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  1. 16 points
    As many of you know I have been trying to find a suitable bike as a contingency plan for when the Crossrunner gets too much for me. My first choice is the 2019 CB500X my only concern being the increased seat height. Today I saw one for the first time and really liked the look of it especially in the white. I was really happy when I found I could get on and off easily . I could also put one foot flat on the ground or both feet down with the fronts touching.. With a lowering fitted it should be ideal. When the time comes to change which I'm afraid may be sooner rather than later I think I have found the replacement. I know I will miss the V4 motor both for it's sound and performance but I'm finding the bike harder to manhandle not that it's getting heavier but I'm feeling weaker due to a combination of age health and injury. All this is making me feel less confident.At least having the Crossrunner I proved to myself that I could still ride a reasonably big bike . Having said that I now feel it is becoming time to be sensible in the way that some other members feel resulting in them buying scooters.
  2. 7 points
    Bingo Geoff, ruby is indeed a oilfield Himalayan , thought the name was rather apt
  3. 7 points
    It's a while since I had an NC, so I'm not sure I would remember how the panels come off, but could have a look at it, as I live nearby in East Leake. If it is on the road and you could bring it over here we could have a look at it together in my garage. If you want to do that PM me to exchange contact details.
  4. 7 points
    Tex & Sam, sounds like you need to plan a day out down to my lock-up and you can try out a few types and sizes for how easy they are to push around, reach the ground on, store your sandwiches on and even try your fur lined aprons on - oo'er missus. You may even be able to try one or two out if I'm feeling brave and insurance works out. It will be a bit like a dealer demo day without the PCP offers Of course not many scooters and certainly no new bling like wot you peeps are used so you might have to use a dollop of imagination but I can provide free tea and biscuits. Rocker, you and Sue would be more than welcome but I'm afraid the only Honda on the fleet is the oh too tall AT although I do have a Honda generator you could fire up if you want
  5. 7 points
    Hi guys and girls , rode the Himalayan yesterday seriously impressed , suspension that actually works brakes ok , travelling along very happily at 60 + , handled very well once I put air in the tyres , sorted wheel alignment and backed of the head bearings ( dealers eh ) been offered a very good deal of brand new under 4 big ones or 100 miler for 3750 , very very tempted , still keeping my well loved NC and of course the rocket machine just need to sell guzzi , and 2 x125,s
  6. 7 points
    Have used the stand a couple of times now to lift the AT and it makes tasks such as replacing chain & sprockets and brake pads so much easier. Here I have both wheels about 18" off the ground which brings the working area to a much more comfortable height for my old bones. Completed the chain change by using my new chain splitter/rivet head flaring tool. First time I've fitted a riveted chain myself and this tool made it a doddle. Only problem now is that the rear wheel doesn't turn freely, seems to be binding on the new brake pads a lot more than I would expect. Maybe a combo of new pads, not having the wheel alignment perfect and having a hand brake caliper means that everything needs to be aligned much more accurately although don't recall a similar problem on my NC and I changed the rear pads a couple of times on that. I left it last night and will come back to it fresh this evening, perhaps I've not got the wheel spacers in correctly, no doubt will be something simple.
  7. 6 points
    There are still those that hark back to the Rocker and Mods era and see modern day bikes in the same vain and apply attitudes about the type of riders that are well out dated..." Motorcycles are ridden by proper bikers where as scooters are for softies and wannabe/has beens." From a technical point of view, scooters in the main (not all) are fairly practical, and in extremes of weather are more comfortable to ride. When I rode all year to work, after about September and before April, the only other bikes seen regularly on the road were scooters or mopeds. Who wants to see all the wiring and pipework around the engine, after all you don't drive around in your car with the bonnet open so you can see the workings do you? Who needs to have to clean it all too? Each to their own, they are all bikes but to my mind the practicalities of a scooter vastly outweigh the aspects of a 'proper' bike Scooters have a bit more style...simple as that. Any bike is better than no bike too.
  8. 6 points
    All good inside apart from the usual seized cam chain tensioner.
