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Fresh off the Pallet are 2 new additions to our Sinnis range! The RetroStar 125 and Cafe 125 really caught our eye when they first arrived. The sales staff left their computers, the workshop downed tools and we even had some customers join us as we all huddled round for the first view.

We have always prided ourselves in keeping as wide a range as possible in our showroom, everything ranging from old skool classics, 200 mph sports bikes, tourers, sport tourers through to big cruisers with all the chrome.

Our brand new Sinnis models have been an excellent addition to this wide range with just one style missing…. A retro, classic-styled machine. But not any more! Now we have not just one, but two retro bikes sitting in place in our showroom.

SINNIS RetroStar 125

SINNIS RetroStar 125 For Sale

First up is the RetroStar 125. With styling reminiscent of a Triumph Bonneville, the RetroStar uses the bulletproof Sinnis 125 2V A/C engine used in the rest of their bikes. The classic seat design and exhaust system with the spoked chrome wheels give the RetroStar a great retro feel.

SINNIS Cafe 125

SINNIS Cafe 125 For Sale

Second up we have the Sinnis Cafe 125. As the name suggests, the style is based around a 1960’s cafe racer, with raised “aerodynamic” seat, drop-down handle bars and a conicle exhaust. The Cafe boasts the same engine as the rest of the Sinnis range plus chrome spoked wheels and like all of the Sinnis range, two years warranty!

Both motorcycles are just £1649 OTR. A great price for two great looking bikes!

rieju241For a LIMITED TIME only Rieju are offering a choice of optional extras for one of their more popular models – The Marathon MRT 125 Pro. Since it’s inception this model has been available in two versions, the MRT 125 Pro and the MRT 125 Pro SM.

SM stands for SuperMoto, basically an off-road, or Enduro, bike kitted out with road tyres on road wheels. Enduro is short for Endurance – a bike designed for off-road. The Enduro model has Spoked Aluminium Wheels and road legal knobbly tyres ideal for “green-lane” riding (Legal off-roading). This leads us to…

rieju 2for1OPTION 1.

Buy a MARATHON MRT 125 PRO Enduro version and get a FREE – yes FREE set of 17″ SuperMoto cast alloy black wheels complete with tyres, Galfer wave disks and rear sprocket.


Buy a MARATHON MRT 125 PRO SM version and get a FREE – in-case you didn’t get that… a FREE set of (21″front and 18″rear) black spoked Enduro wheels complete with Galfer wave disks and rear sprocket!

This means you’re effectively getting TWO bikes for the price of ONE. A road machine and, with a swop of wheels, an off-road machine! No need to carry the spare wheels around with you either as the Enduro wheels are still road legal!

You can have the best of both worlds and priced separately the extra wheels are worth over £500!


rieju 2for12OPTION 2

Buy a MARATHON MRT 125 PRO ENDURO/SUPERMOTO and get a FREE “Tune up” kit which includes the following

  • DEP S3 Exhaust pipe
  • Polisport Complete Body Spare Panels Set
  • Rieju Alloy Sump Guard

This offer is available for a limited time only and also applies to the 200cc model. So don’t delay, give us a call, drop us an email or come down and see for yourself!

For years the Aprilia RS 125 dominated the sports, geared 125cc market. It’s high revving 2 stroke engine with claimed top speeds of over 100mph just could not be beaten.

With 2 stroke engines being phased out and new EU emissions laws coming out all the time, Aprilia are desperately trying to hold on to the best 125 sports bike title. Honda had their NSR 125 2 stroke sports bike, which stopped production in 2002, Yamaha had the TZR 125 which stopped production in 1997! Their 4 stroke equivalents didn’t come out for a number of years after. Honda were the first, releasing the CBR125-R in 2004, which was styled like the CBR 600F. However Honda made no attempt at making this a true sports 125 bike, with “Biscuit thin wheels” and an engine that wouldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding the CBR failed to impress.

The RS3 produces fractionally more horsepower and couple of MPH on the top end speed… better overall performance than the YZF.

Yamaha, learning from Honda’s mistakes, then released the YZF-R 125 in 2008. Styled much like it’s bigger, older brothers, the YZF-R6 and YZF-R1 (thanks to Valentino Rossi, possibly the most popular sports bikes in the world), the R125 is a real head turner. Inevitably this new 4 stroke engine wouldn’t easily be kicking out the same power and speeds as the older 2 stroke engines, these however are a thing of the past now with the 2 stroke RS125 being phased and replaced by a 4 stroke version!. Instantly becoming more popular than it’s rival, the CBR, it would seem Yamaha finally have the market cornered and the only viable option is the YZFR-125..

