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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Thanks guys - I know not everyone will like the colour but I love it and thereís not another one that looks like this anywhere!
    It is a FAB colour, but............this is Tangerine


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    Which headlights are the best for a motorcycle: halogen, HID (Xenon), or LED? For now, start to read an interesting article about it for getting more clue. Click here
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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I think Iíve found my bike.
    Thatís the third time youíve said that since you passed your test!!

    Lovely bike though, I must try a bmw boxer at some stage!

    Iím still tinkering with the old bus though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by skmark View Post
    It is a FAB colour, but............this is Tangerine
    Everybody knows that's satsuma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derrils View Post
    Which headlights are the best for a motorcycle: halogen, HID (Xenon), or LED? For now, start to read an interesting article about it for getting more clue.
    Aftermarket HIDís fitted in the UK is a MOT fail under new 2018 mot rules

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Thanks guys - I know not everyone will like the colour but I love it and thereís not another one that looks like this anywhere!

    No tears were shed when the ST was handed over, and the deal was pretty sweet from my point of view. The custom brown seat was sadly given to a customer before I went in last week; they did think they could get hold of it but when that proved not to be the case I asked for (and got) a brown Scrambler seat as a sweetener. I may well chop and change because itís a pretty simple operation (and yes, thereís protection on the engine blocks).

    First thoughts after being on the road for much of today? Itís not as precise as the ST and it takes more work to ride it; however, I love that and love the bikeís character and stupid amounts of torque. Sounds incredible and people stop in the street to look as it goes past. I think Iíve found my bike.
    I took my r nine t out for a ride today and got chatting to two other members of the r nine t brotherhood.

    They're great bikes and that boxer is just so characterful

    They aren't the fastest which I really like, you can have fun and enjoy the ride without winding it right up to the red line the whole time

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    First time I've ever named a bike... sorry for the iPhone shots, but I'll take some better one's over the long weekend.





    Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
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    Phwoar!

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    Anyone going to the Bike Shed Show at Tobacco Dock this weekend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Anyone going to the Bike Shed Show at Tobacco Dock this weekend?
    Iím on my way now!

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    Off on the bike for a weekends camping and riding, canít wait!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Anyone going to the Bike Shed Show at Tobacco Dock this weekend?
    Met up with Tony to enjoy seeing some lovely bikes.
    Interesting to see how often BMW boxer engine is used for the custom builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I a n View Post
    Met up with Tony to enjoy seeing some lovely bikes.
    Interesting to see how often BMW boxer engine is used for the custom builds.
    Thatís because it has been around since c.1930! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by I a n View Post
    Met up with Tony to enjoy seeing some lovely bikes.
    Interesting to see how often BMW boxer engine is used for the custom builds.
    Going Sunday. Those boxer engines have become very popular in the last five years for modders.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    Thatís interesting; I definitely remember them and magazines doing write ups too, well before grey importing got into its stride.

    Funny how the memory plays tricks!
    I think that must have been the KR1-S as I too remember them but post TZR era so late 80s ? I had "moved on" to FZRs etc although we did once consider going back to tuned 2 strokes and having a mini GP each weekend instead of the higher speed 4 stroke antics !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Going Sunday. Those boxer engines have become very popular in the last five years for modders.


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    I am going on Sunday too - hope it is a good show as have never been before. My friend has a bike there so be interesting to see that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB2 View Post
    I think that must have been the KR1-S as I too remember them but post TZR era so late 80s ? I had "moved on" to FZRs etc although we did once consider going back to tuned 2 strokes and having a mini GP each weekend instead of the higher speed 4 stroke antics !
    No, it was definitely the KR250; the KR1/KR1S came later as you say.

    Reading the article however, it was Huddersfield Kawasaki that imported them and that was my nearest Kawasaki dealership so I saw quite a few of them. Thatís probably why I thought they were an official import.

    Interesting though, that the discussion stemmed from my comment about Jap bikes with longitudinal cranks and the KR250 actually had twin transverse cranks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    First time I've ever named a bike... sorry for the iPhone shots, but I'll take some better one's over the long weekend.





