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fred_jb
8 hours ago, Tex said:

 

He would make a great presenter on Top Gear! :D 

That is possibly a bit harsh as he is a decent enough type, not full of himself, and can talk fluently without a script - unlike Clarkson and crew, though I'm not sure what their replacements are like as I don't watch it.  However, he is definitely not a details man, but should realise that most bikers (though in my experience not BMW owners!) are keen to know all the specs and technical details when reading/watching a review, so I think he should do a little more homework before taking a bike out.

 

PS:  watching the review made me quite nostalgic for the DCT!

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Tex

Oddly enough, I’ve been a bit nostalgic over the DCT myself (sigh). Yes, as you say, a decent enough bloke. 

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Rocker66
23 minutes ago, Tex said:

Oddly enough, I’ve been a bit nostalgic over the DCT myself (sigh). Yes, as you say, a decent enough bloke. 

Are we likely to see a blue & white Bonnie advertised on here soon then?😀😀

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Tex
13 minutes ago, Rocker66 said:

Are we likely to see a blue & white Bonnie advertised on here soon then?😀😀

 

Nah. I’m still loving it. I’m very tempted by this though..

 

http://www.jsgedge.co.uk/pages/used/used-bikes/2017-17-TRIUMPH-THRUXTON 1200-1200cc/59bfe8c223d66a1c3.htm

 

I would call it ‘Malcolm’ ;) 

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Rocker66
19 minutes ago, Tex said:

 

Nah. I’m still loving it. I’m very tempted by this though..

 

http://www.jsgedge.co.uk/pages/used/used-bikes/2017-17-TRIUMPH-THRUXTON 1200-1200cc/59bfe8c223d66a1c3.htm

 

I would call it ‘Malcolm’ ;) 

Very nice I would like it with the Triumph half fairing though. Sadly I don’t think it would fit me these days.

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Tex
1 minute ago, Rocker66 said:

Sadly I don’t think it would fit me these days.

 

I know. My mind is writing cheques that my poor old body can’t cash! :D 

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Griff

I see a test of the X alongside an Africa Twin on Ride magazine. They started off very luke warm about it, but it eventualy grew on them.  

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SteveThackery
12 hours ago, Trev96 said:

The trouble with Missenden Flyer is that he doesn't research what he's testing. In this video he says that the "sport button alters the gear ratios", which is of course wrong.

In a previous test of a Yamaha T-Max DX he completely omitted to mention that it had belt final drive.

 

I think he's a wannabe TV presenter.  Although he can talk fluently, I think he waffles on too much - too many words and not enough real content.  I don't find his reviews particularly helpful, although I don't object to him, like I do some other YouTube prima donnas.

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aldmannie

Rumour has it there's a new ADV scooter coming.....

 

TEASER LINKY

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Exceledsteve

Looks nice. Honda are on a roll with this. I can see the x-adv under pinnings in there. Different coat and same rubbish top box. It'll almost certainly be chain driven too, which will put off many scooterists. It's the only thing that stops my x-adv being a 10 out of 10 bike for me. Belt drive would be great in this configuration. 

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Griff

What mileage do owners have on their X's currently ?  I am at about 5,000kms and no issues other than a little screen rattle over rough roads. Otherwise all is functioning well.  

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kayz1

I think mine is ace:: only problem i have with it is the fact it is the dirtiest bike i have EVER owned muck all over in the wet.

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Exceledsteve
9 hours ago, Griff said:

What mileage do owners have on their X's currently ?  I am at about 5,000kms and no issues other than a little screen rattle over rough roads. Otherwise all is functioning well.  

I'm only just coming to the 600 mile service on Tuesday Griff... 7 weeks old... So I wouldn't expect any issues at all. I know what you mean about the screen rattle though. It's only a little thing, but it is a thing.

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CapoBob

I'm at @ 800 miles on my X...First service done and can honestly say I've no regrets in buying this bike.

OK so it's a step backwards having a chain again....but it's fairly well covered and I anticipate this helping to keep it clean(er).

All the new bikes are so open at the back...with little or no guarding...Filthy backs and Top boxes ensue...

I'm 5'10 with a 30" leg and although initially I felt a little tippy toed at stops...it's just a bit of getting used to and have grown in confidence daily with low speed manoeuvres with the DCT....I have managed to knock it into manual with my winter gloves a couple of times and hit the rev limiter waiting for the change :blink:.

 

Several people have enquired as to exactly what it is I'm riding and "how big is the engine"???

 

It's so vastly different to my Crosstourer with the feet forward position and nothing to grip with the knees...but the bars are the same height...as is the seat  and I can honestly say it's re-invigorated my ride into work each day..I do 22 miles across town from Bexleyheath to Brentford/Ealing.

Only about 4 miles on the A2 then the fun begins...X-ADV...I'm pretty sure the V stands for Viagra! :D

 

I had a Vespa as a 17 year old and this bike has taken me back...But I wouldn't have taken the Vespa round the M25...had it been built then!!

 

Average fuel consumption has come down from 70mpg to about a steady 65mpg...but that is because I'm now wringing it's neck!

 

Not used the top box yet as the underseat storage is adequate for daily carrying..even with summer waterproofs stowed.

 

Cracking bike!

