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  • Lutz 8 Jun 2009 14:07:22 48,854 posts
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    A motorcyclist?
  • Salaman 8 Jun 2009 14:11:34 19,626 posts
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    Aaah so it's a nod in the UK.
    I was wondering as it's easy enough to wave a passing fellow biker on the continent, you drive on the right, oncoming traffic is on your left, so you can lift your left hand for a wave.

    With you lot driving on the left, you'd need to lift your right hand to wave and let go of the accelerator. Haven't seen much nodding here. Proper waving. And so far I'd say 90% of people do it.
  • Salaman 8 Jun 2009 14:12:18 19,626 posts
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    Lutz wrote:
    A motorcyclist?


    Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! DING!
    Winner! \0/
  • pistol 8 Jun 2009 14:18:30 13,019 posts
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    Not since 1991 when I had a green and blue KMX 125 for a while.
  • Deleted user 8 June 2009 14:19:37
    I rode bikes for a couple of years mostly for commuting. Had a Honda CBR125R and a Suzuki SV650S.

    Then i got some money together, bought a Ford Fiesta, learned how to drive, passed my test and sold the SV (no one wants to buy the CBR :( ). I now have a rather nice Hyundai Coupe and you wouldn't get me back on a bike for love nor money.

    Horrible, dangerous, uncomfortable and impractical things. Meh to biking i say!
  • Salaman 8 Jun 2009 14:27:19 19,626 posts
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    spudsbuckley wrote:
    Horrible, dangerous, uncomfortable and impractical things. Meh to biking i say!

    Impractical until you end up in one of them. :-)
  • StarchildHypocrethes 8 Jun 2009 14:28:39 26,630 posts
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    Who let the square in? ;)
  • billythekid 8 Jun 2009 14:30:04 11,403 posts
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    http://s2.bikewalls.com/pictures/Ducati_1098_2008_06_1024x768.jpg

    Stupid linking

  • StarchildHypocrethes 8 Jun 2009 14:30:58 26,630 posts
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    The link doesn't work, but I can see the word 'Ducati' in it.

    That's all I need.

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
  • pistol 8 Jun 2009 14:34:47 13,019 posts
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    I take enough risks on my road bike without tempting anymore fate...;-)
  • billythekid 8 Jun 2009 14:35:49 11,403 posts
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    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    The link doesn't work, but I can see the word 'Ducati' in it.

    That's all I need.

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Fixed now!
  • StarchildHypocrethes 8 Jun 2009 14:36:24 26,630 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    http://s2.bikewalls.com/pictures/Ducati_1098_2008_06_1024x768.jpg

    Stupid linking
    My preemptive mmmmmm was correctly placed. That is damned sexy.

    I *heart* Ducatis.
  • glaeken 8 Jun 2009 14:36:39 11,266 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    glaeken wrote:
    billythekid wrote:
    ScoutTech wrote:
    I nod to just about everyone, scooters don't count unless I want to confuse them. Always a nod. I don't bother if I over take them, unless it is a thank you nod, or if I get overtaken. Don't on motorways though for obvious reasons.

    I nod to everyone except scooters, Police bikes and Harleys.

    You nod to Harley's? You know when I used to nod when I was younger I always found cutom bike riders the worst for returning nods. They always seemed too preoccupied with checking out what they look like in their mirrors to my eye.

    Oh and BMW riders I also found were likely to be nod offenders.

    No I don't nod to them! Dem iz ignorantz.

    I realised I cannot read after re-reading your original post.
  • ScoutTech 8 Jun 2009 14:39:22 2,425 posts
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    So do you not nod to the Police cos they are the filth, don't want to attract attention or some other reason?
  • StarchildHypocrethes 8 Jun 2009 14:40:04 26,630 posts
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    Although getting on a bit now, it's been my dream since I was an impressionable teenager to own one of these

  • billythekid 8 Jun 2009 14:41:57 11,403 posts
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    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    billythekid wrote:
    http://s2.bikewalls.com/pictures/Ducati_1098_2008_06_1024x768.jpg

    Stupid linking
    My preemptive mmmmmm was correctly placed. That is damned sexy.

    I *heart* Ducatis.

    My dad had two, a 748sps very similar to this: http://www.theducpond.co.uk/jeff.jpg

    And a 916BP which he spent thousands on and looked better than this:
    http://www.bike-stickers.com/images/bikes/powerhorse.JPG

    Only got to have a go on them a couple of times though, old git!
  • BillMurray 8 Jun 2009 14:42:20 7,916 posts
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    Hoping to start lessons in a couple of months time when i've saved up some moolah and i'm after an SV as a first bike methinks.

