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  1. 32 points
    Please allow me to relate to everyone a little tale which should give you a little emotional lift. I Had been corresponding with a forum member prior to and after the purchase of my new bike. He had offered valuable advise and a solution to my dislike of spoked wheels and tubed tyres. He had changed the wheels on his T100 for cast wheels from a Street Twin. Great fix but was looking a tad expensive and being a “tight Macam” was causing me much sucking of air through the teeth as I tried to find some. Said forum member contacted me to say he had found some on a well-known auction site that were definitely worth a punt, how jolly nice of him so give them a punt we did and low and behold we won them at a bargain price. Things then started to go a little wrong at this point. The wheels were originally advertised as being able to have a courier arranged but on contacting the seller he said he had changed the ad to collect only. As I live up in the North Pennines and the wheels were located where they eat things like jellied eels and pie and mash I smelled a big rat and thought the seller was trying to back out due to the bargain price I had achieved, as it turned out I was wrong and the problems were mainly down to his communication skills. I contacted my friendly forum member who without any hesitation said “don’t worry I will collect them for you” I was absolutely astounded. So as not to drag this out let me tell you briefly how this now went. This gentleman did a round trip of over 100 miles to collect these wheels, he was kept waiting at the seller's house for a considerable time. He then arranged a courier, packed the wheels very carefully and dropped them off at the courier, they have just been delivered to my house. This show of kindness and pure generosity of spirit has had a huge effect on me and restored my somewhat jaded view of human nature. Now every time when I go out on my bike I will be constantly reminded of this wonderful act (will be a lot less likely to move this one on as it does have a special meaning now). Who was this man I hear you ask, TEX, that's who. If I may I would like to use this very friendly forum to publicly thank Tex for this truly outstanding help and assistance. I have never met him a probably never will, that is indeed my loss. Geoff.
  2. 29 points
    Collected Victor early this morning due to rain forecast later in the day. Got it home in the dry except for the couple of miles. Still a few farkles to be transferred from the NC
  3. 22 points
    Kent M/Cs delivered Sue's new bike this afternoon. I'm ;looking forward to hear her opinion on how it feels to ride when weather permitting she takes it out for the first time tomorrow. Not sure what happened with the middle picture but if you click on it it should open in the proper size
  4. 21 points
    This last week has been a decent one, not least because my dear old GT 750 has passed its 32nd MOT in a row. Passed without comment to, not bad for a 34 year old. I took this pic to celebrate
  5. 21 points
    Well the GS is now at the dealers - and I'm temporarily bikeless, sob, sob! Thanks for all your support and understanding of the process whereby another change of bike starts off as vague musings and, after some serious agonising over the finances, progresses through to all out new bike lust! I notice none of you tried to stop me, but maybe I'm just regarded as a lost cause due to my past history! The picture below is the same as the new RS I am getting. My existing Shad luggage will fit on without any mods required, and the bike is a little lower and lighter than the GS, and to my mind quite a bit better looking. The fact that I will no longer be in the seemingly despised GS rider fraternity, and will hopefully be a little more anonymous on a much less commonly seen bike, is another bonus!
  6. 21 points
    So, in the last 10,000 miles on the little CRF, what's happened, what went well and what's gone wrong. During the first winter, after the rear tyre was all but worn out (3500 miles), I removed both the standard tyres,and replaced them with Heidenau K60's. These are a 50/50 tyre (road/trail) and I have to say I'm very pleased with them. Good consistent grip and stability on the road, with enough bite for a bit of light trail riding. Not great in mud, something more specialised is required for that, but for Road and mountain tracks, wet or dry they are excellent for me. I am now on my second rear, the first having worn down to 2mm in the centre after 6500 miles. At just over £70 a tyre they are good value. The front is less than 1/3 worn. Mechanically, nothing has gone wrong. From slogging along trails to buzzing up the motorway at an indicated 75, (really 68) it's proved to be solid and reliable. It's not fast, but is very capable of keeping up with traffic and taking sensible overtaking opportunities. Being a small engine you re up and down the 'box a bit, but it's a pleasure to use and one of the slickest I've ever used. The engine is reasonably smooth, and definitely improved as the miles increased. It's a single so you know it's running, but for me it's not intrusive and that's after a few 450 to 500 mile days. It's best between 4000 and 8500 rpm. It will run as low as 3000, but you need a gentle throttle hand to avoid engine 'shunt'. It runs up to 10500 rpm but it's not necessary unless you want to avoid a gear change during an overtake. The first (8000 mile) service was £89:00, it's just an oil change. I have had a new front brake disc under warranty, but that might have a bit (ok a lot) to do with me whizzing round mountain twisties in France in the company of some sports bikes. The disc was blue 😉. You could argue it should be able to cope, but I put it down to self inflicted injury. Oh and the ABS is excellent and works well. In terms of consumables I've gone through two rear tyres and one front, brake pads are still fine, but I did pay extra for new fronts when the disc was changed at 8000 miles. The originals were about 1/2 worn. I've fitted a new chain and sprocket set at 9500 miles, which I'm a bit surprised at, but there's no Cush drive on the rear wheel and singles give chains a harder time of it. It will be interesting to see how long the top quality DID chain will last compared to the OEM one. Over the period it's averaged between 85 to 90 mpg. I can get 190 miles out of a tank and there's still a bit over a litre left in it. Comfort wise, it's no Goldwing, but is ok for about 120 to 150 miles now I've fitted the sheepskin seat cover to it. Certainly the ergonomics are excellent for me (6'1" 84kg 34" inside leg), but the seat is an inch taller than that on an Africa twin, so it's not for everyone. The suspension is soft but well damped and it just glides over road imperfections and speed bumps. Ideal for the state of our current roads. It's no KTM though and responds best to gentle riding off road and can get in a bit of a knot if you try belting along. The fairing and screen are also very effective, and mine's been improved further by the addition of an adjustable air blade at the top. Overall, an excellent lightweight bike that has served me well over long distances (2800 miles over 17 days in France), can carry all my kit easily for camping weekends and hotelling (is that a word🤔) over longer periods. I have a simple rack on the back from Honda Thailand and a tank bag system I made myself. Finally, the quality of finish seems very good, and is holding up well, despite what I've thrown at it and occasionally thrown it at on a trail😳. (There're are two sorts of trail riders, those that have fallen down, and those that are about to😁). And you can pick it up easily. A good, solid, old school traillie, that can tour, scratch, nip to the shops and bounce along off road fairly well while revealing it's and the riders limited abilities.😂 And it's very cheap to run, I'm still enjoying it.
