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Motorcycles: Do you have one and what is it?

Old 14th Mar 2005, 22:35
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Honda Deauville - great for commuting, fits everything into the panniers, big enough to be seen and small enough to squeeze through traffic. And shaft driven so no chain nonsense.

Now if only the cars would stop trying to knock me off it...
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 22:53
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I'm quite happy with my Honda cityflyer 125 thankyou very much, good enough for London, overtakes Ferraris crawling through traffic on the Kings Road very nicely....!.

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Old 15th Mar 2005, 00:06
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My Triumph 955 Sprint
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 00:54
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Can anyone tell me where I can see a Panther 250 (my first bike)? Only bike I knew with oleomatic front forks at that time.

I understand that there is one in a museum in Scotland... but where?
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 01:14
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rarer than reddo's junior,

Rarer than reddo's junior and louder than a very loud thing my 'toy' is this



Speedo's? you wear them for swimmin dont ya?.....

54BHP from 250cc two stroke, its got a switch rather than a throttle.... I love the smell of 2-stroke in the morning, smells like victory....

Arrestahook should have got a proper motard.....

'As we are a low cost airline, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off'.....
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 01:22
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'04 Harley Road King
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 01:26
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Had a few but bikeless right now. I'm trying to find a decent low milage second hand XT600. Then I'm going to ship it to Sakhalin Island and ride back home through Russia, Mongolia, etc (similar to Ewan MacGregor etc but other direction and not from Magadan).
Shipping takes 30 to 40 days and a crate big enough for two bikes costs about 1600 quid.
Good holiday, about a month.
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 01:30
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You can ride a bike and be an old fart, its good fun.

My wheels are a Kwaka ZZR1100, my daily ride all weather conditions (well no snow and Ice here)
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 02:03
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Have been riding bikes since I was a kid. Started off with Suzuki Bloop years before I was road legal, then went to a Kawasaki KH125. This was a right old dog but did me proud. Poor thing, 2 stroke oily bike that served its purpose well thrashing up and down the A5 between Surrey and Leicestershire.
Next was a GPZ500, small, light and great fun. This took me into France and Ireland. After getting bored with that I purchased a Suzuki GSF750F. Nice machine. Now I ride a Honda ST1300 Pan European. Great bike. 13000 miles in 9 months. I love it.

I would urge anybody who rides to consider doing an advanced motorcyle course with either the Institute of Advanced Motorists or Rospa. Have a look at their websites. It will greatly improve your awareness and enjoyment of this great past time. The club atmosphere in the groups is great as well

Should anybody live near Stratford Upon Avon and fancy a ride out, feel free to PM me.
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 03:14
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Had a Yamaha XT600 Tenere when i was in Australia..a bunch of Honda XR200's..and a 750 Trans-alp when i was younger...but my best times now is riding my 50cc Honda Dio to the country club with my 4-year old sitting up front doing the throttle and the horn...ahhh fatherhood!
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 08:57
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Ducati 996SPS for sunny summer days, Ducati 748R for racing, Yamaha R1 for crappy winter days on road and a KTM 200 for crappy winter days offroad.
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 09:33
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At home now, so can post a piccy.

The Mighty ZZR 1100
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 09:39
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"R1 for those winter days"?

I envy your riding skill! I keep my R1 for those nice summer days when the roads are dry enough to give me confidence. Don't fancy all that power going through the back tyre in icy conditions! Well, I think the R1 is powerful!

OK, I'm an old git - learned to ride on a BSA C12 and the first big bike I rode was a Norton Commando - wonderful machine.
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 09:45
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Unfortunately don't ride one myself but would love to learn

But been on the back of my brothers bikes, full leathers, loads of times especially when he hits the 120 clicks on the motor way (pssss please don't let on) but nothing better than the adrenaline rush you get from being on one of these .

He also dirt bikes and that is a fun in a different way being a passenger especially when you go over the jumps!

But saying all that being a passenger makes you more aware of the hazards of a bike rider and when I drive a car I always make sure before I do a manoeuvre, that I look out for them. He has been involved in some nasty crashes from car drivers who just did not see him coming.