But wait, whats that coming over the hill? YAMAHA engined, Spanish built Rieju (pronounced Ray-hu). Rieju, who? I hear you say? A Spanish company who have been around since 1934, gained a reputation in the 80’s enduro competitions and with a very respectable, possibly the best range of 2 wheeled 125’s now available. In 2011 they released the RS3 125 running the same engine as the YZF-R125. Not a copy of the engine, an actual Yamaha engine. There are a few minor differences which are explained below.

Yamaha YZFR-125 and Rieju RS3 125


Both these motorcycles use the same 4 Valve, SOHC, Liquid cooled, 4Stroke 125 cc Engine.

The YZF uses Electronic Fuel Injection whereas the RS3 Uses a carburettor. Which is better? Both have pluses and minuses however I feel the carburettor comes out on top for 2 quite major reasons: 1. It’s significantly easier and cheaper to tune a carburettor engine. 2. It’s significantly easier to fault diagnose a carburettor. Any good technician can work on a carb, so there’s none of that “you must go back to the main dealer to pay them £60 per hour to plug it in to a computer”!

The RS3 produces fractionally more horsepower and couple of MPH on the top end speed!

Frame and suspension

The RS3 uses a lightweight and strong frame designed and built by Rieju themselves and an alloy braced swinging arm. This makes the Rieju weigh in at about 5kg less than the YZF. These characteristics combined with the USD forks (Regarded by many as a superior suspension setup) gives the RS3 a better overall performance than the YZF.

Rieju offer a 2 year warranty AND will honour that warranty even when the RS3 has been de-restricted to full power!

So it’s faster, lighter and better handling than the YZF! That’s not the best bit either! Rieju offer a 2 year warranty AND will honour that warranty even when the RS3 has been de-restricted to full power! Thats still not the best bit! Brand new O.T.R price for the YZF is £4349, whereas the RS3 is £3299, a whole £1050 cheaper! It would be rude not too!

If our review of the RS3 isn’t quite enough for you, then check out these other reviews!

Rieju Main Website with various other reviews and Tech specs “First Ride” RS3

MCN Review of RS3

Its not nice to think about and even worse if it happens to you but unfortunately motorcycle theft happens just a little too often.

Some scary statistics for you provided by the NCIS (that’s the National Crime Intelligence Service, not the American drama series)….

1. At the end of 2012 more motorcycles had been stolen than had been purchased new!

2. £3,000,000 worth of motorcycles are stolen every month

3. On average it takes 20 seconds to steal a motorbike

4. You have a 16% chance of getting your motorcycle back, regardless of condition.

So what can be done about this? Well, a lot of motorcycle thefts are made by “opportunists” and sometimes it’s not even premeditated – scum just do it because they can! So leaving a motorcycle unlocked on the street is clearly asking for trouble. Even if it’s locked, if you leave your bike on a public rode overnight on a regular basis it’s a good idea to get it covered. Uncovered a bike presents itself as a potential target to thieves and the longer it’s there, the greater the risk that someone will notice it’s there.

This is something i can relate to with my first scooter “back in the day”. I pulled up outside my parent’s house, went inside for no more than 10 minutes to answer natures call and came out to the sound of my scooter being ridden away! The cheapest and easiest way of avoiding the opportunist is to not make it easy for them in the first place! Here’s a few tips:

1. If possible park your bike away from the street

2. Put it under a cover – these start from just £25

3. Park close to a window or in a back garden/shed. It might be awkward to get your bike into your back garden or even your front garden but that’s nowhere near as awkward as having it stolen!

These steps can reduce the chance that an opportunist will take it, however a thief that premeditates/plans to steal will not be put off by simple placement and a cover.

A simple chain or lock is not always enough, a good THICK gauge chain and heavy duty lock are essential for preventing a premeditated theft. A good example of why to invest in a good chain/lock is something else i have experienced myself. A customer had lost his keys and asked for the collection of his scooter from a busy city centre motorcycle park. They had an 8mm thick chain around the wheel which a standard set of bolt croppers went through like a hot knife through butter! Not a single member of the public in a busy city centre street questioned what was happening. We were in uniform with a sign written van mind you but relying on other people to report these things isn’t the best idea.

