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Ermm yeah OK, I had some maxxis on a ZZR11 and they were lethal in the wet, in the dry they were fine but fuck me the slightest bit of moisture on the roads and they would spin up everywhere, changed them for pirreli angels and it was a different bike.

 

Don't see the point in super cheap bike tyres myself, when there are 2 tiny contact patches between you and the hedge I'd rather spend the extra and get Michelin/Pirelli/Metzeler or Avons if I'm skint.

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i bought a set of CST Adrenos (Cheng Sgin) for £99 in 2013. I went around the Alps and did the 'Ring on them. They were great and were amazing up the Cormet de Roselend in the pissing rain.

 

I've also run Maxxis numerous times on a range of bikes.

 

Nowt wrong with 'budget' bike tyres, too much marketing bullshit and nonsense.

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I agree that there are some decent budget tyres but once you've ridden with PR4's on a pissing wet road, S21R's on a track or M7RR's in every condition you'll never buy cheap tyres again :)

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The latest trio of bikes from France have been unpacked and now all on ebay. Prices are pretty high as I really want to get as much as possible for them, but if you are in no rush feel free to make insulting offers.

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3 bikes a big cool box and camping gear can all fit in the back of the 806. I had to remove some foot pegs plus the front wheel and handle bars on the DR

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/223054873310?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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The CB125 twin I am probably way too high with the price but you have to try.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/223054883285?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

The 125DR the engine is probably toast but it has really good bodywork.

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Finally the Solex this one actually runs and rides. They are well advanced for their day with shaft drive and a rear disc brake

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/223054913348?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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Like I say they are priced high but I am open to offers, they are up for sale for a month then the prices will drop right down if they are still here. I will say that if I get the asking for all 3 then I will see a small profit on what it has cost to go over and buy them before anyone wonders what a brilliant money making scheme it is.

 

How much did that Solex 6000 end up at, please?

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I've run the H2 in now so have been able to give it the beans today.  Safe to say it's pretty brisk... but also very quiet, I didn't notice that on the demo bike.  It makes a high-pitched whirr like a remote-control car but nothing more.  I bloody love the thing though!  It took a few days for my limp, sausage-like body to adjust to the riding position, the low-speed fueling is a bit jerky, the fancy LED headlamp is shite and the cornering lights are mostly ineffective, but everything else is great.  

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I agree that there are some decent budget tyres but once you've ridden with PR4's on a pissing wet road, S21R's on a track or M7RR's in every condition you'll never buy cheap tyres again :)

That maybe so, but ive not found a set of tyres that were wanting [apart from some dangerous D207s] for 20 years. I commute in all weathers and do 4,000 mile tours with no hassle and at decent pace.

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I agree that there are some decent budget tyres but once you've ridden with PR4's on a pissing wet road, S21R's on a track or M7RR's in every condition you'll never buy cheap tyres again :)

 

 

Had M77R's on the work BMW K1300S and they were fantastic. So I put a pair on my Guzzi the day before leaving for a 3,500 mile ride around the Balkans.

They were appalling,  sliding the front when at any moderate lean angle, and when accelerating hard the rear would spin up/step out. This on a Guzzi.

 

Had some Maxxis tyres on my XR650R supermoto, which were fine, but they felt much better on my GSX-R1000. 

 

Worst thing about bike tyres is that they are not consistently good or bad, just depends what bike they are fitted on. 

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That maybe so, but ive not found a set of tyres that were wanting [apart from some dangerous D207s] for 20 years. I commute in all weathers and do 4,000 mile tours with no hassle and at decent pace.

Ah yes D207's I bought a 3 tyre deal from FWR (2 rears one front) for my old FZR Exup when I was out in Spain, the first rear lasted 800km's, the second 750km's, they were hopeless and didn't do anything a tyre should do, I then bought some Pirelli diablo's and was amazed at the difference, they also lasted 3000km's.

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When I was married (and thus poor), my only requirement was for tyres that would last for my 120 mile a day commute. A few bends for about 6 miles, the other 114 miles was exclusively on dual carrigeways and motorways.

 

My commuting bike then was a GSX-R 750, but the brilliant Tarmacadams would give 10,000 miles on the rear, 15,000 miles front. Although they had poor grip, I could put up with this as I was counting every penny. I rode the bike fairly conservatively for both reasons!

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When I was married (and thus poor), my only requirement was for tyres that would last for my 120 mile a day commute. A few bends for about 6 miles, the other 114 miles was exclusively on dual carrigeways and motorways.

