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Yamaha Tenere 700 Review – the rugged adv bike

Yamaha Tenere 700 Review – the rugged adv bike

The go everywhere adv motorcycle Tenere 700

The Yamaha Tenere 700 really feels like a rally-bred long-distance adventure bike. Almost the Defender of adventure. Designed to be bare bones. The less tech, the less that can go wrong kind of vibe. It’s raw and rugged and won’t be doing all the thinking for you but that’s what I love about it.

After seven days and 1,300 km travelling along the roads, mule tracks and most spectacular routes that Sardinia has to offer I feel comfortable saying the Yamaha Tenere does exactly what is says on the tin. For the money it is incredible value and gives you everything you need for a rugged go anywhere adventure.

It you’re into video reviews – here’s my technical review:

But how is the Tenere 700 different?

The key that stands out for me is that the Tenere, instead of following in the footsteps of the majority of rival manufacturers in the adventure bike class, Yahama have done their own thing. Rivals seem to just be getting bigger – larger engine sizes, more weight and heck loads more electronics.  But the Tenere comes at things from a refreshingly different angle.

They’ve looked at rally-adventure riding and asked the question – what do you NEED? They’ve taken that list and made the Tenere. No frills, no fancy stuff. A bike build to the tough. Suspension, power and traction, and riding position nailed. With a dry weight of 187kg (205kg wet) and a high torque 689cc parallel twin you have 74bhp. So a great power to weight ration but with no electronic aids apart from ABS which can be switched off for off-road use.

Enjoying the Sardinian views on the Tenere 700
Enjoying the Sardinian views on the Tenere 700

Size and seat height

This is often the first people ask when a 169cm chick rides it. Is it manageable? Yes. With a seat hight of 880cm it’s completely manageable. Many miss the stand over height as that’s almost as important as the seat height. I’d describe it as medium narrow so as a 169cm rider I could comfortably touch the ground on both side – but not flat footed.

Both the Rally edition does have a different, I believe, slightly higher seat. There are also lower and slim seat options.

Ride quality & brakes

The KYB 43mm upside down forks give 210mm of travel and have compression and rebound damping. At the rear there is a Sachs shock with 200mm travel. I found it really smooth on the road, a little rugged but more in a feeling the road kind of way – not uncomfortable. Off road it was in it’s element, sucking up the rocks and bumps, and for a 205kg it felt lush.

Brembo Brakes offer good power while retaining excellent feel. I liked how the brakes gave soft braking power in the initial squeeze, something so often missing on these larger bikes. The soft initiation is ideal and shows the off-road focus of the Tenere where fine control is needed for loose, slippery, dusty, low grip trails. The excellent rubber with the Scorpion Rally STR definitely helped the braking traction. I never once felt the bike waver in braking power, always biting and braking smooth and straight.

Brake levers were as expected. Adjustment on the brake lever was ideal for my smaller hands [shame the clutch lever didn’t have adjustment]. The rear is the same giving good levels of control with large protective Dainese adv boots.

Tenere 700 Engine

The 689cc parallel twin motor comes from the acclaimed Yamaha MT-07 which was introduced back in 2014. So a good rep. It may only have 74bhp but it delivers everything is has in a fun, easy and engaging way. Plenty on the road but not too much for off. I found it was the ideal balance. Remember this is a lightweight bike for it’s category too, adding to the feeling of power when compared to rivals.

Being honest, until we went off road, I thought that maybe it was a little lacking in power BUT as soon as we hit some technical stuff I realised that it’s all about the right balance. To do the tough off road you really don’t want something mental fiery. I did find I had it pinned wide open on some of the sport road riding, but that was almost part of the fun! I didn’t feel underpowered. The Tenere seems to have the perfect balance.

The go anywhere rally adventure bike - T7 Tenere 700
The go anywhere rally adventure bike – T7 Tenere 700

Tenere 700 Comfort

Loved it. For a light weight low frills adventure bike you can’t expect the full road plushness of a bigger rival but it was certainly comfortable. The small rally fairing gave a nice balance of volume to wind buffering. I felt no vibration through the handlebars and the range of power and torque is impressive, pulling cleanly and smoothly.

The top end is impressive too, and without uncomfortable vibration or buffering. I of course didn’t go this fast… but I can confirm 197 kph on the motorway with a 20kg bag on the bag plus rapid fun through twisty mountain roads at race pace was totally within it’s capability.

Everything about the power delivery just feels right. The combination with the chassis and suspension means the bike generates an impressive amount of mechanical grip and in turn gives the rider confidence as to what the rear wheel is doing.