Another thing I’ve experienced myself was having my CBR600 stolen from outside my front door. It had a LARGE chain around each wheel and an alarm. How did they get it? The locks I used on the chains were the weak point. You could see the croppers they used had barely scratched the chains, but ate through the locks with ease. My neighbours had been woken up by the alarm but not even bothered to check! This was premeditated as I later found it several back gardens away! The next important point to consider is what you lock your motorcycle to and where. Ideally you ought to use a ground anchor or something similar that’s securely fitted into the ground. Pretty much anything that can’t be picked up with the bike, eg. a lampost, gate etc. If possible secure the chain around the back wheel because most front wheels are secured by, on average, just 4 bolts and a spindle.

There are various products available to help secure your motorcycle,

1. Disk lock

10mm Disk Lock

10mm Disc Lock £13.99

Easy to use, cheap and small enough to go under most motorcycle seats the disc lock is good as a short term security measure together with the steering lock as it fits around the disk, preventing the motorcycle from being simply pushed away.

2. Snake lock

48" Snake Lock

48″ Snake Lock

An entry level lock and also the cheapest, the snake lock features a woven reinforced steel cable with external steel sliders and a reinforced lock head. Due to its design and size this type of lock is nearly impossible to break through with bolt croppers, long enough to fit through the wheel then around another object the outer sleeve prevents the metal scratching the wheel rims.

3. Heavy duty chain

1.65m Heavy duty chain

1.65m Heavy duty chain £29.99

Next up from the snake lock is a hefty, heavy duty chain with integral lock. Made with 10mm hardened steel for extra security, an integral shielded lock and a fabric sleeve to protect paintwork on wheels.

4.HEAVY duty chain

1.8m heavy duty chain

1.8M HEAVY duty chain

Next up from the heavy duty chain is a HEAVY duty chain, made with 12mm Cr-Mo steel (Chrome-Molybedenum). Stronger, thicker and longer than its counterpart and with a reinforced closed U-shackle lock, this chain is also Thatcham catagory 3 approved device, giving you a discount with most insurance companies.

5. Concrete-in ground anchor

Concrete-in ground anchor

Concrete-in ground anchor

An essential part of any security measures is a form of ground anchor. Made from hardened steel and designed to be sunk into concrete.

6. Datatool “Demon” alarm system

Datatool Demon alarm

Datatool “Demon” Alarm £120 FITTED

Offering Great value for money and from industry leading alarm manufacturers Datatool, the Demon alarm system features a high powered siren with metal nose cone for alarm protection, waterproof design, ultra low current draw to help keep your battery from discharging and Failsafe movement sensor with an extra trigger which is usually wired into the ignition.

A just £120 FITTED (for a limited time) it would be rude not too!

7. Datatool S4-C1 Alarm/Immobilser

Datatool alarm/immobiliser

Datatool “S4-C1” alarm/immobilser
£350 Fitted

  • Unique Shape – Very small, neat control unit designed to fit in the most awkward spaces.
  • Small Remote Controls – Designed for bikers, with integral universal ignition key conversion included.
  • Ultra low Power Draw – With ultra low current draw in ‘winter mode’.
  • Metal Nose Cone – Protects high power siren in the event of an attack.
  • Unique PIN Override – Customer selectable PIN, allows you disarm if remote control is lost or broken.
  • Engineer programmable features – movement and nudge sensitivity, siren sound and auto-arming choices.

Usual Thatcham Category MC1 features include: 2 remote controls, movement sensor, battery backed siren, optional siren output (£10), optional pager output (£60), indicator flashing on arming/disarming/sounding, LED, magnetic reed switch, installation certificate, owner’s guide, spare fuse, 3 year warranty.

Hope you enjoyed my guide. Keep safe. Jimmy.

A Motorcycle mechanic was removing a cylinder head from one of the bikes at his shop when a well-known heart surgeon pulled in.  The service manager told the surgeon to have a seat & he would be right with him.  The surgeon sat down in one of the chairs and watched the mechanic work.  The mechanic noticing the surgeon’s gaze shouted across the garage, “Hey Doc, can I ask you a question?” The surgeon walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle and said “Sure, what can I do for you?”  The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, “Look at this bike. I open its ‘heart’, the engine.  I take the valves out, fix ’em and put ’em back in.  When I’m finished, they purr just like when they were brand new.  What I want to know is: When you and I are essentially doing the same thing, we’re both mechanics, why do I get such a measly salary and you get big salary and company car?”

The surgeon paused, smiled, leaned over and whispered to the mechanic, “Next time, try doing it with the engine running.”