    My dream bike - enjoy

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    Ready for the off

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    Quote Originally Posted by samswatch View Post
    My dream bike - enjoy
    Tony Im not a fan of the green metallic custom R9t I saw in my local Mottorad dealer last week , but that colour scheme of yours is just right. The R9t has all the hallmarks of a future classic and being a one off paint-job further cements that position.

    Enjoy it Im more jealous than a jealous thing!

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Anyone going to the Bike Shed Show at Tobacco Dock this weekend?
    Yep,working there Sunday.

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    At the Bike Shed for breakfast with Tony...

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    First time I've ever named a bike... sorry for the iPhone shots, but I'll take some better one's over the long weekend.
    Wow, third bike already!

    What was it about the Triple that you didn`t like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samswatch View Post
    My dream bike - enjoy
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Tony Im not a fan of the green metallic custom R9t I saw in my local Mottorad dealer last week , but that colour scheme of yours is just right. The R9t has all the hallmarks of a future classic and being a one off paint-job further cements that position.

    Enjoy it Im more jealous than a jealous thing!

    Steve
    Thanks Steve, and I think youíre right.

    Quote Originally Posted by I a n View Post
    At the Bike Shed for breakfast with Tony...
    Careful, Ian, people will talk x

    Quote Originally Posted by E_2_Right-Force View Post
    Wow, third bike already!

    What was it about the Triple that you didn`t like?
    Nothing - itís a near-perfect bike. Iím more a modern classic sort of bloke, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    That’s the third time you’ve said that since you passed your test!!
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    Lovely bike though, I must try a bmw boxer at some stage!

    I’m still tinkering with the old bus though.

    That is lovely. Just a lovely thing. Better and more lovely than any watch ever..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8500 View Post
    Off on the bike for a weekends camping and riding, can’t wait!
    Sounds amazing Matt.
    Where are you going?

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    Quote Originally Posted by manganr View Post
    That is lovely. Just a lovely thing. Better and more lovely than any watch ever..
    Well I wouldnít go quite that far!
    Iím having fun tinkering and modifying it though. It looked like this when it arrived.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thorpey69 View Post
    Yep,working there Sunday.
    Look forward to catching up.

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    Had an interesting day yesterday - nipped over to the Bike Shed quite early in the day with Ian, and then we rode across town to the Ace Cafe. Heavy traffic but the 9T handled it well with lots of filtering and some rapid nipping in and out of, and around the endless lines of cars. I did feel it a bit by the time I got home, although some of that will just be the inevitable tension of a first central London ride on a new bike.

    Another quick phone shot from the end of the day...



    Going to take Bea for a ride later today

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Had an interesting day yesterday - nipped over to the Bike Shed quite early in the day with Ian, and then we rode across town to the Ace Cafe. Heavy traffic but the 9T handled it well with lots of filtering and some rapid nipping in and out of, and around the endless lines of cars. I did feel it a bit by the time I got home, although some of that will just be the inevitable tension of a first central London ride on a new bike.
    The bottom end flexibility of big twins makes them great for rapid nipping in and out :-)

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    Got up at stupid o'clock yesterday and took the Triumph out for 80 miles of glorious sunshine and the little roads of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.


    Mostly gentle pottering enjoying watching the world go by, except when I tried to keep up with this 1935 Bugatti type 13 being driven in a spirited manner.


    (Found this picture of it online)

    I suspect it was on its way to Prescott and was warming the tyres on the way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Sounds amazing Matt.
    Where are you going?
    Near Sway in the New Forest, staying on a mateís farm. Some great roads round here!

    Quick ride yesterday before everyone else turned up:


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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Had an interesting day yesterday - nipped over to the Bike Shed quite early in the day with Ian, and then we rode across town to the Ace Cafe. Heavy traffic but the 9T handled it well with lots of filtering and some rapid nipping in and out of, and around the endless lines of cars. I did feel it a bit by the time I got home, although some of that will just be the inevitable tension of a first central London ride on a new bike.

    Another quick phone shot from the end of the day...



    Going to take Bea for a ride later today
    Tony Boxer twins carry their weight low down. As compared to your Speed Triple where the engine was quite high in the frame. Whilst the all up weight may be similar the R9t will need more effort for changes of direction and filtering. Also I think you are right, new bike, more aware of everything and probably more tense.

