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sandalfarm

 I had a beta rev 3 for a short time when I was going to be the next Martin lampkin, the trouble  for me was that the kick start  was on the "wrong side " and it had to be lent over as it was started and I found it next to impossible  to do , otherwise I would have given him and the whole family a run for their money!

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jeremyr62

VFR1200F. I hated it. Bought a low mileage 2012 model and sold it 9 months later. I could not wait to get rid of it.

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Rocker66
4 hours ago, jeremyr62 said:

VFR1200F. I hated it. Bought a low mileage 2012 model and sold it 9 months later. I could not wait to get rid of it.

Really liked mine the reason I parted with it was it got too heavy for me. Had I been younger/fitter I would have kept. I loved that motor. Still each to their own.

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deecat

Honda CB 750F2 and CBX 750 both had engine troubles and they put me off buying a Honda again for a long while.

 

Change the F2 for a Z1000MkII and had four years of trouble free fun riding then ,then changed to a Z750 L4 before getting the CBX.

 

After that it was Suzuki, Yamaha or Kawasaki for me until I took a chance on a CBR 600 FM which got me back onto Honda's again.

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jeremyr62
1 hour ago, Rocker66 said:

Really liked mine the reason I parted with it was it got too heavy for me. Had I been younger/fitter I would have kept. I loved that motor. Still each to their own.

Bit of a marmite bike. I had a FJR at the same time which I had planned to sell but I quickly realised I much preferred the riding experience of the FJR to the VFR.

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outrunner

In the early eighties I bought a BMW R100RT, I liked it that much I kept it for 10 days. Nothing went wrong in the time I had it, just did not like it and would never have another boxer engined bike, unless it had 4 cylinders and sounded like a Subaru Impreza. :D

 

 

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fj_stuart
1 hour ago, outrunner said:

In the early eighties I bought a BMW R100RT, I liked it that much I kept it for 10 days. Nothing went wrong in the time I had it, just did not like it and would never have another boxer engined bike, unless it had 4 cylinders and sounded like a Subaru Impreza. :D

 

On the subject of Boxers….

 

I was visiting my brother today and a friend turned up on an R nineT that he had on test. He was giggling like an idiot because it was so much fun. Smaller than my SV650 and only a little heavier. A hipster’s toy, of course, but very nicely done.

 

I missed him earlier when he was on an R18. He said that it was as silly as you’d expect.

 

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Tex
1 hour ago, fj_stuart said:

 

On the subject of Boxers….

 

I was visiting my brother today and a friend turned up on an R nineT that he had on test. He was giggling like an idiot because it was so much fun. Smaller than my SV650 and only a little heavier. A hipster’s toy, of course, but very nicely done.

 

I missed him earlier when he was on an R18. He said that it was as silly as you’d expect.

 

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This ageing hipster could play with that toy perfectly happily.. ;) 

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Thosoneill

CCM 640 Duel Sport - heap o shite

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beep

Another down vote for the VFR800. One of the worst bikes around town I've ever owned, but great for motorways if that's your thing. Zzzzzz :sleep:

 

My worst bike has to be a ZR-7. Not heard of it? It was Kawasaki's poor, very poor, answer to the Bandit and Hornet 600, both of which I've also owned and are a lot better, especially the Hornet 600. My only other Kawasaki was a KH250, nasty but full of character.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_ZR-7

 

My Transalp 600 was great, shame Honda never got around to replacing the 700.

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Tel
On 10/8/2020 at 14:17, suffolk58 said:

I think I've featured this monstrosity once before.  It's an early 90's Aprilia Moto 6.5. There is one in the design museum....which where they all should be!

 

 

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WIth my liking for weird bikes I always fancied one of those, but not in that spray-job! They are starting to become collectible too...

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suffolk58
1 minute ago, Tel said:

WIth my liking for weird bikes I always fancied one of those, but not in that spray-job! They are starting to become collectible too...

I would say it's a great bike for a collection. Just don't try riding it.

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Tel
30 minutes ago, beep said:

 

Another down vote for the VFR800. One of the worst bikes around town I've ever owned, but great for motorways if that's your thing. Zzzzzz :sleep:

 

 

You must have had a duff one because mine, and everyone else I know, had no problems with theirs [pre- V.Tec models of course].

The VFR750 looked better but the 800 had a better engine, I had both at the same time a few years ago. I used them for my 100 mile return commute to work and touring and pleasure.

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Perthshire

I have only owned 10 bikes (2 new ones) in 25 years as a motorcyclist - and I chose that word as I am not a biker,  yet.   I have been glad to see the back of every bike and I am sure I will feel the same with the current two.

