Tell me about motorbikes

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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:44 pm

I did murder up some of the Shotgun, yes. Mostly the rear bumper, which was ghastly chrome before and is now a personable satin black.

But with the bike I don't want to change colour too much. The swing arm is silvery bare metal, and detail on the engine itself is "metal" coloured too - so I want to keep that. But everything else is already black. Certainly it is now I've debadged it to get rid of the 80s-esque ref stickers, and binned off the red levers it had fitted when I got it.

Possible (in as much as I've thought about them at least once) fiddles include:

Carbon chain guard
Bar end mirrors
Micro LED indicators
Bin the aero screen
Change the headlamp for a round LED one
Pillion seat cowl
Gear indicator (I've already got this but haven't put it on yet - as Nervy said "counting is for idiots")
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:37 pm

I’ve never understood nervy’s Love of gear indicators. You don’t need to know what gear you’re in if it feels right.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:18 pm

Admittedly I've had it three months and not fitted it yet because I haven't really seen the need. I do sometimes lose track of what gear I'm in, but not to the extent that I can't ride the bike.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:23 pm

And I forgot to add that down the line will be either a slip-on carbon can, or a full system.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:58 pm

This week I suddenly just remembered my fauxPro, so I tried it on the bike this afternoon. First go with it, mounted on a chest harness - because I already had one and I don't have the right mounts to fit the camera to my crash helmet yet.

Immediately, there are two glaring horrible problems with the results: i) the angle is too low, so the screen is full of dash and not scenery - especially when the bike is accelerating and I'm leaning forward. Still, that's easily fixed next time. ii), the sound is properly shit. The camera was in the waterproof case, which muffles and distorts the sound something rotten. But seemingly you can only really hear anything when the engine starts the climb the revs.

So. A pretty poor result from test #1, but wev.

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Next time will be better.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:03 pm

Also, another thing that's great about riding a motorbike is that you've got no radio. This is a key thing for keeping your concentration absolutely on what you're doing. It's very easy to mildly zone out when you drive, because you sit comfortably at a controlled temperature, inside your own little room listening to your choice of tunes or conversation.

None of that is true on the bike.

You hear the engine and the wind roar. And I often hear singing, because I sometimes sing out loud while I zoom about. But the point is, without all the things that come bundled up in being in a car, you can really pay attention to what you're doing, what you'll be doing a few seconds in the future, what other drivers are doing, and possibly most importantly, what other drivers will be doing a few seconds in the future.

It makes the whole experience much more visceral and immersive and brings a real clarity to what your senses relay to you. It is pretty cool.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by minimoog @ Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:36 pm

Marry it then :rolleyes:






















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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:20 pm

I have!
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Greg66 @ Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:22 pm

I was at some lights today one back from the front. A motor cyclist comes haring up to the stop line and literally stands his bike on the front wheel. Rear wheel miles off the ground, held up in the air for so long I was pretty sure the ride was either going to topple forward over the bars or tip sideways. Impressive, dickish and a few other things all at the same time.

He didn’t hang around when the lights went green.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:09 am

I used to enjoy doing those, as a young man. Sigh.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:19 am

I can't do any cool things on a motorbike. No stoppies, endos, wheelies, burn outs, knee down corners, or anything.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by NNK @ Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:49 am

Damien Thorn wrote:I can't do any cool things on a motorbike. No stoppies, endos, wheelies, burn outs, knee down corners, or anything.


You will.

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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Aesgarth @ Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:02 am

Damien Thorn wrote:I can't do any cool things on a motorbike. No stoppies, endos, wheelies, burn outs, knee down corners, or anything.

My first wheelie was entirely accidental...
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:17 am

Aesgarth wrote:
Damien Thorn wrote:I can't do any cool things on a motorbike. No stoppies, endos, wheelies, burn outs, knee down corners, or anything.

My first wheelie was entirely accidental...
I think I would do some shitting if/when that happens.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:11 am

Does stone know anything about Moto Guzzi? I've seen a V7 III for sale near me that looks absolutely terrific to my eye.