I rode with the Pirelli Scorpion Rally Street and I’ve never experienced such an incredible tyre. Never once did I feel an ounce of distrust. They were always there gripping and firm. Road performance for acceleration, braking grip, high speed cornering traction, and off-road feel and authority. In every moment, dry, wet, muddy, sandy, tarmac, they held strong. The confidence this gave me to really throttle on was incredible. It’s impressive to have a tyre that really can do it all.

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Tenere 700 with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres

Reliability & build quality

With the established MT-07 the engine is proven and reliable technology. The Tenere has high quality suspension and industry leading Brembo brakes. You can expect the Japanese build quality and reliability Yamaha is known for.

A key bit to mention here is they have been designed for a rugged environment. A few drops and no damage. They’re made for the adventure. I had zero qualms about quality.

Tenere 700 Value vs rivals

Priced from £8.1k it’s extremely competitively priced in the adventure bike class. The price difference is clear when you look at the spec and equipment, but it does offer fantastic value for money and really does stand its ground. For me I’d pick the rugged over the teched out too.

Would I pick a GS or Tenere is the common question. Tenere for sure if I was planning to get any mud on it. It is just so darn capable and fun. You don’t need all the fancy tech!

Tenere Equipment

This really is the no frills adventure bike. You need to ride it and feel the terrain, and that’s not a bad thing! Unlike it’s rivals, it’s not crammed with high tech programmes and software. The hardware is high quality, and designed for the job, but it’s not going to do things for you –no different maps, quick shifter, traction control or auto blipper. Without these you can expect the basic dash, not the easiest to read in mucky conditions but fits the tech it houses. I like to consider this the Defender of adventure biking.

Yamaha Tenere 700 Highlights

  1. Competitively priced
  2. Perfect balance of power to weight
  3. Go anywhere, rugged and really fun to ride

Overall Rating

The T7 Tenere 700 is an incredible adventure bike, after 1300km I would have one. It’s low tech, pure rugged go anywhere thrills. It proves that with the riding skill you don’t need all the fancy technology and brings huge smiles along the way.

Vanessa with women's Dainese adv kit
The go anywhere beast
Mpg, costs & insurance
Engine size689cc
Engine typeLiquid-cooled, four-stroke, 4V, parallel twin
Frame typeSteel backbone, double cradle
Fuel capacity16 litres
Seat height880mm
Bike weight205kg
Front suspensionKYB 43mm upside down, 210mm travel
Rear suspensionSachs rear monoshock, 200mm travel
Front brake282mm twin-disc
Rear brakeSingle 245mm disc
Front tyre size90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size150/70 x 18
Average fuel consumptionEst. 54 mpg terrain depending
Annual road tax£93
New price£8,147
Insurance group10 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term2

Tenere 700 further specs

Top speed & performance
Max power72 bhp
Max torque50 ft-lb

Yamaha Tenere at a glance

  • 689cc 4-stroke CP2 engine, with high torque.
  • Lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame.
  • Slim, compact and ergonomic body and seat.
  • Aggressive, rally-bred face, with 4-LED headlights.
  • Adjustable, long-travel, 43mm upside-down forks.
  • Remotely adjustable rear suspension.
  • Rally-style cockpit, with tapered handlebars.
  • 21-inch/18-inch spoke wheels, with adventure tyres
  • Slim, long-range fuel tank, with 16-litre capacity
  • Compact, rally-style, multi-function instruments.
  • Switchable ABS, for on-the-fly adjustment.
  • Screen and handguards give good rider protection

Test ride conducted during Master experience with Dainese


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Charge you motorcycle – Ctek chargers

Charge you motorcycle – Ctek chargers

Plugging the motorcycle in for optimum battery health!

With autumn officially hitting the UK, today’s #chargeyourcarday seems fitting…batteries…if you look after them, they will look after you AND you’ll get the longest life possible and get the most reliable performance so that nothing can come between you and that adventure. I’ve been a big Ctek chargers fan since my first car [I’m not going to say a year as I’ll feel old…🤨]

See full Ctek charger CT5 Powersport review here

If you’re new to the concept…the CT5 powersport (a smart charger) is small but highly powerful and practical device giving you the confidence that you’re ride will be ready to go when you are. Smart charging your battery for optimum performance. It will genuinely save you money in the long run having a charger as you’ll make your batteries last longer and they typically cost more. Thug is plugged in year-round whenever she’s in the garage. It’s a great habit to get into.

Anyone ever had a flat battery? Anyone use smart chargers too? Here’s how to never get a flat battery again – Ctek review here!