  9. 5 points
    The dilemma under discussion here oh so closely mirrors my own internal strife that was blighting me up until a couple of weeks ago. Ok the machines involved were very different but the underlying reasoning was very similar, yes I even also got down to making lists to try and quantify and justify what my head was telling me was the right way go. I believe one and there are many of the reasons that this is so difficult is that it represents a milestone in one's life journey. Once I had excepted this and aligned it with the other things such as how our roads have changed both in capacity, physically and how they are policed, if you accept that cash cameras are indeed policing and I personally don't then the decision became very straight forward. Since making and acting on that decision the inner turmoil is no longer, I am much happier and really looking forward to what is the next chapter. In short, stop beating yourself up, the longer that you prevaricate on what sounds to me like the inevitable, the worse it gets. Good luck, I totally empathise. Geoff.
  10. 5 points
    Not sure I agree in full with the extra power and speed for overtaking I have always found every bike I've had over 500cc has been more than capable of overtaking safely any car at normal road limits, the guys I ride with on the faster more powerful bikes more often than not use that power and speed for overtaking a line of traffic at great speed and usually with some risk. On these occasions I pick the cars off one by one still with ease but with no risk.
  11. 5 points
    Aaron, I am with you on seat, two hours non stop, no bum ache. Tonight even stretched my little paws to the front foot rests...quite a bit of room there! Tonight got rear ended by another new 300 Forza as I left the car park. Blinking Nora. When I stopped yelling and got over my shock and explained why I had reacted that way he was a pleasant guy. No harm done, just a minor palpitation. “I was admiring the colour...” do it from further away next time please... It’s showing 78mpg tonight, mix of 20mph London roads, light traffic and a 15 mile motorway stretch. I have even snuck up to the front of the queue a few times since my last post!
  12. 5 points
    Tex, I'm intrigued to understand what it is that you hope a scooter will give you that a 'normal' bike won't and how that will make it more likely that you ride more often? I'm of course not questioning your vast experience or personal circumstance, it's out of curiosity for what I'm missing and decisions I may have to make in the future. I understand that more plastic = bit less wind chill & bit less damp but decent modern kit does for all but the worst of that and even most of us 'pleasure' riders don't venture out too often in hissing rain and near near zero temperatures. It can't be the weight as a 300cc scoot seems about the same weight (even a bit heavier) than a 300cc bike. Is it maybe the 'permission' that a scooter gives you to ride a bit slower, I sort of get that, it's could be the single biggest reason I enjoy the Enfield so much? I know you will have some interesting and thought provoking reasons, can't wait to read them
  13. 5 points
    I confess I was depressed when I had to accept I couldn't, or shouldn't, ride the XJR Blood Bikes. But realised it was my pride that had been dented. I've also had to accept I was finding my beloved CBF1000 getting too heavy. So although I look with longing on some of those big bikes I'm sufficiently realistic to stay with my BMW F800GT. When that gets too heavy, then I will look forward to looking for a replacement. It might even be a three wheeler! Alan, I'm so glad you've managed to cope with your injury that nearly ended your riding, and the way you've persevered. I'm sure you'll still be enjoying your riding for a few years yet. Love to Susan, you are a 'right pair'!
  14. 5 points
    Comes to us all sooner or later, chum. On the ‘up’ side at least you managed to work your way back up to fast bikes after your accident. There’s no shame in admitting that age and physical condition is getting the better of you. And much better to do so than trying to ignore it and ending up falling over because you can’t hold it up..
  15. 5 points
    There are one or two of us in similar positions on here. I have just been along a similar road and from my experience, once you reach the point of realisation that the current bike is becoming or has become troublesome for whatever reason the pleasure of owning and riding evaporates very quickly indeed. Once I accepted the situation and then acted upon it the metaphorical black cloud that was hanging over me disappeared. Good luck with your decision making. but don't let it drag on too long it just is not worth the grief. Geoff.
  16. 4 points
    The original (1971) Anglo - American Match Races (for those of you who weren’t into bikes that far back..) pitted the BSA/Triumph race team from the U.K. against the American team from the same company. It wasn’t strictly a level playing field (but we Brits cheerfully ignored that!) as not only did the Americans have the disadvantages of very little tarmac racing experience (and none at all on U.K. tracks) but they had the disadvantage of riding bikes in ‘Daytona’ spec with huge tanks and aerodynamic seat humps. Gary Nixon came over as ‘team captain’ but didn’t ride because he didn’t want to risk injury so early in the season (a badly broken leg had cost him the AMA Championship the previous year). His decision not to ride haunted him for the rest of his life (apparently). Cost 70p for adults and 30p for kids. Grandstand and Paddock were 50p. Robbing buggers! I was earning about £5 a week, so £1:20 was a big chunk of my spending money for a day out! BTW, the model with the flags on her chest is Carol Cleveland. I must have had a bit of a ‘thing’ for her to remember that!
