What bike for me ?

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What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:17 pm

Instead of clogging up TS's 'new bike' thread here we go -

Bandit gone, used it a bit more than I thought (bought Monster 1100S new in 2009 and did 1500km in 2 years !).
Fell in love with Husqvarna Nuda R with all the right bits on but am now hesitating.

Requirements - fun, good looks, trackable, pillion seat, character.
Budget - 4 - 6k quid as bikes are dearer over here, so your 6k bike would be $15k here.
Riding - once a week in spring/summer a motorway (ha ha, this is NZ) trip to Auckland (130km), bit of round town stuff and the odd Sunday blast. Would like to do the odd trackday again but will probably struggle for time so not essential.

Doesn't have to be 180hp and 100kg, I've had as much fun on RGV/RVF's as I have on R1's, infact I def don't want a litre Jap bike.

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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by nakedninja @ Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:30 am

I feel sorry that no one has replied but don't really have an answer, so I'm just going to go with what you want. Buy the huskie.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by Turntable @ Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:35 am

That Husq looks brilliant, although probably the shittest bike for your motorway trip?
HOw much is a 748 or 749 over there? Plenty quick enough, brilliant noise and stunning. Or do you not want to be in sports-bike position?
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by Turntable @ Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:38 am

Slight off-the-wall suggestion: Buell
http://www.motorcycletrader.co.nz/detai ... b9r/225109

I know nothing about them other than they sound fcuking brilliant.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by Disastrous @ Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:57 am

Bit of cliche to recommend your own thing but would the Aprilia fit the bill? Great noise, comfy and big for a sports bike and I've not had anything to complain about on mine beyond the thirst of it. I go to work on mine.

Crucially, very cheap in the UK so may be doable if a 749 or something isn't.

Failing that, it has to be a Speed Triple doesn't it? I think they're the default do-everything well and loads of fun bike. I don't like the looks mind.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:40 am

Turntable wrote:Slight off-the-wall suggestion: Buell
http://www.motorcycletrader.co.nz/detai ... b9r/225109

I know nothing about them other than they sound fcuking brilliant.


I used to like them until someone pointed out that they're basically a Harley.

Instant hate.

(I'm a non-biker, so clearly my thoughts can happily be disregarded)
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:35 pm

Replies ! I'd given up on this thread so thank you all for your input.

TT - Not sure why but I just couldn't own a Buell, not too keen on the looks and the engines don't do anything for me.
Dis - I have looked at RSV's but would have to be the later model (and a Factory), have ridden your shape and didn't like at all.

748/749 is a possibility, I'd really like a 998 and keep it forever so that's a thought.
Duc Hypermotard and an 848 are also on the list (long list that changes each day).
I would love a Honda RVF400R but they probably only sold one over here and even in UK prices seem to be going up. Maybe I should ship one over.
Ridiculously I have been looking at Aprilia RS250's, I don't think I ever had so much fun as on my old RGV250 hounding bigger bikes but I am considerably older now and prob wouldn't even fit on one.

A Benelli TNT600 popped up yesterday, I think they are made in China now though. Good looking in the pic.

I still really like the idea of the Husky and could live with the motorway trip, wouldn't be much worse than the Bandit. The only thing that bothers me nowadays is getting rid of different/special things over here. You can sell a VTR/VFR/GSXR/R1 here at any time (admittedly you would have to almost give it away) but anything a bit different takes forever.

Anyway, thanks for the input, I still have no idea what I'll end up with but time is on my side - spring has started wet.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:52 am

Husky is out - sold.
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Re: What bike for me ?

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Re: What bike for me ?

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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by Monty @ Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:34 pm

"The Ninja H2R is a closed-course model;
it may not be ridden on public roads."


Oh!

"The street model (Ninja H2) will be released at EICMA."

Ah.

I wonder what the power of this is... :biglaugh:
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Fri Oct 31, 2014 6:49 pm

I haven't bought yet but have (semi) decided on what to get. Popped into local Ducati dealer and asked them to keep an eye out for a 996 or 998.
Prefer a 998S w/Ohlins but any would do.
Will keep for ever and waste ridiculous amounts of money changing things to carbon & titanium.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:25 pm

Its that time again !
Husky SM610 has been fun but I want something that I can a go a bit further on and even take a pillion.
I was looking or another M1100S but they didn't sell many so don't come up very often (here), again I thought of sticking one n a container leaving UK but have left that too late for summer .

However, I have found a Hypermotard 1100S, at the right money too. Its a distinct possibility at present. I have ridden one before and enjoyed it but it wasn't for long. Anyone else sampled one?
As long as I can get 100 miles (160km) out of a tank I'm happy
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by GingerNinja @ Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:39 pm

Don't know anyone who's ridden one, but have you thought about either the KTM supermoto 950/990 or the SMT?

SMT is just a more practical version of the supermoto.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by GingerNinja @ Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:35 pm

Any progress on a new machine, NNK?
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:51 am

No purchase yet but I have ridden/ruled out a couple.
Ducati 1199S - rode today, within 5km I knew I couldn't have it/one. Definitely a licence loser, I thought I might be doing 60 in a 50 but was doing 104 ! Thats kmh before anyone calls me a liar.
Lovely but no way.
R1200gs - quick go on a mates, def not for me but can see why they sell so many.