Must have for anyone with a vehicle with a battery in my eyes! I realised that Buddy was missing out as his battery is not compatible with this one so I’ve today ordered a 2.3A charger and maintainer that works with both lithium and lead-acid batteries too. Anything to keep Buddy happy given how much I throw the poor bike around! 💥🤣

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the girl on a bike vanessa ruck teng tools ctek charger ct5 power sport battery

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Female motorcycle rider in the UK – Vanessa Ruck

Female motorcycle rider in the UK – Vanessa Ruck hard enduro

If you’re looking for a female motorcycle rider in the UK – you’ve just found them!

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Vanessa Ruck, one of the most visible female motorcycle rider is the UK

Whether you’re after lifestyle, action, road or muddy off-road riding – I’m at home on or by the bike. With over 10 years of modelling experience I’m at ease in front of the camera, working the poses and following directions whether still or video. Check out my YouTube for examples of me speaking to camera and Instagram for more photos in your hunt for If you’re looking for a female motorcycle rider in the UK.

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Female rider for riding footage, photo shots, film work and photography

Capable and experienced rider on a range of bike styles, small and large, on and off-road. Experience includes off-road enduro, hard enduro, trials, rally and adventure riding including large 1290cc models with official off-road training from Triumph Experience Centre and KTM Sweet Lamb. Also comfortable riding road bikes from street, cruising, tourer, adventure, and sport bikes.

With ten years’ experience riding I’m comfortable interchanging between models on a mix of terrain and riding with confidence – whether that’s sand, gravel, logs and steps, mud, slippery off-road conditions or wet road conditions. Capable riding back and forth doing close-proximity tracking shots following another vehicle and interacting with other road users while maintaining a confident and undistracted riding stance.

If I sound like the female motorcycle rider you’re after please do get in touch! I’m based in the UK but can travel globally.

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BMW GS R 1250 Rallye review – life test

BMW GS R 1250 Rallye review – life test!

This is part 1 of my BMW GS R 1250 Rallye review. It’s one thing knowing the stats but it’s another living with a bike and seeing how it fits within everyday life. So here’s life with the BMW GS R 1250 Rallye.

The review covers 1,000 miles including a motorway trip to Devon, fun around Dartmoor, fords, torrential rain, Costco shopping and general life. Averaging 200 miles a day I lived with the GS for a week. I always thought the BMW GS was a jack of all trades, trying to do it all but never really good at anything.

After a week living with the BMW GS R 1250 Rallye I can say I am going to miss it. I’ve never experienced a bike where a a 3 hour ride with no stop is something comfortable. It’s fast, yes it’s huge, but it’s incredibly capable. Even the dogs and horses loved it on my trip to Dartmoor.

Key highlights for me:

  • Comfort – incredible bench seat, huge fairing, heated grips and lovely seated position
  • Power – very smooth delivery with very controllable power both low down at slow speeds but also top end
  • Safety – kitted out with the latest technology this bike does everything it can to help support a safer motorcycle experience

Here’s why I highly rate the BMW GS:

Part 2 of my review is the technical review – video coming soon!

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

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Getting Organised – Teng Tools dream garage

Getting Organised – Teng Tools dream garage with The Girl On A Bike

In 2017 we broke ground on a mission to build our dream garage. Living in a 2-bedroom end of terrace utilising all the available space was key to enabling us to fit a double garage…no more motorbikes in the dining room and conservatory! Six months later and we had the making of our new haven, soon to become the most used space in the house but it just wasn’t quite there… Then, 2020 saw us jump in and our dreams materialised. A full Teng Tools set up with eye catching red units and a comprehensive set-up of tools all housed in the EV foam. We got organised and lock-down gave us the perfect gift of time to get it all sorted.

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As home hobby mechanics and motorcycle racers we’re always in the garage tinkering. Over the years we had built a sporadic collection of odd tools but it was always a hunt when we needed one. That darn 10 mm spanner…

Some call if OCD but I call it organised and the best way to get a job done.

When we’re doing a job, whether that’s a full two stroke rebuild or simple brake service, knowing exactly where the tools are makes things so much easier. We have everything organised with ergonomics in mind. The most used tools ready at arm’s reach, the mobile toolbox all set to deploy into the trailer for races and a set up of our dreams.

We knew our garage kit would be one for life, tools we would spend hours and hours of our lives using so we wanted the best. The thought in design, the precision in machining and quality of the finish. Going Teng Tools, it was a no-brainer.

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The Girl On A Bike – The Dream Garage Workshop – Teng Tools

Lock-down fun has included:

  • Getting those finishing touches organising the garage done, such as mounting the pit tool case on its own shelf, organising our enduro kits, creating a mobile island for working, getting the tools settled in the best draw configurations
  • Expanding the family with a new garage hoover, Charlie, to keep things tidy
  • Upgrading all security to keep us sleeping sound
  • Changing tyres with my Rabaconda
  • Mowing the lawn, watching the lawn grow and waiting to mow it again…
  • Loo roll challenge… as simple as kicking a loo roll into a toolbox…yeah I’ll stick to motorbikes!
  • Setting up a slack-line in the garden
  • Standing admiring our Teng Tools

You can read the full Teng Tools Magazine here.

