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  1. 14 points
    Collected the bike from Bob Minions on Derby, excellent people to deal with by the way, and rode it home, sadly motorway all the way. First thoughts. Comfort: The seat is a bit hard, hopefully it will break in over time. Comfortwise somewhere between the original NC seat and the DFS sofa that is my Kawasaki GT 750. Ok for 120 miles, feels initially like it will be really uncomfortable but actually not too bad. It's not a gold wing. Excellent riding position though with ace visibility as your sat up so high. Glad I have 34" inside leg though. Performance: happily buzzes along at 70 on the motorway. I was running into a headwind all the way, 70 is 7000 rpm, it nips up to Audi/BMW outside lane speed to sprint past stuff, but happy at 70. Engine buzzes a little at that speed but not uncomfortable. Really impressive for a 24hp 250 however. Going up Haldon hill on the A38 south of Exeter, it happily accelerated from 50 at the bottom (traffic) to 70 in 6th and was capable of adding 5 mph to that off the throttle. That's a big, steep, fast hill. I was impressed by that. Even more impressive was the fuel consumption, running into a headwind for 250 miles mostly near the top 90% of is speed capabilities, over 82mpg! Handling: it's different, 21" front wheel, knobbly tyres and long travel suspension, it's an off-road biased bike after all. It nevertheless feels secure on the road and you soon get used to the different feeling. Overall: Impressive for a 24hp 250, enough performance for the road, the engine is a bit more buzzing, it's a single and your reving it harder, but it's not intrusive. It's comfortable enough, the screen works well, the ABS works well, it's very economical and it's so nice to ride a light bike again. It's not going to pull your arms off and needs a bit of room for overtakes. Oh and it barely notices speed bumps and the roads feel much smoother now. Definitely bought a good one, See you on the weekend in the Peak District in two weeks time
  2. 10 points
    Picked up this little beauty Tuesday from Fowlers in Bristol, nice bunch.
  3. 9 points
    Here we are, a couple of pics as requested.
  4. 9 points
    I parked in a disabled bay only last week, I was quickly accosted by a traffic warden, he said "and what's your disibility then?" In a very condescending manner, so I replied "I've got Tourette's you c***, now f*** off!"
  5. 8 points
    iv'e sold the NC750x . taking off a few bits first as he said he's not fussed as price is for a stock bike...an getting a new burgman 400 in pearl white. my 4th burgman now . lol
  6. 8 points
    Congratulations on your choice of wife sir.
  7. 7 points
    I've previously posted how I've tested a new 2017 model BMW F800GT and loved it. Seriously considered changing my low mileage Honda NT700 Deauville for one. At least that's what i thought until I rode my Deauville home 25 miles after it's service and decided it wasn't worth handing over a wad of cash and my bike for the BMW. So last week I tested a 2016 version of the F800GT to see how it differed from the new model. It didn't. So I was doing my sums again and trying to justify changing. My main reason for changing is to have something lighter for pushing about in/out of garage, but still stay with shaft/belt drive. At the end of the day, I just cannot sell my Deauville. It just is so comfortable and gives great weather protection and great storage. As I commute all year I wanted something lighter for the winter. I cannot get on with big winter gloves and with my new TCX goretex boots I cannot feel the gear and brake levers. (Yes, i know the boots will soften) So, today I've bought a 2010 Honda S-Wing 125! Used to ride one and loved it. Happy with my decision so I know I've made the right choice. Now I've to go home and tell the wife......
  8. 7 points
    For those who like pics, here's a few of the CRF around Devon a few days ago Still loving it, great fun off road.😁 Getting to grips with its little quirks, but it is showing me that a lightweight bike is all you need to have fun and travel on. Tomorrow's ride to Bakewell, over 280 miles, will be a real test of its travelling credentials, and mine. Brian
  9. 7 points
  10. 7 points
    At Kent M/Cs today we saw this original AT fitted with a Ural sidecar This is the second original AT we have seen there this week.
  11. 7 points
    I'd go with the inner 12 year old and stock up on ibuprofen
  12. 7 points
    I think it's very unfair of your wife to allow you to put yourself in this position. How does she expect you to exercise any kind of control and self restraint without the threat of her glowering during the choice process? You have my sympathy Brian. With great freedom of choice comes great flippancy and regret when you choose unwisely. Your lady needs to step up, make the process difficult for you and in doing so make sure you really want it. It's not right.