Current shortlist is monster 1100s , hypermotard 1100s, mv dragster 800,
Aprilia dorsoduro .
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:00 am

Was the GS one of the new LC ones? They're night and day compared to the previous ones. Maybe not the hooligan bike you want though.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:53 pm

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:Was the GS one of the new LC ones? They're night and day compared to the previous ones. Maybe not the hooligan bike you want though.


A 2010 so not the latest, I had ridden one before and knew they were good just not what I was looking for.
I would keep the husky if I coukd ride it for more than an hour . Actually 1.5 has been the cutoff point, pretty much unable to feel anything below the waist !
Hooligan bike but for an old man required
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:21 pm

The short list got shorter, MV being ruled out after the dealer/importer advised they are still waiting for a mirror and indicator they ordered 3 months ago.
Simplicity won over and I was only looking for M1100S or Hypermotard 1100S, finally a HM S came up and I have snaffled it. Collect next Saturday.
Its standard other than a tail tidy and Cat delete exhaust section.
I know they are fun, just hope its almost as much fun (but much more useable) than Husky.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:52 am

NNK wrote:The short list got shorter, MV being ruled out after the dealer/importer advised they are still waiting for a mirror and indicator they ordered 3 months ago.
Simplicity won over and I was only looking for M1100S or Hypermotard 1100S, finally a HM S came up and I have snaffled it. Collect next Saturday.
Its standard other than a tail tidy and Cat delete exhaust section.
I know they are fun, just hope its almost as much fun (but much more useable) than Husky.

Nice - look forward to hearing more about it! Red I assume?
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:13 pm

I now have it !
But only on the back of my ute, driving home with it today and its going in for belt service tomorrow (time overdue).
Previous owner had a rummage and found full set of new EBC brake pads, disc lock, spare keys (thought he'd lost) and delivery card thing.
Its in better nick than I expected, tyres are like new but poss not sticky enough for my liking.
While its in being serviced I will get them to set up suspension for my weight as 25kg lighter.

Here comes summer !


ETA Yes its red
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by Hooli @ Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:53 pm

Sounds great, picthurs?
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:49 am

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And that's all you're getting as I don't have Photo Viewer anymore and resizing in Paint is a proper pain !
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:06 am

NNK wrote:
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And that's all you're getting as I don't have Photo Viewer anymore and resizing in Paint is a proper pain !

Very nice.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by Käsemeister @ Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:34 am

Very red
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:45 am

Love it nnk, despite your terrible photography.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by S1K @ Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:53 am

I don't know if they offer any technical advantage but single-sided swingarms always look cool.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:52 am

Loving it !
Did a twisty ride last week and had lots of fun, motorway today (heavy congestion) and all good.
A great all rounder plus I should be able to keep my licence on it.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:01 am

A 12.5L tank is the greatest, light comes on at about 180km (110 miles ?) and (according to google I have 2L left.
It probably wont be a problem to me but I could see why/how people would be put off.

It has the fold out mirrors on bar ends, I closed left one this morning filtering on motorway, clipped the right shortly after so shut that too.

I normally leave gf place at 5.15am if in car and that gets me home around 7am, I left once at 7.30am and pulled into my drive at 10.40 .
Its a 160km/100 mile trip.
Feeling lazy and brave today, I slept in and left at 7.30. It all came back to me, filtering/weaving just like in London and I was home at 9.15am - Hurrah !

Love the riding position, not quite as aggressive as Husky but similar. Love the suspension and brakes, the engine is all I need (90hp plodder) and catching a glimpse of myself in a window I looked amazing ! OK that part is prob wrong.
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Re: What bike for me ?

Post by NNK @ Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:48 am

Needed to race over over to a mates at the beach earlier today so jumped on the bike. Normally takes 1.5hrs in car, got there in 1hr 10 min on bike, not really speeding just able to keep to the same speed without the usual Kiwi lane hoggers holding me up.
There is a lovely, twisty, climbing section about half way (a mini Stelvio) and it was awesome, no traffic so some almost knee down action.

I was really looking forward to it on the way back but just approaching and ......................... nothing !
Every light flashed then went out and engine died.
Stopped and tried switching off/on but still nothing. Checked sidestand switch, clutch switch, etc and still nothing.
No allen key to take off seat - GRRRRRR.

Managed to lever up side of seat and felt around, nothing untoward. Same the other side and, ah ha, moved a cable/wire and dash lit up.
Started, hopped on and rode off. Half way round first sweeper, riding quite hard, same again, coasted down the pass (about 5km) at 75-80km.
Stopped again and rummaged under seat, dash lit up, off again.
Made it all the way home and took seat off (allen key now cable tied to bars), battery terminal broken off. New one fitted and sweet again.

Thoroughly enjoying it still, could well be the bike I keep. Might buy the new Mrs NNK a CBR600RR so we have all bases covered
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