  7. 20 points
    Today we went to Kent M/Cs to see Sue's new bike which is awaiting PDI. The great news is that when Sue tried it for size she found that the slimmer frame than her current 650 meant that she doesn't need to have it lowered. Here are a couple of photos but sadly due to my phone camera not being too good and the poor lighting in the workshop means that the Denim Blue colour has come out looking black.
  8. 18 points
    Today Sue ordered the new CB650R in blue subject to it being able to be lowered . They are due in the dealers in January apparently and Kent M/Cs have put her name against the first blue one in. The good thing is once she gets it that will make it my turn for a new one.😀😀
  9. 17 points
    Just thought I would drop my own experience of the 16K service in here. The price I was quoted by a Honda dealer was £488 for the 16K service on a DCT 2016 NC750X. This prompted me to look at doing it myself. I ordered the oil and filters online and had them delivered for around £60. A quick google video search uncovered some great clips showing how to change the oil and filters (DCT, so two filters needed). A separate video showed the air filter change (which was the biggest faff by far). In total I spent around an hour doing these jobs. Sure I also spent some time trawling this forum for advice (which was invaluable) and finding videos...but now I have the knowledge, I can do the next one in less time. Whilst I was at it I changed both tyres and the front pads, again I was able to see a video of changing the pads. This took me around 2 hours. I've changed plenty of tyres before, but had never changed pads. The pads turned out to be more straightforward than I had previously imagined. I know some people don't like getting their hands dirty, that's fair enough. I also realise that some people are too scared to tackle these jobs and prefer a 'professional' to do it. That's fair enough too, as is the convenience of paying someone else to do it. Personally I enjoyed doing the job myself and I enjoyed saving my hard earned cash too. My main driver is the satisfaction of doing it myself and knowing that it has been done properly. I also got my son to help me, he is just starting out in his motorcycle career and has recently bought his first 125. The videos give you confidence in what you are doing. I have yet to tackle the valve clearances, but looking at yet another video of this it looks very straightforward...more so than changing the air filter in fact. I'll change the coolant at the same time as the radiator needs to be removed to make the valve clearance check easier. At 17K I'm on my third back tyre, second front tyre, second set of front brake pads and second chain. I had one back tyre changed by a local mechanic who has sadly retired now. That prompted me to change the second tyre myself, particularly as my Honda dealer could only do it in 2 weeks time unless I took the back wheel in. If I have to take the back wheel out and drive to the Dealer's place in my car then I may as well source the tyre myself and change it myself and save money at the same time. I guess I should thank them for not being able to complete a simple job in under 2 weeks as that single failure has given me the confidence to tackle it myself and save a fortune too! Once I did one tyre I thought that I may as well do the rest myself too. For the record I found that Michelin tyres go on more easily than either Dunlop or Pirelli.
  10. 17 points
    The voltmeter that I ordered from Chinaland arrived today and, after a few minutes with soldering iron and wire crimpers, here it is fitted to the Enfield. I'm pretty chuffed with the installation as I wanted something that looks like OE and I think I've nailed it. Eat your heart out Fred
  11. 17 points
    Passenger side leccy window in the car stopped working after going to Tesco (I don't blame Tesco for that, just most other things). Checking fuses etc drew a blank and was resigning myself to taking door cards off, real pain. But first, let's check t'interweb. Toyota forum pops up with "passenger window not working" topic, excellent. About the second post says "Have you accidentally pushed the button which disables the passenger window?" Ermmmmmm, what button? I've owned the car 18yrs and don't remember a button. Go out to car...………………………… who the f*** put that button there? I'm sure it's never been there before. Push it once, and passenger window works. Miracle. Hangs head in shame
  12. 16 points
    Finally got out on the Himalayan today, couldn't make it yeserday as planned due to last minute pressures of work ......... what is the world coming to! As the sales guy had given me a provisional decent price for my V7 I thought I would ride that the 30+ miles over to Moto Corsa in Gillingham Dorset and let him have a look at it while I hack the Himalayan around and see what I think. The demo bike was in white and fitted with ali sandwich boxes but they didn't interfere much with getting my leg over, deffo would not be on my list of add ons though. Sitting on the bike first impressions are good if a little confusing, really low seat height, nice and light, surpisingly modern dash, slick if basic handlebar controls, weird round mirrors and slightly too straight handlebars. The bike had literally just come back from another demo ride (the chap, a Fazer 600 owner wasn't impressed) so didn't need warming up, it started instantly on the button and settled to a quiet tickover, no noticeable vibes and quiet but pleasant burble from the exhaust. After the usual run through the controls from the dealer guy I had a quick feel for where the clutch bit, adjusted the mirrors and headed off. On the move, second impression was rather disspaointing for me, it hasn't really got any of the Enfield character that I know from my efi 500, no real thump, not even as much as my old MT660 single. It's actually pretty vibe free, pulls okay but feels much more linear in terms of where it makes power. Let's get performance out of the way first; this bike ain't quick! in fact I wouldn't think it's got any more outright performance than my 500 efi (the efi actually has a higher quoted hp and torques), as an example, just after I left the bike shop I was following a car at about 50/55 on a decent A road and wasn't confident enough to go for an overtake even though the road was clear. A few miles later I had gotten familair enough to believe that I would probably have been okay as it's quite happy at 60+ ish but there isn't a a huge amount of acceleration past that. I did about 6 miles on the dual carriageway A300 and saw 80mph on a downhill section but it dropped to 65mph on a fairly steep uphill and U had to go down to 4th to get it back to 70 and. At least is felt planted and the motor reasonably smooth during this, 65/70 on a long dual carriageway stint would be boring but fine. Handling seemed fine, I obviously didn't push it but the Pirelli M60 tyres gave me no funny moments whether on fast (relatively!) sweepers or the many back lane hairpins. The weather was dry but an early drizzle had left some roads damp however, apart from being careful on a few of the lanes with moss down the middle, the H handled well at all times. I did have one slightly strange moment when going into a 40 mph slightly tight corner, the toe of my boot touched down. I wasn't riding with my toes on the pegs but was no way pushing on, it's just because the pegs are so low for 'trail' bike, part of the reason why the riding position is so roomy even for me at 6ft. I doubt it would be an issue in normal use unless you were desperately trying to hang onto the tail of a well ridden 125! Brakes are a tale of two halves; the rear is one of the best levers I've used. Nice large pedal area, positioned under my foot perfectly and bags of feel and stopping power, perfect for me as I prefer to use the rear rather than the front when not pushing on. The front is hilarious! I tend to take magazine reviews with a pinch of salt, particularly when reviewing less fashinable bikes, however all I read mentioned the front brake and they're not worng. The first time I gave it my usual two finger gentle squeeze to shave off a couple of mph I actually thought I must have thought about using the brake and then not bothered, nothing happened, even the front end barely dipped! Once I got used to using all four fingers and giving a proper squeeze it wasn't too bad, it seemed to have a decent amount of feel but always harder to meter out braking force when you have to use a full handful rather than a couple of little digits. No idea why RE decided to make the brake significantly worse than on my efi but take it from me, it is. As a comparison, when I rode off on my Guzzi V7 after the test ride, I dipped the brake with two fingers at the first