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#5551 OFFLINE   red5

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 07:02 PM

So now the weather has improved* what do we think about a bit of a meet/run to the coast/etc etc for the two wheelers amongst us?

 

I have used the GXSR sparing in the salty months but last couple of weeks have snuck out once or twice and to work. Oh lordy I forget how fast the fecking thing is sometimes (K2 no abs/tc etc)    :-)

 

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#5552 OFFLINE   Jerzy Woking

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 07:58 PM

Thanks= Always kinda fancied one, or maybe even a Caponord., Don't need to commute now so just for high days and holidays... I don't do Honda's, Had a VFR 750FT and found it to be a two wheeled Accord.. Just never gelled with any Honda I've owned, so stopped buying them. First bike, MBX 50. It broke. CBR600, it broke, VFR750, bored me to tears,CBR1000, OK but meh.


Two of my mates own Caponords, both 07 models, and both are well used. Both of them love them, and they are well versed in their foibles. They are really tall though, and much taller than the V-Strom I had.

That has reminded me-the V-Strom 1000 I had was great, and only sold it because with my bad knees it was hard for me to hold up when stopping on clambered roads. Had the suspension set up by MCT for road use and it transformed it. Now my knees are near enough sorted, I'd consider another.
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Posted 20 February 2019 - 01:54 AM

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#5554 OFFLINE   Jerzy Woking

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 11:37 AM

Dropped one of the work bikes into the dealers today for its first MOT and an annual service (oil change and brake fluid change), but lease company have insisted the major service be completed 4,000 miles early, so here until at least 1pm and not the 90 minutes originally thought.

Still, free coffee provided for me in the very nice on site cafe, and therefore have a very attractive waitress at my back and call.

This was going to be a grump until the coffee and waitress!
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Posted 20 February 2019 - 01:44 PM

I have never driven a motorbicycle. Until now, the Yamaha Tricity 125cc.

They tell me that theres speed limits here and red lights exist, but I've driven everywhere keeping up with traffic well above the limit.

I have seen the police shout at someone.... He was jaywalking.

The plan was monserrat, however I'm in a 60 km zone and all is well. 80km zone / 90+ fuck me, I am the coldest human being in the world. So I gave up after a few k.

The bike? Well it's a bit awkward to manoeuvre slowly and I haven't the confidence to squeeze through gaps in traffic. So, I just go full throttle on green. The guy said I have to use the proper stand, that ain't happening as I'm too stupid to do it. It looks like I'm trying to pick a fat lass up of the floor.

I will retry Monserrat tomorrow, but sadly it'll be in an Ioniq.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 07:46 AM

Does it feel like you couldn't fall off?

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#5557 OFFLINE   Aston Martin

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 10:09 AM

Does it feel like you couldn't fall off?

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Yes, and I drove on some dodgy gravelled potholed roads just out of the city. It's solid, it's a bit big. Everyone else is zipping past me at traffic and I can't. It's not just an issue with this, the other fairly big 125 scooter drivers can't cut either. I saw a guy on a 50cc tiny thing crawl to squeeze past. By the time he got to the front, the lights changed and we all left him.

It's fucking thirsty. Because I bottled it and stuck to the city. It drank half a tank in no time. They will do 60 mph + I think, but I couldn't get past 97km. €5.85 to brim the tank from empty.

I drove everywhere full throttle red to red light. It just went straight no drama. It's a nice bike, but not £4k? Nice.

It wasn't quick enough. I always liked the idea of an msx 125. But you hit the limit immediately. (There is a Tricity 155cc)

An American was in the rental place at the same time as me and rented the cheapest smallest 125cc bike for two weeks. I'd rather have some heft Infront of me. I had to slam on twice and it just stops dead.

If the weather was nicer and I was here for two weeks.... and I had warm clothes. It'd be great.
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Posted 21 February 2019 - 07:45 PM

OK, the fuck is this? It hasnt moved all week and it's taunting me.
It's not a Silverwing (I don't think) not a Nm4 (I don't think)

Whatever it is, Batman needs it back.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 08:07 PM

Honda DN01... I like them but nobody else does.  I quite like the Yamaha Niken too though, I have suspect bike taste.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 10:37 PM

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Major service for the venerable GPz this week. Thought I'd be super prepared by buying a workshop shim kit so I could get the job done in one day. Thwarted as despite having three of every conceivable size known to man that quantity was insufficient in two sizes. Oh well, more shims ordered and due to arrive in a couple of days. The good news is that despite doing more than double the 6,000 mile recommended  interval between valve clearance checks all the gaps were close enough to spec to not be of any concern so I'm happy not to check them again for at least another 12,000 miles.


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 11:01 PM

Honda DN01... I like them but nobody else does.  I quite like the Yamaha Niken too though, I have suspect bike taste.

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I think strangeangel of this parish has one (or at least he did)


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 11:11 PM

I think strangeangel of this parish has one (or at least he did)

 

Yep, still got mine and like it a lot... although I'm ashamed to say I've let the MOT run out which has been pretty much par for the course for me these days, what with one thing and another.

 

I keep (enviously) seeing people riding past work enjoying the early spring sunshine, though, so I'm planning to get that sorted in the next week or so.

 

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 08:44 AM

Pictures don't do it justice, they're so low to the ground... And by all accounts useless in every environment.