    Edit* 800th post!
  • glaeken 8 Jun 2009 14:42:23 11,266 posts
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    I am probably going to sell my current bike soon so if anyone is interested its one of the below.

    http://www.gulum.net/motor/resimler/KTM_SMR_950-aa_2007_06_1024x768.jpg

    Value wise I think its around £4500. 0-60 time is 3.4 seconds and top speed is entirely about if you are strong enough to hang on to it past 120 Mph. In theory it will do 140 Mph.
  • smoothpete 8 Jun 2009 14:43:21 31,839 posts
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    Last weekend I saw a guy being stretchered into an ambulance, his very nice looking bike smashed to all fuck all over the road. Looked like an old guy in a car had pulled out of a junction and the bike has gone into and over the bonnet. Not pretty, not pretty at all. But yeah, enjoy yourselves you crazy fuckers!
  • BillMurray 8 Jun 2009 14:43:43 7,916 posts
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    Ooo, i'd love a KTM if I had the money or could ride. Bit of a hooligans bike I hear?
  • billythekid 8 Jun 2009 14:45:18 11,403 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Last weekend I saw a guy being stretchered into an ambulance, his very nice looking bike smashed to all fuck all over the road. Looked like an old guy in a car had pulled out of a junction and the bike has gone into and over the bonnet. Not pretty, not pretty at all. But yeah, enjoy yourselves you crazy fuckers!

    See, bikes aren't dangerous, old codgers are :)
  • glaeken 8 Jun 2009 14:50:04 11,266 posts
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    BillMurray wrote:
    Ooo, i'd love a KTM if I had the money or could ride. Bit of a hooligans bike I hear?

    So they say ;) Actually for the reputation the bike has I find it fairly relaxed as it has lots of torque so if you want to just pootle along its really easy for that as you barely have to change gear. If you want to go fast of course it does that pretty well too.

    I actually think its the best bike I have ever had for UK roads as it's superb on poor road surfaces. You can pretty much ride flat out on roads sports bikes have really trouble on as it just absorbs pot holes like they are not there.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 8 Jun 2009 14:56:16 26,630 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    And a 916BP which he spent thousands on and looked better than this:
    http://www.bike-stickers.com/images/bikes/powerhorse.JPG

    Only got to have a go on them a couple of times though, old git!
    :o

    Does he still have it?

    /jealous beyond belief
  • billythekid 8 Jun 2009 14:56:59 11,403 posts
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    New badge? http://i42.tinypic.com/n6yvqa.jpg
  • StarchildHypocrethes 8 Jun 2009 14:58:00 26,630 posts
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    :D

    Doesn't get much geekier!
  • billythekid 8 Jun 2009 14:58:12 11,403 posts
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    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    billythekid wrote:
    And a 916BP which he spent thousands on and looked better than this:
    http://www.bike-stickers.com/images/bikes/powerhorse.JPG

    Only got to have a go on them a couple of times though, old git!
    :o

    Does he still have it?

    /jealous beyond belief

    Nah, he sold it and emigrated to Malta!
    Absolutely beautiful bike though, drew crowds at Box Hill and place like it.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 8 Jun 2009 14:59:39 26,630 posts
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    That was the bike that made up my mind that I wanted one.
  • mrpon 8 Jun 2009 15:00:59 29,587 posts
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    :D

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • Salaman 8 Jun 2009 15:02:21 19,626 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Last weekend I saw a guy being stretchered into an ambulance, his very nice looking bike smashed to all fuck all over the road. Looked like an old guy in a car had pulled out of a junction and the bike has gone into and over the bonnet. Not pretty, not pretty at all. But yeah, enjoy yourselves you crazy fuckers!

    Yeah, you need to be extra careful and even then if someone just pulls in front of you there's little you can do.

    So far one person nearly ran me off the road. I started at the green light and he came from a merging lane, straight into mine.
    I had to brake and I pressed my "start engine" button in anger* but I don't think he ever realised I was there.




    * only had the thing 2/3 weeks at that point and never used the horn, so in a panic I hit the wrong button. Horn is on the left side of the handlebars, start engine on the right side.


  • pistol 8 Jun 2009 15:03:34 13,019 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    billythekid wrote:
    And a 916BP which he spent thousands on and looked better than this:
    http://www.bike-stickers.com/images/bikes/powerhorse.JPG

    Only got to have a go on them a couple of times though, old git!
    :o

    Does he still have it?

    /jealous beyond belief

    Nah, he sold it and emigrated to Malta!
    Absolutely beautiful bike though, drew crowds at Box Hill and place like it.

    I was at the infamous Box Hill car park on Sunday. Some of the bikes on show were awsome and I'm not even into bikes.
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