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      09.05.2002 01:38



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      Beware: this is my impression after a very short evening riding a CityFly. At 8'o clock one evening I was just filling my CG125 with petrol and oil and what have you, when this innocent guy comes and asks me if I know anything about motorbikes. I lie and say yes even I don't really. I'm just riding one 12 hours a day for a living, and i've been doing a university degree in automotive vehicles. But that doesn't count when you are talkin' about getting dirt on your hands. The guy rented this mint condition W-reg Cityfly for a week, this was the first day, he stopped at McDonalds, when he came out he didn't obtain even a starter noise. I thought maybe some joyriders tampered with the electrics or maybe... I dunno. We checked the ignition switch, the electric starter contacts, even the spark plug, we tried to jump start it, the fuses, ... NOTHING. We gave up. The last (?) solution, we called the AA. After another half an hour of tampering with basically everything, by pure luck, we notice the alarm-immobiliser hidden under the tail light, under the seat. I decide to use the power of diplomacy and start to kick it with a spanner. And you know what, after 3-5 kicks, it starts to work. It was probably a bad contact with all the London mist and fog... We disarm it, try to start the motorbike, Surprise-Surprise, IT WORKS. We call the AA off, we try again, nothing. The alarm doesn't work again. Seat off, whole routine repeated, OK again. This is what happens when the alarm is fitted not by the factory, but by some some farmer, no offence to farmers. The guy is so happy that we sorted it that he gives me the keys for a test ride. Was he hoping that I will not come back with it? Unfortunately for him I came back after half an hour. He asks me what do I think, and I started............ Despite the wider handlebars, the handling is not improved on the Cityfly compared to the CG. The indicators switch-you have to push it in to stop the
      indicators, which is a bit anoying, after you tested the linear 3 positions indicators switch. You need the choke even at mild warmish temperatures. Probably the wrong adjustment. You have thicker shock absorbers on the front, which I could do with on my CG. The Cityfly also has front disk brake. A bit abrupt, not much of choice when it comes to the degree of braking, you either brake or not. The whole bike feels slightly lighter. Too bad the engine doesn't have that necessary umph when you need it. The gearbox is not precise at all. The lights system is good. Without the engine on, you can switch full beam on and it will work no problem. Which means a better battery and better adjusted alternator. Also better distribution of light on the road. The luggage rack is a bit on the slimside. 3.5 kg. Rubbish if you ask me. The dials are slightly better illuminated, nothing special, but better anyway. The same comfortable riding position Fatter tyres. BEWARE: the rear tyre is specially produced for this only bike by just one company, the bad thing is they produce as many tyres as Honda produces "CityFlies". Which means, if you need a new tyre, you have to buy a new motorcycle, or go and find a written off one and get the tyre, or go to Sotheby's or Christie's. All in all a decent bike for your money but some hiccups. Good for cities without mirror to mirror traffic and for countryside lanes, farmers even, etc. That's


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