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  1. 19 points
    As promised a few minutes of video and photos of my new Classic Andy
  2. 16 points
    As the trend seems to be to add bikes, I thought I'd mention that today my Kawasaki GT750 has moved on two pastures new in Derbyshire. I hope the new owner is happy with it and enjoys it as much as I did these last four years. I'm quite pleased it's gone to a new home as I was using it less and less lately, even though it was running better than it has for a while. So now I can genuinely refer to my CRF250 Rally as my "big" touring bike😁 I have an aim to run that for a few years yet, and maybe get it up over 100,000 miles, it's already got over 15,000 on the clock, and I reckon we've both got a few years left yet........🤣 Small bikes rule.
  3. 14 points
    After years of brand new bikes and scooters I got my recently acquired 23 year old CBR1000F out on the road today for the first time. It feels proper old school compared to what I've been riding, and that's a good thing. I'd almost forgotten what it's like to be involved in the riding process as it requires more input than everything I've had recently. Takes me back in time to a point when I really enjoyed riding for the sake of riding, before my bikes became utilitarian devices... necessary and useful, but not especially exciting or involving. I reckon this old CBR will give my biking a new lease of life.
  4. 14 points
    Bonkers, eh, Ken? When we were young we had to have old bikes because we couldn’t afford new ones. Now we’re old and have to have new bikes because we can’t afford old ones! I’m still trying to figure it out?!
  5. 14 points
    MCN ( aka Muck Crap & Nonsense)? Is that still going then? Stopped buying that when we became able to afford proper toilet paper. Who gives a flying f*** what they say?!
  6. 13 points
    Practicality isn't everything and couldn't disguise the ride quality of the small wheels on the Silverwing, so it's goodbye after just over 2 months! I've just agreed a deal over the phone with a CB500F. It will be the smallest bike I've had for absolutely ages but should suit my needs now [easy to manage with my injuries and quick enough to have some fun on back roads]. I'll collect it in the next few days when it's been through the workshop... Givi screen - R&G protection - Datatool S4 alarm -2016 reg. Hopefully it'll just need decent tyres...
  7. 13 points
    Well today was a great moment in my biking history. For the first time in my life I went off road deliberately! Near me there is a road that is marked on the Local Authority maps as an unmaintained public road. The OS maps show it as a track so I reckoned it should be doable by an off road virgin. The first hundred yards or so were tarmac then it turned to a firm gravel track, nothing too scary. Then it deteriorated into a tractor track with ruts and occasional soft sand. This was interesting, the bike squirmed around a lot in the sand - front and rear end going in vaguely different directions, but it felt completely safe and here was only one point where I felt the need to slow down and paddle my feet. The Versys is not an off road bike - the manual states this very clearly - but it is easily capable of doing fairly rough trails and I would imagine that there are not many places it could not go if you wanted to. Mind you, I will be fitting a bash plate if I do much of this as the downpipes are very vulnerable. Feel a bit of a hero at the moment - I know you hardened off road types might smile in a superior manner but this was a big deal for me!
  8. 12 points
    I still own couple old motorbikes back in Poland. They are SHL175 (47 years old) and 3 mopeds: Romet Ogar 200 35 years old, Komar - 45 years old and Simson S51 from 1988. Did not have time to look after them properly for the last 10 years, but at least they are all in safe place protected from weather conditions. i wish to ride all of them again.
  9. 11 points
    Well here’s what happened. I had a nice little ride over to BMG at Sheen to get a firm trade in against the MP3. I made a deliberate effort to put my left foot down. The position on the Tricity made this fairly easy as it is knees forward. Turns out they have taken on a Suzuki franchise to replace MV Augusta in the showroom. Now despite having seen Burgman’s parked up I have never sat on one. Lo and behold it has what best can be described as a very skinny waist. The footrests are carved away and it made for a very comfortable position for my left leg at a standstill. Seat position has plenty of adjustments for height a length and all in all I think it’s the compromise I have been looking for. The XMax and Forza both had wide running boards that made it uncomfortable for me. I got a good price on the Tricity and first service thrown in. Will pick up my ‘69’ er on Monday week. Can’t wait to be able to join in again.