Like this:

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Obv I'm not looking to change my bike yet (am), but are these worth lusting over?
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by GingerNinja @ Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:34 am

Reviews of the latest version (which I think is the V3 as you said) have all been fairly positive.

Not quick though and look a bit too agricultural for my taste. I’m quite a fan of the bigger V9 bobber though.

Guzzis used to have a horrible reputation for poor reliability but the new stuff is getting much better.

Also, not a common sight so that’s a plus.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:37 am

I really like Guzzis and toyed with a Griso once but reliability issues put me off for an everyday bike.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by GingerNinja @ Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:40 am

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:I really like Guzzis and toyed with a Griso once but reliability issues put me off for an everyday bike.


I also lusted after a Griso!

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Phwoarrrrr.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by S1K @ Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:49 am

I’ve circled the part of the first Guzzi which offends my eye

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I’d have to take a hacksaw to that rear mudguard if I owned it and do something about the rear light.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:09 pm

GingerNinja wrote:
Tokyo Sexwale wrote:I really like Guzzis and toyed with a Griso once but reliability issues put me off for an everyday bike.


I also lusted after a Griso!

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Phwoarr indeed.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:09 pm

S1K wrote:I’ve circled the part of the first Guzzi which offends my eye

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I’d have to take a hacksaw to that rear mudguard if I owned it and do something about the rear light.
Absolutely agree! Horrid. But then an untidied tail is horrid on every bike.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:02 pm

Hmm. Also the Motto Guzzi has literally half the power of my Honda (but the same amount of torque) from a bigger engine. What's the actual point of that?
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by S1K @ Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:41 pm

That doesn’t sound like a good deal. I bet it’s a hell of a lot heavier too. The torque will probably be produced lower down the rev range so I expect it might feel gruntier but even so.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Greg66 @ Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:05 am

Damien Thorn wrote:Does stone know anything about Moto Guzzi? I've seen a V7 III for sale near me that looks absolutely terrific to my eye.

Like this:

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Obv I'm not looking to change my bike yet (am), but are these worth lusting over?


Looks a bit like something a German WW2 soldier would ride. Kommen ist mit oder ohne sidekarte?
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:26 am

Es kommt ohne Beiwagen. Achtung!!
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:29 am

Also, today I am lusting after the Fantic Caballero 500. Which was actually the bike I lusted after while I was taking lessons, but then came over all sensible when I was buying.

It makes as much power as the V7, but from a 500, and weighs three quarters as much. And looks bloody brilliant.

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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by S1K @ Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:38 am

I hadn’t heard of the Fantic Caballero but the MCN review is very good - https://www.motorcyclenews.com/bike-rev ... bler/2019/
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by thekungfury @ Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:48 am

Damien Thorn wrote:Also, today I am lusting after the Fantic Caballero 500. Which was actually the bike I lusted after while I was taking lessons, but then came over all sensible when I was buying.

It makes as much power as the V7, but from a 500, and weighs three quarters as much. And looks bloody brilliant.

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Pic sorted.

I like that but it seems very colour dependent. The red/yellow one in S1’s link looks cheap and shit to me.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by Damien Thorn @ Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:05 pm

Thanks, I didn't realise the pic was up the spout.

The two different colour schemes are actually two slightly different bikes: the red is the 'scrambler' and the grey is the'flat tracker'. I like that one.
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Re: Tell me about motorbikes

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:14 pm

With all of your two wheeler lyrical waxings, you've got me so very lusting after getting a bike that I even went so far as to mention it to MrsHGL whilst we were in Hoi An celebrating our wedding anniversary last week
(26 fcuking years! Where has my life gone?).

Without so much as blinking, she said it'd be our last, but I'm still not sure if that's because she knows deep down I'm a complete tw@t and would kill myself within the year or if it's just that she's just so very against it.

Still really tempted to just go do it and 'fess up fait accompli once I pass.
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