Sat Nov 20, 2021 11:52 am

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Sat Nov 20, 2021 11:52 am linkquote
Here are mine together! 2017 Triumph Bonneville T120 and 2021 GTS.



Sat Nov 20, 2021 1:16 pm

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Sat Nov 20, 2021 1:16 pm linkquote
3 degrees above freezing this morning... but a man must have coffee with his buddies so off we went. Had a really good run out into the country on the way home too!



I should thaw out by tomorrow I hope.



Sat Nov 20, 2021 1:46 pm

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Sat Nov 20, 2021 1:46 pm linkquote
Loving this, my first motorcycle - 2013 Honda NC700X DCT. Got it October 1st, and have ridden about 1600 miles so far. I'd glad to find this morning that I'm perfectly comfortable on the highway at 33F degrees. In fact, it's rather enjoyable. Don't want to stop riding because of stinkin' weather!





Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:39 am

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Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:39 am linkquote
This and that



Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:53 am

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Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:53 am linkquote
And this



Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:12 am

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Dongfang 170cc, CF Moto Fashion 250
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Dongfang 170cc, CF Moto Fashion 250
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Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:12 am linkquote
Bill Dog wrote:
And this
Okay Bill, I have to ask. How do you personally feel about the new Royal Enfields? Designed in Britain, owned and built in India and only vaguely related to past bikes from England. It must be an odd feeling.
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:15 am

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Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:15 am linkquote
That, is a brilliant question.

Give me time to think of a well thought out answer.
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:19 am

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Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:19 am linkquote
1995 Harley, purchased new back then. Only about 93,000 miles so far.



Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:42 am

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Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:42 am linkquote
It's not really odd but it's a lot more preferable than the Triumph scenario where the majority of production comes out of Thailand ( which really knots my stomach) or the Benelli situation where the product entirely comes out of China, even though it's designed in Italy.

Production of Royal Enfields in India goes all the way back to 1954 I believe and rightfully so because without that production may well have stopped in 1970 when the English factories closed.

I think that the products they are making feel very English in a 1960/70 kind of way ie understated, conservative and aimed at the more mature rider who no longer wants to dress like a Power Ranger - which is why they are probably selling so well.

I recently had a look at a Continental 650 for a future purchase but it didn't move me in the way that the Classic 500 does.

It's a better bike in many ways but it won't thump and bang in the way that the under powered single 500 will and that's it's attraction.
Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:13 am

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Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:13 am linkquote
Parking it anywhere will lead to a conversation because so many people are taken by it, so I'm thankful that they've survived the collapse of the British Bike Industry.

No one cares if you're riding a Honda or a BMW but if you've parked in sight of your RE you'll soon be hunted down for interrogation so either run and hide or strap yourself in for a long afternoon.
Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:47 pm

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Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:47 pm linkquote
Bill Dog wrote:
This and that


Me too!!



Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:12 pm

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Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:12 pm linkquote
Even though it's over 20 years old and I've only ridden it maybe 10 times it already feels nicer to ride than the NCX, which felt cold and inert. Vague even.

It has more character, better handling and like many BMW's it fits just right, even though I'm only 5ft 8.

Once you get that weight rolling it's pretty nimble also.
Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:23 am

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Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:23 am linkquote
Just for sharing, My 150kms old Honda Rebel with my Whitey Modified LX 😊



Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:10 am

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Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:10 am linkquote
Bill Dog wrote:
Once you get that weight rolling it's pretty nimble also.
Someone once told me, "That bike feels like it loses 100 pounds once it's going faster than 5 mph".

Miguel
Wed Nov 24, 2021 3:02 am

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Wed Nov 24, 2021 3:02 am linkquote
2016 BMW R1200RS
Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:17 am

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Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:17 am linkquote
Bill Dog wrote:
Parking it anywhere will lead to a conversation because so many people are taken by it, so I'm thankful that they've survived the collapse of the British Bike Industry.

No one cares if you're riding a Honda or a BMW but if you've parked in sight of your RE you'll soon be hunted down for interrogation so either run and hide or strap yourself in for a long afternoon.
I ran one of the iron barrelled 350s from the early nineties for almost 18 years. Used primarily as a city bike, It was a wonderful laid back bike that was dead reliable in spite of been supported by my almost complete neglect beyond regular oil changes. I sold it on after putting 76000 km on it and it still started first kick and burned little oil. I'd take another Royal Oilfield over virtually any one of the reborn European makes... which don't often actually come from Europe.

Lovely bikes if you understand what they're about, just don't park it in a public place and expect to get away without talking to someone about it.
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Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:12 am linkquote
Yeah, I've been practising running the gauntlet to the counter after putting it on its mainstand and then finding a seat that faces away so people are less inclined to approach you.

It's sort of flattering but I honestly don't know what to say to interested parties after they have clocked the bike and then go looking for the rider.

Only BMW riders want to talk about the BMW.
Wed Nov 24, 2021 7:29 am

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Wed Nov 24, 2021 7:29 am linkquote
Over the years I rode a Bullet I had one person ask me about it in a parking lot. I was reading the plug and he asked if I was stranded.
Wed Nov 24, 2021 7:43 am

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2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
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Wed Nov 24, 2021 7:43 am linkquote
The Dark Side - Motorcycles

Most of the scooter gang that I know were previous motorcycle riders. I just
find scooters more fun to ride. The most fun is renting 50cc scoots on vacation
and exploring the vacation destination site.