  10. 11 points
    And so it came to pass the the "Voice of reason" went forth into the wilderness and while wandering here and there he came upon the chosen one. And having seen it he saw that it could be good, his eyes were opened and he laid down the green and folding and said "come unto me for I shall build you anew". And it came to pass that in that moment he drove away the false idols of "common dog" and "sound judgement". And on his return from the wilderness, full of wonder, he prepared the "Church of the wonky output shaft" to receive the chosen one and lo he said unto the multitude "wait around and get a brew on" (Yorkshire tea of course) "all shall be revealed as the chosen one returns unto us to be reborn and the new golden age of the second starting will be upon us". And the multitude waited, barely able to draw breath as the tales of this great wonder spread throughout the land and all eyes turned toward the holy realm of Yorkshire. And they waited............
  11. 10 points
    Which only proves what idiots MCN reviewers can be. Why take the opinion of someone who rides other people's bikes, gets free petrol and insurance and just walks away from what they break? Andy
  12. 10 points
    So here's an update for all those who contributed/helped my thought processes or are just interested in 'other motors. I realised earlier this week that I was still spending a quite a lot of time looking 'on line' at cars without actually getting much closer to making a decision, so I bit the bullet today and actually went to look at some cars. Due to the 'Old Man' options I wanted, heated seats and electrically heated (Quick Clear) windscreen that narrowed the field somewhat, I had looked around and found that a long established and still family owned and so independent dealer had the two models I wanted to look at, so I went and test drove a Ford Fiesta 1.0 T ST-Line 140 which was a nice car, very comfortable, well composed and reasonably quick on the test route. I then tried the ST3 1.5 T 200, it was markedly different, feeling much tighter and more responsive to steering input and brakes, plus the throttle only needed a light touch to get the car to respond very quickly and that was in 'Normal' mode, it also sounds great, with that lovely three cylinder roar! I thought about it briefly and figured out that if I got the ST Line 140, as good as it was, at the back of my mind I would always wonder why I didn't get the ST3, so needless to say, the ST3 won the day. It's a four month old demonstrator with 965 miles on it and has the comfort pack, so heated front seats and steering wheel in addition to the front (Quick Clear) windscreen and washer jets. There are a few things to sort a few things out, but by the end next week I should have it . I'm just wondering if it means I'll have to wear a baseball cap back to front ?
  13. 9 points
  14. 9 points
    Well I finally got around to having a test-ride on the new Goldwing, a DCT model, on Wednesday. I've had 'Wings for over 30 years but wanted to wait until the hype died down before I rode the new one, especially as I wasn't blown away with it when I saw it at the NEC on its release. The new one is a fair bit lighter than my current 2013 Wing and it is noticeable as is the much narrower fairing but the thing that impressed me right from the start was the new wishbone based front suspension which is so, so smooth over bumps. Much better than the old 1800 forks although not massively better than my own Wing as I have uprated both front and rear suspension on mine. Overall the bike rode and handled really well, cornering like it was on rails. The new engine does not feel much different to mine, it does have a few more horses and a bit more torque but I didn't feel it was a big step up from mine, at least in 'Tour' mode (the default on startup). The DCT was really good and suits the bike, Goldwings have never had really nice gearchanges but this was excellent. I didn't try the Rain mode, I did try Eco mode briefly and found it a bit frustrating. Tour mode however worked well, it would change gear pretty much when I would have on a manual bike and you could of course use the "+" and "-" switches to override it if required. Sport mode?? Wow, I was not really prepared for this. The way it would instantly drop several gears and accelerate was unbelievable. Having said that I also found it really annoying in the way that it would hang on to low gears/high revs for far too long after you had rolled the throttle off. I preferred to stick to Tour mode and if I needed maximum acceleration, for a fast overtake for example, then I could just flick the "-" switch a couple of times to drop a couple of gears then when I rolled off the throttle the DCT would would go back up the gears a lot faster than it would in Sport mode. I was not impressed with the seat, nowhere near as comfortable as the one on my 2013 Wing. I was starting to get a numb backside after a couple of hours whereas on my bike I never, ever get that even on really long days on the bike. The fairing is quite a bit narrower than the old model and while the increased airflow I could feel was welcome in the 30 degree heat it definitely wouldn't be good in cold or wet weather although the electric screen was nice. The instruments were very well laid out and clear but the on-board sat-nav is not as good as the previous model and the audio system on my bike is way better than the new one. The switch gear is a bit of a mixed bag, it feels high quality but some buttons are just too small and close together for easy operation with gloves on. For me and the way I use my Wing the luggage capacity on the new bike is just not big enough, this is in my opinion probably Hondas biggest mistake with the new Wing (along with the uncomfortable seat). So will I buy one? No, certainly not at present, maybe in a few years if my requirements change but for now my own 2013 Wing does everything I want it too. The new Wing is without doubt a great bike but a bit compromised in certain areas for me.
