Honda Super Cub Cover : Oxford Aquatex Review

Honda Super Cub Cover : Oxford Aquatex Review :

Honda C125A Super Cub :

There is no doubt the Honda C125 Super Cub is a thing of beauty. The throw back to the original Honda Super Cub is obvious and it has an iconic styling that has stood the test of time.

In continuous manufacture since 1958 with production surpassing 60 million in 2008, 87 million in 2014, and 100 million in 2017,[2] the Super Cub is the most produced motor vehicle* in history.[3] Variants include the C100, C50, C70, C90, C100EX and C70 Passport, as well as the Honda Trail series.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_Super_Cub
By Mj-bird - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12356587
By Mj-bird – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12356587
2018 Honda Super Cub
2018 Honda Super Cub

So, you have the iconic bike, with the iconic styling, now it is up to you to make sure you keep it looking as iconic as possible and protect it from the elements as best you can.

Inside or Outside :

For most people that will mean one of two things, keeping the bike protected from the elements outside, or protecting it whilst stored inside.

Personally I am lucky enough that I need the protection for the bike whilst it is being stored in my garage. So the commentary on this post will refer mostly to keeping the bike inside.

That is obviously a much less harsh environment than what the raw elements could throw at it, but even if you bike is stored in a garage it is definitely worth considering keeping it under cover whilst inside.

In my case the garage is basic, the bike is not in a bubble, there is no dehumidifier, no heating, no climate control. It is a basic standalone brick garage. The temperature variations are pretty big as are humidity levels. In winter the temperature can reach a few degrees above freezing, in summer it can reach the mid 20s. Last week alone the humidity levels have ranged between 53% and 91%.

Not only that but it is a working garage. Other appliances are in there so there is foot traffic as well as the fact that my go to BMW is in there too.

So for me a cover offers an additional level of protection, over what the garage already offers from the elements. It protects from dust and debris in the garage, protects from anything brushing against the bike and protects from the temperature range in the garage which during the cooler periods of the rear could result in condensation. All of this protection comes in below £20GBP.

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Install a Honda Super Cub Trickle Charger

Honda Super Cub Trickle Charger Installation :

Honda C125A Super Cub
Honda C125A Super Cub

Whether it is 2020 and you are on lockdown due to a global pandemic (if you are reading this and it isn’t 2020 look it up) or you have just bought yourself the new yet iconic Honda C125A Super Cub it is a good idea to consider a trickle charger to keep the battery charged, optimised and healthy. This is especially true if you won’t be regularly using the bike – the manual states that you will only get about 10 days from the battery if you have the alarm armed – and you should have the alarm armed. If you aren’t using the alarm then you are advised to charge the battery every 30 days. You can remove the hassle by taking 20 minutes and installing a trickle charger.

Honda C125A Super Cub Battery Charging
Honda C125A Super Cub Battery Charging

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Honda Confirm Cause of McGuiness 2017 North West 200 Crash

Honda Racing

The 2017 North West 200 was the start of the end for Honda’s Road Racing Season this year.

Things hadn’t got off to a great start anyway even after the announcement of what has to be described as a dream team of John MCGuinness and Guy Martin.  Guy crashed out of Tandragee and had a mediocre Cookstown event, however whether Honda wanted to admit it or not there was clearly an issue come the North West.

Every road racing fan knows John McGuinness just doesn’t fall off and it didn’t take long until the rumours started flowing that there was an issue with the bike and something to do with the throttle and that is what had thrown John off the bike.

Now two and a half months later, those rumours have been confirmed.

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Has Guy Martin Quit Road Racing? The Full Story…So Far…

Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade - Practice Session 30th May 2017 - Isle of Man TT Races
Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade – Practice Session 30th May 2017 – Isle of Man TT Races

The internet has went crazy today reporting on Guy Martin retiring from Road Racing.  As a Guy Martin fan, that is of course devastating news, and I honestly believe that most pure fans of road racing will also agree that Guy was / is good for the sport and its profile.  However following an ‘exclusive interview’ with MCN it looks like his road racing days are over…

With huge publicity surrounding the partnership of John McGuiness and Guy Martin on the new Honda FireBlade things looked perfect for the 2017 season.

Then it all started to unwind.  A poor Tandragee 100 started the season with Guy crashing out on his first lap, followed by an uneventful Cookstown 100 and North West 200 (at the same time as losing team mate John McGuinness to a horrific crash) which led us to the Isle of Man.  After the ‘box of neutrals’ incident Honda withdrew from the rest of the event.  Guy went onto a second place in the TTZero with Team Mugen, his team mate Bruce Anstey taking the win in that event.

