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Travelling with the Honda CBX 250 Twister: Belo
Horizonte - MG
The 26th of December, 2001 had finally arrived. I was keen to hit the tarmac with my Honda CBX Twister.
My trip to Belo Horizonte - MG had a dual purpose: I would finish to "work the Twister's engine" - doing a medium sized traject - and I would pay a visit to a very special lady - my grandmother (my mother's mother) Maria Antonieta then a 101 years old lady. My grandmother was a wonderful person who was always ready to host me and Theresa and even my friends, when we were in the city; she used to prepare top meals and dishes in her kitchen, she was a truly optimistic and religious lady.
As I didn't prepare anything special for this trip, as I always did in my other trips, I placed the only big bag we carried (myself and Theresa) over the fuel tank. I put a protection cloth under the bag in order to protect the tank's painting, and over this cloth I put a piece of foam that I always used when travelling with my Honda C 100 Dream. Within the bag we carried the bits and pieces that we thought would be necessary for the three days we stayed there at Belo Horizonte - MG. Finally I attached the bag to the fuel tank using elastic cords.
At the back of the seat (over the back light) I firmly attached our rain suits.
Punctually at 7:00 a.m. we initiated our first leg of the trip - 260 km from Goiania to Catalao, non-stop. We did it without any trouble, the bike was performing well, and I was getting used to the huge bag in front of my chest. I pratically travelled embraced to this bag. I spent three hours in this traject, and my bike did 23 km/liter.
Theresa and the Twister at the first refueling stop: Catalao - GO, by 10:03 hs.
The weather was set, with many clouds in the sky. Low traffic contributed much to our trip, as very few people tend to take the roads on Boxing Day.
After refuelling, peeing and having a lite snack we headed towards Araguari - MG. In reality I should have taken another road - before arriving in Araguari - to Ibia and Patrocinio, all in the state of Minas Gerais. As I didn't notice this diversion route I followed straight to Araguari, and from there I could go to the other two mentioned localities.
I perceived that I was able to maintain a crossing speed between 100 and 120 km per hour, with great regularity around the 110 km/h mark. The bike was performing well, and I could develop a non-stress trip. The total weight over the bike was approximately 107 kg for driver and pillion passenger (Theresa) plus around 18 kg of luggage including bag and rain suits.
Posing aside the bike after refueling at Patrocinio - MG. We had ridden 213 km from Catalao - GO; I spent 1:45 hs. and the bike achieved an average consumption of 22,8 km/liter.
Theresa, as a keen observer, soon could make some comments about the bike: she agreed completely with me regarding the technological advancement of the Honda CBX Twister in comparison with my Honda CB 400 from the eighties. But she added: nothing would surpass the comfort offered by the wide and soft seat of the wonderful Honda CB 400. There was no questioning about that, for sure! The Twister definitely can't offer the same level of comfort of those wonderful CB 400, as the seat has an inclination towards the fuel tank. Due to its shape and angle it causes the pillion passenger to go towards the driver's back each time the brakes go into action.
The rear shock absorbers of the CB 400 can be adjusted to five positions, thus allowing us to have a very comfortable ride. But the Twister's rear suspension has only one fixed position - no additional adjustments - and doesn't give comfort for the pillion passenger when crossing bumping roads. The "kick back" effect was clearly evident. Theresa complained a lot about those two negative aspects, she couldn't forget the wonderful trips we did in the eighties in my Honda CB 400.
Definitely would be a great advantage if the Twister were equipped with a Pro-Link rear suspension, like it's on-off road sister Tornado.
I rode the whole trip with 33 PSI of nitrogen in the front tyre and 36 PSI of nitrogen in the back tyre (factory specifications). After that I began to use 35 PSI in the back tyre, in order to compensate the Prolink's stiffness.
Me and my grandmother, Mrs. Maria Antonieta Pires de Carvalho, in her well lived 101 years of age. She was the main reason for visiting BH (Belo Horizonte - MG).
Close to Ibia I crossed a short stretch under the rain - about 2 km long - instead of stopping to put on our rain suit I decided to keep riding non-stop. I was lucky as this was only a patch of summer rain. lter on, close to Patrocinio - MG I had to stop because of the rain that was falling at Campos Altos - MG. We put on our rain suits and we rode until Luz - MG, in order to take out the rain suits and to refuel the bike.
After that stop we went straight to Belo Horizonte, throughout heavy traffic. When arriving at this city the black skies told us that a summer thunder storm was on its way. Fortunately we could reach home (my gradmother's flat) before the rain came. I was missing the company of that special old lady, my dearest hostess of many unforgetable vacations.
My Twister was garaged until Saturday afternoon when I took it to the petrol station. I did it under a heavy rain, and I guessed at that moment that next day our return to Goiania - GO would be a wet one. Early morning next day (Sunday) we headed back to Goiania - GO dressing our rain suits. In doing that we avoided traffic as the date was 30/12/2001; we were sure that next day (last day of the year - Monday) wouldn't be nice to be on a road.
Numbers related to the trip to BH: 885 kilometers ridden in approximately 12 hours. There was a consumption of 38,6 liters of fuel, wich results in an average of 23,92 km/liter.
Some hints for the Honda CBX Twister maintenance
Lubricating the Twister chain drive: Do lubricate the chain drive in intervals of 500 km approximately, as follows: "In order to lubricate the chain drive, resulting in a lesser noisy drive, you can use a mixing of oil 90 with Bardahl special grease for gearboxes and differentials. You may use Bardahl grease for transmissions as well. Optionally we may use any high quality top line grease.
Prepare an empty container to put the above mixture, and to take small amounts from there whenever is necessary. Always apply the lubricant in the inner side of the chain drive. Take out any spill with a clean cloth or with a piece of paper towel.
Repeat this procedure each 500 km ridden, or in
smaller intervals if you ride your bike on dusty roads. In
this case you should wash and clean the chain drive before lubricating
Tyre calibration: Try to use nitrogen to inflate your bike's tyres. They will last longer as the nitrogen allow them to be cooler than if they are inflated with oxygen. Do check the tyre pressure regularly.
Refueling: Try to use good quality gasoline, preferably from petrol stations that guarantee their fuel purity. This warning / advice would be wiser if directed only to Brazil, as here it is common to find "baptized fuel" (with a higher than legal ethanol percentage, mixed with kerosene or even mixed with solvents). In my case I always used additivated gasoline, whenever possible.