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  1. 26 points
    And it's arrived. It is even better that I hoped it would be. Lovely. I may not stop smiling for a very long time 😁😎 I'm as chuffed as a very chuffed thing.
  2. 22 points
    Went for my first proper run today on the Yamaha Fazer. What a shame I didn't have one of these when it was new. What an absolutely cracking day, and the first long day out I've done since last year. Went along some of my favourite routes around mid Devon for just under 200 miles. The bike was comfortable all day and well up for 300 mile days if I get the chance. It steers lovely and stops phenomenally well, by any standards, with excellent feel, noting it's not got ABS. The suspension is a good compromise between handling and comfort. While it's a bit firmer than I'm used to lately after the CRF, it just goes about its business very well without getting out of shape. Nice and stable on the straights and through the bends. It reminded me how much I've got used to cornering on knobblies rather than on modern sport touring rubber (Avon Storm ST). It took me a while to get used to carrying a bit more speed to the apex again. I need some more practice😁. And the fuel consumption, 'cause we like fuel consumption, 57mpg. Not bad and good enough for 220 to 230 miles to the flashing light. The best bit for me though is the old school gearing (low). You can just leave it in 6th gear from 25 mph all the way to 'surely not officer' 😂 and it's just so smooth and pulls so well from 2000 rpm up. It doesn't run lean compared to modern bikes, remembering that Yamaha discontinued this model because it couldn't meet euro 2 standards, so it's not harsh at all. Anyway, here's some pics, just to prove it happened. Oh and the roads? Mostly empty and quiet even in the height of tourist mania down here. Their sat navs send them on the new major roads, leaving the old major roads, now B and yellow roads largely untouched. Nice
  3. 19 points
    Had a cracking little ride out today, mainly to capture my image of the week photo, but I took a few others on the way round. It really is a cracking bike for exploring the out of the way places, and makes most people smile when they see it, even when you encounter walkers on a byway. It’s just so unthreatening. anyway, here we are; Just above Torcross. Lunch stop with a view😁 then on to the Devon motorway😂 who needs a Cross Turnip 😎
  4. 18 points
    This afternoon I went to the Asian supermarket to stock up on parathas, mango chutney, cans of veggie curry etc. I was on my Honda CBF250. On the way back I passed the house where I’d bought the bike 11 years and 67,000 miles ago. The couple were outside cleaning their van so I stopped for a chat. “This bike is rubbish and I want my money back” I opened. It had been the wife’s bike and she was delighted to see it again – she couldn’t stop giggling. She said that selling the bike had be a mistake she’s long regretted. I told her that it has been a great wee machine for running about locally, to the shops etc and was still going fine after all the years & miles.
  5. 17 points
    Collected the camper today. The RS now has some serious competition for holiday transport!
  6. 17 points
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/z8CSqvwuHTaXfir4A I blame Andy, and Rocker, and finally, Itchy Boots........
  7. 17 points
    Tell me about it, took them that long to service Freddie I thought I may not even get time to do the test ride! I didn’t get as far as M3 as they were soon to close the shop, but I queued in traffic, some very good balancing of the clutch, not even a single stall considering it’s 18 months since I last rode a manual and I may have given it some beans down the A322 (Ok I was naughty) enough to know it felt the same wind wise as my NCS did, which is fine. I was worried a few minutes in as my hip was nagging, I thought this will be a very short test ride, but the pain faded away. Seat position for my knee and hip is the same as riding Freddie, the back and shoulders are more forward over the tank. It felt a lot more comfortable and lighter then the 310r I sat on in the showroom. I felt well balanced and comfortable, and even taking it off the side stand was no bother, which has been a problem for me. At one point stationery in traffic I put it into neutral and stood up. My only niggle is the cable thing on the right engine casing, digs into my calf but I am sure as I relax and get used to it, it will be fine. I was always picking up some bruise or another on Harriet. Ok will admit I am smitten 😍. I grinned like an absolute loon while riding, the exhaust note is great, if they don’t see me, they will certainly hear me! Got off at the dealer and did a few leg stretches, and walked around it. No cartwheels, just said, yeah, it’s alright, a nice bike, liked it more then I thought I would. Haven’t told the dealer yet, I have come home to speak to management, or at least that’s what I told them, but I am afraid it is adios to Freddie, and Rosie the Rebel will soon be here. Funny how Freddie was a reluctant purchase, even picking the plate My F...img Forza at the time, but he has been a wonderful ride and very well behaved, I feel guilt for moving him on, but excited for the next chapter. I have decided not to wait for the 2020 version because to be honest I hate the four spotlights they have as a headlight, I think they will be like the NCS headlight. I much prefer the round full headlight. And having no gear indicator meant nothing to me, as long as I know I am in neutral that’s fine with me!