 

My commuting bike then was a GSX-R 750, but the brilliant Tarmacadams would give 10,000 miles on the rear, 15,000 miles front. Although they had poor grip, I could put up with this as I was counting every penny. I rode the bike fairly conservatively for both reasons!

120 miles a day on a GSX-R!  You're made of strong stuff!

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120 miles a day on a GSX-R! You're made of strong stuff!

Managed to do it for 9 years too. Poor old bike (1985 G model) was almost at the end of its life at 180,000 miles when it was totalled in a crash (not my fault). Wanted to get it to 200,000 but doubt it would have made it, as it started suffering from untraceable electrical issues, was knackering wheel bearings on a regular basis, and was starting to burn a lot of oil. Looked like a two stroke at times.

 

Still miss it after 16 years as it was the most reliable and dependable bikes I have ever owned.

 

And just found a photo of it (from pre digital days).

 

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I replaced it with this 1984 F model

 

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Hated it so much as it could not take over from my previous one, so sold it after just riding it for 150 miles

 

And here is my GT550, post Piper 3 into 1, but pre Katana make over. Think it needed some new rear brake shoes

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Much fun was had fitting manual cam chain tensioners. The standard auto ones are a known Honda weak spot apparently.d092a2c067e63d7ab0ee56eb23d8e71f.jpg

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Glad I did as all the cams were out a tooth or so, worst was the front exhaust.... properly timed up and tensioned and running better.

 

Just to balance the carbs, sort the front brake (pulsing under braking) and then tackle the cosmetics, which I have started already - the clutch cover was quite badly scuffed

 

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Ten minutes with varying grades of sandpaper left it like this7bc9e7fbd0e8ac00eee5986d53eba175.jpg

 

Not the best job in the world but and I'll likely paint the whole cover at some point but for now it looks better

 

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I went to the aborted Autoshite Breakfast on the A5 near Milton Keynes today and while I was waiting a 1976 Suzuki GT750 pulled in. It reminded me of collage and the sort of bike us 50cc Puch riders aspired to, but I remembered what I really wanted at that time was a z900 Kawasaki. Blow me 5 minutes later a z900 pulled in! 

 

Then another slightly early GT750 pulled in.

 

My realistic desire was a used 1973 Yamaha RD250 in gold/black, but my father persuaded me a Hillman Imp was safer!

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The new Z900rs is a cracking bike too, seen one in the local kwak dealers recently and if I wasn't skint because children I'd be tempted to sign my life away for one

 

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They can be had for 99 a month on a pcp ;)

 

They are nice, I rode a 900rs and it was very pleasant indeed!

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Much pissing about today and

ALL lights now working as the should.

Rides fine even if heavy at low speeds.

Moved today for the first time since 2010 under its own steam.

Needs battery.

Needs front calliper stripping off and freeing up as its binding.

I'm thinking of binning off the rear seat and rear sets. 2c3c17258addb643b69c8abdff620664.jpg

 

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Well on yesterdays misplaced sausage ride I did confirm just how crap my boots are, it only took 90mins from getting home that I could just about feel my toes and I discovered while 'investigating' a hedge by a layby that they're no longer waterproof as the dew from the grass I walked over seeped straight through where the upper is coming away from the sole.

 

They were cheap and I've had my miles out of them, had a nose around the local shop who had nothing that looked like fitting the bill. At least it's summer now and I won't need warm boots for months to go.

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w2's from j and s (i think) i paid 140 i think

 

https://www.fc-moto.de/en/W2-4-Dirt-Adventure-Waterproof

 

you can buy the black normal version too

 

got monsooned in them last year with trousers over the top and only toes got a little wet

 

took boots off and socks were only damp not wet

 

warm too and chunky - can walk about in them for ages unlike sports boots

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That's a good vote of confidence for W2, I'm loath to buy boots of the tinternet as they're so random size wise so will add them to the list to try on next time I'm near a J and S.

 

The number of 'casual' styled boots that get reviews saying they give out after a year is depressing.

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Went to Poole bike night for the first time this year, saw a Niken in the metal:

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I like it, but not enough to get one - be good if I encountered a lot of wet, cobbled streets I suppose.

that's how i feel about them. i might buy one when they start to enter the used market.

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Went to Poole bike night for the first time this year, saw a Niken in the metal:

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I like it, but not enough to get one - be good if I encountered a lot of wet, cobbled streets I suppose.

 

 

that's how i feel about them. i might buy one when they start to enter the used market.

a solution to a problem that doesnt exist??

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