Then the press release came that Honda and Guy would not be participating in the Ulster Grand Prix, a circuit that has brought Guy great success as well as proving almost deadly in 2015.

At this point I think most of us thought the writing on the wall was now here.

Guy Martin’s Road Racing days are over.

Explaining his decision to call it a day in an exclusive interview with MCN’s Matt Wildee, Guy said: “Racing’s been good to me, but I’m bored of it. You spend the early part of the year preparing for the season – testing, racing, talking about it, and then doing it all over again. It’s like Groundhog Day. It’s time to stop.” 

Or are they?

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Faugheen 50 : Sunday 23rd July 2017 Race Results & Timings

2017 Faugheen 50

The Sunday Race Schedule for the 2017 Faugheen 50 is certainly a full one :

2017 Faugheen 50 Sunday Race Schedule
2017 Faugheen 50 Sunday Race Schedule

And here is how the days events panned out :

Click ‘Read More’ for all the results of every race including the break down by class, but if you can’t wait that long then the top three of the Grand Final (the winner being almost 16 seconds ahead of the second placed rider and over a full 24 seconds ahead of 4th place) were…

No sorry I can’t do it, there are no spoilers here… Read on for the full results and timing breakdowns :

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Has Guy Martin Finished with Honda?

Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade - Practice Session 30th May 2017 - Isle of Man TT Races
Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade – Practice Session 30th May 2017 – Isle of Man TT Races

This is being reported across all main road racing networks today…

Reports indicate that Guy Martin and marque Honda will not contest Armoy or the Ulster Grand Prix; an inauspicious and anticlimactic end to a very arduous season in 2017.

After so many years of success, Honda has endured, along with its riders, a highly tumultuous year already and one wonders how they will come back from the apparent brink.

Sad end to the year for Guy and for Honda if this is the case.

To be brutally honest after the 2017 Honda has found itself nursing I can’t fault any outcome like this, whether it is Guy Martin finishing with Honda, or vice versa, or Honda pulling out of these events of its own volition I think the final outcome is the right one.

What I do hope is that their R&D Teams get any remaining bugs ironed out and make a great comeback in 2018.  I would be really surprised to see them fielding a team with a diferent rider(s) this season.

What I also hope is that this doesn’t end Guy Martin with road racing, the simple facts are, Guy is quick and skilled, you don’t get into the 132mph TT Club by accident or happy chance.  He is popular and this fame brings people (and money) to these events.  No doubt it helps with the following, contraversial maybe?  True definitely.  And finally I think he has unfinished buisness – he wants that TT win, and to be honest I want him to get it.  Maybe Wilson Craig Racing could see him on a bike to see out the season, who knows?

Anyway here’s to fast and sucessful return to Road Racing, in the very near future to Honda Racing and Guy Martin.

Guy Martin’s Lucky Escape – Isle of Man TT

During the Isle of Man TT 2017, RST Superbike race, Honda Racing’s Guy Martin unfortunately crashed at Doran’s bend on his first lap. Guy reported that he hit a “box of neutrals” which caused him to berm the kerb and take a tumble.

With Guy Martin pulling out of the Pokerstars Senior TT earlier today rumours have been rife as to why.

Personally I think he knew (and Honda did too) that the bike was  not ready to be competitive, but more importantly they have to be 100% sure that everything about the bike is race ready and safe.  This was not worth risking.

A lot of work still needed to be done in getting the bike ready and with the massive amount of track time lost to the weather this year it was in my opinion the right call to forget about this one race, and hopefully, focus on the bigger long term picture.

Guy has hinted that he will be at the Isle of Man Southern 100 next month, and I have my fingers crossed he will make a couple more appearances back in Northern Ireland at Armoy and the Ulster GP.

You can see from this interview though that after his spill Guy was visibly shook up.

However Guy did race on finals day and earned himself a 2nd place finish on the Mugen Shinden Roku with his teammate Bruce Anstey taking the win.  All 8 TTZero bikes finished this race for the first time and although this class gets an awful lot of abuse, and at the risk of being contraversial – I like it, but they I am a tech guy – it’s going to appeal to me as a default.

2017 TT Zero Podium
2017 TT Zero Podium

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Press Release from Honda Racing at the 2017 North West 200

John McGuinness - Get Well Soon
John McGuinness – Get Well Soon

Here is the official Press Release from Honda Racing re the 2017 NW200 – All you John McGuinness fans lift a McPint in his honour and join me in wishing the chap a full and speedy recovery!   We will miss you John on the Mountain Course this year!  For all you Guy Martin fans, wish him all the luck in the world on his only ride this year on the Wilson Craig Honda!

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