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  • BillMurray 18 Dec 2013 16:24:24 7,622 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    SuperBas wrote:
    The 990 looks incredibly cool, but the cheapest second hand ones go for about twice my planned budget of 3000.
    Triumph Daytona 955?
    My uncle has one of those. Great bikes.
  • billythekid 18 Dec 2013 16:25:29 11,029 posts
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    BillMurray wrote:
    billythekid wrote:
    SuperBas wrote:
    The 990 looks incredibly cool, but the cheapest second hand ones go for about twice my planned budget of 3000.
    Triumph Daytona 955?
    My uncle has one of those. Great bikes.
    Are they as big as I remember?
  • glaeken 18 Dec 2013 16:26:07 11,104 posts
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    I am actually surprised how much the KTM 950's still are. They clearly hold their value quite well. I was sure you would be able to get one for a couple of grand now but they are all nearer 4k.

    The old KTM 640 LC4's are more reasonable and might fit the budjet. They are also a fairly tall bike. A 660 SMC would be nice ride. I had one of these as well and could also recommend one.

    For a reasonable SM on a budget the Suzuki DR400 SM is meant to be fairly decent bike. They are not very fast but a good town bike.

    Edited by glaeken at 16:29:01 18-12-2013
  • BillMurray 18 Dec 2013 17:41:07 7,622 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    BillMurray wrote:
    billythekid wrote:
    SuperBas wrote:
    The 990 looks incredibly cool, but the cheapest second hand ones go for about twice my planned budget of 3000.
    Triumph Daytona 955?
    My uncle has one of those. Great bikes.
    Are they as big as I remember?
    Last time I saw it in the flesh I didn't think it looked quite as big as I thought it did.
  • DrStrangelove 19 Dec 2013 01:57:12 3,379 posts
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    glaeken wrote:
    I am actually surprised how much the KTM 950's still are. They clearly hold their value quite well. I was sure you would be able to get one for a couple of grand now but they are all nearer 4k.
    KTM's that reach the 5,000 mile mark are rare, and hence tend to be rather expensive

    edit: but yes, me being only six foot tall but already having almost all bikes feel too small for me, KTM is just what I'd want to drive. I like the Triumphs, but even they are too small for my liking. So it's KTM.

    Edited by DrStrangelove at 01:59:32 19-12-2013
  • espadachin 19 Dec 2013 17:29:39 2,210 posts
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    glaeken wrote:
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    Has anyone had any dealings with Motorcycle Giant (formerly UK Motorcycles) in Shepherd's bush?

    They have a couple of bikes i'm interested in, just wanted to check how reputable they are.
    I bought a bike from these guys and they were Ok. A slight negative was when I picked up the bike it had virtually no fuel in it and I actually had to go onto reserve before I had got out of the end of their road. Picking up bikes or cars that have virtually no fuel in them always strikes me as bad form. I also got a slight wide boy vibe off of them though having nothing to back that up as my bike ended up fine.

    They do a lot of grey imports that you won't find anywhere else but I do think their prices are a little high. Still a lot of the bikes they do you cannot get from anywhere else so if there is a particular bike you want they may be the only option.

    What bikes were you looking at?
    Sorry i didn't see this earlier, thanks for the info, I was looking at Honda Hornets and they had a few for sale, went and had a look around and the guy seemed ok.
    I eventually picked (a much better age/price/condition) one up from an ebay trader last week and I love it, quite a jump up from my cbf250!
  • SuperBas 21 Dec 2013 21:00:47 1,450 posts
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  • SuperBas 7 Jan 2014 15:02:25 1,450 posts
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    So I took a single lesson today, and quite liked it. It was on a Yamaha XJ6 (600cc). After a couple of laps, I was getting quite the hang of it, but then the hour and a half had already passed and I had to go back home. Now I have to wait another 2 years before I finish school and can afford lessons.
  • BillMurray 23 Jan 2014 16:22:51 7,622 posts
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    For anyone that enjoys the odd motorbike vlog, BaronVonGrumble has just finished uploading his London to Valencia euro trip. It's a really good little series.
  • Chopsen 23 Jan 2014 16:34:06 15,727 posts
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    Have you actually passed/sat your test yet bill?
  • BillMurray 23 Jan 2014 16:36:07 7,622 posts
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    @Chopsen I'm quite a bit poor and have been out of work for about 8 months now so it's kinda on the back burner till that gets sorted.
  • Salaman 26 Mar 2014 14:12:01 18,875 posts
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    aaaaah ... after my three year old battery started struggling a bit back in October, it packed in completely after I left the bike sitting for 2 weeks. I'd seen it coming though.
    As it was nearly winter, I didn't rush out to get a new one.
    I did split the rent on a garage together with my neighbour who also owns a bike, so we can both park them off the street.

    Come a wet, warm winter that I could have easily biked through and then last month, I finally got around to buying a new battery. It still didn't run though so I had to get it picked up. They cleaned out the carburator which sorted it out.