set of lights and it felt like I was prodding a fearsome sportsbike set up in comparison. Comfort was really good although I was on it for less than an hour, about 35 miles. I did feel that the seat locks me a bit in one position which may become uncomfortable on longer trips but absolutely no issue on this short ride. The suspension is quite soft without being wallowy or bottoming out and handled pot holes and rough roads nicely. I hated the screen, I was wearing an open face helmet and got full buffet smack bang in the face, I much prefer a naked bike and had way less noise and buffeting on my way over on the V7 at 60/75 than on the Himalayan at 50/55. Really not needed on something with this power and would be the first thing to go if I get one. I think a few agree as I saw two parked up out front when I got back that had both had screens removed and neat little number plates tacked on in front of the clocks. The bars to me seemed a slight odd angle as well, a little straight compared to the slightly swept back Guzzi and other nakeds I've ridden but probably something I would get used to and seemed ok for the tiny bit of standing I tried. On that subject, the only 'off road' I managed was to negotiate a couple of grass verge/islands on deserted T junctions. Ground clearance seemed ok but it did stall several times at very low rpm, rider error as I was expecting/hoping for the RE thud thud cement mixer type plod that is almost impossible to stall. It always restarted instantly on the button and a whiff of revs and slip the very light clutch and it was fine, I would like to try one on a gentle green lane as I think it will be fun. Other bits worth mentioning; the rear seat comes off by using the key and then the front seat can also be simply popped off as well, no bolts to undo as teh AT and many other two seat bikes. A proper tool kit under the rear seat and a bit of room under front for thin waterproofs, etc. The bike even comes with a can of touch up spray paint! The digital compass is another bit of fun, for some reason it shows 'initialising' until the fuel guage gets down to 3/4 full, I was warned of this by the dealer chap and sure enough, as the guage ran down the compass came on line, just in time to help me navigate out of the wilds of Dorset .... not. The rear rack and tank mounted side racks would be enough for me to carry a weeks worth of kit and the metal tank makes a magnetic tank bag a doddle. Concluding; The dealer offered me £4k for the V7 and I was actually going to swap it + £199 for a brand new Himalayan but; a} the ride over on the V7 reminded me that I do like it after all ........ and it really does look pretty b} although the H is actually a bit better than I thought (in almost every aspect) it, for me at least, is missing the Enfield character that I like. I'm sure it's one of those bikes that the more you ride it, the more you like it and, when I get one, I think it will probably be my 'go to bike' for winter and dodgy weather rides but for now I'll jsut think about it. So I didn't go for it this time but may well in the not too distant future. In fact it may be the very first bike to ever tempt me to buy brand new, I mean at £4199 on the road how much can you lose
  13. 16 points
    By the way here's a pic of mine the other evening when we had a nice sunset up in the north east. Mike
  14. 16 points
    Finally got the insurance sorted and now the Monkey has arrived. Now we just need some dry weather to try it out. Seat looks really comfortable take screen shot
  15. 16 points
    This morning my 1992 Yamaha FJ1200 passed 100,000 miles. I bought the bike in 2004 on 15,000 miles. The engine has only ever had routine maintenance and the bike has never failed on me. I've not used the bike for a couple of years but thought I had to get it back on the road. These days I mostly ride my 2006 Suzuki SV650 which is a lot lighter and just a quick in the real world. But the FJ is comfortable, smooth, fast and a real torque monster - an effortless high speed long distance machine.
  16. 16 points
    and this one while I'm trying to work out how to fit them all back in the garage
  17. 15 points
    OK. Latest acquisition. A Yamaha Tracer 700. Been hanging my nose over this bike for a month now. A combination of a good price offered for the NCS (which we bought at exactly the right price) and this three month old ex demo Tracer with just 1500 miles on it for £1500 less than new meant it was a deal too good to miss and has made up for recent finincial losses quite a bit. What's it like? It's incredible to be honest. Lively cross plane motor with torque everywhere and very, very light (twenty whole bags of sugar lighter than the NC). After recent bikes it's like riding a souped up 125 - except for the power obviously. Little bit taller than the NCS but no issue at all due to the (lack of) weight. Very good pillion provision including decently low passenger footpegs. Good (one finger) brakes. And the suspension is surprisingly good. Decent screen for 5'4" me and quite good weather protection. Here she is then.
  18. 15 points
    Colleagues! Yesterday I traded my NC against a different bike. I felt I should say it was "with regret", but of course it wasn't as otherwise I wouldn't have done it. You may recall from previous threads that I'd been very impressed by the BMW F800GT and wanted to try out a VFR800F, but it turned out to be a real problem. No dealer has any demonstrators - all that Honda is interested in providing demonstrators for are the whole of the new CB range and the Africa Twins (plus one other model I can't remember). Apparently the VFR is such a well established model that everybody already knows whether they want one or not. There are a good number around second-hand, but dealers basically don't want people just taking them for a joyride to see whether they like it or not, because it's just putting miles on the clock and each time it comes back it needs another valet. I see their point. I had the same experience at Pidcock Triumph in Nottingham yesterday morning (the VFR was a trade-in, presumably) - they basically won't let you ride it until you are ready to shake hands on the deal. Anyway, I did get a good look at it and sat on it (don't worry, I didn't make engine noises). In the end I decided against the VFR this time (but not forever) for the simple reason that the BMW seems to fit my body better. The handlebars weren't quite right for me on the Honda, although of course there are aftermarket risers and stuff for both bikes (all bikes), so none of this stuff is a show-stopper. I was also hoping for a ride on the Crossrunner, but again there isn't a demonstrator available locally, although my local Honda dealer (Vertu Nottingham) was willing to ship a second hand one over from another branch. In the end I decided not to pursue that route because of time pressure, although that only means not this time - see my thoughts on that next. Yesterday I realised something, which I should have realised at the beginning: none of this is that important, because whatever I buy I can swap it again next year. Meanwhile I'm certain to enjoy it, whether it's an MZ125 or an FJ1300. Also, and importantly, I'm aware that I'm pushing things a bit for the "sweet spot" to move on my existing bikes, with biking being such a seasonal pastime these days (they've depreciated £25 each since last week). So, I bought the F800GT from Pidcock BMW in Nottingham. It's a 2017 model, 5000 miles on the clock, fully loaded (comfort pack, dynamic pack, pannier boxes), two-year BMW warranty (identical to a new bike), and a Givi screen. The cost to me was my two bikes (NC and Versys) plus £2.2k, which is £200 above my budget, but sod it. I already know I'll like it, and if I find something else I like more (like a Crossrunner, Africa Twin or VRF800F?), I'll swap it again next year. The "clean" trade-in price for the NC is terrible: I think mine cost me about £7,800 new in 2016, with all the extras, and the dealers all offered me the same money for it: £3,900. When it comes to value you can ignore the accessories, so let's say it has depreciated from £7,100 to £3,900 in less than two years. Yes, I realise I could probably get a bit more if I sold it privately, but that still feels like a shocking rate of depreciation. The ten-year-old Versys did surprisingly well - £1,900. I would have thought nearer £1,200, but there you go. I very much intend to stick around (if you'll have me), having made some great online friendships and I find this place to be an oasis of reasonableness, good manners, tolerance, modesty and good humour (although it does go downhill a bit when I'm online). Oh, and expertise, too; we have access to people who actually know what they're talking about - what a rare delight on t'internet!