  17. 4 points
    I used Back to Black once. You can still see it sometimes in the creases of the skin on my hands.
  18. 4 points
    I but that is from 1947 to date
  19. 4 points
    Its a leg cover for me rather then the scoot, with two handy pockets and fur lined for warmth.... wonderful, like a rug over ones aching cold knees Also waterproof which so far means no wet bum in rain.... The bike was my rebellion, I felt free on it, I miss the power, the feel as your feet and hands move in synchronisation to change gear or slow down. Sitting on a scooter doesn’t feel as involved as sitting astride a bike, there’s nothing to tighten your knees round When going into a corner for a start! Loved being a “biker” in the office, saying I commute by scooter doesn’t seem to have the same impact! I will have another one, I have made the right choice for now, it is a good scooter, but that doesn’t stop me staring at the bikes at lights! YesI I was gutted I had to miss the last open day! Hmmm my insurance might be a pain as they still haven’t made a decision, I am happy to settle for sitting them and making brrrrrm brrrrm noises, or hitching a ride as Pillion behind Tex!
  20. 4 points
    Have to say (Pls do not hate me for that) Motorbikes are the most useless and funniest piece of tool ever created. They are great when driven solo on a nice twisty road in a sunny day or on a great track or in the woods if that is your cup of tea. I sincerely admire all the commuters I see on supersports and racing replica or huge adventure bikes because they are really passionate to embark in this adventure on a daily basis. I just couldn't face all the brake checkers and the clever lane changers on a daily basis, hence the Integra. I know...it is not a bike and not even a scooter but it's a reasonably good compromise if you install a box at the back (I hate it! I swear I'd kick it away if I hadn't to take my helmet with me all the time). Would have gone for the Forza too, but after coming off the silverwing I needed at least another parallel twin. T-max out of question (same storage of the integra), BMW GT has a Kimco engine (not comparable to the reliable honda machine), and the Burgervan is beyond my tolerance for ugliness IMHO (apologies to any BV owners). Still missing the extra space and the chance of taking two full-face helmets, the possibility of charging my phone without having to jump off the bike but I can understand the Integra project now that I have one.
  21. 4 points
    My free advice (worth every penny ☺️) You are IMHO selling yourself a new bike. "New" is just like the washing powder adds, no matter how big they write it, it won't be a massive change and it will have some imperfections. New will be old in about a week and you are paying for it. Every bike gets dropped. So far you have NOT actually dropped the crossrunner. If you do someone will help you pick it up, it'll need a wash and maybe a lever or bar end and then you'll have real evidence it may be time to change. You cannot react to every risk. Pedantic I know, but so called traction control (ASR) isn't an advantage, its a solution to the poor slow speed engine response of the powerful engine and lack of a suitable tyre profile in this region of use. Its like saying a Cessna doesn't have the five landing gears of a 747. Not having it is one less thing to go wrong if you want a counter argument. FFS don't buy a BMW 😭😉😁😁 Personally I think I would make a plan. Keep the Crossrunner until the 69 plate is due out. If you still feel the same then, come join the schism. Andy
  22. 4 points
    Rock, your original post is pretty much an ‘advantages of small bikes’ vs ‘advantages of big bikes’ and would be familiar to anyone of our dad’s age when debating whether to drop from, say, a T120 to a 3TA. Or maybe from a Lightning to a Victor Roadster? There was no ‘right’ answer then and there still isn’t. Big bikes and small bikes are both fun in their own ways That, right there, is probably your answer. Out of interest, how many times this year have you ridden the ‘Runner? And how many times have you used all it’s available performance? Giving a motorcyclist a V-TEC on full throttle is a bit like giving a junkie a suitcase full of heroin, never going to end well but, man, what a way to go! I suspect you’ve already made your mind up really. You’re mentioning the ‘when I can no longer manage the ‘Runner’ more and more often. It’s, plainly, a big decision for you but, really? I think you’re well on the way to an answer. Go for the white one..
  23. 4 points
    He is trying to justify a Vespa 300 GTSb
  24. 4 points
    To be honest Rocker if the Crossrunner is starting to become to much for you i dont think it matters pro's or cons of each bike, maybe the head is telling you that a change is needed but the heart lies with the crossrunner. One thing is for sure you cant beat old age and if its now catching up plus old injuries then the decision is made, the CB500x is the one for you..