  8. 15 points
    And so it was in NC land that the thread on BMW came to page 13. The suited lizards looked upon their work and saw it was good. But there was more effort required. Their great nemesis, the self styled "Voice of Un-reason" had so recently been lured Right into their trap. For years they had plotted since he escaped the desert after their so elegant oil sealing on the F650 had let the water and oil play together just when the chance of rescue seemed hopeless, yet he had returned. "The 310 was the anti-BMW" the great suited lizard had said, "sell it and he will come" and he did. Nigel the suited lizard had taken salesman form and was so close to "the Voice of Unreason's" signature on the PCP of doom yet once again he had failed. The "Voice" had played the warranty trap and Nigel had panicked, sweated and failed to conceal his shiny purple lizard credentials. Nigel would be pushing i3s to the Jeremy Clarksons of this world for many, many years. They needed time, and they would buy that by tales of great performance, economy, comfort, belts and whistles from the one they called "larryblag". And Fred would assist from time to time with interjections of outstanding performance from the great RS (all praise the RS). Mr Toad would slip the occasional tales of reliability and comfort on the GS (all praise the great GS). It might take many more years but the Voice of Unreason would be returned to them. And they would be ready, this time, they would be ready, @AndyM
  9. 15 points
  10. 14 points
    So a late morning start but a run down to Whiteways (can someone tell them to stop moving the tree trunks about!). Overshot the bikers entrance, but paddled backwards and turned in to see @Spindizzy. Of course there are photos of Spindizzy trying it out for size. Two other ladies were on Rebels to, one came over for a natter. https://www.flickr.com/photos/153918776@N06/shares/dJEx7K Left there about one-ish and came home for a sandwich, picked up our screw fix order and headed to the in-laws, where Mr Poppet found me and then followed me home to make sure I wasn’t being a loon. Great day, now 120 miles on her. I am having pain in my right hip, but it was there before I rode the Rebel last weekend, hoping it goes. Wearing a bag is a pain on my back, but I have been heavy lifting furniture this week and crawling around on the floor sorting wires out at work so again putting it down to that. I will invest in a Leather “tool” bag for the front forks to carry my locks if anything else. Do find the back end feels like it’s sliding round round junctions, but I think Spindizzy is right, it’s just a feeling as Andy said he didn’t see it slip as I was cornering. I had to point out it rides differently to anything else I have ridden (I had just had it over 24 hours 😳🙄) so yes on a few of the tight corners I am of course taking it gently!
  11. 14 points
    And we have a winner👍 And its got just (only just) over 9000 miles on the clock.😁 In the photos I've seen it looks almost new. And there's a bit left in the budget for new tyres, chain and sprockets (still the original set!) and the thicker sprocket nut from Yamaha. I'll find out how good it is when it arrives. I haven't seen it in the plastic and metal yet. 😳
  12. 12 points
    I would absolve you for your sins, but I don't see any signs of repentance.
  13. 12 points
    Yep. Really weird, went to try it out and found it to be a totally different best from Baby. Very relaxed and calming, possibly not quite so quick at the top end but positively serene - only 6000 revs at 70mph compared to 8000 on Baby. Very comfortable but with feet more forward than Baby - not so good for standing up but the seat was much nicer anyway so who cares. Tyres? I will wear them out as fast as possible - they do not give a nice ride at 70, compared to Baby's. Might also take it to MCT at some point for some tweaking but generally feels very Honda. Dead easy to do feet up U turns - showed off in their car park in front of other people - there's confidence for you. And I met Hank with his new owner too. He is delighted with his first big bike and seems a nice bloke who will look after him. Has already done 1100 miles so is learning fast- buying a centre stand as he dropped it trying to lube the chain on his own.
  14. 12 points
    A quick review after 100 miles: The engine has definate improvements over the 2018, more go at lower revs. The clutch is very light. Feels like the cable has broken at the first roundabout but normal after that. The seat is a surprise, actually comfortable. The mirrors are usable! I will reserve judgement on the OE tyres, they feel awful but a hail storm and motorway spray where nothing was moving at over 40 mph is hardly a fair test. The screen needs something doing to it, really noisy above 60 mph. Interweb wisdom is spacers to move it forwards which I have ordered. Andy
  15. 11 points
    Know what you should maybe never do on a motorcycle? - cross a ford. It’s exciting though. You don’t really know what’s under the water and once you start you’re committed – there’s no way back. I came across this ford near Forth this afternoon. I was about to chicken out when a kid on a bicycle rode across so I guessed it was ok. To make things easier I was on the smallest bike in my fleet.