  15. 9 points
    As I said to a member of the medical team after my accident when she asked why I would want to ride again “Because it’s what I do”
  16. 9 points
    Oh Garry! You truly are a hopeless case - just like the rest of us FWIW, I honestly don’t think ‘retirement’ from motorcycles is a conscious (or even rational) decision in the way that, say, giving up smoking is. One day you will realise that there’s a bike in your garage, it’s a gorgeous day and yet you can’t be arsed to ride. Let that scenario repeat itself for a few months and then there’s hope you might be successful. To force yourself to give up for ‘safety’ reasons is bollox. You will only give up smoking by wanting to. All the time you enjoy it all the nagging in the world won’t put you off. The same is true with bikes.
  17. 9 points
    No, many of us used to ride one so it stands for Not Current bike!
  18. 8 points
    I met a bloke at a party a couple of months ago and we got talking about bikes. He has a pair of 900s in original condition. A Z1-A and Z1-B, both looked immaculate in the photo's he showed me. He's a salesman for a dealership and has apparently been squirrelling bikes like this away for decades, judging by the bikes I could see in the background he has quite a collection. He said they were his retirement fund and when he started collecting people laughed and thought him daft for not putting his money into a 'proper' pension scheme. I bet those same people aren't laughing now! I also wish I'd had some of his foresight.
  19. 8 points
    Yes, about 40 years ago.
  20. 8 points
    If it's too tall and too heavy you are going to drop it. Your bargain will soon get burned up in parts, loss of value and lost riding time. Think of how that extra bulk will behave when you get caught in a hail storm in rush hour in a town with cobbles and tram lines, or even just when there is a nice looking road that has a boggy or gravelly bit. Andy
  21. 8 points
    Those Vauxhall Zafiras have a heated everything till the Fire brigade arrive...
  22. 8 points
    Yes. Question is, what are you going to do about it? IMHO Missing the good days but not missing the endless search for a big, lightweight, fast,cost effective, can't-get-you-in-trouble-on-the-road bike and deciding to stick with the memories: fine Getting back the good days by buying a bike with a plan and going out and riding it while accepting there will be bad days: also fine Getting a bike based on an unachievable fantasy involving almost empty roads where you can shoot anyone wearing lycra, no car park is unsuitably surfaced for balancing a three-up BMW RT while wearing flip-flops and Ducati's have 200 mile seats is going to turn out less well. Andy
  23. 8 points
    Until three years ago I was riding a CBF1000 but like you it got too heavy. So easy to ride, but when stationery on steep cambers, or when pushing it I eventually accepted that it was too heavy. I also had to give up riding the Blood Bikes for the same reason. However I've now got an BMW F800GT which I'm managing so far (I'm 81). So long as I am safe on the road (I get my IAM mates on ride outs to check me out) or I scare myself I hope to continue for a few more years yet, even if I continue to downsize more. If I get down to a former Honda C90 I'll still enjoy my riding! So I hope you've got another 20 years riding - at least! (I do go to a gym when I have the time as I'm recovering from Prostate Cancer so am not in 'peak condition' for obvious reasons!) I do hope you don't lose you 'mojo' at such a young age.