  25. 4 points
    I hope so I’m rather resigned to/excited by the thought of getting a scoot in the (fairly) near future. ‘Resigned’ because it seems to be the final admission that I have got too bloody old to want to bother riding naked bikes in anything other than perfect summer weather. And ‘excited’ because the modern maxi scooter is really just the ‘advanced’ motorcycle that I have been looking for for years (and that the Integra so nearly was). A modern Ariel Leader if you like. I‘ve been skulking about on YouTube (it’s quite tough to find much scooter stuff in English) and rather like the BMW C400GT but, as has been pointed out to me, I could easily add heated grips and seat to a Forza and still have tons of change from the £3k extra that BMW want.. The T-Max is rather ‘me’, but, far canal, you can buy two Forzas for the price of one of those! Or, a new Forza, a new riding suit and enough in the bank to cover fuel for years!! The X-Adv is half bike/half scooter and falls short on the best bits of both, just like the posh Integra it really is, I suppose? But it does tick the ‘performance’ box Looking forward to hearing all about Geoff’s 400 Burgman, but I don’t even know where my nearest dealer is.
  26. 4 points
    Nice bike the new 500x. We all have to face down sizing at some point, mine was when I couldn't fit my beloved Ducati ant more and bought the NC. The CRF250 Rally on the other hand was to fit my want (note not need😁) for a bike that could genuinely take me anywhere. I'm sure you'll enjoy the 500X Rocker.
  27. 4 points
    You are welcome to join the CB500 section/Schism as soon as you are ready. I made the change out of choice and am not missing bigger bikes. I can understand the feelings when it is more forced on you, but really it's not so bad here at the use-one-hundred-percent-of-what-you-bought level. The fact they got rid of the gold Japanese kiddy toy engine covers is another bonus 👍👍👍 Andy
  28. 4 points
    Funny you should say that, Dave. I have a new helmet and if I turn my head at just the right angle it can make an aerodynamic ‘squeak’. Took me bloody ages to realise it wasn’t something on the bike!
  29. 4 points
    Finally got the bike out on the road again, coinciding with the nice weather too
  30. 3 points
    I ve only gone and dunnit! RUBY turns up next week, what have I done , ah well , will be a nice antidote after riding the rocket machine, bring me back to normality, well as near as I will ever get
  31. 3 points
    This one sounds like Fenella Fielding, a great improvement over the nagging American on the old one. Andy
  32. 3 points
  33. 3 points
    I have the 510 and is very good. I use it only for long trips, and generally I am planning the routes on the web and download on the sat nav. I usually split the trip in 2 routes daily. if we want to just ride, the internal routes planning, winding roads are very good will put you on nice roads. One feature that I like a lot is the fact that you can rotate it and will change the display, you will see more of road ahead, very useful on twisty roads, save my life this feature somewhere in austria.
  34. 3 points
    Sell it as is, tell the buyer you'll knock £110 off the asking price. I'd buy and fix it if I was in the market, wouldn't bother me, someone else will be the same as me, just be honest and don't hide it.
  35. 3 points
    I went to the scoot due to cost, weight and fear of getting on another bike. And that 45 kilo weight saving makes a difference when moving it about (or at least I find it does!!) See how your next few rides go, if still spending time worrying about junctions and cambers then enjoying it, order the 500. If not noticing then ride CR until Sept reg comes out and change to the 500 in time for winter and wet slippy roads.
  36. 3 points
    Chunky or what? Must be a new motor as the old 500 Master wouldn't get past Euro 3.
  37. 3 points
    Oh gawd! No pressure then?! Give me a few minutes to put into words something that I don’t really understand myself!
  38. 3 points
    Interesting debate, what does Sue think? I would have thought she is a very switched on biker and knows you best.