You can see a full tour on my YouTube, or see mini garage tour or the full extended garage tour with a full Teng Tool set up.

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

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Super Soco TC Max review

Super Soco TC Max review

They say you should never underestimate small packages and that’s exactly where the Super Soco TC Max fits. It might be the equivalent of a 125 cc combustion motorcycle and a mere 100kg in curb weight, but don’t be thinking this bike is anything but mighty!

After a week living with the Super Soco TC Max I can say it was a sad day when it left. Within five minutes of pulling away I knew this was a bike that makes smiles. If you’re looking for an insanely economical commuter, small around town run about OR a motorcycle suitable for just a CBT licence then this is a very strong contender. Here’s why I highly rate the Super Soco TC Max.

If you prefer watching to reading – scroll for the video reviews!

The first question people ask is the range. You’re looking at 60 miles at 30 mph. Before you start thinking that’s not far enough please remember the TC Max is designed for an urban commute. The sort of riding where you’re in town, traffic, lights and where the average speed is naturally 25-35pm just because of the urban environment. In these conditions, even adding a short 60mph dual carriage way or country road you’re looking at around 60-mile range.

I decided to take the TC Max for a range test and I actually failed. Not from running flat but because I got tired first! I rode around the urban environment, popped to the market 9 miles away where I sat at 60 for a good little section, I strapped 15 kg of veg on the back and then I rode around every neighbourhood road I could find…mimicking an urban environment….and I still only managed to get down to 49% battery with 33 miles on the clock. I got fired before it did.

With that trajectory I was heading for a 64.7 miles range. As a smaller rider at 62kg + kit, that sounds bang on the manufacturers range. A rare honest approach with an accurate range figure from a brand!

60 miles in urban city riding tested and confirmed

Super Soco charging
Super Soco charging on and off bike


Equipped with a 3-year warranty the 72V 45Ah battery is chargeable with   household plugs.

With a removal battery weighing around 20kg the TC Max is super versatile to charge:

  • Either straight into the port on the side of the bike – plug and charge
  • Or remove the battery and take it indoors – into the house or office to charge under your desk or staff room

The bike of course comes with all the charge cables and they sort neatly on the bike above the battery so you can always have charging capability when you’re out.

Super Soco battery
Super Soco battery

No fancy electric charging point is required either, with a standard three-pin plug it takes about 7-8 hours from empty, less if it’s not completely flat.  There’s no option for fast charging at a public charge point, but with the average cost of domestic electricity at around 14p per kW, 50p should see a full charge up. You’re looking at around £1 per 100 miles with this bike.

£1 per 100 miles

Compare that to public transport, seasons ticket or car…

Performance & Motor

This is there the bike really blew me away. Yes, it’s a 125cc equivalent but with the electric torque giving instant availability it makes this a nippy and nimble little bike for around town. The top speed on the open roads is really the only time you’ll notice a lack of power with a 60mph top speed. But in it’s natural territory, an urban environment, you’ll be turning heads with your silent zip away from the traffic lights. Surprisingly fast acceleration you will not get from a comparable scooter or combustion CBT alternative.

The TC Max has a mid-mounted electric motor with a rated power of 3.5kW, which is just under 5bhp, but a maximum power of 5kW, which is 6.7bhp when you open the throttle up.

Yes, it has ‘less’ power than combustion engine but that electric power means its all there instantly.  For comparison…the Ducati Panigale V4 makes 124Nm. It’s certainly not a direct comparison but in an urban environment you’ll have all the power you need to pull away sharply and pull out of corners and roundabouts with a big smile.

Riding in the stunning twisty Welsh Wye Valley I caught up and held the tail of a full-size bike, who definitely knew I was chasing! The bike gripped the road, is easy to pin around corners and the torque sees you pulling out swiftly. Yes, I was throttle pinned on the straights, but the lightweight corner handling made up for it.

Vanessa with Cardo and Super Soco
Super Soco looks

Licence eligibility

You don’t need a full motorcycle licence! This is an ideal learn or first motorbike. It is madness given how nippy and fun it is.

You can ride the Super Soco TC Max on a CBT (compulsory basic training), which typically takes a day, costs between £100-£200 [UK], and is valid for two years.

This makes it an ideal bike for new riders and commuters!

Looks & Styling

Electric is still very new and exciting which means straight away it turns heads. Why?

