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Old 14th Mar 2005, 15:32
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Motorcycles: Do you have one and what is it?

I've been riding a GSX-R600 since early 2000. Before that, it was a DT125.

I'm heavily into my trackdays but unfortunately can only afford to do a couple a year.

I'd highly reccomend it to anyone with a bike. Its the most fun you can have with or without your clothes on in my opinion. Plus, it'll really increase your awareness of your bikes potential. Something that may prove life saving at a later date.

Heres an action shot of me and my baby at Brands Hatch.

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Old 14th Mar 2005, 16:07
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I'd highly reccomend it to anyone with a bike. Its the most fun you can have with or without your clothes on in my opinion. Plus, it'll really increase your awareness of your bikes potential. Something that may prove life saving at a later date.
...Hmmm..not so sure about those comments - my first TD was at a circuit in S. England (rhymes with a well-known springwater, and also has an airfield) at which, despite the 'safety brief' a guy on a ZX9, the back of whose leathers looked like a relief map of the Cairngorms, insisted on cutting everyone up at corners and generally frightening the [email protected] out of a lot of people.
I decided to head home early after the icing on the cake, which was after one of the so-called 'experienced' marshallers managed to lead round the 'experienced group' i.e. one or more TDs under their belts, only to dump his brand new machine on the grass at the start/finish curve ..(another clue there..) as he pulled over to let them pass, including the aforementioned kamikaze ninja rider.

Bad experience, IMHO poorly marshalled/administered by the organisers; have since done several more at different venues which were far better organised and marshalled, including black flags for those who decided not to heed the safety brief. By all means go out there and have fun, and learn some valuable lessons both about you and your bike, but do it safely
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 16:10
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Is that a policeman following you?
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 17:50
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Just got my bike license, on a GZ125 Marauder... next bike (hopefully in time for summer!) will be an SV650/S... although dream bike atm is a GSX-R600

Seaweed Knees....
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 17:53
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I have 2002 faired Hornet 600.....It's my only means of personal transport.....
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 18:43
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Aprillia Tuono and shortly KTM 640 LC4 for tooling around on. You can never have enough toys!
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 18:46
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Treated myself to new GSXR 600 before Xmas but still use the old Thundercat for commuting. Roll on summer!
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 18:54
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Don't ride myself unfortunately but get bikers coming through the village every weekend, tis a joy to hear. Looks bl**dy good fun, must try it out some day, on track hopefully. Nice when everyone stops at the local in summer too
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 18:57
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had a CBR 'till last year, 'tis bloody good fun, would have killed me though
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 18:57
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Sorry but 4 wheels only for me.
Always held the opinion that you can't fall off a car
prolly just an old fart
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 19:10
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 19:27
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A '99 Honda Fireblade. Indeed it can be the most outrageous fun. Thirty five years years on bikes and it gets better still. Sometimes I think to myself 'Does anybody else have any idea of how good this is?' before concluding, sadly no. Aerobatic pilots and yacht racers, well they know the feeling too. But this is easier to attain. More please!
Surprised to hear of track day bothers. In my experience other people are not much of a worry, keep clear and let 'em go. I am the risk factor to myself on my track days!
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 19:59
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prolly just an old fart
HSG - but you're way younger'n me!

However, as Whirlygig really IS an old fart, I can't be doing with these modern new-fangled sports bikes - it's a Triumph Bonneville for me with a bit, fat comfortable seat for my ......

I think my old Yamaha RD200DX is still kicking down the back of my ex-father-in-law's garage. Good home for it anyone?


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Old 14th Mar 2005, 20:04
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I've got a Suzuki Bandit. I keep thinking of what bike to buy next and was even thinking of replacing it last year but couldn't decide what to replace it with so I still have it. I may even keep it and use it for my commute and bad weather journeys and buy something brand new for the nice weather or longer journeys. I had a go on a Honda Pan-European not long ago, and I was surprised at how good it was to ride. It's no wonder the police like them.

I went on a run over the Woodhead Pass yesterday for a bacon sarnie (cheaper than the 200 burger) and even popped into the viewing park at Manchester Airport to see Concorde. I have to say though, there was some rather strange people there that to be frank, I wouldn't let my kids go near them. As for the weather, it was sunshine galore but despite wearing my winter gear, it took me about three hours to thaw out when I got home. But the biggest event of the ride was "Middle Lane Malcolm" doing 35 mph on the M67 going through Stockport. Traditionally, I uttered the odd profanity as I passed him.

My Bandit might be old, and it may only be a Bandit but I've become rather attached to it.

Looks like a wet 20 minute journey to work tomorrow but it could be worse, I could be stuck in the traffic for over an hour.
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 21:04
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We used to live in the Cotswolds. A beautiful part of England it is. Except at weekends. Have you ever heard the song of the Cotswolds - the Yamaha fugue and Honda sonata? Stand anywhere in the open and you can't possibly miss it - Stow-on-the-Wold, Snowshill or Wychwood - it doesn't matter where. The constant noise drowns out the skylarks. It was no joke having a 40-strong posse of bikers through the village at 0630. The only respite came in the winter months. These two-wheeled organ-donors ruin the place for everyone else. What is it about so many bikers that makes them think they have the right to treat the public roads like a race-track? We moved away.
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 21:38
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I'm not even going to try to defend the antics of some bikers because I can't. What I can say is that almost every biker I know is sick of the antics of a certain element of bikers and we would like to see the back of them. What may surprise a lot of people is that most bikers (at least the ones I am in contact with) would actually like to see more traffic police on our roads. Even more so if they can root out the rogue element of bikers and get them off the road.

