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  1. #3551
    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Heads up

    Iíve just ordered a copy,I would consider myself quite experienced nowadays but thereís still more routes to find.






    https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/spe...utm_content=fb
    These are very good and well worth the £6.99.

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    Are the cheaper end Cafe bike/scramblers any good for a first starter?

    I was looking specifically at the Bullit hero / hanway scrambler 125.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond View Post
    Are the cheaper end Cafe bike/scramblers any good for a first starter?

    I was looking specifically at the Bullit hero / hanway scrambler 125.

    Thanks

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    Mutt have a very good rep at the cheaper end of the market.

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    I have been slowly adding bits to my 790. Removed the cat and added a rally style can...



    ....and this was trying to get the cruise control switch installed (along with the GPS wiring and power socket which was playing up).



    Skid plate arrives Monday, hopefully it will dry up before I take it around the woods for a test run.

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    Had a nice run out this morning with a mate on his Ducati. Over Exmoor and down to Ilfracombe. Great roads. Sunny but a tad chilly over the moor!

    All was going well until we both got a £25 parking ticket in Ilfracombe in an empty carpark at 0900 on a Sunday morning. Where do you put a parking ticket on a bike?!!


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    You canít and thatís early start,I was cold yesterday mid day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    You canít and thatís early start,I was cold yesterday mid day.
    Yeah it was pretty chilly.

    Annoyed about the ticket. Yes, technically we were bang to rights...but what are you supposed to do if you cannot phone and pay for any reason on a bike? Where do you put the ticket? Not had that before....

  8. #3558
    Quote Originally Posted by djjuk View Post
    Yeah it was pretty chilly.

    Annoyed about the ticket. Yes, technically we were bang to rights...but what are you supposed to do if you cannot phone and pay for any reason on a bike? Where do you put the ticket? Not had that before....
    Have bought ticket and attached inside screen or on clocks before. Always a risk that it'll get nicked or course.

    Wasn't there a free motorcycle parking area in the car park?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Have bought ticket and attached inside screen or on clocks before. Always a risk that it'll get nicked or course.

    Wasn't there a free motorcycle parking area in the car park?
    No - no designated bike parking. One of those things. Ho hum.

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    Gloves heads up


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Macna-Fot...-/122784645844

    To late I got the last XL

    There’s a bigger size available.
    Last edited by bwest76; 22nd October 2019 at 22:36.

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    I did think about heated gloves for a while, but then decided to go with heated grips again. The BMW solution is expensive but very neat and apparently superb quality, so I'm off to Lind Motorrad at WGC first thing tomorrow to get them fitted. First mod for some time, and probably my last for some time too as I'm putting any suspension upgrades on hold until next spring (excuse the pun!).

  12. #3562
    BMW heated grips are lovely and hot which is great.

    You do still end up with hot palms, cold back of the fingers and frozen thumbs.

    Adding hand guards helps, though I find the thumbs still get cold.

    I'm beginning to think the only good solution is a muff.

    Or taking the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    BMW heated grips are lovely and hot which is great.

    You do still end up with hot palms, cold back of the fingers and frozen thumbs.

    Adding hand guards helps, though I find the thumbs still get cold.

    I'm beginning to think the only good solution is a muff.

    Or taking the car.
    Yes, the reality is that it can be a challenge to ride through the winter. I did it last year, though, and will be doing it again this year... crisp, sunny days can be beautiful for riding.

  14. #3564
    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Yes, the reality is that it can be a challenge to ride through the winter. I did it last year, though, and will be doing it again this year... crisp, sunny days can be beautiful for riding.
    Riding through the winter while staying warm and dry is easy.

    Riding through the winter while staying warm and dry and stylish and solvent is the tricky bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Riding through the winter while staying warm and dry is easy.

    Riding through the winter while staying warm and dry and stylish and solvent is the tricky bit.
    Hah! Agreed!

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    I would be tempted for muffs. I've had bark busters, heated grips and big Rukka gloves and still been cold. Especially the thumbs. If I was commuting this winter I would probably get some muffs. Not sure which grips go on the R9T but the GS grips only have two settings, not ideal.

  17. #3567
    My bikes, in order of increasing winter comfort...