 

My First Bike Never Happened

  • My first bike never happened.   I had graduated for college with a big debt due to touring round Europe every year on Interrail trains.  I had landed a job in the milk round in Livingston and I lived in Edinburgh.  This would have been a 20 mile commute each way.   I went to the bank to get a loan,  no sir.  I went to Two Wheels in Edinburgh and tried to get a bike on credit,  refused.  No cash to spend so went begging to my dad who said I'm not paying for you to kill yourself,  I lend you the old van.   So I commuted for year in a beat up old Ford Escort van.   

Kawasaki KH-125EX

  • A change of job meant another attempt at getting a bike to commute to work.  A 5 mile mile commute each way.  This time I had a smaller credit card bill and a little cash saved up.  I bought my learner bike.  Passed my test after a few weeks doodling around Edinburgh.  The test centre in Portobello at that time had no lights on the route.   The emergency stop I saw him from half a mile away.
  • The bike was okay,  but had a chain and I did not want to get into any maintenance so traded it in for a belt drive.

Kawasaki GPX305

  • This had terrible reviews but I liked the look of it,  it had a belt drive and a little window to see the oil level - the full extent of my maintenance intentions.
  • It was well capable of the short commute into the city centre and was garaged so survived the poor build quality.
  • It had to go when a pedestrian stepped out in front of me and I slid up the road narrowly missing her.

Kawasaki GT550

  • Still at the same job with that 10 mile a day commute,  but now had a few buddies who went out at weekends and also wanted to tour around Europe.
  • This was the smallest shaft drive bike I could find and it had an after market fairing and panniers.
  • Shaft drive and oil check window - ideal.
  • Two European tours and lots around Scotland.
  • It had to go because of the quality of the fairing and those panniers - it went on a MOT failure because of the drum rear break.

BMW K75S

  • Still at the same job and more money in my pocket it had to be a BMW with panniers for touring.
  • This was the first bike I really liked and kept it for 6 years.  The size, power,  finish and practicality really worked for me.
  • Three tours of Europe,  one of Ireland,  a trips up and down to London.
  • I had moved jobs and then to London while I had this bike.
  • The bike sat outside in the front garden of the block of flats,  when it did not move all summer and failed its MOT it had to go.
  • So ended my run of 'commuter bikes'

BMW F650GS

  • A number of jobs and moves later I was living in Woking and had another commute to be done 20 miles each way.
  • More money than sense had me buy my first new bike,  fully loaded with accesories.  I would have had another K75S if they still made them,  in hindsight I should have bought a decent second hand one.
  • I never liked the bike,  far to much vibration and noise.
  • Sold it back to the dealer when I got another job in London and the commute switched to the train and I was never going to go touring on that bike and numb fingers.

Honda NC750XD

  • After 8 years without a bike and back living in Scotland - in the highlands now was a time to get a bike for 'fun'. No commute.
  • I read about the automatic and as I had a VW DSG and was never going to have anything else I wanted to try the DCT.
  • I found a year old,  fully accessorised model,  every box ticked going cheap from the BMW dealership in Wolverhampton.
  • Perfect size for me and a super looking bike,  kept it for 5 years.
  • What made it go - I must have cleaned the chain twice in that time and the dipstick oil check,  never between services.
  • The final straw was spring time and I could not get it out the garage as the chain was so rusty the bike had seized up.

NC700D Integra

  • I loved the DCT and wanted another and a new bike.   The only thing was which model.   Looked at them all and had to try the scooter to see if I was a scootering sort of person.
  • I bought a cheap Integra from a guy in London,   went down by train and drove it home.   It was great.
  • So the choice was made a scooter - then I looked at the Intergra versus the X-ADV and the later one.
  • NC750XD and NC700D both traded in against a new X-ADV

Kawasaki KLE500

  • Bought to learn a bit about motorcycle maintenance.  A 'project bike' that was a runner but half finished and a 'barn find' that had not been started in 16 years.
  • I learned the lesson that I might be able to do basic maintenance - but restoration you really have to love the bike and have lots of time and money to burn.
  • Sold both together as a project for the same price I paid - worth the lessons I learnt.

Honda X-ADV and NC700SA

  • So I now have an X-ADV
  • This week I bought a NC700S going really cheap to try out that model and also to brush up on my driving skills on a non-DCT bike.   I hope to practice some maintenance on the S for when the X-ADV is out of warranty.

At the end of the day both of these will eventually go when I catch 'New Bike Fever',  will there ever be a vaccine for that virus?  

  • A Honda NC750 something with shaft-drive,  DCT,  ABS, Traction Control and adaptive cruse control would certainly give me an itch.  
  • A retro BMW K75 styled bike with quickshifter and downshifter.  
  • An electric with belt drive,  zero maintenance and self-cleaning?

 

 

 

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makman

Suzuki GS450. Horrid little thing. Awful brakes.  Had obviously been spannered on by a gorilla and ridden with no mechanical sympathy.  Traded in for a VFR750 which was an ace bike apart from usual Reg/Rec issue on day 1! 