  16. 11 points
    I know, I know he does what I need him to and he is really comfy to sit on all day, but I really do miss a bike, that feeling as you throw your leg over the bike, the clunk as you engaged first gear. He did what we needed him to do - built my confidence and got me back on 2 wheels. My commute is changing, and in the winters I can afford to look outside and buy a train ticket, which will hopefully reduce the chain maintenance! Heart says StreetTriple S in Crystal White with the Diablo red accents, it's a serious itch I need to scratch one day. Twin brother says Street Triple RS and just get the Triumph thing out of my system now. Husband likes the Speed Tripe 1050cc but twin is saying I don't need the engine size (probably because yet again I would have bought a bigger bike then he owns!) Insurance however says £1,000 just for the 660cc street triple, so I didn't even attempt the 1050! Gulp. Guess I will need to wait until the crash comes off the insurance ticker in 4 years time. So I have just put in an enquiry into a CB300R at Doughballs (my nickname for Dobles) after a quick consultation with Larryblag. I don't think it will be too much to change, it's £50 difference in insurance, and some of that is the admin fee, my tailpack from my NC will fit it with a slight adaptation and I do like the dumpy short end on it!
  17. 11 points
    Saw this really clean GT550 at Kent M/Cs today. There seems to be a trend for bikes of this era to turn up there especially 2 strokes Note the limited edition Honds Five Four in the background. Good to see a bike like this actually being used rather than just put in a colection
  18. 11 points
    Thank you all for all the suggestions and advice. I took Tex’ suggestion and dropped a line to our good friend Trisaki, shot over to Arundel and he kindly fitted once deal struck. Does exactly what I wanted - a nice extra burble that sounds lovely on the run (And entirely covers up any annoying clutch noises) without being shouty. I think the majority black looks better too. A result all in!
  19. 10 points
    Rather nice GT750 seen on Sunday at Ashbourne
  20. 10 points
    Good for you, matey. I hope you find lasting happiness together. As it’s obviously a Norally tribute, may I suggest a forum name change? Something like “Itchy arse”? Enjoy!
  21. 10 points
    Oh Hiccky, what a sad and cynical world you inhabit. None of the above. You see it's been looked after by the kind of owners who don't sell on bikes with false mileages by disconnecting the speedo after despatching them till they were nearly dead. 🤔 If it was a new bike It could not run or ride any better. In a thirty mile run out this afternoon, it was buttery smooth and properly nippy. A nice set of new pads all round with bills, a half worn but still good Avon storms, nice new grease round the steering head. Bills for new air and oil filters this year. I'll give you the carb rubbers, and I'll get on and replace them. Suspension supple but firm and well damped, no clonks or rumbles. Apart from that it'll be normal maintenance when it's due. There are some decent people out there who look after their stuff properly. I'm just glad I've found a bike that's been looked after by some of them. 😁
  22. 10 points
    I’d recommend the Suzuki SV650. It’s light & nimble and has great handling & brakes. The engine is an absolute gem. Smooth with good midrange grunt and it loves to rev. There are plenty about and fairly cheap. At 40k miles mine has never missed a beat. For comfort I’d avoid the Sport (fairing & clip ons) but the naked isn’t great either. Luckily the previous owner fitted bar risers and had the seat re-upholstered so it’s now pretty good. My SV in touring mode.
  23. 9 points
    Now, if you follow the two bike rule you end up with a Himalayan one of these!
  24. 9 points
    There are a few in my local area. Most, including the one shown, have depth markers but some folk still think it's ok to risk it. Happens every year without fail.
  25. 9 points
    I had 8 or 10 boxers, 2 Moto-Guzzis and a CX500 all of which benefitted from the efficient, clean, convenient and reliable shaft drive. Never greased a spline (although the highest mileage on any of them was 36k). I would have another shaft driven bike in a heartbeat. The airheads suffered from shaft jacking (rather fun when you got used to it) and torque reaction from the longitudinal crank. Big deal. I would love a shaft driven Triumph, Yamaha, Honda or Moto-Guzzi and would bet the mortgage on them being totally fine. Forever. I would have a BMW shaftie too, but would want it covered by a warranty during my period of ownership. Every car (with no exceptions that spring readily to mind) on the road today has a drive shaft(s) of one form or another and they sometimes break down. Over the years I have seen broken CV joints, broken UJs in propshafts and whole driveshaft assemblies that popped right out of the diff (looking at you, Mr Volkswagen.. ) luckily no one (yet) has tried to persuade the car manufacturers to swap over to chain drive..