  19. 15 points
    Test ride ridden. Deal done. Two very happy people here 📯 Here she is - Ethel Done all the appropriate research as much as we could. Just two bikes on the shortlist in the end. Triumph T120 and the Honda. Test ride on the T120 this morning and I should really post my review on here when I get a chance as it might help others. Excellent bike the T120 but it was an easy decision in the end. Financially too, Honda were well ahead with their part exchange. So it's lovely to say, Kels and I are now back in the Honda fold
  20. 14 points
    That was one of the reasons I advised to make your claim directly against the TP insurer. If 4D are messing your witness about I am happy to meet with him to obtain a Court compliant statement of truth. Just PM me the contact details and I will do it before they upset him and he decides to go away. Once you have that signed statement you will find the TP insurer will look to pay out. There is no ‘property’ or ownership of an independent witness so no issue with me getting a statement from him for you. Your policy will still be running and you can put a new bike on it. Provided you have not claimed against it for the total loss. 4D will want to slow this down as much as possible to extend your credit hire bike use as long as possible. The process should be to put you where you were before the incident and to compensate you for your bodily injury. It’s not about making out of it or screwing the insurers. That is a crazy idea that ends up with us paying the inflated bike premiums that we have to. 4D and the like are just out to slow it all down to make profit. I am not saying you want to profit from it but some of the knee jerk comments of other contributors are ridiculous. Let’s get you back on ,the road on a bike of your choosing and your injuries treated properly. 4D should have already referred you to a solicitor for your injuries and you should start chasing them to refer you to physio ASAP. I am happy to help out. You have my number.
  21. 14 points
    I picked up my first RC truck Thursday evening, once home I found it impossible to hand over to the missus for wrapping, so I had to pull rank as a 49 year old kid and say bugger to Xmas, I'm having it now. 👍 As Ive waited months and months, the missus doesn't mind. Result. Ive had a go around the local park and I love it, even as it is out of the box. Ive just lined the inner shell with duct tape where the tyres rub and around the post holes, and added a few of the decals included. Ive also cleaned yesterday's crap off and give all the relevant parts a mist of silicone spray. I know I should've done this before using it but I just had to try it out. It's electric but has On Board Audio, speakers and a control box wired into the speed controller giving a raw recording of a 900 HP short course truck engine and I have to say it sounds bloody awesome. Anyway, here it is, my new Slash 2WD OBA And I managed to get it in the colour scheme that I wanted 😃 And now im off round a local gravel car park for some more fun. 
  22. 14 points
    I've jus ordered one of these in an attempt to get my lazy self cycling in and out to work: I need a large frame so delivery won't be until the end of Januay but the bike dealer is taking my Giant Revolt 2 in px and is giving me a bit of discount and changing the tyres for puncture resistant ones. The Cycle to Work scheme lets me spread a fair chunk of it over 12 months almost tax free which, with the px, means I only need to find a few hundred pounds to fund it. Hopefully it will help me make the 26 - 28 mile ride in under an hour and half and allow me to build up stamina and lose weight. .... well that's the idea at least I wanted the super cool looking MTB version but a test ride confirmed suspension too soft and, more importantly, the gearing was just too low for what I'm actually aiming to use it for which is 100% road commuting. Despite looking like my old geography teachers bike, the Explore does come with full mudguards (hands off Andy), lights that are powered by the drive battery and have built in cotrols on the handlebar, a sturdyrack and even a side stand, most of which I would have to add on top of the price of the MTB. Doesn't look as cool though
  23. 14 points
    *not a bike post alert* The temptation to post several selfies with a Leaf I’d collected after it’s fallen from trees near the office was quite high but you’ll be pleased to know I’ve not done so. Just making sure the inevitable puns are all covered off. My old man’s unfortunately been shipped off to Indonesia for some high stakes drama between the Navy and the Foreign office or something leaving my mam alone with the dogs for a while. They’ve not really been separated for any lengthy period of time since he came off the Campbeltown nearly 25 years ago so I spent some time with her over the weekend. Off for shopping trips and a lunch, she offered me the keys to her pride and joy, a 66-plate Nissan Leaf Acenta. I love all things wheeled and the gub’mint is determined that cars like the Leaf will, one day, be our inevitable future. I couldn’t turn it down could I? Stupidly I failed to take any actual pictures of it however a quick google for a Gun Metal Grey Leaf will give you an idea. Beyond the fact it has Zero Emissions plastered along the door sides and on the boot, it looks relatively...well. Normal. Yes, it has an unconventional bulbous shape rather than the very chiselled, angular thing most C segment cars go for nowadays but otherwise little betrays it’s special powertrain on the outside. It feels roughly the same size as most of the cars in it’s cars, perhaps a teeny bit longer than some, but no biggy. The inside, from looks alone, isn’t that unconventional either. Actually it all feels slightly retro. Big digital dashboards, two of them, and a centre console raised from the flush surface and covered in piano black plastic. The Fit and Finish is excellent, as you would expect from a Japanese manufacturer. There is an abundance of slightly hard scratchy plastics in places but it all feels solid. The seats are covered in this strange, artificial velour type material and you sink into them like armchairs. I once had the pleasure/displeasure of being carted around in an old Citroen CX, the leviathan cheese wedge shaped barges from the 80s, and the seats feel remarkably similar. Luxuriously comfy, very much likely. The battery pack fits somewhere along the floor space under the rear seat which inevitably leaves rear legroom compromised. I’m only 5ft 5 and I found my 29” legs folded up very high, uncomfortably so for any lengthy journey. Shoulder space is excellent; you could happily fit 3 Tolkein dwarves in there with no issues at all. For anyone in the heady 6ft regions you’re going to struggle, maiming might be your only option. Strangely the battery doesn’t compromise the boot which feels pretty sizable. Beyond having a bag to fit your charging wire in, it’s a nice deep square shape. Humongous loading lip so dogs might struggle but perhaps you could put them in the backseat while your >6ft passenger goes in the boot? Legalities aside it’s probably more comfortable for everyone involved. It’s only when you turn it on that immediately things get different. It’s keyless entry as standard which is lovely, foot on the break and push the starter button. Nothing. Well, that’s a lie. No engine noise, the car comes to life in abject mechanical silence. What it does do is produce a little jingle of some form sort of like house phones from the 90s. Rather starship like displays all kick into life with the upper dashboard having a digital speedo, eco meter, clock and external temp gauge. The lower display has your battery meter, battery temperature gauge, cruise control/limiter, mileage and diagnostic screen. Fully charged with 6,000 on the clock, this particular example read 87miles till she’s running empty. This is a MY2016 with the larger 30kWh battery. It’s important