  39. 3 points
    Hi guys and girls , rode the Himalayan yesterday seriously impressed , suspension that actually works brakes ok , travelling along very happily at 60 + , handled very well once I put air in the tyres , sorted wheel alignment and backed of the head bearings ( dealers eh ) been offered a very good deal of brand new under 4 big ones or 100 miler for 3750 , very very tempted , still keeping my well loved NC and of course the rocket machine just need to sell guzzi , and 2 x125,s
  40. 3 points
    Interesting review/insight on how you are getting on there Sam on your new Forza 300 (sorry forgotten its nickname name). I'm with on other bikers immediately trying to get around you without even observing the progress you are making, I think they assume our bikes are 125cc. I don't have anyone tailgating me too much and never get any problems with black cabs on the whole. I tend to counter steer the scooter around corners but I have been too fast on approach a couple of times and have had to brake a little which is a no no and makes things interesting! Have you noticed when you close the throttle and reduce speed the CVT makes a nice sort of whirling noise and sounds a bit like an electric bmw scooter (not that I have ridden one)? I had not considered that a lot of the wind noise may be due to some of the fairing and plastics, I just thought the screen was too narrow or low. My mpg is consistently 69 mpg on my 20 mile commute through stop start London traffic which is better than the Integra and almost a whole week on a tenner! As Simon says I also miss the ability to rapidly leave the traffic lights at lightspeed but I guess its not great to do that too often and forward observations can't be done in a split second. I've noticed many many more Uber delivery guys on their scooters these days, especially where there are McDonald's and the like. They often try to race me which is just not worth doing so I let them past but occasionally I power up the 300cc and leave them standing only to meet them at the next traffic lights. The comfort is great and the seat gives me no bum ache I could sit on it all day which is why I'm considering doing some touring on it. Currently I have designed and made a very heavy duty box frame bike carrier to fit on and adapted tow hitch on my camper van. So I will drive somewhere nice then take the bike off and spend the day riding around. Or at least this is the plan as the Forza is around 180 kg but that is a lot of weight or downward force and leverage on the rack. I will show some pictures when it is all done and tested. Anyway maybe others will be adding to this thread about Forza 300 at some point Regards Aaron
  41. 3 points
    Suits you Rocker nice looking bike for me its not the bike its being able to get out and ride, if its a scooter or a Goldwing we are all doing the same thing and the enjoyment side is whatever a person takes from it. I have read about young 16 year olds packing their rucksacks and tents and heading off for a tour of scotland and there on scooters. Same fun just a slower pace.
  42. 3 points
    The Integra was a mix of good points and bad but it had one quality that shone out above all others - the ability to wipe the smiles off the faces of folks who thought ‘Oh, it’s just a scooter’.. But the Forza is a better commuter, of that I am sure. I really must get a go on one.
  43. 3 points
    You know that is exactly what I thought and it was really depressing me. However, that is not how it turned out for me. Once the decision was made I really found it to be a truly liberating experience so I really hope that's how it turns out for you. Geoff.
  44. 3 points
    i had a similar thing happening, when pulling up at a junction on my way in to work i turned my head and heard , what i thought was a siren, despite looking all around i couldn't see anything, it was only after the third time and at the same place that i realised it was helmet rubbing on jacket collar. al
  45. 3 points
    State of that bleeding chain!
  46. 3 points
    Good for you, matey. I love the look of the new 500X, too. Bloody smart bike!
  47. 2 points
    No experience of this particular model but I have used both Tom Tom and Garmin and find Tom Tom far easier to use, more intuitive, easier to tweak and to amend routes 'live' and simpler to set up using PC based route planners. Garmin will do it too but it's more temperamental and a bit more fiddly. If you haven't used Tom Tom then Garmin seems fine but I think Tom Tom just pips it for user friendliness. A tip for using PC mapping programs to create your own scenic routes... don't place too many waypoints, just one around each major junction. If you put too many in and for some reason miss one, it can be annoying to keep being asked to turn round. Also zoom in and make sure you put them on the correct side of dual carriageways and also if you 'reverse' a route in the planner software that uses any dual carriageways, again zoom in and move the waypoints to the opposite carriageway or it wants you to loop round and pick them up. I place ones at planned petrol stations and cafes so as to be reminded to stop occasionally!
  48. 2 points
    Fur lined apron? ooooh tell me more
  49. 2 points
    They are not, they are glorious....I absolutely agree with you 100%! I just don't find them practical for a daily basis usage, but I find them perfect for the pleasure ride.
  50. 2 points
    I know what you are going through Rocker, at least to a certain extent. I sometimes think Tigger is too top heavy and unwieldy, then I go out for a ride and think, no, whilst I still can I will keep Tigger. Shame you don't do Yamahas as the Tracer 700 is a lighter bike than the 500X and has a lot more power while still being a twin. The MT07 is lighter still and apparently an absolute hoot. Then of course there is the Street Triple which, if you are not touring, would be superb - light, powerful and fitted with all the toys. But on the other hand that Honda does look really nice - and it is a Honda with the reassurance that provides.
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