  26. 9 points
    Daytrip to Skeg
  27. 9 points
  28. 8 points
    I finally got round to replacing my old aramid lined Jeans this week. They took a real battering in Italy and without doubt saved me from serious injury. I bought a pair of Hood fully lined jeans. They are very well made, feel really sturdy. They are a brilliant fit and very comfortable despite feeling a little tight initially. Made by a family firm based in Norfolk the service from them was absolutely first class and they feel like they'll last for years. A much better fit than my previous Jeans from another manufacturer. Really good D3O armour too. Definitely a British company worth supporting.
  29. 8 points
    I'm in the middle of musings, mid life crisis and so on. Looking at a rather nice K1200R that has been well looked after, low mileage for the year. 2006, 29k on the clocks. All big bits sorted, new joints and thingies and batteries all replaced (alarm and bike). Know of the seller through a forum we have been members of for over a decade and he is a straight up bloke. So my musings are rather serious and my brother jumped me by saying he wants to buy my NC!! So it stays in the family so to speak. I'm missing the "rush" of power that I had with larger capacity bikes of previous ownership. The NC is the ultimate commuter, hands down the champion. But to light up the eyes and give you a grin of insanity, well, something a bit more is required... watch this space.....
  30. 8 points
    There is a thread with a video by the Canadian testing bloke that's worth a watch. A few drops of EP80 gear old or old engine oil, wipe with a cloth and forget it for 500 miles is my routine. No need for spray cans and blocks of blubber to boil on your stove. Adjustment is usually twice a year. Slack is better and over adjustment is bad. Anything between moving the first knuckle on your thumb and almost touching the swing arm is fine. Forget lasers and plumb bobs, just bling for fetishists who need to stop fiddling before it falls off. People saying otherwise will often be selling you laser guided blubber spray. Andy
  31. 8 points
    The Himalayan isn't the best bike in the world, but it almost feels like it is Genuinely, the best fun that I've had after owning 60 bikes. It's a cross between a beefed up Van Van and a scaled down V Strom. Where it lacks in power, it makes up for in comfort, handling and feelgood factor. I use mine daily in the hilly backroads where too much power will get you into grief around the next tight bend (horses, tractors, cyclists, walkers). It eats up any road surface and still allows you to make progress. Not sure that I'd want to spend too much time on the motorway though - it's not that kind of motorcycle. I've had some wonderful bikes but there's something about a 400cc single that ticks most of my boxes. However, that's just me so better get a test ride and see if it works for you.
  32. 8 points
    It is just at a "buy me now" price that I cannot ignore it.... it is rather handsome at certain angles, but I'm not sure it is "good looking". Much like me at certain angles, a rugged comelyness of "not too bad at 3am seen while wearing sunglasses" style...
  33. 8 points
    Sorry but I can't agree.Whilst I agree that it was heavy and certainly wasnt the best handling I found that used in the manner that its GT designation would suggest it was just fine. I did many thousands of miles on mine to rallies and weekends away at race meetings and found that it did the job well. Yes it was juicy but at a time when nobody cared and as I said in a recent post I would list as one of the most comfortable bikes that I have owned. They may both be 750cc two stroke tripples but the Suzuki and Kawasaki are entirely different animals designed to different jobs.
  34. 8 points
    I got this cool retro Suzuki t-shirt in Cupar Motorcycles in Fife yesterday. It commemorates Suzuki’s victory in the inaugural Suzuka 8 hour endurance race in 1978. Wes Cooley and Mike Baldwin rode a Yoshimura GS1000.
  35. 8 points
    I had a long hard look at a MG21 at Moto Corsa last year, even took Mrs Smith along to look and sit on it. It's one of those bikes that's sooooo ugly and is in suuuuuuuch bad taste and looks soooooooooooo bonkers that it's actually brilliant. Some of little details and the sheer 'in your face'nous' of it made us chuckle just sitting on it. In the end though I just wouldn't know when the heck I would ride such a thing; I'm not a 'ride to a bike meet and park up' sort of chap and I don't do 'all the gear' touring so it's a niche too far even for me. I'll have to settle for riding this instead: Rocker, you must be the only person I've met who doesn't love a Griso, there's no accounting for taste
  36. 8 points
    Oh lord you're all bloody at it. I'm developing FOMO.