  13. 6 points
    A long time coming.. And nearly here.. I approve of the front suspension.. And the 7 speed (+reverse) DCT.. No chance of me ever owning (or riding) one though.. But brilliant for those who want that sort of thing. http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-new-bikes/new-goldwing-pictures-leak
  14. 6 points
    STOP IT YOU B'STARD! I'm finding this hard to believe myself, but I'm actually starting to talk myself around to swapping the X for the Rally. Im gonna book a test ride as soon as time allows. Damn you Brian.
  15. 6 points
    I have just come back from a Segway Safari. Quite interesting to ride and very much like skiing. First half hour we were taught how to ride it and I must admit, much like when I was skiing, I was trying to control it by gripping the footpads through the soles of my shoes. We stopped after about 20 minutes for a break and my feet were numb. Relaxed a bit after that as I got used to it and it turned out to be quite good fun. I had always thought I would find it really difficult to stay on but it is a remarkably natural ride with loads of torque. If you get the chance have a go it Is worth the effort. Just seen an RAF training flight go over Bala lake at zero feet and now off to archery in the forest. Having a great time.
  16. 6 points
    No, me neither, but sometimes you find out you've made an error and need to change direction. Anyway, deposit paid, collect the Rally on Friday.πŸ˜€
  17. 6 points
    Be careful Howard. You feel less vulnerable on the Harley, but is that real, or just a feeling? The danger is assuming all drivers are bound to hear you, but one day you'll filter past a deaf driver or maybe one of the increasing number of drivers I see, with headphones in. To survive on the roads, never make assumptions. This is why I'm wary about high viz clothing. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for it, but I do wonder if some high viz wearing riders assume that they are bound to be seen. The advice "assume you are invisible to all other road users, until proven otherwise" should also include the word "inaudible" also.
  18. 6 points
  19. 5 points
    The winds of change have definitely swept the country. Once the preserve of the sports bike, now anything goes. It's really refreshing.
  20. 5 points
    Don't need a dedicated forum - you have us! Still haven't ridden (or seen!) an ADV yet. I'm avoiding doing so to avoid temptation..
  21. 5 points
    Oddly enough, Sean, this very topic has been discussed (at some length) on the Modern Vespa Forum. Being an old farte (and raised on crap British designs that would fly apart as soon as look at you) I'm of the 2/3 of maximum revs school of thought (i.e. If it revs to 6 cruise it at 4). Turns out this idea is hopelessly outdated (like my wardrobe ) and modern small scoots are designed to run at WOT (wide open throttle). Just keep doing what feels right. Of course, the real answer is an SH300i and cruise it at 60!
  22. 5 points
    No need, they have vans to collect donations. You get a free photo though.
  23. 5 points
    Thought so. I have a friend with three red BMWs. His wife thinks he has one.
  24. 5 points
    It's too late for you now Paul, but for other readers my advice is.... If you mention to the wife/husband/partner, that you're thinking of buying a new bike, and he or she replies "Do what you like"....Whatever you do, don't do as you like!
  25. 5 points
    My bike did it when I first got it. Every right turn at a roundabout or junction filled me with fear. Wheel alignment was out.
  26. 5 points
    Sorry, have no idea, but.......Is MIL a code for mother-in-law? I'd have loved that warning light fitted in my cars....
  27. 5 points
    I'm afraid I couldn't live with the square shaped 'Adventure' top box supplied with the X-ADV... wrong shape, too small, pretentious image etc... apart from that I liked it I fitted a Givi rack last night and I've now got my 52 litre Givi Maxi parked on it so I no longer have to carry my bag strapped to my back. I had a feeling the box supplied would end up in the loft... sure enough...
  28. 5 points
    Yes, the X is expensive. However I suppose there are a lot of extras that will go part way to account for the price. They are centrestand as oem equipment, radial brakes, tubeless spoked wheels, usd forks with adjustment, the screen system, and keyless operation. I suppose an uncertain market for such a machine will also have contributed to the higher price. Either way I am glad I purchased. I now have a little over 2500 kms on mine and am very happy especially with its performance on twisty roads where it is huge fun. It continues to produce 70+ mpg and the rear tyre is wearing better than I expected. My only issue is a bit of a rattle from the screen mechanism over rough ground. The high speed compression damping of the suspension is a bit on the harsh side but I suspect that with mileage this will ease a bit. As yet I am not motivated to change anything on the bike. I am looking forward to loading it up for my first long trip. A Carrier, top box and crashbars have been added.