to note that this figure is built of a great many bits of information and is not necessarily accurate from the moment you pull away. The car knew that the electric fan heater is on which mullers the battery life, the car was not in “eco” mode which dampens the throttle response and so it predicts it will use more battery in normal driving. It constantly assesses your driving and electrical usage to give an accurate prediction of range and there is a great many things you can do to extend the range. For example, disabling the heater and switching on Eco mode put that almost immediately up to over 100 miles of range. The eco indicator is rather sweet as you build a little infographic “tree” as you continue to drive ecologically; it makes careful driving become a game of sorts. Actually driving it is curiously liberating. Flicking the little selector into “D” and pulling away in absolute silence is a strangely eerie feeling but you quickly get used to it. This is one seriously refined and relaxing thing to be in. It glides over almost any imperfection in the road and wind noise is almost non-existent. The only real noise is from the tyres but even then that’s a distant rumble rather than anything intrusive. In eco mode the throttle response is kinda like driving a hybrid; there’s a noticeable hesitancy under the pedal but with a decent shove it moves along pretty smartly. The advantage of electric is 100% torque at standstill so even in the supposedly eco friendly mode it happily romps away from traffic with a liberal application of your right foot. Take it out of eco mood and despite the fancy electric transmission there is enough torque to get the front’s spinning. The throttle response immediately feels more urgent, so much so it’s almost a little challenging to control when you’re stuck behind Dorris in a 20 year old Micra. It’s enormously satisfying to outdrag a 330d or some other executive car off the line as it’s bogged down by it’s transmission. Course it’ll catch up eventually but no one seems to expect a dowdy hatchback to be a silent rocket. Something to note is the savage engine breaking. It’s actually a KERS like system that recovers thermal energy under braking or throttle less rolling which it then shoves back in the battery. It’s a clever system by rather aggressive, especially when going up hill. I wonder whether the brake lights should show... Despite the range being pretty short on these things it’s remarkably capable on the motorway. Supposedly it’s only capable of 90 odd mph but there’s some left over for overtaking at 70. Certainly it feels just as quick and flexible as say a small eco-diesel until you’re above 80. At those sorts of speeds you’re going to be sapping battery at a frankly ridiculous rate so 70mph is the comfortable cruising speed. We travelled from Gosport to Southampton on the motorway and it didn’t feel out of its depth at all. It handles reasonably well too. Certainly the tires Nissan fit to it are more than a match for the components underneath them. I did have a slightly hairbrained moment hooning it onto a slip road into the outside lane where it simply understeered onto the rumble strips but that was more my own loutishness than anything. It does roll quite a lot in reasonably speedy corners but it never feels uncontrolled. Just floppy. Like a St Bernard with wheels. Around town and in car parking centres etc the power steering feels very very fluid, very light and easy to use. Parking it is a dream especially as the mid range models up have parking sensors and a reversing camera. I mirror park any car I’m not familiar with and that was easy enough. However, this does neatly segue into the key downside of Electric Car ownership; Charging it. The Leaf’s charging point, much like most of the lower end of the EV market, is mounted under the badge on the bonnet meaning you have to frontwards park if you intend to charge it with a pod while you’re oot and aboot. To my shame it’s the only element of driving in which I am utterly hopeless at. Parallel or Reverse parking, no problem. Frontwards? Rubbish. Took me about 3 attempts to get it vaguely straight confounded by the auto transmission which has quite a quick rolling function. The car has two charging connections on it; one is the Type 2 standard which appears to be pretty much ubiquitous and deals with slower and mid speed charging while the other is a CHAdeMO port for fast charging. The car comes, as standard, only with the slower speed charging lead. I think a lot of the fast charging pods have cables built in for supporting the speedy charging. Actually working out how to use the damn thing might as well require an engineering degree. Plugging it into the car is easy and it locks in place to stop someone nicking your cable which is great. The pods, however, are universally completely incomprehensible. The first we tried with Podpoint requires a little contactless card thing which was supplied with the home charger that came with the car. Could we get it to work? Could ever. No indication its actually doing anything at all until the car itself starts flashing on the dashboard to say it’s charging. Working out how to unlock the port on the pod was a nightmare and, once we got back, it took us nearly half an hour in the pouring rain to work out how to release the cable. Podpoint were then adamant that we’d paid for the charging despite it showing as a nil charge which was patently not true. After all that it’d only actually gained about 10 miles of range for the hour and a half we were there. Some shopping centres now come with entirely free charging points which West Quay does. That was much easier than the Podpoints at Whiteley. But it’s still a complete faff; with an ICE car the format and methodology behind putting the blow-up juice in is universal. I counted 3 different charging point providers when we were out and about and all of them accepted payment for the charging in different ways, none of them cross compatible. For something like a Tesla or a Renault Zoe that has theoretic ranges in excess of 200 miles on a charge its less of an issue but with the MY2016 Leaf it becomes rather prohibitive. It’s worth noting that repeated rapid charging can make the battery rather hot which will inevitably ruin the battery’s life. The pay back is cost. This car covers approximately 250 miles a month which costs around £15 in electricity or so. The car before it, a 2015 Corsa, would be spending nearly £45 in petrol to do that journey. Road tax is free, congestion charges (if applicable) don’t apply to EVs, the Itchen Bridge is free. I believe there is a consultation to even open bus lanes to EVs. While parking it and charging it is a pain, special parking reserved only for EVs is actually quite common now and usually really close to shopping centres. If you can stomach the initial outlay or, as mam did, buy a demonstrator as the residual values are appalling then as a second car it makes absolute sense. There’s a wider issue that has me hesitating as well. How ecologically friendly are they? The materials required to manufacture the batteries which have an effective life of 10 years at best are particularly unfriendly to the environment to mine and manufacture. There is an argument that EVs and Hybrids have covered so many CO2 “miles” before they even reach their recipient that the actual CO2 impact of one compared to a Ford Focus or similar is virtually the same. It also depends on the national grid which varies in its ecological friendliness from country to country. For me, any car that’ll be virtually worthless and likely at the end of its effective life after 10 years just isn’t worth it. It’s proof if there ever was proof needed that we have a long way to go before we’re ready for that. EVs have their place but until they become convenient, long range, long life prospects then they’re nothing more than a second car novelty. I think I’d rather have a thumping motorbike between my legs.
