Updated March 2018

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I previously owned a 1999 Triumph Sprint ST until I crashed it. It was my fault.

I toured the UK and Europe extensively and it never gave me any problems. Not even a puncture! And I managed to crash out, one early Sunday morning, in Rochester, Kent, on my way home from France. It took me 3 months to recover from this freaky head-on collision with a car. Hey Ho.

After being out of the loop for a number of years, I decided that my re-entry into the world of tarmac scratching was better done on a lighter and more nimble performer. I wanted to buy a Tiger Explorer (unfortunately, I couldn’t afford it) but I was extremely lucky to come across this 1992 HONDA CBR600FN.

It was stored under cover for 20 years and was in excellent condition. It had only done 1500 miles. I was told by my local motorcycles dealer that it was hardly run in! Well, that soon changed and so far I've done 9500 miles. I didn't buy it to just do Sunday runs, but to ride it.

The forks were slightly pitted and I got those replaced.

The original exhaust system was basically sound, but a little bit rusty and didn't look the part.

I upgraded the full system including the downpipes to the very gorgeous Hawks stainless steel exhausts.

I also changed the screen for a smoked double bubble version which has made all the difference to the aerodynamics of my cyclonic headgear.

The only thing I miss about the CBR600FN is a little bit more mid-range torque. I aspire to eventually upgrade to the VFR800i for touring purposes and the Fireblade for speed.  

The fitted GPS tracker to the bike will enable fellow bikers from all over the country to monitor my progress live and join me on any part of the legs of the journey. It would be an extraordinary sight to see a hoard of Hondas cruising the highways and by-ways of England. 

I’d like to thank my good friend Steve Webb, whose knowledge of motorcycles is second to none and for helping me choose this bike and Simon Hempsall for selling it to me.

Also a thank you to David at Brook Suspension and Dave Terrans at Normanton Tyres, for sorting out the forks.