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Luke Phillips


Photo taken last month by @vago_mx in Bahia Concepcion, Baja California Sur, Mexico. πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ Mexico was a huge surprise on this trip. Such a beautiful country, amazing food & amazing people. Came across a few dangerous situations and several problems such as muggings (one by police), bandit road blocks & bribing corrupt police. However, for every horrendous individual I came across there were a 100 more lovely people who did their best to make me feel welcome and help me. I’ll always have a fond memory of Mexico and I hope I’ll return in the future. For now, I’ll gradually be sharing some more of the photos and experiences I had from my 6 weeks crossing the country. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡²πŸ‡½πŸ β€˜I'd rather live in a cave with a view of a palace than live in a palace with a view of a cave.’ - Karl Pilkington. Spoken by an idiot abroad, but still true as hell. 
Palenque, Mexico πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ Spent the last few days crossing the Mexican jungle and looking at the Mayan ruins buried inside. Some pretty insane landscapes out there. πŸ‡²πŸ‡½πŸ’ After a long day & a rough nights sleep, waking up to this sunrise across the Sea of Cortez was a treat. Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico. πŸŒ„πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ #gopro This old boy has now done 35,000 miles & 13,000 since leaving British soil. So I thought I’d go all Top gear and modify the bike. Replaced the rear shock and front fork internals, changed the triple clamp & front fender, increased the seat/clearance height by 2 inches & replaced the stock alloy wheels for larger spoked wheels & knobbly tires. All done with absolutely zero mechanical knowledge and with the help of YouTube only. Took me about 3 billion hours but mechanics quoted $550+. Let’s hope nothing falls off. Herbert is now looking meaner than ever and ready to blitz through any terrain the rest of the world has to offer. On to Mexico now πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ Goodbye San Francisco.πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Spent most of the week working on the bike, but still it’s been pretty great. Thanks so much  @kristynf33 & James for housing me😊 hopefully I’ll see you on the road somewhere and can return the favour.πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸŒ‰ #gopro

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24 Year old motorcycle enthusiast, currently trying to travel the world on a budget.

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While many may think the CB500x is a strange decision for a RTW bike, for me, it was the easiest decision I had to make. Originally I looked at all the usual options. DRZ400s, F650GS Dakars, Versys and even a CRF250. But having owned (and loved) 2 classic CB500s in the past I would have happily done the journey on them, had it not been for the cramped riding style and the inevitable knee pain after an hour or so. The CB500x takes everything i love from that classic bike and just puts it in a more comfortable package. It has incredible fuel economy, usually getting me 60-70mpg with a total range of about 210miles.  It’s upright riding position is extremely comfortable, while its relatively small 471cc engine still packs a decent punch, easily being adequate for the type of riding I am going to be doing. It also keeps the weight to a minimum allowing me to pick it up solo when i inevitably drop it in the Kazakhstan desert. Most importantly for me though, is it’s relatively cheap price, reliability and confidence inspiring performance. It is often overlooked by reviewers but if you are going to be spending months or even years on a bike, one of the most important things is that you enjoy it and are confident throwing the bike into bends even after a full days back-breaking slog. The CB500x Is perfect for this, It’s a bike that i love and have easily grown an attachment too. It may not be the perfect bike for the job, but I’m sure it’ll be ideal in creating memories and taking me around the world.

So here it is, ladies and gents meet Herbert:

Honda CB500x

Still a work in progress but the modifications it has so far are as follows: (some came with the bike)

  • Hepco & Becker Accessory & Engine Bars Fitted
  • R & G Tail Tidy Fitted – Cost Β£9
  • Oxford Advanced HotGrips
  • Armoured Spotlights
  • Smoked Indicator Lenses – Front & Back
  • Touring Screen
  • Fully Adjustable Black Levers fitted
  • Accessory Bar Fitted
  • Side Stand Extender Fitted
  • Mottorad- Planet Engine guard
  • OEM Honda Centre stand
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