  • The sound, a near silent bike causes lots of double takes
  • The lack of exhaust pipes – that baffles and causes intrigue
  • It’s poise then tops all this with its slightly aggressive yet friendly styling

It looks like a proper bike not a scooter!

Having ridden the Super Soco TC Max to my local bike night I can confirm that it had some serious attention! More attention than my modified Harley Thug in fact. And riding around you get the friendly head nods from other riders, something you don’t get on a more traditional scooter.

There aren’t many 125 cc CBT learner equivalent bikes you can rock up to a bike meet with and end up with a circle of admirers!

Build Quality

I didn’t find fault here. Everything feels solid and well built. It’s a very affordable bike so you can’t expect the Bentley build, but you certainly get what you pay for. The bike feels reliable and well built.

The font brake cable could do with an additional clip and the locking mechanism on the tank is a little sensitive but nothing major to complain about.

The bike did also get dropped… see this video for that action… and amazingly [and thankfully] there wasn’t a scratch on it. Plus given its weight it was super easy to pick up.

Ease of Riding

The Super Soco TC Max electric offering just inspires confidence. Simplistic controls with no clutch or gears, no foot controls or hot pipes and engine to burn you. A super low 770mm saddle height and mere 100kg weight…Just a simple twist and go, bicycle-style dual breaks, and the lack of sound. It makes for a really easy, completely un-intimidating bundle of fun!

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770mm seat height makes the TC Max a very manageable motorcycle

I took it home and the whole family had a go! I’ve taken many bikes home over the years and never has everyone tried.

family fun with the super soco

A bike that can inspire that much confidence into giving motorcycles a go is a huge hit in my eyes! If you’ve ever felt a little intimidated by the idea or riding this is a fantastic option. It’s small, light, highly manoeuvrable and really, really simple to ride.

Tech on the Super Soco TC Max

The TC Max, other than being the next generation of electric offering, doesn’t coming with any fancy technology. Everything is as you would expect.

Heads up display

A lovely LED display for easy controls on the go. The LCD panel shows the power mode, trip meter, range, and battery life remaining. It’s easy to read and has automatic backlighting for after night riding. I do miss it not having a clock.

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Super Soco TC Max led display

Power modes

The three power modes change speed restrictions:

  1. level one restricts speed to around 30 mph, although you get full acceleration
  2. level two to an indicated 45mph
  3. while level three unleashes the full beast for some happy throttle fun

The modes are switchable on the move; which means you flow with the traffic, getting maximum range in level one at 30mph in town and know you’re not going to accidently whizz past a speed camera with that electric torque. Then shift up a mode or two for the country roads or dual carriageway.

Super Soco TC Max Brakes

The brakes are 240mm discs but no ABS. However, the dual braking means the braking will support you by activating linked braking with the handlebar, bicycle style brakes. I did a couple of rather sudden stops and I was impressed with the braking power. I took a few minutes to stop pressing my foot for the brakes, but my mind quickly adapted to the handlebar scooter style braking.


A steel cradle chassis with 35mm upside down forks at the front and a mono shock at the rear. The upside-down forks don’t offer any adjustability, while the rear does have adjustable pre-load. If you’re hitting huge potholes, you’re going to feel it, but it’s pretty smooth and comfortable given its designed usage.


The bikes alarm is a little pathetic, being blunt. It really is not very loud. It does apply the brakes which is cool, but it’s not going to wake the neighbours. Probably best to get a DataTag, maybe a Moni Moto tracker and a screaming disc lock is always a good shout.

Storage space

Remember this is a little commuter not a pan Africa adventurer. Storage is limited. If you remove the charging cables you could probably fit a small chain for U-lock on top of the battery. I successfully strapped about 15 kg of vegetables to the rear seat on a market run. There’s lots of tie down points. Although the pillion handle is curved so not ideal but still workable for luggage tie down. Some universal strap over panniers would likely work, or you can go classic with a rucksack.

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15kg of vegetables on the TC Max


This is a small bike so certainly not design for two-up BUT it is totally feasible. I rode with my 85kg husband on the back no problem. It was very rear end heavy and changed the handling as one would expect but it was doable. The pillion had the rear grab hand for holding on but I think I enjoyed it more than him.