  29. 5 points
    That was the side valve 100E models, 105 and 107 all had the NEW overhead vale motor.. I have white metaled a few bearings in my day, i used to help my dad do it...what job that was. He used Fix American cars for the American Airmen on the base in the Wirral. straight 8 motors with a miss fire: he used to put his bare arm across the top of the plugs and say, number 6 is not sparking
  30. 5 points
    The Daytona is ace, especially now it's working perfectly. Sadly I am not and after 60 miles It's very uncomfortable for me.😳 (Old bones, very mild disability) My old Kawasaki and I coped admirably with the 350 mile round trip on the Sunday meet in the Cotswolds. If only I could get it to run perfectly (it so close but not quite), I'd pop the fairing back on a use it a bit more. Truth is I've probably got a few good years left in me and want to get a bit of big touring done and the rally will fit the bill for that perfectly. I've tried the obvious bikes, but unless you take a vanload of support along for when you drop it, a small light bike makes more sense. As I don't ride over 80😎 now, a 250 will be plenty. The Daytona's not even moving at 80. Not a manly boast, just true. The young me would have revelled in that,😜 the current me knows I'm wasting it's talent.πŸ€” I used to hustle round on a Ducati 998S with a very modified motor and suspension set for me. For a while I could do it justice in the right environment (not on road). No other bike I've ridden comes close to that one, and I've tried a Panigale among others.🀐 So for this chapter, the Rally looks like a good fit. The C90 will be with me until the end. Coming to a campsite near you shortly.....😜
  31. 5 points
    Personally I think they are more trouble than they are worth. I have not ever known anyone with an alarm fitted to their bike that hasn't been trouble and landed them unable to start the bike in the most awkward places. There is bound to be some that claim never to have had any issues I bet.... The other thing is an alarm is generally ignored by most people who hear or see one going off. Unless it's you who hear it and are prepared to approach anyone touching the bike, no one else will. There is already a perfectly good immobiliser to stop joy riders and an alarm will not stop the hard case to order thieves. Also if you fit it and tell your insurance in the hope of a discount, unless it's an Thatcham approved professionally fitted one it won't be considered plus if they know you have any alarm, if you don't use it and it is stolen they will try to wriggle out of a claim. An alarmed disc lock of decent quality would be as efficient without the hard wiring but always remember to remove it...many have forgotten!!
  32. 5 points
    End of season? Started out by underestimating demand. Earthquake slowed supply to nil. Then went for it in production and ended up with an over supply. Who knows? Personally I don't care. I am happy with mine and it's pointless looking back and thinking I might have got a better deal. I think the pleasure the bike gives me and that unexplainable 'thing' that brings us all to love a great machine is worth every penny spent. After all, as we all only know all to well, life is just to short.
  33. 5 points
    Stephen Fry I think said it best β€œIt's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so f*****g what."
  34. 5 points
    Oh, come on! Are we really so delicate we can't even take the slightest risk of offending each other? There is nothing in this thread that a reasonable person would take offence against!! And if they do, they can stop reading it! I detest this "tyranny of the offended" - those who choose to take offence at the slightest thing and assume they have the power to stop someone else - anyone else - from speaking. It's outrageous, and utterly contrary to our hard-won-over-centuries British rights and values.
  35. 5 points
    It's a NC, if you remove the entire exhaust I think you will still meet the legal requirements for noise
  36. 5 points
    Today SWMBO and I on Hells Hairdryer (Suzuki Address 110 scooter) made our way past 3 miles of canners queuing on the A27 to get to Witterings, which also pretty much shut down the A27 both ways this morning. Nice amble down the middle. Parked on the harbour in Emsworth as don't need a car park. Lovely tea and an amble, then back we went stopping off for groceries which fitted nicely under the seat and in back box. Avoided the queue back on the A27 by dismounting and pushing the bike through the underpass 'bicycles only and pedants'...or is it pedestrians? to bypass that lot . Enjoyed the ride so much we set off North and went via Funtington and on through to Tangmere then back roads to miss all the traffic. I really love my little scooter. Fuel must have cost best part of a quid.... Most of the time 9HP really is enough
  37. 5 points
    Got my present from Sue fitted today
  38. 5 points
    Yes she got a medal for having excellent taste as shown in her choice of presents and husbandsπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  39. 4 points
    I ran a Silverwing (FJS600) for almost 10 years commuting mainly. It was a particularly good scoot and I must admit I missed its convenience when I eventually parted with it. I am glad to have one back again albeit the X is very different. I love being able to go through showers again without having to stop to put on waterproofs if the speed can be kept up. I also like the largely dry boots after a long day in the wet.
