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Old 11th Sep 2017, 10:08   #1 (permalink)
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Happy 65th

I turned 65 in May. This was my present to me.



It's a 1999 Suzuki SV650. It came with 7,500 km on the clock, cost me 2800 UKP and is flawless.

Drawback. I had to go to west of Tokyo to collect it. It took me seven hours to ride home, and (of course) it rained. Overtaking trucks on the expressway (steel on the left, steel on the right) in the rain with a visor smeared with spray raised my awareness of mortalility.

I've been riding bikes on and off (mostly on, rarely off) since 1968, and I thought I knew a thing or two. This one's taught me some new tricks. It's a Torque Monster and I found I was running wide pulling out of Tee junctions. Not a good look to be spread over the front of oncoming traffic. I've had to sharpen up my focus, and throttle and clutch precision.

Very happy with this. The performance envelope is waaaaay beyond my skills, but I'm riding to stay alive.
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 10:13   #2 (permalink)
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Many Happery turns - and take care.
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 12:05   #3 (permalink)
 
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A very Happy Birthday Ken and make sure you have many
more of them
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 13:11   #4 (permalink)

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I bought a product called Nikwax for my helmet visor. It is like Rainex but you cannot use Rainex on perspex.

Last Friday I had two 60 mile journies in the pouring rain. The night before, as I usually do, I was checking the bike over and getting my kit ready. I was in teh garage and noticed my visor wanted cleaning. My Nikwax was upstairs so I thought I would use silicon polish.

I regretted it. The rain and spray did not naturally fly off the visor the way it does with Nikwax.

I have no affiliation to the manufacturer but it is a wizard product.

Nikwax
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 16:10   #5 (permalink)
 
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Happy 65th from me also.

Like you, I 'turned 65' early in the year, retired and am now a person with serious leisure time! Not managed to buy myself anything quite as exotic as your beast, best I could manage was a new electric golf cart - top speed about 4 mph.
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 17:30   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you Gentlemen. It's a pleasure. Mr Mouse: noted. I use Nikwax on my walking boots (lots of mountains around here) but the plan is to use the bike in the dry and my car when its raining.

Added. Pictures or it never happened.
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Try to get to 66 man.
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 21:06   #9 (permalink)
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My neighbour (a surgeon and forensic pathologist - and also a motorcyclist) refers to his fellow motorcyclists as organ donors.
Bizarre . . .
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 21:11   #10 (permalink)
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ricardian. Two kippers and a pickle. I doubt anyone's interested in my bits and bobs.

Bikes aren't only about power and speed, though there is that. Sometimes its nice to be out in the weather feeling the change from warm to cool. Smelling the difference between dry and wet. That means someting to me although most are indifferent.
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 21:20   #11 (permalink)

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My neighbour (a surgeon and forensic pathologist - and also a motorcyclist) refers to his fellow motorcyclists as organ donors.
That is because many motorcyclists ride in a way that makes killing themselves fairly likely.

When I had taken my IAM Advanced Motorcycle Test a few years ago and the examiner (serving Metropolitan Police Motorcyclist) and I were having a cup of tea he told me that the Met had carried out a survey of accidents over a 5 year (I think) period where a motorcyclist had been involved and someone had been killed or seriously injured. They found that in something like 85% of the accidents the motorcyclist was either wholly or partly to blame for the accident!

I accept that if someone loses control of a car or lorry and veers across the road into me on a motorcycle then it will not be a good outcome. But what I did discover when training for the advanced test is that there is a massive amount I can do to make myself as safe as possible.

The Observer who trained me for the test told me at the beginning that I would very soon be able to recognise riders who had had advanced training and those who had not. I silently thought that was an arrogant and probably untrue statement. It was not. They stand out like a sore thumb. Unfortunately they have no idea that the manner of their riding, and I am not just talikng about excessive speed, is often putting them in great danger.

In social conversation with another police motorcyclist he said to me that you can never have too much training. I am inclined to agree with him.
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 21:27   #12 (permalink)


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Here's to another 65 years old timer! You've got 15 years on me.
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 22:36   #13 (permalink)
 
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A doctor friend of mine once said their term was "donor cyclists".