Super Soco TC Max For and against


  • Comfortable riding position with bench seat allowing for rider preference on stance
  • Unbelievable off-the-line acceleration for a 125 cc equivalent
  • Superb handling to throw around corners when having some fun – definitely does not feel like a scooter
  • Incredibly light and agile for urban manoeuvring and parking in sight spaces
  • Removeable battery for home or under desk charging + and security
  • Power modes help prevent speeding tickets with restricted top speed and switchable on the move


  • Rear pillion bar great for pillion but the curve makes luggage strapping a little harder
  • Security alarm is very quiet – unlikely to even scare a sheep let alone deter a thief
  • There’s no time display, I know I always have my watch and iphone but it’s nice to glance down and know I’m on time


Absolute bargain! Get £1 for 100 mile range on a bike that is available from £4,249*

Consider current commuting costs and I bet it pays for it’s self rapidly!

*Inclusive of OLEV Plug-in Motorcycle Grant, price without grant £5,311.25 [UK grant]

Super Soco TC Max Highlights

  1. £1 for 100 miles running cost with 60-mile range
  2. Incredibly simple controls with light weight compact design
  3. Poised like a full-size motorcycle and accepted as a bike on road yet doesn’t require a full bike licence

Tips From Experience

  • Enjoy the torque and acceleration but remember the happier the throttle hand the lower the range
  • Take the chargers with you and top up at work or at your friends and you can massively increase the range

Overall Rating

This is a cracking little urban city bike. Super low running costs, incredibly easy to ride and with a range perfectly adequate for the average commuter. With it’s motorbike like styling you can ride without a full licence and enjoy the punchy electric torque. Definitely a strong contender!

See my Super Soco TC Max riding review here:

To come! I’m editing now

And Soco TC Max Technical review here:

See the grandparents riding:

Super Soco TC Max spec

New priceFrom £4249
Engine layoutMid mounted
Engine detailsElectric motor
PowerRated 3.5kW with 5kW peak power
Torque180Nm (133lb-ft)
Top speed59mph (indicated)
TransmissionElectric motor with Kevlar belt drive
Max range to empty (theoretical)60miles (@30mph)
Rider aidsSwitchable power modes
FrameSteel frame
Front suspension35mm Upside down forks
Front suspension adjustmentNone
Rear suspensionHydraulic mono-shock
Rear suspension adjustmentPreload
Front brake240mm single disc, linked
Rear brake240mm disc, linked
Front tyre90/80/17 Cordial
Rear tyre120/70/17/ Cordial
Dimensions1982mm x 740mm x 1031mm (LxWxH)
Ground clearance189mm
Seat height770mm
Kerb weight100kg
Warranty2yrs bike / 3yrs battery

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebookLinkedIn and YouTube, and

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Planning The Best UK Based Adventure

Planning The Best UK Based Adventure

Gaining the opportunity to take some time out from the usual hustle and bustle of life can be such a rewarding experience, yet far too many people believe they have to jet off out of the UK to find the perfect holiday destination. Rather than spending excessive amounts of money on flights to another country, there’s never been a better time to book an affordable adventure within the comfort of your home country. So, if you want to find out more about how you can plan the very best trip around the United Kingdom, then read on to uncover some of the best ideas and concepts that you can make the most of today! 

Yorkshire is a wonderful wilderness to explore
There are some breath-taking destinations right in our own home country

Get Outdoors

One of the biggest attractions of the UK is it’s lush green landscape, with mountains, moors, beaches and other reserves dotting the map left, right and centre. Getting outdoors can be a wonderful experience for many reasons, from the opportunity to simply get a little fresh air and sunshine to the chance to see native wildlife up close and personal. Making the most of Mother Nature needn’t be a difficult task, as you can plan a whole host of different activities to please every holidaymaker.

Motorcycle camping with Harleys
Get out camping with the motorcycles

From camping trips that offer the opportunity to sleep beneath the stars, to extreme sporting events such as rafting or cycling, there’s bound to be something out there that you will enjoy. If you would like to challenge yourself during your trip around the UK, then search for a little more information about how far from lands ends to John o groats to perform one of the most amazing bike journeys around the island. 

Do Your Research 

There are thousands of different ways to entertain yourself across the UK with a UK based adventure, but it may just take a bit of research to uncover the best activities for you to sample. Each location will boast its own specific traditions and cultures, some of which you may not be able to pick up on by simply visiting your destination. Doing some research will enable you to uncover every feature on offer in whichever area you choose, whether this might be taking a tour of a mining facility or tasting the delicious authentic food of the British isles. Get online to find out more information, or head down to your local library to pick up a few books that can provide you with the information you need. 

Planning the best UK based adventure has never been so simple when you are able to make the most of the top tips and tricks detailed above. Ensure that you utilise your trip by spending as much time outdoors as you can, experience the beauty of British Mother Nature including landscapes and wildlife. Be sure to do your research before you hit the road, as this can give you a much better sense of direction when visiting different spots up and down the island. You can save money and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time, so now’s a great time to say goodbye to abroad!