    Think of the money you will save on going to the gym.

    Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Tony Boxer twins carry their weight low down. As compared to your Speed Triple where the engine was quite high in the frame. Whilst the all up weight may be similar the R9t will need more effort for changes of direction and filtering. Also I think you are right, new bike, more aware of everything and probably more tense.

    Think of the money you will save on going to the gym.

    Enjoy
    I believe it's actually the opposite: the further away from the rotational axis (the tyre/road interface) the weight is, the greater the torque required to rotate it (moment of inertia).
    Don't take my silence for agreement. I've just realised you're too stupid to argue with.

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    I think the bike takes more effort to ride, whether or not itís the consequence of the flat twin design. That said, comparing it to a Street Triple is probably a tad unfair!

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    BSB live on Quest now.

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    Evotech Tail Tidy now fitted.

    Toying with whether to go for a smaller number plate too. Would certainly look better, but donít want the hassle of being stopped for being illegal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8500 View Post
    Near Sway in the New Forest, staying on a mateís farm. Some great roads round here!

    Quick ride yesterday before everyone else turned up:

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    Brilliant. Not done much around those parts.
    It's on my 'to do' list.
    Did Spain week before last, will be doing Scotland mid June.
    Which is yours the GS or the Kawa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I think the bike takes more effort to ride, whether or not itís the consequence of the flat twin design. That said, comparing it to a Street Triple is probably a tad unfair!
    I donít think the layout of the cylinders has anything to do with it.

    I took the new R1250R out whilst my R9T was in for its MOT and the new bike felt lighter and more agile, despite the similar weight and engine configuration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenw View Post

    Evotech Tail Tidy now fitted.

    Toying with whether to go for a smaller number plate too. Would certainly look better, but donít want the hassle of being stopped for being illegal.


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    Much better, but get a 7x5Ē plate on it. Iíve had conversations with the police about mine after it was knocked off by some pillock behind me and even then they didnít bat an eyelid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j0hnbarker View Post
    I donít think the layout of the cylinders has anything to do with it.

    I took the new R1250R out whilst my R9T was in for its MOT and the new bike felt lighter and more agile, despite the similar weight and engine configuration.
    The layout of the flat twin gives it a very low c of g.
    As such they turn with less effort. The layout of the cylinders has a fair bit to do with it.

    Agree about r1250r vs the r9t.
    The r1250r is light years ahead...the r9t is almost agricultural by comparison.

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    Popped down the Brighton on mine today and stopped off at the local Mini garage to try and tempt myself to a JCW.

    closest gas station to my location right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    The layout of the flat twin gives it a very low c of g.
    As such they turn with less effort. The layout of the cylinders has a fair bit to do with it.

    Agree about r1250r vs the r9t.
    The r1250r is light years ahead...the r9t is almost agricultural by comparison.
    Agreed and I think I wasnít making myself clear - I meant between the two bikes (R1250R and R9T) the layout has nothing to do with it as itís the same. Interestingly though they handle differently with the newer bike being loads more agile.

    Iíd like both in my garage but if I had to pick one it would be the R9T, which is probably why I resisted the decent offer to chop it in for a R1250R in motorsport colours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Much better, but get a 7x5Ē plate on it. Iíve had conversations with the police about mine after it was knocked off by some pillock behind me and even then they didnít bat an eyelid.
    In which case, Iíll get one ordered. Thanks.

    Much prefer your new wheels as well Tony. The Strippleís looks are just too challenging for me. Iím much more of a retro boy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenw View Post
    In which case, I’ll get one ordered. Thanks.

    Much prefer your new wheels as well Tony. The Stripple’s looks are just too challenging for me. I’m much more of a retro boy.


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    Yeah, me too. There was a reason my initial choice was the Street Twin.

    My new plate is on the way too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Yeah, me too. There was a reason my initial choice was the Street Twin.

    My new plate is on the way too!
    There is an R9t in my local dealers with a folding black and white rear plate. That must be illegal on a number of levels!

    https://approvedused.bmw-motorrad.co...html?on=398467

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    Loved my R9T but stupidly sold it 6 months ago. It's back on the market and oh so tempting! Just wish I had the room..

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