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    Quote Originally Posted by bigweb View Post
    I'm 6'2" or so, so should be able to almost flat foot any of them.

    I've always wanted a Ducati and that MultiV4s looks like it would fit the bill but I want to be somewhere around £10k rather than £15k hence the KTM

    Price of fuel or touring range wouldn't bother me too much really though

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    So your height should not be a limiting factor with any of the bikes - great. Between the KTM and MultiV4S, I think it is a tougher decision. The KTM has a broader spread of performance - only if you ride offroad, but the Ducati is also leaps ahead in terms of quality and finish. Ie, the controls on the KTM are very Fisher Price in comparison to the backlit Ducati switchgear. Touch points and finish quality are important imho from an ownership point of view on this kind of bike.

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    New copy of Bike magazine arrived today.

    Their verdict on the 1250GS vs Tiger 1200 had me surprised, given their usual editorial stance.

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    Did a photo shoot for the press at 6am Thursday morning about Sundays Distingushed Gentlemanís Ride. Thatís me on my 1978 T3 Guzzi California

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    Quote Originally Posted by j0hnbarker View Post
    New copy of Bike magazine arrived today.

    Their verdict on the 1250GS vs Tiger 1200 had me surprised, given their usual editorial stance.
    Care to share?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Care to share?
    Generally speaking they are extremely pro-Triumph, to the extent it can be a little irritating.

    However, the BMW came out on top. Just.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j0hnbarker View Post
    Generally speaking they are extremely pro-Triumph, to the extent it can be a little irritating.

    However, the BMW came out on top. Just.
    Given the cult status of the GS I’d consider that a result for Triumph. As I’ve been saying for some time, the Tiger range is a genuine option, and that includes the 900 for those who struggle with the size and weight of the larger bikes in the genre. Good to see them gaining traction here, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j0hnbarker View Post
    Generally speaking they are extremely pro-Triumph, to the extent it can be a little irritating.

    However, the BMW came out on top. Just.
    Being an English publication, it is frequently no surprise to see Bike magazine try and laud Triumphs.
    The GS is not a cult without merit. As good as they have tried, reality is that the new Trumpet 1200 is merely trying to catch up to the now 3 year old 1250GS. And they still fall short. Triumphs lack the engineering prowess and resources of BMW, and the 90 year evolutionary refinement of the venerable boxer. Then there is the dealer network, the pan-European support, and global supply of 3rd party accessories. Triumph will always be second, at best. Next yearís R1300/1400GS will move the goalposts even farther beyond the competition.

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    Little spin out for brekkie this morning
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    Bikes in the Sunshine today in Sussex!

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    Well that was fun!
    Picked it up yesterday and put a couple of hundred miles on today.
    Cant believe how smooth and responsive it is for a near 25 year old bike.
    I have a new Tuono V4 factory to compare it with and for the road its definitely not night and day.
    Probably the best biking day ive had in years.




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    Quote Originally Posted by j0hnbarker View Post
    Generally speaking they are extremely pro-Triumph, to the extent it can be a little irritating.

    However, the BMW came out on top. Just.
    So the brand-new Triumph is only nearly as good as a 10 year-old BMW*.
    Result....





    OK, the LC`s are a 10 year old design so lets say 4 years for the 1250, but a motorcycle is more than just the engine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by waiteu2 View Post
    Well that was fun!
    Picked it up yesterday and put a couple of hundred miles on today.
    Cant believe how smooth and responsive it is for a near 25 year old bike.
    I have a new Tuono V4 factory to compare it with and for the road its definitely not night and day.
    Probably the best biking day ive had in years.



    That sir is a peach!
    Looks totally original.
    Rode my RR-V to work early today (22 miles, mixture of quiet a roads and the A23Ö.itís still thrilling. Love the sound of the pipes and the way it screams into the powerband.

    The only slight issue I had when I bought mine was the original seat was a bit slippy to the point it was distracting. I have it safe obvs but I have put a grippier and squishier Sargent on which despite not changing the handling in any way does allow me to read the bikeís feedback a lot more accurately and worry about other things apart from sliding around. I feel properly planted in/on it now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Plake View Post
    That sir is a peach!
    Looks totally original.
    Rode my RR-V to work early today (22 miles, mixture of quiet a roads and the A23Ö.itís still thrilling. Love the sound of the pipes and the way it screams into the powerband.

    The only slight issue I had when I bought mine was the original seat was a bit slippy to the point it was distracting. I have it safe obvs but I have put a grippier and squishier Sargent on which despite not changing the handling in any way does allow me to read the bikeís feedback a lot more accurately and worry about other things apart from sliding around. I feel properly planted in/on it now.

    Thats a good shout, Thanks.
    Quite a bit of the ride was sedate but i did think how roomy the seat was.
    When i did push on i can see how a bit more grip would be useful.
    Im surprised about the power delivery. Very linear, gear changes smooth and precise.
    Early days but loving it so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waiteu2 View Post
    Well that was fun!
    Picked it up yesterday and put a couple of hundred miles on today.
    Cant believe how smooth and responsive it is for a near 25 year old bike.
    I have a new Tuono V4 factory to compare it with and for the road its definitely not night and day.
    Probably the best biking day ive had in years.