 

 

 

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Exceledsteve

Just returned from its first service, along with my son on his CBR500R. The workshop chap reminded my son about the importance of oiling his chain as his was apparently bone dry. We've both done the same mileage in the same conditions and I didn't get the same gentle advice... that chain cover must be doing its job as I hadn't oiled mine either.  

 

You're right Bob... It's a cracking bike!

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PoppetM
On 23/10/2017 at 11:37, CapoBob said:

 

I had a Vespa as a 17 year old and this bike has taken me back...But I wouldn't have taken the Vespa round the M25...had it been built then!!

 

 

Chicken.... consider it character building. I took my Vespa down the A3 in the dark. Three lanes, motorway speeds. You haven't lived until you have had a Waitrose Juggernaut go flying past you.... :) 

 

 

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Tex

The Vespa is a wonderful device. Cleverest piece of ‘blue sky’ design of it’s era. But (especially in 125cc form) it ain’t a motorway ‘natural’. But, massive ‘respect’ to you Sam. :) 

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Griff

On two occasions I have experienced a one off stumble in the motor when on reserve on my X. The first time was entering a steep downhill bend when I had used about 1.1 litres of the reserve available. I put that down to the fuel intake being exposed during the steep downhill for a moment. However it happened again today while cruising on a motorway but just shortly after the reserve initially showed. This time I hadn't even used the first 0.1 of a litre. The stumble was only for a fraction of a second but sufficiently so to be noticed. Anyone else experience this ? 

For information, when I eventually got petrol with the reserve warning now flashing vigorously, it took 12.44 litres to refill. That suggests that I had 0.66 litres remaining of the total 13.1. According to the reserve indicator I had 0.4 litres remaining. The difference is only 0.26 litres and that is probably down to the fact that I tend to overfill slightly. As such the reserve warning on this bike is to be taken very seriously indeed !

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Exceledsteve

I haven't experienced any kind of stumble in the power when approaching empty but I'm surprised how little there is left when the fuel warning occurs. Yesterday I was on my way to fill up when the fuel warning occurred... A mile later I brimmed it with 10.72 litres, which means it first 'warned' me with just 2.4 litres left. Not a problem when local but could be in the mountains. I'll take the fuel bar countdown to the warning flash more seriously than I would have when in the middle of nowhere knowing this.

 

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Hati

Do you get "fuel used" option on the X? Works wonders on the Integra, because you always know exactly how much you used from the tank full and what is available.

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Griff
12 hours ago, Hati said:

Do you get "fuel used" option on the X? Works wonders on the Integra, because you always know exactly how much you used from the tank full and what is available.

 

As far as I can see it is the only reserve warning available. When the reserve warning flashes they one supposedly has 1.5 litres left and the countdown starts on that. 

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Hati

I am talking about the fuel consumption display, if it is available on the X. On the Integra you can select between a number of fuel consumption options (average, litre per 100 km, fuel used etc.) The fuel used option is a direct readout of the fuel pumped through the injectors. Very accurate value, so using that you will always know how much fuel you actually used since your last full tank. Provided you remember to zero it when you fill it ;)

 

If that is available on your bike, you cannot go wrong.

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slowboy
17 hours ago, Exceledsteve said:

I haven't experienced any kind of stumble in the power when approaching empty but I'm surprised how little there is left when the fuel warning occurs. Yesterday I was on my way to fill up when the fuel warning occurred... A mile later I brimmed it with 10.72 litres, which means it first 'warned' me with just 2.4 litres left. Not a problem when local but could be in the mountains. I'll take the fuel bar countdown to the warning flash more seriously than I would have when in the middle of nowhere knowing this.

 

If it helps, I get around the fuel anxiety thing by zeroing one of the trip meters when I fill up. I know how far I can go on a full tank, so know to fill up a bit earlier if I'm "out in the wild" or somewhere unfamiliar say in the mountains on a track somewhere in Europe. It's a hang up from the old days of fuel taps, because every now and again you'd (I'd) forget to switch back from reserve to main, so when it stopped, it stayed stopped. I always knew I'd get 200 miles out of the NC, so after 150 to 170 miles was time to look. On the CRF, it's about 170 to fuel gauge "flashing", so I reckon 130 to 150 is about right.

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Rocker66
19 minutes ago, slowboy said:

If it helps, I get around the fuel anxiety thing by zeroing one of the trip meters when I fill up. I know how far I can go on a full tank, so know to fill up a bit earlier if I'm "out in the wild" or somewhere unfamiliar say in the mountains on a track somewhere in Europe. It's a hang up from the old days of fuel taps, because every now and again you'd (I'd) forget to switch back from reserve to main, so when it stopped, it stayed stopped. I always knew I'd get 200 miles out of the NC, so after 150 to 170 miles was time to look. On the CRF, it's about 170 to fuel gauge "flashing", so I reckon 130 to 150 is about right.

That system has worked fine for me for years.

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embee

Me too. Always zero the trip when I refill, I know the "reserve" flashing starts at 10.5 lts used, very repeatable for how I refill it (just covering the plate). Mileage when the flash starts then tells me what the consumption has been (usually between 180-200mls depending on riding) and thus how far I can safely go before fuelling, I usually try to refuel no more than about 20 or at most 30mls after the flash, for comfort.

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