Old 15th Mar 2005, 10:19
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VFR 750. By no means the fastest thing on two wheels, but fast enough to be fun and a riding position which doesn't cause backache. One of the best sports/tourers ever IMHO.

Sounds like you had a bad experience at Thruxton, M-M.

There used to be a Honda racing school at Cadwell Park some years ago. Is it still there? They provided VFR400's and we went out in groups of four, taking it in turns to follow the instructor to learn the racing lines, and were then sent off on our own.
I wasn't (and am still not) a good enough rider to do it full justice, but it was fantastic fun even without scraping my knees on the corners. Superb day out.
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 10:39
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Ducati 996SPS for sunny summer days, Ducati 748R for racing, Yamaha R1 for crappy winter days on road and a KTM 200 for crappy winter days offroad.
You lucky bastard.

I was planning to try and enter some of the rookie 600 races this year in the UK. I dont think thats going to happen though as i've got a broken ankle.

I think the non riding publics perception of motorcyclists is often coloured by the fact that many of the bikes on the road are essentially de tuned race machines.
Even when ridden responsibly, in full leathers you cant help but look a little sinister.
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 10:53
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VFR 750, better than I will ever be. My local dealership is trying to convince me to get a new Triumph Sprint (when it finally arrives) and I am also pondering a Blackbird, but when I actually think hard about it, there is no reason yet to let the old Viffer go just yet.

Nice bike Reddo.
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Old 15th Mar 2005, 11:06
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SuperOwl whenever I saw a twit on a bike, I consoled myself with the thought that he'd make up the statistics for me.

A girl I knew (unfortunately, not in the Biblical sense) convinced me to take up motorcycles at the grand old age of 23. There is no buzz like riding one, and nothing can give you a better grounding in the basics of primary driving safety.

In my father's day, it was the norm to start off with a bike before moving onto a car. Now, we give driving licences out with every packet of Cornflakes (or Frosties, if you want a manual licence).

Years of riding on congested roads during sudden downpours, dodging maniacs on Autobahnen on an underpowered CB400F (two up) and watching for just-parked losers opening their on-side doors have, I hope, made me a far better (cage) driver, and I always watch for that telltale single headlight which tells me that someone wants me to hold my course. This includes the awkward 135 (or -135, depending where it is) headturn before changing lanes, just in case.

I miss the cameraderie - p1ssing my boots when a pack of Harley riders from Mt Mangrove pulled in alongside me when I was broken down on the old Pacific Hwy to Gosford and being perfectly friendly to me despite me being on a Honda. They even analysed what was wrong (a sharp edge in the clutch handle wearing away at the cable). Had to ride home clutchless nonetheless, no mean feat on a kickstart, I can tell you!

Now I'm middle-aged, I am too accustomed to having four limbs and the full use of them to dare riding. Death does not scare me. Anything short of it does. Those of you who do ride will get my full attention and not a little envy when you snake or blast past me.


PS Reddo fond regards from an old Macquarie boy. Would have been there around the same time. Cairn+ ring any bells?

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Old 15th Mar 2005, 11:09
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back of my brothers bikes, full leathers,


That though has my concentration gone for today.

I blame it on watching Emma Peel in "The Avengers" in my formative years.

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Old 15th Mar 2005, 11:19
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FL I think it is still there, but something tells me they now use the R6, or one of the schools there does. Theres even one that I've heard uses Ducati 748's. Like FL I can recommend race schools, I went to the Chas Mortimer school in the early 80's. The tuition was unbelieveable, and I realised my limitations very quickly indeed, which is probably the most valuable part of the training!. Like FL I too found that I was not a born racer on a bike, then a tear or too later I did a car session at Brands Hatch, and despite not haveing passed my test, and not having a family car practise in, was within the top two or three in the car class with regular drivers!..... couldnt afford the car racing though, and tried to win a scholarship but came 6th at the Jim Russell school try out, again against regular drivers of road and race cars. That too was a brilliant school, and I was instructed by Andy Wallace, and at Brands by Gary Brabham.... Even going for one day you learn so much about car and bike control at these schools they are worth the relatively expensive price tag!
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