Seaweed Knees is probably a good example of a responsible biker (at least I hope so) in that he wants to go fast on his bike, so he does so at a race track where he can't cause any real harm to anybody. Also, he probably had some expert tuition thrown in. Sadly, some bikers think that the road will do and clearly it won't.
However, not all motorcycle fatalities are a result of dangerous riding or excessive speed. Diesel spills, poor road surface and crap car driving are all featured in the stats.

There is a good side to bikers in the fact that they raise one hell of a lot for charity and many participate in "Toy Runs" at christmas where they'll deliver toys to kids in hospital and also "Easter Egg Runs". I don't hear much of car drivers doing this sort of thing as a group.

It's like most things, its the loud minority that get noticed yet the quiet majority are often overlooked.
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 21:45
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Hmm.... one feels the thread will become Car vs Bike...

I'm very pro-bike. They're a thrill to ride, something which until you've ridden you will never understand or appreciate. I think the on-road camaraderie shown by motorcyclists could teach car-only drivers a thing or two. In the year or so i've been riding i've had numerous old guys, young-uns, and very fine looking leather-clad women stop and make conversation about their bikes. Being a new rider last year I pulled over when the heavens opened to seek shelter till it stopped. I had 2 Fireblades pull over to check I was alright, followed by a conversation about...you guessed it, our bikes. How many drivers would do that?

Bikers live and breathe motorcycles and it is a common misconception that all riders are out to kill themselves. Motorcyclists are the most responsible road users out of the lot, it is only a small minority letting the side down.

Sitting on a bike gives you a better view of the road, and as we're so exposed we HAVE to think about what we're doing, aswell as think for you about what you're doing. Car drivers sit there, coccooned in their little metal boxes because nothing can touch them, not even noticing the bike coming towards them, overtaking, or pulling out of a side road. The biker is usually the one who takes avoiding action because you, the car driver, couldnt be bothered to check your mirror or stop to ensure it was clear. It's been proven that bikers can at times become invisible to drivers due to something called 'motion camoflauge' (I think?) and we can be blocked entirely on roundabouts etc by your windscreen pillars... But when you hit us, it's our fault for going too fast right?

I don't hear many drivers complaining about the average boy-racer nonce with his big can on his brand new Nova, along with his mates and their banging [email protected] music.

Before you next bad-mouth the motorcyclist breezing past you whilst you're stuck in a traffic jam, think that perhaps he's not just a thrill seeking maniac, but a responsible road user, thinking not just for himself but for the other 6 or 7 people around him... when you're on a bike, everyone is out to kill you, it's up to you to make sure they dont.

(edited for crap spelling....)
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Old 14th Mar 2005, 22:03
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Some very good points there. The leather clad women themselves make biking worthwhile but the cameraderie is something else. I stopped off for a p1ss the other day and so did another biker. We spent a good half-hour putting the motoring world to rights before we went our seperate ways. That doesn't happen when driving a car.

I believe it was the AA who said that people who ride motorbikes were the most competent road users even when driving a car. They mentioned that observations and lane discipline are where bikers are especially superior to car-only motorists.

A cause of concern for me is seeing most 17 year olds riding on L-plates as a lot of them don't seem very capable. Quite often in busy traffic I've taken it upon myself to shepherd them out of tricky situations because of their inexperience coupled with the fact that some car drivers seemed to take great delight in tailgating these clearly vulnerable road users. Usually, I tuck in behind them and hold the tailgating car up for a few seconds to allow the kids to make their escape.

Then I make mine

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Old 14th Mar 2005, 22:23
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I went on a run over the Woodhead Pass yesterday for a bacon sarnie (cheaper than the 200 burger) and even popped into the viewing park at Manchester Airport to see Concorde.
SuperOwl - I'm a guide on that lovely machine - and a biker. Concorde is open to the public over Easter (I'm 'on' Good Friday all day and Easter Monday morning - have to reserve some holiday for flying our Chipmunk and riding me bike!). Come and visit the lovely Alpha Charlie - flagship of the Concorde fleet! (you need to book ahead - call the Manchester Airport Tour Centre).

I took up biking a few years ago with a DAS course, Bought a VFR 800 but found it a tad bland, so went for a Blackbird. Awsome performance but still lacking character and also a real licence loser (160mph top speed and acceleration limited by how hard you can hang on!). It was 'a turbine-powered magic carpet' - an excellent bike, smooth and supremely quick. But not really 'me'.

Now got the bike I really wanted all along - the BMW 1150GS. Upright riding position so I can see the view (and the overtakes - you can see over the cars). And superb handling. And loads of character from the two-pot boxer.

I love it!

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Old 14th Mar 2005, 22:30
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Ducati 748 sitting in the garage. What a stunner, if only the same thing could be said of it's owner!!
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