Too big to scoot, too small to tour.

However. I like stupid things and this is something else. They look fantastic.
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Posted 22 February 2019 - 09:43 AM

And by all accounts useless in every environment.

 

Only if you believe motorcycling journalists ;) I was always more of a UMG reader, so always preferred to hear what long-term owners thought of their machines. I bought it from a friend who'd had it from nearly new and was looking to downsize because of health issues, and I've ridden more miles in it's company that I've done on it myself as yet. I've not toured on it thus far, but it's previous owner thought nothing of doing so.

 

The upright riding position is great for me because of my ropey back, although if you wanted to cruise at much more than the speed limit (I don't) you might find the wind blast a bit intrusive. Mine has a taller GIvi screen fitted, and I've pootled along for as much as 4-5 hours at a time at 70 with no ill-effects. The seat is very comfortable; the pillion looks less so but then I don't carry them, so not an issue for me.

 

The automatic transmission (1000000 Biker Hate Points) is brilliant, albeit a lot more complex than a common-or-garden CVT, and definitely not serviceable by a primate like me. Still, I'm told that the hydraulic system it's based on is used in farm machinery etc. and supposedly pretty tough, so fingers crossed it'll last. Gearchanges are almost undetectable, and there's also flappy paddle mode if you want to get a wriggle on (I generally don't). I guess if you ride like you stole it you'd find issues with the handling and intrusions from the shaft drive... I'm very happy with it in that respect, even with an overloaded top box and a big dry bag strapped to the pillion.

 

Obviously it doesn't cut it on the urban scramble front, but I would contend that it was never intended to be a scooter. It's simply a cruiser in better looking clothes with automatic transmission. That said, I do ride it in town; the low seat and COG and auto box help, but the sheer length of the beast makes filtering a bit of a trial. The C90 is the weapon of choice for that sort of thing!

 

So, not for everyone then, but does it deserve the scorn poured upon it from every outpost of the motorcycle press? Different strokes for different folks... all I know is that this (and the old Helix & other big scooters) work better for me than other types of bike.

 

And, yeah, they do look fantastic :)

 

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 11:26 AM

I don't think I've ever looked in this thread but I'm a 'biker' now so I must read it.  :-D

 

I need a helmet, I've been looking at something like this for the scooter,

 

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Not 100% sure i'll look stupid on a modern scooter though. 

 

or something like this

 

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 12:03 PM

You can get them that do both, although some are only crash tested when closed.

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 12:09 PM

Fair weather scootering day. First ride of 2019, first ride in months. Only about 20 miles, but highly enjoyable.

 

 

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 12:16 PM

Maybe this should be in the stupid question thread, I was looking at my licence as I've just changed address, only two years late!. I noticed I have Cat A listed on my licence, this Cat is  'Unrestricted motorcycles in size/power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW' I don't remember taking a motorbike test or have I miss understood my licence?!

 

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 12:25 PM

It's where tricycles now live on your licence.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 12:25 PM

79 3 means restricted.
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Posted 22 February 2019 - 12:25 PM

What's the code next to it? Could it be provisional category A? Mine has no codes.

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 12:26 PM

It's where tricycles now live on your licence.

 

Yep - 79 (3) - restricted to tricycles 

 

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 12:29 PM

Yes. Tricycles.

 

They used to be under B or something before.

 

Bear in mind the groups/categories changed in 2013 or similar - depending on when your licence was issued. >Gov site is quite good for it, if a little complicated with grandfather rights etc.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 12:40 PM

Thanks everyone -  so I can ride a 1000cc trike legally but not a 125 scooter! Madness.

 

Passed my car test in 2002 I think, I'll have to get booked in for my CBT.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 01:09 PM

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:20 PM

Having sold all of my twist'n go scooters, I have found the commute in and from work is a pain, constantly up and down the gearbox, clutch in and out (and i admit a couple of times i pulled it because I thought it was the rear brake).

So a newish BMW R1200RS proves no match for an old 400cc scooter in the cut and thrust of urban hell.
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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:23 PM

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:29 PM

Having sold all of my twist'n go scooters, I have found the commute in and from work is a pain, constantly up and down the gearbox, clutch in and out (and i admit a couple of times i pulled it because I thought it was the rear brake).

So a newish BMW R1200RS proves no match for an old 400cc scooter in the cut and thrust of urban hell.

 

Because of the eternal hell that is Worcester County Council and 'roadworks' that is why I now own a 318 Touring Auto  :-)

 

Although was temped by a twist and go. Or a Interceptor, or a 300exc or..


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:48 PM

Weirdly, this scooter is less enjoyable round town than on a run, and it's automatic. 


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:51 PM

Yeah, A 79(tri) or 79.03 is granddad rights for those that passed a cat B licence before a certain date.

 

It allows those licence holders to drive a Reliant wheelbarrow, 30's style Morgan or certain Piaggio MP3s for example.

 

Background was implementation of the EU 3rd Driving Licence directive around 2013(?) when mopeds also moved from being a national category (p) to AM. Because p isn't quit the same as AM, I think they stuck in a category q.

 

Categories you don't see anymore:

 

B1 - light trikes and quads

j - invalid carriage

l - electric

m - trolley bus

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