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Cardo Systems Packtalk Black edition review – what is it?

Cardo Systems Packtalk Black edition

Launched July 28th 2020 the Packtalk Black edition is a slick new version of the known and trusted Packtalk from Cardo Systems – the leader in intercoms. As a Cardo user for several years I’m a huge fan and certainly recommend, but what’s this new Black edition? Read on to find out!

Cardo Systems Packtalk Black edition
Cardo Systems Packtalk Black edition

Utilising the latest Cardo technology, the Packtalk Black ups the styling with a slick new all black design, upgraded sound and robust waterproof unit.

Here are the Packtalk Black edition key features:

  • Dynamic mech communications
  • Waterproof
  • Sound by JBL as standard
  • Natural Voice Operation


  • Three-year warranty
  • Stylish and sleek Black design

Here’s my full Cardo Systems Packtalk Black review:

Dynamic mech communications

Dynamic mech communications [DMC] mean the Cardo Packtalk Black, like with all Packtalk models, utilises the latest in intercom technology. Providing a superior range, audio quality and reliability the DMC allows for up to 15 riders in a self-healing mesh. Each unit in the mesh becomes a hub with a hub-to-hub range of 1600m in perfect conditions, or 1000m more practical real-life range. These hubs form a chain that can span up to 1000m apart – that’s a long chain! If someone drops out of range the rest of the group can continue unimpacted, with automatic re-joining the moment range allows. You can also have private subgroups within the main DMC group, allowing for private chats with chosen buddies or pillion in your group. The simple app enables group creation in a few clicks, which will then forever be remembered by each unit, connecting automatically in the future.

This technology makes for the ultimate in reliable riding communications for riding with friends.


Designed to go wherever you take it, the Packtalk family is waterproof and ready for the adventure. Whether its sleet, dust, mud or rain the unit will be happy. I’ve even fallen in a river before and the intercom was definitely less bothered than my motorcycle.

Robust and ready for the adventure.

Sound by JBL as standard

Previously the JBL speakers have been an optional upgrade for an additional cost, however the Packtalk Black comes with the high quality JBL 45mm speakers as standard. Enjoy deeper tones, more rounded music and crisper voices from the highly reputable JBL speakers. Suitable for most motorcycle helmets from road, adv, off road, trials and hard enduro riding!

Yes they really do make a difference, well worth it if you like your music.

Natural Voice Operation

With motorcycles ideally needing two hands on the bars to safely operate, the Cardo natural voice recognition is there to ensure that is not compromised. With highly tested software and a range of languages simply speak inputs “hey Cardo…” to your headset and let it do the work for you. I’ve personally not got on too well with voice control as I’ve found my voice confuses it. I’ve found it starts doing things when I was actually talking to someone else. But it is very handy – or not handy as you say – when I am actually speaking to it.

Voice control, leaving your hands where they should be – on the bars.

Cardo Packtalk Black Design

The slick black styling of the Packtalk Black is a key feature of this special edition model. With slick lines and all black finish will match any motorcycle style – especially if you love black!

Charge and use

Never worry about running out of juice for two reasons

  1. The Cardo has superb market leading battery life – I’ve never had it run out before my day was up, and I’ve done some long days!
  2. Should you run low or be unable to charge over night you can plug in and use the Cardo while using it

Coming with a 3-year warranty rest assured you’ll be looked after with Cardo. I’ve had my unit’s years and never had any issues.

For Cardo Systems discount code use link and get 20% off Cardo products

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Vitiligo on face – psychologically manifestations

Vitiligo on my face – psychologically manifestations

While vitiligo is a physical condition changing the pigmentation of the skin, it has far more psychologically manifestations. Coping with the noticeable difference in appearance to what society perceives as “normal” in perfectly poised social posts can be tough. But we all have battles and with vitiligo, for me, getting to grips with the 1st patch was just the start. Every time it spreads, it was a whole new acceptance cycle.

World Vitiligo Day
World Vitiligo Day

The day it hit my face, that was hard. I still recall the tears. The hate I felt looking in the mirror. But I was wrong! It’s not ugly, it’s just different, it is beautiful and these quirky marks just make me unique.

I love my skin, I rock my body patches, I even have a patch that looks like a dinosaur.

World Vitiligo Day
Standing proud with my vitiligo, including vitiligo on face

I choose to camouflage my face, and that’s okay. Finding a process that works took time. It’s a combination of reducing the vitiligo contrast by having no tan, and then a colour base to bring my natural skin tone back. I like a no make-up feel for this colour so use Zanderm wide applicator. It means I can put it on and not be wearing anything, no stains on sheets, fake tans or waking up conscious of no make-up. I then add normal foundation or stay natural, depending on the look I’m after.

