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Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:48 pm quote
Most of the maxi scooters seem quite fat and heavy, need something with a very low centre of gravity and tight turning circle to be as nimble as I'd like.
How you doing Graham? Long time no see!
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Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:39 pm quote
ashbrook wrote:
Most of the maxi scooters seem quite fat and heavy, need something with a very low centre of gravity and tight turning circle to be as nimble as I'd like.
That's an impressive mileage Ash! There aren't many scoots with the turning circle AND power of the GTS - I guess the SH300i is slightly better all round but looks like something your mother would ride and doesn't have storage. The XMAX is probably closest to what you're after but it still won't turn like the GTS. You should also try out the Honda NC750X automatic - I know it's a 750cc bike but it's not far off the GTS in tight traffic once you get used to it. The new Italjet Dragster probably has the speed and turning circle you're after but I doubt it will last mechanically like the Vespa and kids would likely steal it anyway.

At least you'll have fun test riding things.
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Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:18 pm quote
Slice
No issues splitting lanes on the Kymco with all that torque.

Sure it's heavier than a Vespa but once that weight is rolling you really don't notice it.

It will maintain 80 mph all day and all night then inch through the city with no problems.

A GTS feels like a toy now.

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Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:45 am quote
ashbrook wrote:
Most of the maxi scooters seem quite fat and heavy, need something with a very low centre of gravity and tight turning circle to be as nimble as I'd like.
How you doing Graham? Long time no see!
I'm OK, Mr Ash! very very busy at the mo' preparing our trip to Australia later this month, and trying to get in touch with our Aussie scooterists! Flying to Singapore for 3 days, then off to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and then Cairns for a month in total!

If your'e looking for a tight circle, then the X10 isn't for you mate, it's like reversing a bloody lorry, and really not a city scooter! Jule's health isn't getting any better, I'm afraid, and we've come to the conclusion that her scootering days could be over, as she finds it more and more uncomfortable as pillion- hence the reason, the X10 days could be numbered.... I'm afraid we ain't getting any younger!!!

Graham
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Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:43 am quote
ashbrook wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
GTSRad wrote:
ashbrook wrote:
GTSRad wrote:
You thinking of dumping the GTS, Ash?
Not exactly, its coming up to 97k and I think I should see what is out there for the inevitable replacement.
Think I'm one scooter away from an electric one!
Could be another GTS or the Kymco or maybe an Xmax

I think many of the maxi scooters are too Maxi for my mainly filtering commute, not really needing a motorway bike at all.
97k! Thatís amazing mate. Absolutely amazing.
Electric is coming, but the power and range leaves a lot to be desired right now.
Should just be broken in at that mileage with proper service. Unless you are talking Miles.
It's quite a bit more than broken in unless you are talking bollocks
With proper maintenance no reason these shouldn't go 100,000 miles. Hell Old member here, UFO went 75,000 miles without proper maintenance.
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Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:59 am quote
WEB-Tech wrote:
ashbrook wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
GTSRad wrote:
ashbrook wrote:
GTSRad wrote:
You thinking of dumping the GTS, Ash?
Not exactly, its coming up to 97k and I think I should see what is out there for the inevitable replacement.
Think I'm one scooter away from an electric one!
Could be another GTS or the Kymco or maybe an Xmax

I think many of the maxi scooters are too Maxi for my mainly filtering commute, not really needing a motorway bike at all.
97k! Thatís amazing mate. Absolutely amazing.
Electric is coming, but the power and range leaves a lot to be desired right now.
Should just be broken in at that mileage with proper service. Unless you are talking Miles.
It's quite a bit more than broken in unless you are talking bollocks
With proper maintenance no reason these shouldn't go 100,000 miles. Hell Old member here, UFO went 75,000 miles without proper maintenance.
maintenance aside, riding in busy cities like London with the stop/start, traffic light grand prix battering the bike gets, takes a heavier toll on a bikes running gear than freeway riding, 93k miles on a 250cc in London is pretty darn good IMO
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Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:02 am quote
fleece wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
ashbrook wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
GTSRad wrote:
ashbrook wrote:
GTSRad wrote:
You thinking of dumping the GTS, Ash?
Not exactly, its coming up to 97k and I think I should see what is out there for the inevitable replacement.
Think I'm one scooter away from an electric one!
Could be another GTS or the Kymco or maybe an Xmax

