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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Just realised that at the moment I have chain, shaft and belt drive bikes.

    And they are all twins; parallel twins, V-twins and horizontally opposed twins.
    Just greedy 😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeColdplayHistory View Post
    and you do his chain for him?
    so you can continue the wind up?
    Damn right.. heís got 4 chain drive bikes, Iíve given him a list of tools he needs, the appropriate torque wrench, and Iíve shown him how to do it on a number of occasions.

    Complete waste of time. So now when he brings one of his bike around, and mentions that the chain is a little loose, I reply that itís his shout for breakfast, on the next ride out...

    I still wonít let him call himself a biker though.. not in my presence.🏍🏍

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    Is it that he can't adjust the chain....or he doesn't want to adjust the chain...
    I've a mate who appears to be very similar to yours...

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    I better get myself a torque wrench and learn how to do the chain now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Is it that he can't adjust the chain....or he doesn't want to adjust the chain...
    I've a mate who appears to be very similar to yours...
    A bit from column A and a bit from Column B.. Honestly, Iíve never seen anybody thatís so cack handed when it comes to holding simple tools. Itís like his brain is detached from any form of dexterity. I watched him trying to start a chain saw once, and if Iíd videoed it, it would have gone viral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewie View Post
    Just greedy 
    Down to chain and shaft now.

    And just parallel and horizontally opposed twins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Down to chain and shaft now.

    And just parallel and horizontally opposed twins.
    You gave the Harley back, or you trashed it?
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    You gave the Harley back, or you trashed it?
    Sold it.

    The ride home convinced me that, however much I'd wanted one, it wouldn't do what I wanted it to. I could have spent a lot of time and money tweaking it to make it closer to what I wanted, but decided, as there was someone keen to have it, to cut my losses, step back and reconsider.

    Real shame as it was the nicest Road King Special I'd seen and the spec was phenomenal, but I needed to be able to enjoy riding it, not just enjoy looking at it.

    As I typically keep my bikes for 5 years plus, 5 days is a bit of a turn around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Sold it.

    The ride home convinced me that, however much I'd wanted one, it wouldn't do what I wanted it to. I could have spent a lot of time and money tweaking it to make it closer to what I wanted, but decided, as there was someone keen to have it, to cut my losses, step back and reconsider.

    Real shame as it was the nicest Road King Special I'd seen and the spec was phenomenal, but I needed to be able to enjoy riding it, not just enjoy looking at it.

    As I typically keep my bikes for 5 years plus, 5 days is a bit of a turn around.
    a Harley as a one-ride-stand, in effect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Sold it.

    The ride home convinced me that, however much I'd wanted one, it wouldn't do what I wanted it to. I could have spent a lot of time and money tweaking it to make it closer to what I wanted, but decided, as there was someone keen to have it, to cut my losses, step back and reconsider.

    Real shame as it was the nicest Road King Special I'd seen and the spec was phenomenal, but I needed to be able to enjoy riding it, not just enjoy looking at it.

    As I typically keep my bikes for 5 years plus, 5 days is a bit of a turn around.
    WOW.......I don't even think Tony has 'flipped' a bike that quickly!

    Although the HD did look cool......it didn't strike me as being a hoot to ride.

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    For the best Ian, if it's not for you then it's not for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skmark View Post
    Although the HD did look cool......it didn't strike me as being a hoot to ride.
    It looked and sounded phenomenal. If I could display it somewhere it would have been perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thewatchbloke View Post
    For the best Ian, if it's not for you then it's not for you!
    As posted on another forum...

    (I'm told that) watching adult content on the Internet, one can be drawn to the flawless, athletic, enhanced but pristine actresses and be amazed and astonished by the activities that they indulge in; considered depraved by many but entered into by these Amazonian creatures with seeming enthusiasm and abandon.

    Naturally (I'm told) a chap could find himself thinking that he'd like a lead role in that picture, with a woman like that doing those things with him. Acts that seem so natural on screen but that his current and previous partners, none of whom were exactly A-list material, would certainly reject out of hand.