MY REQUEST ❤️ Let’s all be a little kinder to each other, don’t look and judge. Let’s teach our children that differences are beautiful and we’ll be one step closer to a better world, not just for vitiligo.

I would love to hear your battles and any vitiligo questions? All Qs welcome – how I cope, toughest part, bonus of having it, yes there are some, what products I use or simply share your experiences?

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Jarvis Signature Tours Spain Review

Jarvis Signature Tours Spain Review

Graham Jarvis, the legend Extreme Enduro rider and probably the first name that comes to most riders’ minds when they think of the crème de le crème of enduro talent. And it just got better…the legend has started a series of Jarvis signature Tours, with the first in Spain.

Set up by an absolute legend, if you want riding progression and an epic adventure this is the place to go.

Riding progression and an epic adventure GUARANTEED

The first thing to mention is that by going to Jarvis Signature it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to ride with the man himself, Graham – you can but the dates are limited and you of course pay more. I had an absolutely incredible time there even without him. Graham has years of riding experience to teach, however he’s also still a full-time professional rider and so had equipped his school with some absolutely nails riders to stand in and deliver the ultimate hard enduro coaching.

The Team

The main guy to mention here is Luke Copestake. He’s an experienced hard enduro rider and more akin to a mountain goat on a bike than one of us mere mortals. Luke has a great knack at being able to translate what he does riding into tuition and steps that you can apply. For the very, very large majority of riders you’re going to learn as much progression from Graham’s team as you will from him as he really has employed a fantastic calibre of guys so don’t threat if you can’t get a date with Jarvis.

Taking your riding to the next level

Depending on your goals they’ll push you as little or as much as you like. Nail some new skills or simply enjoy some chilled riding, either way you’ll have one hell of a time.

They’ve cornered the market for guided tuition trail riding for sure and I think the tuition really is the reason to head to Jarvis. Yes, it’s an amazing experience riding in Spain, but the big push for me is the riding development. Many tour operators can give you the odd tip but being able to really push you, spot your bad habits and take you to the next level is rather unique for the Jarvis offering.

Jarvis Signature hard enduro training
Yes… I rode up that!

The team will push you as hard as you’re wanting to go!

Here’s a video from my Jarvis Signature Tours experience:

You can see how hard they pushed me, within my limits but outside my comfort zone. It was incredible.


In terms of bikes Jarvis of course has his factory racing hat on, opting for a fleet of the latest Husqvarna enduro bikes from across the range of sizes. They’re made of hard enduro!


In terms of location they couldn’t be close to the trails, in fact, you don’t even need to set a foot on roads. Straight out of the private compound and the trails start. They’ve got an ace setup too in a beautiful Spanish villa set in the remote mountains. I think the only thing they’re lacking after a tough day hard enduro riding is a pool or hot tub but then again, a few days our enduro riding certainly isn’t a spa break.

Jarvis Signature tours villa
Jarvis villa in Spain

Jarvis Signature Tours Spain Facilities:

  • Gorgeous villa
  • Rockstar energy fridge
  • Latest Husqvarna enduro bikes
  • Full kit rental
  • Experienced hard enduro team including Luke Copestake
  • Onsite breakfast
  • Enjoy lunch at local restaurants
  • On side hard enduro course
  • Access to Andalucia trails straight from base

Terrain at Jarvis Signature Tours

You’re off-road immediately from the house with a mix of large fire tracks, small single track, technical and sweeping riverbeds and more hill climbs and descents that you can shake a stick at. You even have the chance to hard enduro style conquer rocky riverbeds, it’s incredible.

How far can you push it with Jarvis Signature Tours?

A huge attraction to me here is that Graham’s team know what it takes to push your riding to the next level. That means the guys know and are familiar with putting you into terrains that can at times be a big step up for you. But it’s ok, they are right there with you! They assess your capabilities and quickly know where they can safely push you. It’s not about reckless fun as at the end of the day no one wants to come home broken, and they certainly don’t want damaged bikes. But they do know how to safely push the limits and will talk you through exactly what needs to be done.

How to get there

Fly into Malaga in southern Spain and the team will collect you from the airport.

Check flight cost and availability here.


In four days riding I learned more like a few months’ worth of progression. Graham Jarvis you’ve made something special here! Just a short flight to Malaga and you’re there. This is the place to train!

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Here are some of my favourite photos from our trip with Jarvis Signature Tours Spain:

Here’s some video from my Jarvis Signature Tour hard enduro training

If you’ve had any similar life challenges, then I would love to hear from you. I’d also love to know if there are any topics you’d love to see me cover! Get in touch with me via email or Instagram!

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding, Harleys and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

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