  40. 4 points
    Go one, come over to the dark side with a lightweight bike. 😜 They are at least as much fun and 95% of the time they are fast enough. πŸ˜‡ Slow down, let the rest of the world rush by and discover travelling rather than just moving from one place to another.πŸ›£ The bigger they are the harder they are to pick up. πŸ€” And the CRF will go pretty much anywhere.πŸ” Brian
  41. 4 points
    Oh yeah - sorry forgot to say - completely trouble free 50k (4 yrs) - just service items - rear disc at 42k, Taper roller headset conversion at 45k, front wheel bearing at 45k. I may still keep it when I finish up work in Feb (will be 55 so kinda semi retiring). Cheers, Mike.
  42. 4 points
    Fortunately my wife never goes into the garage and can't tell one bike apart from the other, I'm currently getting away with 3 πŸ€—
  43. 4 points
    Aiming to have 3 quid by the end of the year, not sure what year thoughπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  44. 4 points
    But probably no worse than an NC? (There, I said it!)🀐 Seat mods are simple. I've ridden a CRF for over 5 hours, it was fine. No bike is truly comfortable, most of us have cars for that😜.(Excepting Rocker of course, respect)
  45. 4 points
    I had a Sachs B805 have to say I wasn't really impressed. I had to sort out the digital dash myself to read MPH which was a bit of a faff because you actually had to recalibrate the speedo and not just press a button to change. The bike was pretty gutless really. They should have fitted the SV650 engine and not the gutless Suzuki 800 custom engine. I've also had Sachs 650 (DR650 engine) - a much better machine with a peppy engine.
  46. 4 points
    My Bonneville was a 790. Wish I'd kept it. Its a halfway house between Enfields and bikes with excessive/exciting performance. I get the "bland" description. It'll cruise at 90 all day, it'll do sheep tracks, it'll combine the two in whatever ratio you want. You may never feel the sense of achievment you get from taking a C90 round Scotland or a Goldwing over the passes in winter, but you will never want to set it on fire rather than deal with its lack of anything. The downsides are they rot like a three week old prawn kebab left in your coat pocket , the range and every acessory is aimed at Steve McQueen dress-up and the owners club types can be panicky man-children who'll discuss chrome polish all day but beat you with their walking sticks if you suggest it'll stand a few miles over the service limit (it will) or that you are going to Turkey on it (OMG, that's further than Bognor, how will you clean it if you stay out past cocoa time, there might be scooter riders or no tea in the hotel.. !). Question is, what do you want it for? I've actually decided I have little interest in motorcycles. I'm a sort of backpacker who's too impatient for trains and busses and doesn't like to be shut inside a car. I'd be bored of a Ducati or SGRM type Kawasaki after an hour. I obey the speed limits. If this fits but you want to be able break the speed limits now and again, these Triumphs may well work. If you want adrenalin you want a Yamaha MT type thing IMHO. Andy
  47. 4 points
    I've not found one yet Griff but This NC forum has loads of good advice about the NCs from the good folk here, as well as some great banter. Getting my X-ADV tomorrow... 1st September on the new '67 reg. Picking up from Dobles in Coulsdon. WOOHOO!
  48. 4 points
    A few years ago I went through the same process (although without the space constraints for a 2nd bike). I came to the conclusion that a 2nd hand off road bike is the best solution. Reasons - cheap (my TTR250 was Β£1000), you can pick one up that already has all the mods you might need to go off road (sump guard, hand guards, decent tyres, bar risers etc), don't care if it gets banged up a bit + unlikely to lose money if you find that off road riding is not for you. I use mine a few times a year and it's hassle free on that basis. TTR250 is great btw - air cooled, elec and kick start, great suspension, 6 gears so not too bad on road.
  49. 4 points
    You could get a clothes peg and a playing card and clip it near the spokes so it makes a clicking noise, although my dad reconed it loosened my bike spokes
  50. 4 points
    Coming up to 57 years of marriage. Worried that my anniversary present will be a funeral plan...... she has had a lot to put up with.....
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