    I was in TBS this afternoon, and Dave said this was one of the nicest Fireblades they have had.

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by j0hnbarker View Post
    I was in TBS this afternoon, and Dave said this was one of the nicest Fireblades they have had.

    Enjoy!
    Good to hear that John.
    I cant fault the bike or service.
    i dealt with Richard who was brilliant. Not pushy just a biker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waiteu2 View Post
    Good to hear that John.
    I cant fault the bike or service.
    i dealt with Richard who was brilliant. Not pushy just a biker.
    Richard is new, so not met him yet.

    James is the owner and very into his bikes. Dave is the manager and does the day to day running of the business. Every bike I have had from them has been spot on - now 5 and counting. Popped in today to see if they still had the Suzuki TL1000R, but it had sold earlier in the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waiteu2 View Post
    Well that was fun!
    Picked it up yesterday and put a couple of hundred miles on today.
    Cant believe how smooth and responsive it is for a near 25 year old bike.
    I have a new Tuono V4 factory to compare it with and for the road its definitely not night and day.
    Probably the best biking day ive had in years.
    That was my feeling when I got mine, for a bike over twenty years old it's so nice, and there is so much value in these bikes. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plake View Post
    The only slight issue I had when I bought mine was the original seat was a bit slippy to the point it was distracting. I have it safe obvs but I have put a grippier and squishier Sargent on which despite not changing the handling in any way does allow me to read the bikeís feedback a lot more accurately and worry about other things apart from sliding around. I feel properly planted in/on it now.

    This is great info, the slippery seat is the only quibble I have with mine, going to investigate 

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    Finally got out on a bike yesterday, even if it was just to B&Q.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Finally got out on a bike yesterday, even if it was just to B&Q.

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    typical wa**er parking by the RR👎👎

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    typical wa**er parking by the RRūüĎéūüĎé
    I was hoping they were togetherÖ
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    I was hoping they were togetherÖ
    I wish Mrs Gyp did have one of those but alas no, just wanker parking.

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    My Grandad was a pillion at todayís DGR in Manchester. At 94 itís safe to say he was the oldest there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lammylee View Post
    My Grandad was a pillion at todayís DGR in Manchester. At 94 itís safe to say he was the oldest there.

    Top man and a very worthy cause. Hope he had a great day out!

    We going again next year @madeofcheese???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lammylee View Post
    My Grandad was a pillion at todayís DGR in Manchester. At 94 itís safe to say he was the oldest there.
    Good for himÖ hope he had a great day, and I must say he looks in great shape

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    I wish Mrs Gyp did have one of those but alas no, just wanker parking.
    A mate just had a £2400 bill to replace the steering rack on one of thoseÖ the bloke that did the repair has done loads..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    A mate just had a £2400 bill to replace the steering rack on one of thoseÖ the bloke that did the repair has done loads..
    I'm not sure we can blame the steering rack for the parking fail ;-)

    While I'm not overly worried about component failure, I'm starting to get a bit nervous about consumables on my little Toyota.

    Front brake pads are £65 a pair and front disks are an eye watering £960.

    While my brake consumption isn't that bad, I'm aware of one owner that's got through 5 sets of pads and is on his second set of disks in 6,000 miles.

    Eek.

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    Great blast out today on the S1000R with my lad on his GSXR 750.

    The R has had its first service and I can use all the revs. Bloody hell itís quick now!
    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100thmonkey View Post
    Top man and a very worthy cause. Hope he had a great day out!

    We going again next year @madeofcheese???
    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Good for himÖ hope he had a great day, and I must say he looks in great shapeÔĎćÔĎć
    He is still sharp as a nail and young at heart. A true inspiration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy tims View Post
    Great blast out today on the S1000R with my lad on his GSXR 750.

    The R has had its first service and I can use all the revs. Bloody hell itís quick now!
    Sounds great. We must get out again!

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    I'm loving this old beauty more and more, I went out for 90 mile blast on Sunday after the clutch rebuild and she's running sweetly. The thing I love about vintage machines is you can really enjoy them without having to wring their neck or do daft speeds, I'd forgotten how well these old CB's can handle!


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    A true turning point in motorcyling.................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thewatchbloke View Post
    I'm loving this old beauty more and more, I went out for 90 mile blast on Sunday after the clutch rebuild and she's running sweetly. The thing I love about vintage machines is you can really enjoy them without having to wring their neck or do daft speeds, I'd forgotten how well these old CB's can handle!

    Stunner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thewatchbloke View Post
    I'm loving this old beauty more and more, I went out for 90 mile blast on Sunday after the clutch rebuild and she's running sweetly. The thing I love about vintage machines is you can really enjoy them without having to wring their neck or do daft speeds, I'd forgotten how well these old CB's can handle!