    4. 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler, Triumph heated grips
    3. 2015 BMW R1200R, BMW heated grips, BMW R1200GS hand guards, Givi hand guard extensions
    2. 1989 BMW R80RT, BMW heated grips (though nowhere near as hot as the 2015 ones)
    1. 1982 BMW R65, BMW RS fairing, no heated grips

    I'm a real believer that the best thing to do in winter is to stop the extremities getting cold by keeping them out of the weather rather than trying to heat them up again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    I would be tempted for muffs. I've had bark busters, heated grips and big Rukka gloves and still been cold. Especially the thumbs. If I was commuting this winter I would probably get some muffs. Not sure which grips go on the R9T but the GS grips only have two settings, not ideal.
    This! The BMW grips are great on medium if itís chilly but I find them too hot on the high setting and not hot enough on the medium when the temp is in single figures.

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    Can somebody please link to a decent set of muffs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Can somebody please link to a decent set of muffs?
    avoiding the obvious trap...

    https://www.tucanourbano.com/en/pl/m...andgrip+covers

    https://www.tucanourbano.com/en/pp/m...ck-r369x-65829

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  22. #3572
    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Can somebody please link to a decent set of muffs?
    Paging Velorum and Magirus, you're needed in the Bike Thread

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    These Givi muffs are very good although you do need to make your own hole to bolt them to the bar ends to stop them moving about. I do about 200 miles a day all year round and I wear fingerless gloves and find the muffs and heated grips keep me warm enough.

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    Super day for a ride and a spot of lunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandersnatch View Post


    These Givi muffs are very good although you do need to make your own hole to bolt them to the bar ends to stop them moving about. I do about 200 miles a day all year round and I wear fingerless gloves and find the muffs and heated grips keep me warm enough.
    I had Barkbuster blizzards on my GS last year. As above I use summer weight gloves which mean the heated grips are much more effective. Also as there is no air blowing across them , you,can use them on the lowest setting and everything is toasty warm.

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    Well it's goodbye to the American heavyweight................


    And hello to the Anglo-Indian middleweight.....!!



    Collected this morning and looking forward to doing a little 'personalisation' over the winter months.
    Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post



    Collected this morning and looking forward to doing a little 'personalisation' over the winter months.
    A friend of mine who's had more bike's than you could shake a stick at bought one of those a couple of years ago, he's really into them now, enjoy
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

  28. #3578
    I did something stupid last night.

    I totted up how much money was involved in the parts used to tweak my Triumph Street Scrambler.

    The total was quite scary. No, it was very scary. About £7,500.

    OK, I've not spent that much as such as I totted the prices up at list, rather than what I paid for them (some dealer discount, some eBay etc) and some bits I already had in the garage/re-used from other bikes. It's not all on the bike at once either, as some parts are interchangeable. Whatever, it's a hell of an uplift on a bike that lists at £9,300.

    The only time I've done similar before is when I had a Harley 883 Sportster and spent roughly 100% on upgrades. With that though the upgrades were far more substantial though adding significant performance/handling/braking changes in addition to all the cosmetic & comfort changes.

    Might be time to list a few watches on SC...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    I did something stupid last night.

    I totted up how much money was involved in the parts used to tweak my Triumph Street Scrambler.

    The total was quite scary. No, it was very scary. About £7,500.

    OK, I've not spent that much as such as I totted the prices up at list, rather than what I paid for them (some dealer discount, some eBay etc) and some bits I already had in the garage/re-used from other bikes. It's not all on the bike at once either, as some parts are interchangeable. Whatever, it's a hell of an uplift on a bike that lists at £9,300.

    The only time I've done similar before is when I had a Harley 883 Sportster and spent roughly 100% on upgrades. With that though the upgrades were far more substantial though adding significant performance/handling/braking changes in addition to all the cosmetic & comfort changes.

    Might be time to list a few watches on SC...
    Been there, got the T-shirt... 3 times. And I sold 2 of them

  30. #3580
    I don't get on with thick gloves so muffs are non-negotiable for me when it comes to cold-weather riding, these allow me to wear a pair of roper gloves or GS Rallye all year round.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphy View Post
    I don't get on with thick gloves so muffs are non-negotiable for me when it comes to cold-weather riding, these allow me to wear a pair of roper gloves or GS Rallye all year round.

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    Seriously considering muffs for the Triumph

  32. #3582
    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Been there, got the T-shirt... 3 times. And I sold 2 of them
    When I sold the Sportster, I got roughly the same as if I'd left it completely stock.