  24. 14 points
    Honda couldn’t supply a red Crossrunner until next month but a few calls to other dealers by Kent M/Cs means I pick mine up next Saturday the 15th. Top box lights and Sat nav being transferred over. Shad seat sold to a member of this forum. Trade in bras in excess of retail price shown in Glass’s guide. My thoughts on the 2 bikes as follows. Please remember whilst some are obviously facts others are my personal views Crossrunners negatives compared with NC 1) Price 2)Servicing costs 3) Fuel consumption 4)weight 5) Less desirable colour options. Crossrunner positives compared with NC 1) Acceleration 2) Comfort seat is as good as a NC with Shad seat. 3)Heated grips as standard 4) Accesory lead as standard. 5) Self cancelling indicators 6) Front indicators act as running lights. 7) For me it has the FUN factor that I didn’t find in the NC. 8) I feel that I shall be able to get more involvement with it. Im sure others may well disagree with me
  25. 14 points
    Had test ride today and ended up bringing the demo home. A deal involving trading the NCl for a new one has been agreed in principle subject to me being able to push the bike backwards down our drive and out onto the road with too much difficulty
  26. 13 points
    So decided to utilise the ‘ridge’ of plastic that sits behind the rear wheel. bought a stock scooter mud guard that comes with fixing bracket and costs 3.99 scissors are fine to cut it into a shape that sits just on the frame but that is too short to be rubbed by the wheel. the bracket is also soft aluminium and I cut it down to 11cm again with some scissors. Drilled a couple more holes then used it as a template against the ridge. no need to remove anything as the ride height easily accommodates the drill. Drilled through the ridge to accommodate the bolts that come with the mudguard. I just took the chain guard off for photos. Wiped some ACF on the bracket just to keep the rust away. it’s just a solution on the cheap as came in under a fiver.
  27. 13 points
    My new baby !( Bloody big baby ) is here , triumph rocket111 , to add to my ever growing list of bikes , lucky I've got trade insurance which covers multiple vehicles , got to give a bit of a service and check over before she is let loose , cant wait
  28. 13 points
    After a number of delivery extensions from ordering, I take delivery of my baby BMW next week. F850GS Sport. The last few weeks have been productive. I sold both my VFR1200F DCT and my Tiger 800. Both for full asking price. Even the weather next week looks to be playing ball. I might book it's first service for next week when I collect it. I tried a lot of similar machines before putting my deposit down. I still wish shaft drive had been an option on the bike.
  29. 13 points
    Hi while browsing the US forums (I browse many different forooms) I came across this very handy piece of info for when your bike is stuck in gear. This chap was giving advice to someone's daughter who was stuck somewhere in the USA. 'Have her start the engine. If it is not in neutral when she turns on the ignition, apply the front brake (pull the lever) while pressing the starter button. The brake overrides the safety feature of the trans not being in neutral, after the engine starts it should downshift to 1st on its own.' Ray Nofear2trek
  30. 13 points
    Quite popular today. Loads of stuff here. Lots more than last year - are we having a two stroke renaissance like the gramophone record I wonder?
  31. 13 points
    There you go, market for a new product. Some sort of dispenser built in with Grecian 2000/boot polish/ dodgy hormones off the interweb. The lid goes on Kojak and comes off Bobby Moore. I do not have this trouble #1 all over. Story on this though, I used to have SB&S, #3 on top but got fed up of the barbers taking a whole afternoon with appointments running late and trying to sell stuff I didn't want. I bought the clippers and did #2. The wife wasn't impressed. Then I slipped and took a lump out so the only solution was #1 all over. She's now really not happy and says I look like a convict. It'll grow back says I. Only 3 years later it hadn't, (mostly due to a weekly top off). One night over dinner she says " Isn't it funny how your hair used to grow like mad and now it doesn't". I did actually manage to mumble some sort agreement to this and not launch soup through my nostrils. Andy
  32. 13 points
    Can I just chip in my two penneth on the CB500 range, I have for the past 50 years been a serial "bike changer" sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Never kept a bike longer than a year so if you do the arithmetic and factor in the fact that some bikes never even made the year mark and by some considerable distance then the numbers are quite frightening. The CB500X is just coming up to 1 year old and try as I may I cannot find anything that I would like to replace it with, ok I have tailored it to meet my requirements (Heated grips, gear position indicator, grip puppies, fenda extenda, tank protector, Michelin PR4's with "Tyre seal installed", shaved seat, rack and Givi Blade top box, rear hugger, sidestand plate, center stand, Hawk accessory bar with spotlights, Daneli mini soundbomb, Givi XS319 tanklock bag, loobman oiler, Evotech radiator guard, Fuel Micro Mini minus baffle and a liberal coating of Acf50 oh and a detachable sheepskin seat pad, lovely.) but I can think of only two reasons for arriving at this point. 1) The 500X is the perfect, and I use the word with due consideration, motorcycle for my requirements and or 2)I have eventually "wised up" to what really matters with regard to a motorcycle (may be one and the same thing thinking about it). I have test ridden all sorts of very diverse bikes over the last month but nothing for me come close to the packaged delivered by the budget, A2 little Honda. I really don't know whether to rejoice or worry. Geoff.
  33. 12 points
    Having spent quite a bit on suspension upgrades and other useful mods I've had to accept the NC750XA isn't right for me. I'm collecting a CBF100FA on Friday to replace the NC. I have serious multiple orthopaedic problems following a couple of life changing [non fault] accidents in the last 28 years so I can't really blame the NC as I'm quite demanding and have specific needs. Fingers crossed this is a good move! All the best to all you remaining NC owners...