    So nice to be out riding again. The weather's been lovely the last month and traffic has become worse near my work due to road works, so it's aboon to be biking past the miserable queues.

    Anyone else back out and about these days?
  • BillMurray 26 Mar 2014 19:38:28 7,622 posts
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    Hoping I'll be booking my CBT(again, it ran out) and my direct access pretty soon after soon. I'm still incredibly skint but after selling a few records and some prints i've nearly got enough cash, mainly thanks to an Italian chap paying 260 for my Tyler Stout print.
  • Furtive_Pygmy 26 Mar 2014 19:47:20 789 posts
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    Salaman wrote:

    Anyone else back out and about these days?
    I ride all through the winter every year but as you say this last one was particularly mild. I'd love it if they were always like that.

    Still, great to see some sun and warmer weather lately.

    What bike you got? I currently have a Kawasaki Z750, just upgraded from an old (2000) Suzuki SV650.

    Edited by Furtive_Pygmy at 19:49:11 26-03-2014
  • Chopsen 26 Mar 2014 20:00:19 15,727 posts
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    The main thing that prevents me is that I end up needing to set off so early that there's too much ice. Normal cold or rain is no bother. You'd never go out in UK otherwise.
  • Furtive_Pygmy 26 Mar 2014 20:19:28 789 posts
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    @Chopsen

    Ah yes, that's part of the problem I have. I leave for work at 5:30am so it can be more treacherous at that time.
  • craigy Staff 26 Mar 2014 20:27:24 7,541 posts
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    @BillMurray ooh, which print? I've got an Inglorious Basterds one hanging in the kitchen.
  • Salaman 26 Mar 2014 20:48:45 18,875 posts
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    Furtive_Pygmy wrote:
    What bike you got? I currently have a Kawasaki Z750, just upgraded from an old (2000) Suzuki SV650.
    An old 2001 Honda Deauville (650).
    I used to commute with all through the year from Ghent to Brussels (40 miles each way with lots of traffic jams).
    Now I'm 15 minutes away from my work. If it's shitty out I take the car. =)

    Sadly I'm going to have to spend some money on new boots, jacket, pants, etc. I bought them all when I got the bike about 5 years ago and they're starting to fall apart.
    Probably should get a new helmet also.

    Pricey.
  • BillMurray 26 Mar 2014 20:55:31 7,622 posts
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    craigy wrote:
    @BillMurray ooh, which print? I've got an Inglorious Basterds one hanging in the kitchen.
    The Alamo

    It's probably my second favourite print I own, just behind the T.Hanuka print i've got. I'd have kept hold of it but it's just been sat unframed for the last 5 years. Never got round to getting it up on the wall so thought i'd flog it. Got 260 for it though.

    Edited by BillMurray at 20:55:41 26-03-2014
  • Furtive_Pygmy 26 Mar 2014 20:59:21 789 posts
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    Nice. I'd like the option of a car too at times but money and all that.

    I recently got all new gear. I didn't go mad but spent a decent amount, RST textile jacket and legs, boots, all for about 350.

    Got a great Shark helmet too for 200, with a pinlock which I've never had before. Simply the best thing a motorcyclist can have. :D
  • craigy Staff 3 Apr 2014 08:51:55 7,541 posts
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    I'm doing my CBT on Saturday. Any pro-tips?
  • Juz 3 Apr 2014 08:55:06 55 posts
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    craigy wrote:
    I'm doing my CBT on Saturday. Any pro-tips?
    Best of luck...but seeing as I did mine in '93, it may well have changed completely by now!
  • Chopsen 3 Apr 2014 09:28:27 15,727 posts
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    Look at where you want to go, not what you want to avoid.

    When in doubt, DON'T slam on the brakes. You'll fall over.

    Use the light touch on the foot brake to control speed on low velocity manoeuvres. WAY easier than using the clutch to control power.

    Have fun!
  • billythekid 3 Apr 2014 09:57:44 11,029 posts
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    No wheelies.
  • billythekid 3 Apr 2014 09:59:10 11,029 posts
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    Probably more important on your actual test but just make it really obvious when you're looking in your mirrors and looking behind you.
  • Salaman 3 Apr 2014 12:14:45 18,875 posts
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    Not sure what it involves. Main thing I kept forgetting when I was learning was to turn off my indicators.
  • masc.box 3 Apr 2014 12:26:08 90 posts
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    @craigy let us know how you get on. Do you have any experience at all? I want to do CBT too but have never ridden a bike before so im not sure how to approach it.
  • Chopsen 3 Apr 2014 12:28:37 15,727 posts
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    CBT is very much noob "I don't even know how to start it" type territory. When I did it they took us from "how to put the kickstand down" upwards. I did it having never ridden before in my life, so just get on with it!
  • Chopsen 3 Apr 2014 12:28:47 15,727 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Not sure what it involves. Main thing I kept forgetting when I was learning was to turn off my indicators.
    And yes, very much this.
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