    At the time I knew the right thing to do was to put it back to stock and sell the bits, but if I'd had time to do that is have had time to ride it; reinstating barrels, pistons, heads, cams, carb and ignition system aren't 5-minute jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    A friend of mine who's had more bike's than you could shake a stick at bought one of those a couple of years ago, he's really into them now, enjoy
    After Japanese sports bikes and then Harleys its a bit of a change to be honest!
    Not the most powerful thing for the money but that wasnít what I was looking for. It will do 100mph apparently and having tried one of their demonstrators that seems to be the case.
    Has abs and fuel injection but nothing much else in the way of electronics. Just a parallel twin 650. Does have infinitely variable riding modes though, controlled by rider input with the throttle and brakes! 😂
    Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    After Japanese sports bikes and then Harleys its a bit of a change to be honest!
    Not the most powerful thing for the money but that wasnít what I was looking for. It will do 100mph apparently and having tried one of their demonstrators that seems to be the case.
    Has abs and fuel injection but nothing much else in the way of electronics. Just a parallel twin 650. Does have infinitely variable riding modes though, controlled by rider input with the throttle and brakes! 
    Much like the 9T... I know it's nice to have the gadgetry in many ways, but I think I may be a purist at heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Been there, got the T-shirt... 3 times. And I sold 2 of them
    I wouldn't mind betting you have spent more in the last couple of years than I have in my 39 years of biking

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Much like the 9T... I know it's nice to have the gadgetry in many ways, but I think I may be a purist at heart.
    I keeping thing of changing my Striple as I've had it over 10 years now (wow time flies!) but I kind of like it precisely because it doesn't have the gadgets, just like I like my Mk1 MX5 for the same reason...

    Mine does get revved over 7000rpm every now and then though

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonH View Post
    I keeping thing of changing my Striple as I've had it over 10 years now (wow time flies!) but I kind of like it precisely because it doesn't have the gadgets, just like I like my Mk1 MX5 for the same reason...

    Mine does get revved over 7000rpm every now and then though
    Oi, none of that

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    Decided to treat myself🤪🤪......deposit paid today.


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    Very nice , brave Buying that going into winter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Decided to treat myself浪浪......deposit paid today.

    Enoch, just stunning, from Woods? . Ive just moved up to Hawarden and keep looking for your bobber with the nice frames. I now have a bike to keep a look out for👍🏍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8500 View Post
    Very nice , brave Buying that going into winter!
    Or tight. Bought my last two GSAs in Nov and Dec

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8500 View Post
    Very nice , brave Buying that going into winter!
    It’s a TFC, so no delivery date yet..... dealer recons April, or May ish next year

    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Enoch, just stunning, from Woods? . Ive just moved up to Hawarden and keep looking for your bobber with the nice frames. I now have a bike to keep a look out for
    Yes mate....just got in from woods..could have ordered from Bill Smiths in Chester, but I’d rather deal with woods..

    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Or tight. Bought my last two GSAs in Nov and Dec
    Sadly, not a chance of a discount on a TFC..
    Last edited by Enoch; 8th November 2019 at 19:16.

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    Damn - I'm on train wi-fi and can't see the image. What is it, because I was a gnat's b*llock away from buying a Thruxton TFC a week or two ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Damn - I'm on train wi-fi and can't see the image. What is it, because I was a gnat's b*llock away from buying a Thruxton TFC a week or two ago?
    Bobber TFC.....itís all I can ride with my knees..🤪🤪

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Bobber TFC.....itís all I can ride with my knees..浪浪
    Will that mean two Bobbers in the garage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Damn - I'm on train wi-fi and can't see the image. What is it, because I was a gnat's b*llock away from buying a Thruxton TFC a week or two ago?
    Me neither... nor on the PC either.

    Seems like it was a Bobber TFC, which was going to be my guess anyway :-)

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    Like your work, Enoch!

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    Ooh, the pics have appeared

  49. #3599
    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Itís a TFC, so no delivery date yet..... dealer recons April, or May ish next year



    Yes mate....just got in from woods..could have ordered from Bill Smiths in Chester, but Iíd rather deal with woods..


    Sadly, not a chance of a discount on a TFC..
    Not seen one of those before and I like a lot! Thatís going to be a tough wait, not many bikes you have to wait as long as a Rolex for...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Or tight. Bought my last two GSAs in Nov and Dec
    Good point, used to always buy convertibles in winter

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