  34. 12 points
    I want this.
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    Well, spent an hour or so looking for the "safe place" i'd stored the optimate lead........ Then, I remembered I'd loaned it to a work colleague! Spent the remainder of the morning routing the satnav power cable and arranging a location above the clocks.
  38. 12 points
    Collected the T100 from Newcastle Triumph yesterday morning and did almost 100 miles meandering home over moors and through villages. Very apprehensive due to being very happy with the CB500X that I traded it for. That apprehension disappeared within the first couple of miles as the tentacles of the huge character that is the T100 wrapped themselves around me and started to squeeze. The bike had been PDI'd to a very high standard and a switched 12V supply had been provided to the dresser bar area as I had asked. Got home and fitted the driving lights (huge safety addition), decided so as to cut down on wiring and as I never switch them off to omit the switch from the installation as I can think of no reason not to do this (if anyone knows better please tell me). Up early this morning and gave it a good clean (sad) and am going out now to deluge it in ACF50. Ordered up some "Bike Seal" puncture preventive treatment and before you all jump on me to tell me "nothing works on tubbed tyres" I am aware of this but it's worth a few quid in the hope that if a puncture does happen then this product may just and I stress may, just slow the rate of deflation. Early days but initially over the moon with the bike and I hope and believe that this may just be the machine for that special relationship for which we search. Only time will tell. Geoff.
  39. 12 points
    The Deauville's hard to beat. Personally I like the built in panniers, suits the lines of the bike and of course very handy. Went for a spin on Saturday night down to Newcastle (County Down) for an ice-cream and a walk along the front. Yes, it is only about 70bhp, but for the lovely twisty roads through the Mourne mountains down to the sea it was more than adequate. Surprisingly, with my wife on the back it doesn't handle any different with no noticeable reduction in power or torque. Only time you'd notice a pillion was turning at walking pace, but I guess that would be the same on any bike. That's our friend's bike beside mine, a Ducati Multistrada 1200S; nice bike but out of my league!
  40. 12 points
    My first proper ride out on Victor today. Stopped on our way home from lunch with Tex at the 1066. Not all the pretty bits are up North
  41. 11 points
    Linguini Carbonara? The machine on the right has won on the Isle of Man six times (Ryan Farquhar x 3, McGuinness x 2 and Josh Brookes x 1) and the one on the left just makes me smile. Which makes it a winner in my eyes!
  42. 11 points
    Since I retired I seem to have adopted the “Australian” attitude to work.. Spanish singer Julio Iglesias was Anne Diamond’s chat show (ITV, I think) and he used the word "manãna" (pronounced "munyana"). Anne asked him to explain what it meant. He said that the term means: "Maybe the job will be done tomorrow; maybe the next day; maybe the day after that; or perhaps next week; next month; next year. Who really cares?" Anne turned to Albert Yatapingu from the Gumbaingeri Tribe (aboriginal) who was also on the show. She asked him if there was an equivalent term in his native language. "Nah" he replied. "In Australia we don't have a word to describe that degree of urgency."
  43. 11 points
    I know these are popular and have been discussed at length here. Thought I would share my thoughts on them after over a year. I had a pair fitted in June last year and they transformed the bike. After 11000 miles them still feel great, although the centres are not too far of the wear bars now. They were quite expensive £270 fitted I think but have lasted very well. Could have had a set of Bridgstones for £50 less, but very happy with these. They worked really well through the winter too, with lots of grip and confidence. Quite surprised how they warm up very well in even very cold conditions. Wet grip was faultless as well. They feel almost as good now as when they were new. Previous tyres have felt a bit squirmy when worn but the PRs have lasted really well. I would have no doubt replacing with another pair or The Road 5s for a good price. My commute is 60 miles per day into London, around 2/3 dual carriageway and 1/3 in town. Equally good in both environments! Hope this helps anyone looking to choose new rubber.
  44. 11 points
    First impressions. Great fun. Lightweight. Very easy to ride and very planted at the front end. Went to golf along some country lanes strewn with damp leaf debris, gravel etc and it didn’t twitch. Perhaps I was a little gung ho but on a normal bike I would have been tip toeing along making sure the front end and the road did not part company. The two wheels up front just give you the psychological confidence advantage as I am sure most riders would just rip through the same detritus without giving it a second thought. I have always been very cautious. I was not riding the Tricity, pronounced Tri City, like a loony but it is just great fun. The motor could do with perhaps being a 300cc as it is a pretty bog standard 125cc performance. In today’s very, very strong headwinds I managed to get up to the heady speed of 58mph. However for 99% of what I will use it for it is great. Very comfortable and plenty of room. Easy to get on and off and the fact that my knees are straight in front of me means my hip is not splayed and it is going to work. Of course I miss the power of a proper bike but at least I am still riding. It is an absolute breeze in the traffic and extremely narrow. I have an on fashioned roll around vertical 3 panel garage door. None of the other bikes I have had, including the S-wing 125, would fit through the single hinged entry panel door so I always had to fully open the doors. A right pain. Remarkably the Tricity just scrapes through. Tomorrow’s forecast is terrible so I will probably have a go at fitting tracker, heated grips and tail for the smart charger. All in all it’s a nice little bike that does what it says on the tin. Photos tomorrow if I get a chance.