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Mark8arker

Suzuki GSX750F 68 plate with the baboons arse. Really wanted VFR800 but i couldnt afford one. So got one the ugliest bikes ever made. Make things worse i dropped it out side Motorcycle City in Manchester. The bike rolled back on when was getting on it. Was laying on the floor with the bike on top of me. The manager came out to lift it off me lol. When got home there was oil on my left boot. Had cracked the engine case ( at the engine pressure testing point ). £2500 to put right. So part exchange it SV650. Im still considering buying VFR800.

 

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larryblag
On 11/10/2020 at 22:56, Tex said:


This ageing hipster could play with that toy perfectly happily.. ;) 

Add me to that list. I'll take the "Pure" please - gorgeous in that glossy grey they do 👍

 

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larryblag
On 08/10/2020 at 14:21, fj_stuart said:

 

Would this be the little fellow?

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Hated mine too. 

The second half of throttle rotation was useless - it just made a loud induction noise without propelling the bike any faster. "m-wahhh! , m-wahhh!" it went. Hilarious, unless you're in Derbyshire with the girlfriend on the back. She had to walk to the top of the hill and remount at the summit. It made me hate hills like I came to hate red traffic lights on the RT. 

 

The bike I hated the most though was the Tiger 800 XRX. Owned for such a short time that I've no photos of that either. Vibes. Painful foot-numbing vibes in the worst possible speed range. What's the opposite of a sweet spot? Uncannily, it was my right foot and the pillion left foot (plus hand-numbing vibes in the bars). The mirrors were a useless blur as well. Low mileage example too - makes me wonder if that was the reason the only other owner it had moved it on so quickly. Oh, and the chain guide that was a consumable item. This one had eaten it in just over 5k miles. I googled it to see if mine was a one-off but no, they all do it apparently. 

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yellownev
1 hour ago, larryblag said:

It made me hate hills like I came to hate red traffic lights on the RT. 

Interested to know why the combination of red lights and the RT caused such issues. I still think despite my common sense alarm going off there might be a RT in my future? 

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Andy m
45 minutes ago, yellownev said:

Interested to know why the combination of red lights and the RT caused such issues. I still think despite my common sense alarm going off there might be a RT in my future? 

Half a ton of Behemoth held on tiptoe because the seat is too wide to put a leg down straight, shuffling pillion, the wind blowing against the built in sail and the full knowledge that it it goes you'll need to hire a crane then get a mortgage to buy plastic panels?

 

Andy 

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Tex
1 hour ago, yellownev said:

Interested to know why the combination of red lights and the RT caused such issues. I still think despite my common sense alarm going off there might be a RT in my future? 


Nev, there’s a whole raft of motorcycles that folks with short legs might choose to avoid and they include the RT and GS. Provided you can get at least one foot flat on the floor I don’t imagine you’ll have an issue. :niceone:

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larryblag

I could get one foot flat by slipping one of my buttox off the seat or tip toe both instead. As Andy quite rightly says the seat, though low is also wide which takes length away. The bike I always wanted in reality was sadly just too much for my height and frame. Mind you, having dropped it, the adrenaline gave me superhuman strength and I lifted it easy. 

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yellownev

Thanks for the explanation and I’m sorry I may have brought back some painful memories. My st1300 was a weight as some will know but I managed it two up as with pillion I was flat footed ( 5’6” 30” inside leg) just the dead weight moving it around the garage that got to me. My Lowered NCx is quite perfect for just me and it did Scotland very well. I really must get a test ride on an RT. As to bikes I was glad to see the back of I guess it was my Firestorm. Most bikes I felt in control of that one was not suited to my short frame so it always felt a stretch but the sound was intoxicating. It went for a direct swap for a Monster 750 that I really really wish I’d kept . Was blue but I had it sprayed red and it looked superb and sounded so plus I was able to flat foot that but as for pillions ..... it went for a 700 Deauville ! 

 

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larryblag

Nev. As a mile munching tourer they are best and lightest in class (and get better with every new version). Relatively light, plush suspension and excellent rider and pillion seats). Try one for a weekend if you can. Unfortunately I had eyes bigger than my legs (29" inseam). With your 30" inside leg you'll probably be OK with the seat at it's lowest position (ten second job). Also try the RS, I borrowed one of those when mine went on for the day for some warranty work. I was very impressed with that and the seat was a good 2" lower too, but they were too new at the time to be in my budget. I paid just under £10k for my 1200RT - two years old at the time, last of the oil cooled versions (same engine as in the current R nine T). 

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Foxy
1 hour ago, larryblag said:

Nev. As a mile munching tourer they are best and lightest in class (and get better with every new version). Relatively light, plush suspension and excellent rider and pillion seats). 

 

For a minute there I thought you talking about the NC, then you got to the excellent seats. I must concentrate harder.😂

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