HU UK meet last year and the book too! New bike looks 'wiked' against the Pizza bike of your South American trip - what's it like to ride? Take care on the road and good luck. Simon Dufton. See you at Ripley in June!!
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Hi Simon

Enjoyed (understatement) your ramblings at Derby last year and looking forward to similar this year. Great to hear you are continuing to live life to the full.

Am sending you a pm with an offer you might well not be able to take up.

As they say in my part of the world "keep 'er lit and stay between the hedges"

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Good luck Simon, from one (slightly underpowered) 125 fan, to another, who needs more than a third of a can of coke's worth of displacement anyway?

I had no idea what a Honda Stunner was, but a quick Google revealed it's a CBF:


my second favourite 125. I've seen a few of these buzzing round here, a couple with taller screens and wondered what they'd be like as a tourer, can't wait to find out your reactions.
Cool looking bike, and FI , nice, have fun !!
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That Honda looks like a small version of my Yamaha FZ6 so they should have been able to get hard luggage on it somehow.

I hope the trip is going well Simon.



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No word for a while Simon? How are you getting on? I hope all is well.
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