  45. 11 points
    Got back Saturday night from our week in Cornwall and spent Sunday morning unpacking and giving the van a good clean inside and out. I had a couple of hours to spare later in the afternoon which I had already earmarked for a spin on two wheels but instead of opting for something sensible I though I would wheel this out for (nearly) it first and it's last outing of the year. Tyres pressures were spot on and it started on the button, as I knew it would. First reminder that would be riding something a little more 'exciting' was when I blipped the throttle while it was warming up, the motor spins up in a slpit second, none of this lazy, 'yeah, yeah I'll get there in a minute' malarky I've been getting used to and it was accompanied by that lovely gixxer rasp from the airbox. Second reminder was just how light it was to wheel about, even with clip ons it's a doddle to move around, not surprising at 170kg dry! Out on the road the high spec plush suspension and abundant and instant power were a stark contrast to the Moto Guzzi V7 I had been riding around down in Cornwall and it was a joy to settle down to some decent miles. The 20 odd miles of A354 Salisbury to Shaftesbury could have been made for it , surprisingly quiet at 6pm om Sunday and what was there was despatched in an instant with never a hint of drama. 60 miles later it sat gently ticking on my drive while I cleaned the flies off the front of it, an absolute buzz and a reminder of what biking used to be like. The sportsbike is dead, long live the sportsbike
  46. 11 points
    Just sharing my opinion on the two great bikes I tried today. I was thinking of upgrading from my Honda NC750X 2016 to a more powerful bike for a while. Not that I was not happy about it, but just wanted to see if I was missing the so called "fun" when I was riding it. Many people comment that the ride on NC750X is boring and not exciting altogether. So today I went to a nearby bike garage and test drove a VFR800X Crossrunner 2018 and BMW F800GT 2014 reg. First the specs. On paper the Crossrunner has about 100 bhp @10000 RPM and 72.8 NM torque @9500 RPM. The BMW has about 90 bhp (@8000 RPM) and a torque of 86 NM (@5800 RPM). So I expected a substantial increase of performance for either of the two compared to my NC750X which has just 54 bhp @6000 RPM and 68 NM torque. Having driven both today I can say that the difference in acceleration was not as massive as I expected after comparing the specs. In fact, the difference was noticeable but not huge. In town and on country lanes the Crossrunner while being slighly roomier and more comfortable performed and felt exactly the same as my NC. I have never felt the need to push the engine past 6500 RPM and the "DOHC boost" has never kicked in. On motorways the DOHC never kicked in on the 6th gear, so no change here too. The area I felt the Crossrunner performing very well was a high speed overtaking when you drop down to the 5th gear and accelerate from 70 to 90 in a matter of seconds. Yet the RPM counter has never went past 8000. The BMW has performed similarly to the Crossrunner. The BMW was definitely a more fun bike to ride due to its sporty fairings and sitting position. I found the BMW suitable for both upright and leaning forward positions. There was absolutely no pressure on the wrists and forearms unlike on some sports bikes, yet when I wanted to go fast I could just lean forward and hide behind the windscreen. I felt the BMW was also more enjoyable and flickable on twisties and on roundabouts than either the NC or the Crossrunner. And it looked much sexier than both Hondas . The only downside was that being 6.1 ft tall I could not have gripped the bike by my hips fully - my knees were sticking forward and pushing against the curved fairing. For wind protection at high speeds the Crossrunner was unbeatable. My NC with its tall aftermarket Puig screen was the second and the BMW was the third. Having said that the air pressure on the BMW felt very steady and consistent at all speeds with almost no jerky buffeting, so I could lean a bit forward and have my torso supported by the oncoming airflow. Cutting the long story short, I am now postponing my plan to upgrade as I do not feel that my daily commuting in town will be improved by changing the NC to any of the two. Yes, I feel that both BMW and the Crossrunner are better suited for long trips at motorway speeds, especially the Crossrunner, but I do not do them. I guess my next step would be to go and explore the Litre+ category. Even though I feel that the NC750X would be very hard to beat for town commuting and my riding style. Also will be trying Triumph Tiger 800 and Yamaha 900 Tracer. Thanks for reading
  47. 11 points
    Sold the Deauville last night and just rode 90 miles home on this baby. She has 6K Kilometres on the clock and had one careful lady owner(really) Initial impressions:As much fun as the CRF250L but better able to manage open road and even motorways. I did a short motorway section earlier and she ran well up to an indicated 140KPH(87 mph) so overtakes were not as scary as on the CRF. ABS brakes are a big improvement and the increased tank range, body work and screen make a big difference to comfort. I will have to follow Brian and look for a dead sheep for the seat. Planning to take her to France in September Rumour has it that she is being called Sally the Rally
  48. 11 points
    There's a few on here who would welcome hair of any description, bad or not. 😂
  49. 11 points
    A few of pics of my new mini Guzzi that I picked up a couple of weeks ago: This one at the previous owners place just before I loaded in the van This one once I had got I had removed the rack and screen
  50. 11 points
    I have always had maxi scooters until the Integra, and in a lot of ways prefer them. My first was an X9 250 with the Honda engine then an X9 500 which I still have and in between I have had a Nexus, another X9 500 and a Yamaha T-Max and at one point a Kawasaki GTR1000. Servicing is expensive if you use a dealer/garage, but the actual task is probably simpler than on a motorbike so even less technically minded owners could probably do their own. There are advantages to scooters in that you have no constant maintenance like chain oiling as 99% of parts once fitted just work until they need changing and have no adjustment to make in between. Apart from a sat nav holder and power supply, you probably don't need accessories as they have all the gadgets built in. Even a electro hydraulic centre stand on the X9. The reason I still have the original X9 500 from 2004 is that it is brilliant. There is no corrosion apart from a bit of tarnish on a few bolt heads and some p-clips, everything works, it's comfortable, quick enough, reasonably economical and I can strip it down and rebuild it nut and bolt every few years and it's as good as new again. In 70,000 miles I have replaced the regulator and water pump once, steering bearings, thermostat twice and the rest are the wear items like tyres brake pads each of which last around 5-6000 miles. The T-max suffered horrendous corrosion, the wheels peeled, the brakes seized, the discs tarnished and wore badly the front exhaust pipe rusted and the fancy trick matt black paint peeled off the fairing. The Nexus gave no bother apart from water pump seals but I couldn't get on with the poor weather protection so swapped it for a second X9 500 as a project as the dealer couldn't get it started - took me an hour. Comparably the Integra isn't fairing well either, the rear shocker looks tatty after only 19,000 miles, the brake callipers look very 'used' and all the little brackets that hold wiring or pipes everywhere on the bike are rusty, the engine casing refuses to stay silver and goes white and spotty no matter what protection you spray on it and generally you have to spend a lot more time and effort into cleaning and fettling, plus all parts are expensive. Out of the two it's probably the one that will get traded in or just sold. Maxi scooters, not trad metal bodied types, do need to be stripped down and fettled every few years to prevent unseen problems masked by body panels, but nothing different than an Integra plus with a decent top box plus the underseat storage and the curry hook you can carry a lot of 'stuff'. You do have to ride them within their design limits though, if you try to hustle them along like a motorcycle, they will tip you off, they lean over further for the same radius curve possibly due to the lower CofG and smaller wheels so they ground out easier, the smaller wheels don't like pot holes and the simpler suspension hates rough rippled surfaces but knowing this and adjusting to it still makes an enjoyable ride. Compromise between the two, scooter and motorcycle like the Integra, and you lose all the benefits of both, but Suzuki probably hit the spot with the Burgman 650 where they made a scooter with all the gadgets even a heated seat and electric screen, that performed like a good mid range motorcycle but gave all the advantages of a scooter. Too expensive though, always was.
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