  37. 8 points
    Panniers 👍😊😊😊
  38. 8 points
    You are right there. Sorry for the rant, his comments really stung me. He has a Ninja 300, Daytona 765R and Ducati Monster. Very nice too. A fourth mystery bike is also being negotiate, would guess special edition and probably sports bike again, hasn't ridden since February as no flights from Queensland to Adelaide. My purchases are always met with ridicule and put downs, I didn't get that "nasty" gene the rest of my family appear to have. For my very selfish needs, I want lightweight, fun and I don't want to pay over £5,000 brand new all of which is doable with the two bikes I am looking at. ( got a "thought you were rich now" comment for saying that price line) I am planning that this bike will be with me for at least 4 years, if not longer, so screen and soft luggage options will be purchased if required.
  39. 8 points
    Thanks Steve, that's a good price and thank you @Ciaran1602 for the feedback on service. Got a different welcome into Hatfields this morning. Literally looked for 30 seconds at the Rebel demonstrator while waiting and got gently guided towards showroom while they hurried Freddie in to the service area and booked him in for me. Even been told don't top up the tank on the courtesy bike if I am just going home and back. They have the 2019 model of the Rebel the same cost of Dobles. Apparently 2020 arrives next week and is also £500 off. Will see how I get on with the dash, I think I can easily live without a gear indicator but would be interested to see the difference in seat position. They also showed me the CB300R in matt blue and their honesty was appreciated "use silicone cleaners, but if you scratch it, it's wrecked". Head will win over heart on that one, I cry if my car get's a stone chip! So taking the Rebel for a spin tomorrow and they said they will prepare figures for part ex against either the CB300R or the Rebel. I have come home to do my sums and all in all its about £300 difference in purchase price and £100 difference in my insurance excess between them. Oh and 17 cms in length As for your last line, I have just told my twin he can Foxtrot Oscar after getting a nasty message from him about looking at Triumph, BMW and Honda's "you don't know what you want!". I pointed out he has a Ducati, a Triumph and Ninja in his garage, so clearly there is nothing wrong with having different choices and got a snarky "At least I have bought bikes that I have always wanted". Well done sunshine, lucky old you. Angrily told him I am not paying a grand to insure the bike I really want that would be nicked within a week of being on my drive, and I won't bore him any more with my bike talk. He is turning out more and more nasty like my mother every time he opens his bloody mouth, good job there are a few continents between us these days, I probably would have punched him to go with my new bad ass image.
  40. 8 points
    Ted! I think you need to get Rentokil in ... The forum appears to be infected with "new bike" bugs.
  41. 8 points
    If anyone here can actually feel the difference an additional 1.1 horsepower makes I can put you in touch with some race teams who would value your skills.
  42. 7 points
    That is something I could not get my head around, why not change it every oil change? Who likes to put fresh oil through a dirty filter, after all it only costs about £8 so I change them both at the oil change intervals. Andy.
  43. 7 points
    Cross Runner Bean 🤔
  44. 7 points
    Saw these two Benelli 250s at the 1066 today. One 2 stroke twin and a more unusual 4cyl 4 stoke. I also liked this old Suzuki
  45. 7 points
    Thanks. It'll be nice to be back on an analogue bike, it's been a long time. I reckon over the next few weeks I'll service it, oil, filters, check the pads, brake fluid, tyres, C&S, and wait for a sunny day. Over the winter I'll clean and recoat the headers with VHT ceramic paint Not going to add luggage or anything like that, just enjoy it for what it is. I very nearly bought a Fireblade, but anything remotely good was much more expensive. I did hanker after an early one, but nothing stood out, apart from the price tags😁. I also looked very hard at CBR600Fs, but there was nothing about that hadn't led a hard life as far as I could see. I even looked at my beloved Ducatis, but really wanted a Monster S4R with the 916 engine in. Very, very nearly pressed the "do it" button on one but just couldn't justify it in the end, and I still remember the last service bill for my 998 of over £1300... After all that I found the Yam and just knew it would be a lot of fun. Hopefully it'll be a great bike for a last hurrah. None of the modern stuff appeals at all if I'm honest. There are many good new bikes and I get the technology and the amazing things it does, but I wanted something more like me, flawed but enthusiastic.😈 And the electric nannys along with the the styling of most of them leaves me cold. Must be getting old, and none the worse for that. Not so Slowboy😎
  46. 7 points
    No, it's probably £48 but then they make up (actually) the bill with their special keyboard which has the sticky "zero" key 😉
  47. 7 points
    And here's the production model undergoing some vigorous testing!
  48. 7 points
    Modernised 1960's Sci-fi baddie 2010's Japanese motorcycle design Andy
  49. 7 points
    Did that fall from the top deck of the transporter then?
  50. 7 points
    Better yet, cover it in 6' of earth and walk away!
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