    Loved it when Howard had it, and I'm sure it's an even better bike following your fettling, Duncan. It would be great to arrange a ride-out over the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thewatchbloke View Post
    I'm loving this old beauty more and more, I went out for 90 mile blast on Sunday after the clutch rebuild and she's running sweetly. The thing I love about vintage machines is you can really enjoy them without having to wring their neck or do daft speeds, I'd forgotten how well these old CB's can handle!

    Just compared that to some more modern profiles and I don't think it's an optical illusion that the forks are raked far more than modern bikes. Will make it a lot more stable, for sure.

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    I seem to remember that braking could get a bit hairy, especially in the wet. Mind, I may compare to another bike I rode regularly at the time, a Le Mans which was exceptional on that front.
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    ^^^ After getting off my R1200R, CB750 braking can seem hairy even in the in the dry!

    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Loved it when Howard had it, and I'm sure it's an even better bike following your fettling, Duncan. It would be great to arrange a ride-out over the summer.
    I'd enjoy that Tony, we'll have to arrange something

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    I seem to remember that braking could get a bit hairy, especially in the wet. Mind, I may compare to another bike I rode regularly at the time, a Le Mans which was exceptional on that front.
    Quote Originally Posted by Thewatchbloke View Post
    ^^^ After getting off my R1200R, CB750 braking can seem hairy even in the in the dry!



    I'd enjoy that Tony, we'll have to arrange something
    There is a fix for that if you want to go down that route! Mind, itís from 1983 so a little more modern.



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    Not been able to do a searching find any recommendations, but anyone know of a good motorbike collection and delivery service. I need one to collect from Birmingham and deliver to Reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavham View Post
    Not been able to do a searching find any recommendations, but anyone know of a good motorbike collection and delivery service. I need one to collect from Birmingham and deliver to Reading.

    Try Lee Costello Bike Transport.

    I've used him, as have many others - and he gets nothing but recommendations

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    Try Lee Costello Bike Transport.

    I've used him, as have many others - and he gets nothing but recommendations
    Well a quick search and he has recommendations all over the forums, thanks bud.
    Last edited by Cavham; 25th May 2022 at 18:36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavham View Post
    Not been able to do a searching find any recommendations, but anyone know of a good motorbike collection and delivery service. I need one to collect from Birmingham and deliver to Reading.
    As an alternative option. Suzie at Quick bikes 07714 688015 transported my bike from Haslemere to Sheffield for £150.00. Very good service.
    Andy

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    Lovely day for a ride out to the coast....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavham View Post
    Not been able to do a searching find any recommendations, but anyone know of a good motorbike collection and delivery service. I need one to collect from Birmingham and deliver to Reading.
    My mate Keith does this and he is in Birmingham... also knows his way to Reading as that's where I am lol

    Tell him Dibble sent you.

    He is a top bloke and fellow biker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavham View Post
    Not been able to do a searching find any recommendations, but anyone know of a good motorbike collection and delivery service. I need one to collect from Birmingham and deliver to Reading.
    Iíve used Chas Mortimer and James Cargo before. Both were excellent.

    https://www.chasmortimer.co.uk/

    https://www.jamescargo.com/motorcycles/index.php

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    Thanks for the recommendations, I have a week or two to arrange before I pick up a new incoming


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    Quote Originally Posted by andy tims View Post
    As an alternative option. Suzie at Quick bikes 07714 688015 transported my bike from Haslemere to Sheffield for £150.00. Very good service.
    Even if the driver lived at either pickup or destination address to minimise miles travelled that a 400 mile round trip at £9 a gallon - lets say for arguments sake he achieved 45mpg thats £80 gone on just fuel.
    It`s a 9-hour slog there and back at not even eight quid an hour after fuel has been paid for.
    Fair play to them for doing that, or am i missing something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_2_Right-Force View Post
    Even if the driver lived at either pickup or destination address to minimise miles travelled that a 400 mile round trip at £9 a gallon - lets say for arguments sake he achieved 45mpg thats £80 gone on just fuel.
    It`s a 9-hour slog there and back at not even eight quid an hour after fuel has been paid for.
    Fair play to them for doing that, or am i missing something?
    More than one bike for delivery that day, for different customers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    More than one bike for delivery that day, for different customers?
    Ive had my share of bike couriers drop off or collect bikes from me. Rarely seen an empty van , usually two or three bikes plus mine. Think thats the only way they turn a profit. One bike would be a non starter

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    Lovely day riding around Bucks, Oxfordshire, and the Chilterns with a good riding buddy. Passed through Didcot to see the new Trumpet 1200 GT Pro and Rally Explorer at length then stopped by Henley on the way back.
    Just can't get enough of the GS - the suspension and chassis is so well judged for UK roads at pace in either Road or Dynamic modes. The combination of Telelever, Paralever, self-levelling, AND adaptive dampers makes it a comfortable and controlled to ride at any pace.




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