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  • dominalien 5 Jun 2013 17:14:02 7,065 posts
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    Now you've gone and made me and my new bike feel completely inadequate. ;-)

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  • glaeken 5 Jun 2013 17:25:39 11,265 posts
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    @dominalien Well you have electric start and an extra 20 Bhp :)

    @Goodfella It is weird. 20 years of doing something one way to suddenly have it all on the wrong sides and upside down :confused:

    Edited by glaeken at 17:29:48 05-06-2013
  • dominalien 5 Jun 2013 17:28:25 7,065 posts
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    @glaeken

    And plastic. Don't forget the plastic!

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  • glaeken 5 Jun 2013 17:34:56 11,265 posts
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    Plastic!! what hell is wrong with bakelite eh?
  • glaeken 5 Jun 2013 22:42:32 11,265 posts
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    I have one other bike which is a 1972 BMW R60/5. Which is as below though mine is blue.

    R60

    That is my performance bike as it has 40bhp :-P

    Just on the Norton gear change pattern apparently all old British bikes were like that. It was Japanese bikes that introduced what we now think of as the standard lay out.

    Edited by glaeken at 22:49:17 05-06-2013
  • BillMurray 5 Jun 2013 22:46:26 7,901 posts
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    glaeken wrote:
    I have one other bike which is a 1972 BMW R60/5. Which is as below though mine is blue.

    http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/submittedphotos/1971BMWR60-5-MihaiB-C.jpg

    That is my performance bike as it has 40bhp :-P

    Just on the Norton gear change pattern apparently all old British bikes were like that. It was Japanese bikes that introduced what we now think of as the standard lay out.
    Linky is busted!

    Have you always mostly ridden classics?

    I post a lot in this thread but I still don't have my proper license or a bike yet, due to rubbish job related shenanigans. Hope i'm up and running by the autumn though but until then i'll just have to sit in my room with all my gear on.

    Edited by BillMurray at 22:47:57 05-06-2013
  • glaeken 5 Jun 2013 22:57:32 11,265 posts
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    Tried to fix the link and it works for me now.

    The classics thing is a new phase in my biking. The BMW was my first proper old bike. It's sort of my strategy to keep myself off of fast bikes as they tend to bring out the worst in me. I love them but find myself riding to fast all the time.

    It's also nice that the older the bike the more work I can do myself. You get historic road tax on bikes prior to 1972 as well which means you still have to get a new tax disk each year but it's free which is a nice little bonus. Not that road tax on bikes is that much but hey it all helps.

    Edited by glaeken at 23:00:29 05-06-2013
  • dominalien 11 Jun 2013 15:57:30 7,065 posts
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    And yay me! \o/ :-)

    I was going to take a pic as the meter was at 0 km, but I forgot and just drove off... :-( Now, 9 km later, it is recorded for posterity. My first bike.

    Edited by dominalien at 15:59:16 11-06-2013

    Edited by dominalien at 15:59:46 11-06-2013

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  • glaeken 11 Jun 2013 16:31:19 11,265 posts
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    Congratulations. It's actually pretty good to get the bike with 0 miles on it at all. I think both new bikes I have had came with a couple of miles on them already. Shake down rides I would guess.

    Do you have a run in period? That's the worst thing on a new bike if you have it. It takes a lot of discipline to not open it up for the first 1,000 miles or so.
  • dominalien 11 Jun 2013 16:59:51 7,065 posts
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    Yeah, I was really surprised. All the new cars I'd got (not that many, though, maybe a couple) had a few km already on the meter.

    The guy at the dealership told me it had never been fired up before I'd bought it. I'm not sure how much I can trust him, on this and other things. :-)

    There clearly is a run-in period. 500 km, with the first visit to the service at 1000 km. I don't see it as a problem this time, as I'm not feeling too confident yet. :-)

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  • Salaman 12 Jun 2013 15:29:02 19,595 posts
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    BillMurray wrote:
    Hope i'm up and running by the autumn though but until then i'll just have to sit in my room with all my gear on.
    Don't sit in your room, come sit in the lounge. Straddling the sofa, so it feels a bit like you're on a bike.
  • Salaman 12 Jun 2013 15:35:59 19,595 posts
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    Shouldn't be too much of a run in I think. Modern engines don't really need it as much. You can't go redlining it but just driving about you can do whatever you'll normally do I think.

    0 miles and no fuel! :-)

    It's a beauty.
    That dash seems so futuristic, since mine looks like this.

    Well like a run down dirty, scratched version of the one linked to.
  • Salaman 12 Jun 2013 15:47:03 19,595 posts
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    You need a new bike Goodfella! ;-)
  • glaeken 13 Jun 2013 13:10:38 11,265 posts
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    He was very lucky not to come off. It looks a lot like the type of roads I always ride so I will have to start looking out for falling trees now.
  • Salaman 13 Jun 2013 14:26:15 19,595 posts
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    Well I wouldn't have guessed that!
    0_o

    He's actually
    hit more than I first thought. In the full speed thing it happens so fast, you just see the stick lying across his dash. In the slow mo at the end you can see he gets smacked on the body with a decent sized branch and he powers through on the speed he has, with only that little stick lying on his dash.
  • dominalien 13 Jun 2013 14:49:30 7,065 posts
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    Incredible.

    Makes you realise how fragile you are on a bike (a significant realisation for me).

    Wow.

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  • dominalien 13 Jun 2013 14:58:55 7,065 posts
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    OK, time for a pic. Was hoping for one that included me, but my partner is down with the flu, like I was all weekend, so I had to take it myself.

    Pic here.

    50 km on the meter now (I know, but I can only drive to work and back from work) and enjoying it more than ever.

    Edited by dominalien at 14:59:32 13-06-2013

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  • glaeken 13 Jun 2013 16:13:10 11,265 posts
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    Looking good. We want an action shot next time with your knee down :-P
  • dominalien 13 Jun 2013 16:35:42 7,065 posts
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    That... will be quite the wait. :-)

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  • Salaman 14 Jun 2013 09:11:02 19,595 posts
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    Rode into work for the first time in 2 or 3 weeks.
    I was going to cycle in but overslept a bit.
  • Jetset_UK 24 Sep 2013 12:06:18 3,570 posts
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    Hi all.

    Thought I'd drop in here for some advice. My significant other has just bought a bike, and is planning her CBT soon. So I thought to myself 'why the hell not get one as well!'

    Problem is, I know NOTHING!

    So am after noob advice really. Been looking at a few bikes on ebay etc, and quite like the look of the Yamaha YBR 125. Seems to review ok.

    Also, how much do you think I should spend on clothing etc? Trying to do this on a budget, so am thinking bottom end stuff. Any other tips, or links to the better websites would be appreciated.
  • billythekid 24 Sep 2013 12:09:55 11,397 posts
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    If you've got a cheap head, then buy yourself a cheap crash helmet. If not then spend a bit more and get a decent one. AGV, Arai, Shoei are all well known and renowned makes.
  • Nexus_6 24 Sep 2013 12:22:33 3,903 posts
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    Buy whatever bike you feel comfortable on, that isn't too big for you etc. by all means, but don't skimp on the gear - it's just not worth it.

    I am sure a quick google will fill you in on decent kit on a budget, but don't be going cheap just to save a few hundred quid. Agree with btk above.
  • Jetset_UK 24 Sep 2013 12:40:10 3,570 posts
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    So how much should I be spending, I have no idea where the threshold between decent and rubbish is.

    I guess I should go to a shop and chat to someone who knows!?
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