I think many of the maxi scooters are too Maxi for my mainly filtering commute, not really needing a motorway bike at all.
97k! Thatís amazing mate. Absolutely amazing.
Electric is coming, but the power and range leaves a lot to be desired right now.
Should just be broken in at that mileage with proper service. Unless you are talking Miles.
It's quite a bit more than broken in unless you are talking bollocks
With proper maintenance no reason these shouldn't go 100,000 miles. Hell Old member here, UFO went 75,000 miles without proper maintenance.
maintenance aside, riding in busy cities like London with the stop/start, traffic light grand prix battering the bike gets, takes a heavier toll on a bikes running gear than freeway riding, 93k miles on a 250cc in London is pretty darn good IMO
Mostly city driving I can agree with that. Plus the abuse on the frame from potholes and such.
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Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:54 am quote
Huskyteer wrote:
GTSRad wrote:
97k! Thatís amazing mate. Absolutely amazing.
Yes, it is! I'm jealous cos I was trying to get my original NC to 100k but it got nicked at 86.
Nicked at 86,000k? Sorry to hear it man. Some pretty hard up bastards out there.
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Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:30 pm quote
louswheel wrote:
Jule's health isn't getting any better, I'm afraid, and we've come to the conclusion that her scootering days could be over, as she finds it more and more uncomfortable as pillion- hence the reason, the X10 days could be numbered.... I'm afraid we ain't getting any younger!!!

Graham
Hey Graham, sorry to hear that mate. My best to your trouble, I think I met her at Hunstanton a few years back didn't I?
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:31 am quote
You did indeed Rad!

Graham
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:36 am quote
louswheel wrote:
If your'e looking for a tight circle, then the X10 isn't for you mate, it's like reversing a bloody lorry, and really not a city scooter! Jule's health isn't getting any better, I'm afraid, and we've come to the conclusion that her scootering days could be over, as she finds it more and more uncomfortable as pillion- hence the reason, the X10 days could be numbered.... I'm afraid we ain't getting any younger!!!

Graham
I'd already reluctantly ruled out the X10, not looking to better the turning circle or 'weaviness' of the GTS just looking for something with half decent weave ability. I weave a lot in case you hadn't guessed!
The Kymco 300 seems to tick my boxes better than the 400 at the moment but I'm still unsure. Am visiting the Bike Show when it comes to London next week to sit on a few contenders.
Hope Jules feels better soon, please send her our best wishes.
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:03 pm quote
Place
Been looking at 3 Royal Enfield Continental GT's today at Groombridges in Heathfield today.

Good people down there.

Bill x
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:08 pm quote
Shine
I know where there's a brand new X - Town 300 going for a silly price if your'e interested.

Just ask.

I also know where there's a really good X-iting 400 also.

Bill x
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Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:42 am quote
Re: Shine
Bill Dog wrote:
I know where there's a brand new X - Town 300 going for a silly price if your'e interested.

Just ask.

I also know where there's a really good X-iting 400 also.

Bill x
Strokes chin...
Be nice to have a ride on these. Is that possible?
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Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:42 am quote
Ask
Let me ask.

Won't be long.

Happy to ride to Sittingbourne ?

Bill x
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Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:46 am quote
Re: Ask
Bill Dog wrote:
Let me ask.

Won't be long.

Happy to ride to Sittingbourne ?

Bill x
Sure. I'l drive down
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Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:50 am quote
Bluster
In other news
Be extra careful out there, it's been as windy as I've seen in th elast 10 years round here. Danger of being blown sideways earlier.
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Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:52 am quote
Place
Details sent.

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Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:13 pm quote
Re: nicked Lammy
EN82pg wrote:
gass wrote:
****************** snipped ***************
Hope they get it back and catch the scumbag who took it.
Gass silver machine gts 250
Oh, he's probably just a poor individual from a home with a drunken father who beats him and a mother who sells herself to put food on the table.