  24. 7 points
    I stopped buying it when they had an article of how to pull wheelies. It should have been obvious to even them that many would attempt this on public roads. Pulling a wheelie on a public road is bad enough but learning to do it had to far worse. Oh and how to get your knee down on roundabouts. Yes OK I know I used to be a Copper and if that makes me a killjoy so be it but one of my jobs was knocking on people's doors and telling them their loved ones wouldn't be coming home.
  25. 7 points
    Do your peppermint plants look anything like this by any chance?
  26. 7 points
    Personally I don't see how you being able to go faster will be any help with the situation you state about the last in a group 'having' to get past you no matter what. If they are that way inclined then unless you are a susperstr on a very fast bike 'some' will always still 'have' to get past you and then you are in the same situation but at a much higher speed and cosnequently higher risk to yourself when the inevitable happens. If you want to get a bigger/faster bike once you have passed your test then do it but don't do it on the idea that it will make your riding safer. If you want to get an Africa Twin because you have been lusting after one for years then if it is within your means do it. I expect most of us on here are of an age where we have made choices based on a whim and realised later to our cost that the choice was wrong. Cars, bikes, wives I have made them all. Have I learned from them? No of course not but it doesn't prevent me from offering free advice.
  27. 7 points
    … and remember that time isn't.
  28. 7 points
    You're only here once too. I'm lucky enough to be having a second chance after being resuscitated in an ambulance back in 2010, so go with the flow. You never know what's around the corner.
  29. 7 points
    I rode a R100RT at work and an R80 to work. Rode them for years and thought they were great but when they replaced the R100RT with a K100RT I never missed the R. My R80 was replaced by a Goldwing so that wasn't missed either. I've managed to exorcise the nostalgia demons, it was expensive but I did it and I'm happy with modern bikes and enjoy old bikes with the warm fuzzy memories they invoke.
  30. 7 points
    Will be staying as is except for anything to make it rideable/sustainable . Andy
  31. 7 points
    My old mum waited her entire life for me to ‘grow out of’ motorcycles. I said “Look, mum, I think we need to face facts here, I have made enough ‘one ear’ landings to have learned better if I was going to..”.
  32. 7 points
    Agreed, still riding bikes and smoking at 72. Andy.
  33. 7 points
    While I can easily accept that you prefer your adventure tourer to a luxury one (I would too) I don’t think your comparison is valid. Not really. It’s not the quantity of power that’s important but the way it’s delivered and six smaller pistons do a good job there - which is exactly why BMW make the K1600GT, obviously. The Honda DCT and electric screen are fabulous touring companions too! A ‘Wing is a ‘lifetime’ bike and easily justifies it’s purchase price when viewed that way. My friend, Brian, from Phoenix, AZ has 180k miles on his current one and tells me he won’t consider updating it until at least twice that. Whereas everyone (your good self included) is terrified of owning a GS once the warranty has expired! I bet you’ll spend more than the cost difference by keep changing your BMW boxer twin than if you bought and kept the boxer six.
  34. 6 points
    Can’t call it Baby if you use that reference, Dirty Dancing BTW, as you'll be putting her into corners all the time. 😋
  35. 6 points
    I would be down for that in a heartbeat. I strongly lament the death of faired bikes in favour of silly mock off-road things I’m too short to ride.
  36. 6 points
    Looks like lardy tourers are making a comeback then. I'll get me flares out the back of the wardrobe Not really for me I'm afraid (but we guessed that didn't we), I prefer something lighter and more nimble. I never did get on with huge fairings, I always preferred to feel the breeze. I'd rather have a CB500X, or maybe a KTM690? (Or another Ducati GT1000🤔) It's good we're all different.
  37. 6 points
    Whilst waiting on a release date for the Yamaha 3ct or the PSA Phev live, I noticed that Piaggio have fairly recently launched the new MP3 350. It has the power unit from the Beverly. I assume from the high esteem several members hold the Beverly in that it is a reliable piece of kit. Is the Piaggio running gear and finish up to kilter if looked after with a bit of ACF50 etc? Had a run out on the Tricity on Monday and although great fun it does not have enough umph for a man of my size and weight, albeit at 84.6 kg I am the lightest I have been for over 20 years😳😳 I am missing out on the meet ups.