    But then, on a night out, in a very unexpected turn of events (I'm told) he ends up with a woman that reminds him of those he has seen on screen. Tattooed, athletic, waxed to perfection and a with a moral compass that's been smashed with a sledgehammer.

    (I'm told) it all starts well, but before long he realises that what he has seen on screen is a fantasy; not completely separated from reality, but a reality created by highly experienced and capable professionals in what you might refer to as closed course conditions. And those professionals are supported by a large team to ensure that things can and do happen as expected, and then the whole activity is cut together to deliver the desired, flawless scene.

    Unlike on screen, (I'm told) the chap realises that the male part in those films - one he has for some reason completely ignored to this point - shares some of the characteristics of the actress, and despite his current partner's similarity to the fantasy, he realises that he may have bitten off more than he is able to chew.

    Rather than the lifetime of erotic delights that he had (perhaps) envisaged, after but a few minutes - which seem like hours - he is exhausted and his battered nether regions are crying out for mercy. But that respite doesn't come, and he and she continue relentlessly into the night.

    The following day (I suspect), he awakes a broken man. Rather than rising to the occasion desperate to relive the expected aerobic splendour of the previous night, he lies sore and still tired, throbbing head and aching groin, hoping his "conquest" will slip quietly away into the early morning sunlight.

    (In all probability) he realises that what he saw and wanted so much was an unrealistic and fabricated dream.

    And thus was the tryst with the Road King Special. Seduced by endless videos of perfect people riding perfect bikes on the sunny, open roads of Florida, Texas and So Cal., a flawless, beautiful and enhanced bike presented itself and I believed I could make that fantasy a reality. And true to life, this vixen of a bike demanded more from me than I could give. I woke the next day with pains in places I didn't know I had.

    Knowing that Ermintrude wasn't the sort of bike I could take to meet my mother, I realised that we were never going to grow old together. OK, I could try and change her in ways that might make her easier to live with but that would be missing the point. She'd never have the freedom to do what she was made to do, and I'd always be pretending that my relationship with my trophy motorcycle was marvellous and just as it is in the movies.

    So here I sit, disappointed that my fantasy did not become a reality, but hoping that the man that's just strapped her into a van can give the bike the life she truly deserves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    .....
    So here I sit, disappointed that my fantasy did not become a reality, but hoping that the man that's just strapped her into a van can give the bike the life she truly deserves.
    Very good

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    At least your nuts are still intact, possibly!

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    Bit of a long shot.. but does anyone have any idea or had any luck getting an older bike ULEZ compliant? My 1990 BMW isn't compliant and with the ULEZ area expanding this September (absorbing my office) my daily commute will get slightly more expensive!

    Bonus photo of bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adge View Post
    Bit of a long shot.. but does anyone have any idea or had any luck getting an older bike ULEZ compliant? My 1990 BMW isn't compliant and with the ULEZ area expanding this September (absorbing my office) my daily commute will get slightly more expensive!

    Bonus photo of bike
    Interesting question.
    Initial thoughts are that itís either impossible or will require such significant investment to render it impractical. Then you have to convince computer says no people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adge View Post
    Bit of a long shot.. but does anyone have any idea or had any luck getting an older bike ULEZ compliant? My 1990 BMW isn't compliant and with the ULEZ area expanding this September (absorbing my office) my daily commute will get slightly more expensive!
    Have you checked the NoX on the V5C as if below a certain level can appeal. Otherwise it is a test although I think most bikes pass so it could be worth getting the bike tested or at least talking with the testers and seeing if passing is a realistic expectation ?

    https://www.nationalemissionstestcentre.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB2 View Post
    Have you checked the NoX on the V5C as if below a certain level can appeal. Otherwise it is a test although I think most bikes pass so it could be worth getting the bike tested or at least talking with the testers and seeing if passing is a realistic expectation ?

    https://www.nationalemissionstestcentre.com/
    I was taking my 1989 R80RT into central London before the ULEZ came in so contacted them to see if it would likely pass. They said it would be close but probably OK (or could be achieved with a few tweaks) so it's worth asking

    As it was, the job changed meaning that I needn't do that journey any more so didn't actually get the test done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Sold it.