He was just trying to add to the family income. Oops, sorry, you're talking London and I'm thinking Detroit.
Detroit eh? Come to our rally in August and see if you can hack it
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Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:51 am quote
Nomad68 wrote:
https://japantoday.com/category/tech/shoei-to-release-hud-equipped-motorbike-helmet-in-2020
Turn every ride into a video game!
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Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:35 am quote
robinm wrote:
Nomad68 wrote:
https://japantoday.com/category/tech/shoei-to-release-hud-equipped-motorbike-helmet-in-2020
Turn every ride into a video game!
Should be fun

Gonna be expensive I reckon....
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Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:37 pm quote
Re: nicked Lammy
Ronin wrote:
EN82pg wrote:
gass wrote:
****************** snipped ***************
Hope they get it back and catch the scumbag who took it.
Gass silver machine gts 250
Oh, he's probably just a poor individual from a home with a drunken father who beats him and a mother who sells herself to put food on the table.

He was just trying to add to the family income. Oops, sorry, you're talking London and I'm thinking Detroit.
Detroit eh? Come to our rally in August and see if you can hack it
Can I come packing or strictly clean?
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Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:28 pm quote
Present
I was looking at this today.

Benelli TNT 125

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Ossessionato
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Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:36 pm quote
Re: Present
Bill Dog wrote:
I was looking at this today.

Benelli TNT 125
That's a superb bit of design, and they are dirt cheap too.

£2100 on the road is just crazy
https://www.whateverwheels.co.uk/m3b0s353p13266/BENELLI-TNT-125cc-2019
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Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:39 pm quote
Shine
I can get one even cheaper than that

They look really good close up also.

Great for a cheap and fun little runaround.

Bill x
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Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:46 pm quote
Re: Shine
Bill Dog wrote:
I can get one even cheaper than that

They look really good close up also.

Great for a cheap and fun little runaround.

Bill x
In that case buy it.
My local dealer has used ones for more.
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Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:52 am quote
Seven days is too long without you baby, c'mon back to me ..
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Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:22 am quote
Re: Present
Bill Dog wrote:
I was looking at this today.
How do you go from wanting the Benelli to getting a Royal Enfield?
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Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:57 am quote
Plus
You don't.

You buy both.

Bill x
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:18 am quote
Plus
Robin, you busy on Monday ?

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Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:20 am quote
Tuesday lunch?
I'm in France at the moment staring up at Mt Blanc but I'm coming back Monday afternoon. Tues lunch would be good if you're free.
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Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:01 am quote
Post
Dammit.

Out to lunch on Tuedsay but free Wednesday and Friday.

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Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:51 am quote
See you Wed lunchtime then.
Mike
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Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:52 am quote
Shine
Excellent.

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Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:13 am quote
Pink Fog
What's all the hype about pink fog over your way. I've heard of pink elephants when a person has over indulged in the bottle, but pink fog??
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Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:19 am quote
Re: Pink Fog
EN82pg wrote:
What's all the hype about pink fog over your way. I've heard of pink elephants when a person has over indulged in the bottle, but pink fog??
Just trying to breathe some life into this thread maybe it was Pink Floyd, not Pink Fog.
Perhaps a local can clarify.
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Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:08 am quote
Sugar
I really have no idea what your'e talking about and I have a lot of free time on my hands right now.

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Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:31 am quote
Re: Pink Fog
EN82pg wrote:
EN82pg wrote:
What's all the hype about pink fog over your way. I've heard of pink elephants when a person has over indulged in the bottle, but pink fog??
Just trying to breathe some life into this thread maybe it was Pink Floyd, not Pink Fog.
Perhaps a local can clarify.
Just Googled pink fog in England and it gave me my answer.
A lot of videos too.

A Wiki article on Pink Floyd as well.
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:50 am quote
Re: Present
Bill Dog wrote:
I was looking at this today.

Benelli TNT 125
My friend has one of these, they are fun to ride. She uses it for Deliveroo so it has had a hard life for the last year. She hasnít had any problems with it. The only thing she has done is change the stock tyres for City Grips as the originals werenít much fun in the wet......
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