  38. 6 points
    Yes it's orange and I don't like the colour either. But it also comes in black and silver. I had it for about an hour to tour the twisty lanes of north Essex. I've not giggled into my helmet as much since the time I rode a Triumph Street Triple R. In fact this reminds me so much of the Triumph. The mirrors are rubbish but it will take soft luggage and even a screen. Now to sell the Africa twin.
  39. 6 points
    I got a phone call a few days ago reminding me that the Monkey was due for it’s first annual service. I foun it hard to believe that I have had it almost a year . I had the service done today at a cost of £44-68 including oil. I don’t consider this to be too bad once a year especially considering the amount of fun it has given me .
  40. 6 points
    And sorted. Yes, 7.5W Fuse popped. Why I did not see it before? Well, it is replaced and lights etc are now working again. I'll have that quiet ride into work in heaving rush hour traffic instead of my usual leisurely ride at 6.15am.... Thanks again for making me check the obvious again. It does pay off! A happy ending!
  41. 6 points
    I bought a CG125 from a bloke in Diss. It had been his brother's and brother had done a runner but I got a V5 with it so who cares. It was a non runner and seller had no idea what to do so got it cheap - new coil and presto away it went. Really was totally reliable and easy to maintain - even I could do it. Then my son wrote it off by way of bouncing it through a hedge at 60mph. I frequently remind him of the fact. Hopefully the guilt will help with my care home fees.
  42. 6 points
    Take your pick, sir. All the fun and expense of a real motorbike, without any of the pain and danger*. *Although, you'd probably fall off and skin your knee!
  43. 6 points
    I used to smoke, i still fancy one now and again,,,,but don't. One day i just thought i do not enjoy this any more, so stopped....chucked the pack in the bin and that was that. As said i had been nagged at for years, ( i did only smoke 3 or 4 a day ) 2003 the big C in my left leg, long story and all that..they cut and emptied the contents of my femur and filled it with some gloop.. Told me to stop riding the bike as if i break it, it will never mend and have to come off at the hip... as above that was 2003 still riding You is a biker Sir get used to it
  44. 6 points
    I can't add anymore wisdom than that in the posts above. My only recommendation is not to waste a huge amount of money getting another. Bikes are bikes; some are better than others but they all achieve the same amount of freedom and fun in the end. Spend a little money on something used but dependable; that way you're not kicking yourself you aren't getting your money's worth nor are you so obsessed with looking after it. And if it isn't for you, no matter; you'll have barely lost anything on it.
  45. 6 points
    Which 25 🤠🤠
  46. 6 points
    Which one?
  47. 6 points
    The main issue with making something 'fool proof' is that in ingenuity of the average fool is vastly underestimated!
  48. 6 points
    @larryblag, the first, the silver mini GS, is sold in Britain as the Sinnis Terrain, Chinese built and not at all bad for what it is. The montessa is a proper Spanish classic, and very nice. Cirian was spot on with his research, these young whippersnappers and their Internet skills.😁
  49. 6 points
    Fairly ambitious prices; the 500 and 650 Eurosports essentially have identical styling ; the 650 is a better engine for sure but the 500 is perfectly adequate for me. The 500 for sale on that link is not a standard colour, it’s a fairly tidy respray; the seat doesn’t quite look right either. All that aside, the most important part of these bikes is the engine with many having reported 100k+ miles with only routine maintenance. Anyway, as you can tell, I am a CX geek so don’t get me started .... 😁
  50. 6 points
    These were the ones that were listed by Vellocette. As Tex said the fairings were actually made by Avon so were really good quality. Back in the 70s the mother of my then GF knitted me a few jumpers with the name of my bikes on however she said she would absolutely refuse if I ever bought the second one of these. Vellocette 500 Venom Clubman Veeline Vellocette 500 Venom Thruxton Veeline
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