    The ride home convinced me that, however much I'd wanted one, it wouldn't do what I wanted it to. I could have spent a lot of time and money tweaking it to make it closer to what I wanted, but decided, as there was someone keen to have it, to cut my losses, step back and reconsider.

    Real shame as it was the nicest Road King Special I'd seen and the spec was phenomenal, but I needed to be able to enjoy riding it, not just enjoy looking at it.

    As I typically keep my bikes for 5 years plus, 5 days is a bit of a turn around.
    Sorry you didnít get on with the RKS, but I guess itís better to get rid sooner rather than later - and hopefully it wasnít too painful financially.

    On the bright side, whatíre you getting next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by downer View Post
    Sorry you didnít get on with the RKS, but I guess itís better to get rid sooner rather than later - and hopefully it wasnít too painful financially.

    On the bright side, whatíre you getting next?
    It was painful enough. I was never going to get back what I paid a dealer for it 5 days earlier, but I priced it fairly with a mind to moving it rather than optimistically with a mind to taking 6 months to move it.

    I reckon at the moment having the Street Scrambler, R80RT, R65RS and YBR125 (son's but I'm on the insurance) might be enough.

    Part of me thinks a Street Glide or Road Glide would have worked where the RKS didn't, but they are even heavier, just as poorly suspended and also wouldn't fit in the garage.

    Of course, there are a few ex-dem Z H2s available now and there's the new KTM Superduke RR and the...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    A bit from column A and a bit from Column B.. Honestly, I’ve never seen anybody that’s so cack handed when it comes to holding simple tools. It’s like his brain is detached from any form of dexterity. I watched him trying to start a chain saw once, and if I’d videoed it, it would have gone viral.
    Hahahaaa......brilliant.
    I do most of the servicing on my mates bike....I hate having him around when I'm working...
    Typically:
    Me: During last oil change (4 ltrs in catch tray) - "Dave...please stand clear of that oil tray mate..."
    Dave: 'Yeah...sure ...ok"
    Me: *goes to get suitable container for disposal of said oil*
    Dave (yelling!) "Where do you keep your spare rags and stuff"?
    Me: Eh?
    Dave: "The oil tray has tipped over!!"
    Me: Whu?
    Dave: "It caught my foot"
    Me: *returns to shed...oil everywhere*
    "It caught your f***ing WHAT?"
    I reckon he's the clumsiest bugger I've ever come across.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    It was painful enough. I was never going to get back what I paid a dealer for it 5 days earlier, but I priced it fairly with a mind to moving it rather than optimistically with a mind to taking 6 months to move it.

    I reckon at the moment having the Street Scrambler, R80RT, R65RS and YBR125 (son's but I'm on the insurance) might be enough.

    Part of me thinks a Street Glide or Road Glide would have worked where the RKS didn't, but they are even heavier, just as poorly suspended and also wouldn't fit in the garage.

    Of course, there are a few ex-dem Z H2s available now and there's the new KTM Superduke RR and the...
    I guess you were fortunate to have a willing buyer and not have to go through all the tyre-kickers etc. Thereís plenty of new and interesting bikes out there, thatís for sure.

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    6 years old and Spencer has already knows what motorcycle he wants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris2982 View Post
    6 years old and Spencer has already knows what motorcycle he wants.

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    Itíll be electric by the time heís allowed to ride😈😈

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    Took my new (to me) MT 09 into Yamaha on Monday as we noticed a leak when we went out on Friday.

    Just got the call and my oil cooler is cracked. Trying to get the part on warranty apparently.

    looks like it's 2 weeks before I get the bike back!

    When I had a Seadoo everyone used to tell me Yamaha were super reliable.