There's a long, twisty mountain road near here (CA Route 35), very popular with bikers. Apparently there is some kind of club where to join you have to ride it at an AVERAGE speed of over 100 mph (at night, there's too much traffic during the day). It's not unknown for the police to find a dead body 30 feet up in a tree.

Many years ago a friend of mine broke his femur playing rugby. He spent several unpleasant weeks in a traditional British-style open hospital ward, in traction. In an orthopaedic ward of 20 or so beds, he was for the whole time the only person who hadn't been injured in a motorbike accident.

Ride carefully!
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 22:40   #14 (permalink)
 
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Nice bike and remember on both motorcycles and aircraft, Keeping the Dulux up and the Dunlops down is always a good philosophy!
And as Ray Williams the motorcycle dealer from Llanelli who sold me my XT500 used to say to all his customers "enjoy your motoring boy".
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Old 11th Sep 2017, 23:51   #15 (permalink)
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'Twas my luvverly brother who lead me to the slippery slope of motorcycle depravity. I was 13 and on his 16th birthday he came home on a knackered BSA Bantam. It's all been downhill since then.

FWIW, I've re-kindled his biking enthusiasm. I've acquired a Yamaha SRV250 for him and at present its in a container somewhere between Osaka and Southampton.

http://tanshanomi.com/wp-content/upl.../02/srv250.jpg

As with my Suzuki, the clue is in the name. It starts with ''V''. Unlike me (and my brother), the Suzuki is light and nimble. It's also naked and simple .

Pictures please.
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V twins are more relaxing to ride than straight fours. Throttle control in corners is much easier..
I had a single cylinder KTM duke 2. 640 cc. Really easy to throw about. , shame you couldn't read road signs over 3500 rpm. ..

Remember to cancel the indicator, especially the left turn one ��
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Old 12th Sep 2017, 06:02   #17 (permalink)
 
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Nice one Ken - congratulations!

I think the engine in your machine is substantially the same as what I have in my 2007 Suzuki VStrom DL-650; a very flexible power plant and economical too. I can ride mine in "Harley mode" not above about 5,000 RPM and it's powerful and entirely satisfactory. It will do "Hoon mode" as well - take it above 6,000 to redline (9,500) and it becomes a projectile! It's reported that quite a few 650 VStroms in USA have done around 100,000 miles without any serious engine problems.

Safe and happy journeys Sir!

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Old 12th Sep 2017, 06:20   #18 (permalink)
 
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A slight diversion on the subject of bikers and self preservation.

The French government recently mandated that all riders of motorised two wheeled motorbikes, trikes and quads had to wear gloves that had been approved as protective in the event of an accident. What other countries have this law?
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Old 12th Sep 2017, 10:42   #19 (permalink)

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Not sure but riding a motorcycle without protective gear, well......
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Old 12th Sep 2017, 12:15   #20 (permalink)
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@FullOppositeRudder. Yes, it's essentially the same engine, but I think the VStrom makes a little more power, as if that's needed. The engine is as you describe. Plenty of torque at low revs and heaps of power at the top end. In 6 months, I've never actually visited the red line. I'm using it as a commuter to get between home, my wife's factory and the conbeni for my daily bottle of red. Mid-range is fine for the local roads and traffic conditions.

Safety gear is a bit of an issue. My helmet is a Bell I bought in the UK about 6 months ago. It's a Jet. I don't like full-face, and if enclosure was the experience I was looking for, I'd be in the car. The fit is fantastic: really snug, not too tight and never tries to roll back. Thank you Bell. Gloves are a nightmare. I wore my XXXL ski gloves on the ride back from Tokyo, but they are too tight and narrow. I bought a pair of XXXL unlined pigskin gardening gloves, soaked them in water and wore them for a day. They are a lttle tight and narrow, and I had to sew up the burst seams but give me nice feel. As for the rest, I've been riding most of summer in shirtsleeves, shorts and sandals.

Autumn is here. It's time to un-interr my Barbour jacket.
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