    I've had Harleys and KTM's before with zero trouble and I get a Yamaha and it's broken straight away

    You've got to laugh

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    Iíve recently bought a Yamaha XJR1300 and can honestly say that I still think Kawasakis are better engineered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    I’ve recently bought a Yamaha XJR1300 and can honestly say that I still think Kawasakis are better engineered.
    When it come to engines, I’ve always been a Suzuki fan boy, then Kawasaki. Never had a 4 stroke Yam but I’ve always felt they were on the fragile side..compared to the other Japanese manufacturers.

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    Cracking bikes around here (R9T on a WTB list since it got released...)
    Hereís my two beauts, more than 20 years apart:





    Yamahaís reliability has come a long way.

    XT600 wonít let you stranded but requires many hours of TLC to keep it running (needed a complete strip after this trip, hehehe). I guess compared to other bikes of its age itís still pretty reliable.

    XT1200z built like a tank, solid gets you everywhere even without all the gimmicks of electronic suspension etcc

    Sad I didnít ride them much last year, hopefully this year will be better!

    Ride safe


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    When it come to engines, Iíve always been a Suzuki fan boy, then Kawasaki. Never had a 4 stroke Yam but Iíve always felt they were on the fragile side..compared to the other Japanese manufacturers.
    My only real experience is with FJR1300 blood bikes. The group I ride for has a bunch of them and they all do 25-30,000 miles per year. I've not seen or heard of any major mechanical defects and the fleet manager seems to like them for their low running costs and longevity. Personally I'd like him to get some RT's but there you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downer View Post
    My only real experience is with FJR1300 blood bikes. The group I ride for has a bunch of them and they all do 25-30,000 miles per year. I've not seen or heard of any major mechanical defects and the fleet manager seems to like them for their low running costs and longevity. Personally I'd like him to get some RT's but there you go.
    I suspect the Japanese 4 are all pretty much of a muchness now days when it comes to reliability. I have a bike cop as a near neighbour and his bike is an FJR, which he tells me is pretty much bullit proof.

    I actually agree with your fleet manager, I’m not a BMW fan at all..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB2 View Post
    Have you checked the NoX on the V5C as if below a certain level can appeal. Otherwise it is a test although I think most bikes pass so it could be worth getting the bike tested or at least talking with the testers and seeing if passing is a realistic expectation ?

    https://www.nationalemissionstestcentre.com/
    Thanks all for the tips, I'll have to look into it further. I appreciate the help.

    Or.... I might just need to convince the wife it's time for a second bike!!

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    Perfect day to be on the bike today, so that's what I'll do

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    Ditto- got a day off work so going to see a friend in Wiltshire shortly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8500 View Post
    Ditto- got a day off work so going to see a friend in Wiltshire shortly
    Nice. I have one more week of freedom so I'd better make the most of it.

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    Ditto here in Sussex. Very enjoyable commute on my sensible commuter 90ís Fireblade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Nice. I have one more week of freedom so I'd better make the most of it.
    Weather is looking good Tony, good luck with the new job too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8500 View Post
    Weather is looking good Tony, good luck with the new job too!
    Yes it is, and thank you!

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    Finally got round to doing something about getting back into bikes.

    Rode quite a bit in the early 80's and shared a 250 with my brother. Had planned on doing the test, but a careless driver pulled out in front of him and he ended up in hospital for 3 months and that was that.

    Did the CBT last Tuesday, but got the dreaded Theory and Hazard Perception to do next Saturday!

    Hopefully will do the DAS sometime this summer and get back to enjoying riding again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plake View Post
    Ditto here in Sussex. Very enjoyable commute on my sensible commuter 90ís Fireblade.
    They make a good tourer too; the first blade I ever saw belonged to an English guy I was chatting with at the Bol díOr in 1992.

    Two years later I was at Calais chatting to a guy whoíd done the trip on a 916 and had his brake calipers stolen whilst at the circuit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by downer View Post
    My only real experience is with FJR1300 blood bikes. The group I ride for has a bunch of them and they all do 25-30,000 miles per year. I've not seen or heard of any major mechanical defects and the fleet manager seems to like them for their low running costs and longevity. Personally I'd like him to get some RT's but there you go.
    I was just going to post a similar experience. Iíve ridden FJRs professionally since 2001. Tough as old boots. The one in my garage now has 110k miles and is as sweet as a nut. My previous one was only retired at 189k as I was hit from behind by a double decker on Regent St. and it wasnít viable to repair. It was still going strong.

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    Thatís the Ducati mods finished.... (for now)




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    Quote Originally Posted by Go Big View Post
    Finally got round to doing something about getting back into bikes.

    Rode quite a bit in the early 80's and shared a 250 with my brother. Had planned on doing the test, but a careless driver pulled out in front of him and he ended up in hospital for 3 months and that was that.

    Did the CBT last Tuesday, but got the dreaded Theory and Hazard Perception to do next Saturday!

    Hopefully will do the DAS sometime this summer and get back to enjoying riding again.

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    Awesome - good luck!

    Iíve been riding bikes now for 45 years, and couldnít imagine not enjoying a ride out. The old man is close to 80, and still very quick - heís had a 2nd place finish in the Southern 100, but never raced the TT.

    Im looking forward to. Relaxing of local lockdown, and getting out for another ride very soon.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    They make a good tourer too; the first blade I ever saw belonged to an English guy I was chatting with at the Bol díOr in 1992.

    Two years later I was at Calais chatting to a guy whoíd done the trip on a 916 and had his brake calipers stolen whilst at the circuit!
    Harsh thieving! Gits.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic View Post
    Awesome - good luck!

    Iíve been riding bikes now for 45 years, and couldnít imagine not enjoying a ride out. The old man is close to 80, and still very quick - heís had a 2nd place finish in the Southern 100, but never raced the TT.

    Im looking forward to. Relaxing of local lockdown, and getting out for another ride very soon.
    Love the Southern.

    We have family in Castletown, so it's an easy visit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Thatís the Ducati mods finished.... (for now)



    Looks mega. Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    They make a good tourer too; the first blade I ever saw belonged to an English guy I was chatting with at the Bol díOr in 1992.

    Two years later I was at Calais chatting to a guy whoíd done the trip on a 916 and had his brake calipers stolen whilst at the circuit!

    You can tour on them, but I'd stop short of saying that they make a good tourer (even the early ones).

    I have done 320m days on my R-1 with light luggage- an 'overnighter' and back next day, on fast Scottish roads - but I wouldn't like to do that every day for a week or more. Maybe OK-ish on major roads, but not on fast A-roads.

    Met the owner of this (later) Blade down in the Provence Alpes 3 yrs ago. He wasn't touring per se - but hoofed it down to Provence and then went on day-trips (much like we do).

    Not sure what the weight was in his 'tailpack' - but probably lighter than a fat pillion.


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    I wasnít being entirely serious, it was in response to the comment re commuting on a blade.

    That said, my 98 ZX9R C model with a g ft ounce bubble screen was certainly capable of right hour days for weeks on end. I did many weeks long trips in France on that bike and it was superb. It was pretty good at track days too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    I wasnít being entirely serious, it was in response to the comment re commuting on a blade.

    That said, my 98 ZX9R C model with a g ft ounce bubble screen was certainly capable of right hour days for weeks on end. I did many weeks long trips in France on that bike and it was superb. It was pretty good at track days too!
    Ah - missed that - like most apex...........

    BMW S1000XR - tours all day, and will do a track day too.

    And unless you are John McGuinness (or the bunch of Italian sportsbike riders I saw in the Gorge de Verdon)- youíll be a Lot faster on the twisties and hairpins.

    We were hoofing up a snaking road in the alps one year and a guy on a litre superbike came down the hill on a Left-hander (to him) - he was cranked right over, knee on the ground, and managed to take his left hand off the grips to give a nonchalant acknowledgement......... Iíd kill to be able to do that!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Thatís the Ducati mods finished.... (for now)



    Buddy, that looks sweet. Never really looked at the Ducati, but loving the look. Enjoy.

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