My last motorcycle,

Bob Copeland
Minnesota


1972 Ducati 350 Scrambler

Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:00 am

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Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:00 am linkquote
Bob Copeland wrote:
The Dark Side - Motorcycles

Most of the scooter gang that I know were previous motorcycle riders. I just
find scooters more fun to ride. The most fun is renting 50cc scoots on vacation
and exploring the vacation destination site.

My last motorcycle,

Bob Copeland
Minnesota
I had a friend with an extremely similar "Duck", his was a Spanish made model, was yours?
Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:44 am

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Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:44 am linkquote
Feel the real "Dark side" have 4 wheels.

I learned to ride a Vespa Rally 200 as a teenager and had a Kawasaki KLR 650 after college in the 90's. Unfortunately I crashed the Kawasaki and sold it after a year and did not get back to motorcycles until getting the GTS300 last year. Been enjoying the GTS300 alone as well as with my wife as the pillion. Now I'm eyeing a motorcycle to go on overnight trips on paved roads.

Couple of bikes that caught my attention are Kawasaki Z900RS and Triumph Speed Twin.

Any suggestions from you guys which other motorcycles I should test ride?
Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:09 pm

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Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:09 pm linkquote
Razor5A wrote:
Feel the real "Dark side" have 4 wheels.

I learned to ride a Vespa Rally 200 as a teenager and had a Kawasaki KLR 650 after college in the 90's. Unfortunately I crashed the Kawasaki and sold it after a year and did not get back to motorcycles until getting the GTS300 last year. Been enjoying the GTS300 alone as well as with my wife as the pillion. Now I'm eyeing a motorcycle to go on overnight trips on paved roads.

Couple of bikes that caught my attention are Kawasaki Z900RS and Triumph Speed Twin.

Any suggestions from you guys which other motorcycles I should test ride?
Royal Enfield!

Seriously, no kidding... good bikes, not expensive.
Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:28 pm

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Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:28 pm linkquote
Fritz,

I actually was stationed in Italy in the USN. It was an Italian Ducati.
I rode it all around Italy for four years.

Bob Copeland
Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:19 am

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Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:19 am linkquote
Fritz Katzenjammer wrote:
Royal Enfield!

Seriously, no kidding... good bikes, not expensive.
I think Fritz is on to something. This really looks good:

https://www.onmanorama.com/news/business/2021/11/24/royal-enfield-classic-350-new-test-drive.html

Chris from CLE
Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:04 am

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Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:04 am linkquote
ChrisFromCLE wrote:
I think Fritz is on to something. This really looks good:

https://www.onmanorama.com/news/business/2021/11/24/royal-enfield-classic-350-new-test-drive.html

Chris from CLE
My 350 Bullet went 76000km and cost me less in parts over that entire mileage (everything!) than what the MP3 cost me for one major service that included a rear tire.

It was dead reliable, always starting, always getting me home, in any weather, below zero to 36C on my daily 55km round trip mostly city commute.

It looked damn good doing it and was always a pleasure to ride.
Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:48 am

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Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:48 am linkquote
Thanks for suggesting Royal Enfield. After checking out their US website and reading up on the web, their 650 offerings look promising. I was concerned that they may be underpowered for riding 2 up on US highways which is one of the shortcomings of the GTS300. However the 650s look like they may be good for cruising on the highway and got positive reviews. I particularly like the looks on the Continental GT.
Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:24 am

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Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:24 am linkquote
My Anni, this last weekend.



Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:22 pm

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Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:22 pm linkquote
Over ten years of scooter riding, finally got a motorcycle! My husband got his CMSP (replacement for MSF in California) recently and got a Kawasaki Versys 650. Hard to keep up with him on my GTS 250, so I finally caved and got one of my dream bikes, a Moto Guzzi V7 stone.



Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:37 pm

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Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:37 pm linkquote
the mighty Oilfield... brilliant little bike.



Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:27 pm

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Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:27 pm linkquote
The mighty MT-10SP; not pretty, but shed-loads of fun and nice bookend to my Primavera 10...



Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:30 pm

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Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:30 pm linkquote
And just for something different...a 1986 Honda VFR750F, from the days when Honda styling peaked IMHO. Bit of a work in progress to turn back the last 105,000km and restore the running gear to a good standard. Quite a fabulous bike to ride, with a super-smooth V4 motor.



Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:57 pm

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Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:57 pm linkquote
My Bullet, after many upgrades to brakes, gearbox, engine etc.



Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:41 pm

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Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:41 pm linkquote
That chrome tank is just stunning.

There will always be a space in my garage for an 850 Le Mans.

I had a VFR for a couple of years which was a major improvement on the VF whose cams turned to cheese.

Plenty of 350 Enfields keep coming up from dealers via Ebay over here for about £2000 so it's tempting to have a second one but I have to wait until the BMW is finished before I go shopping.

Talking of Enfields, the Interceptor and Continental's are really well made but they don't have the character of the Classic's sheer presence.

Granted it's more powerful and flexible - which you'd expect from an injected parallel twin but it doesn't have any flare. It feels like a Yamaha XS 500/650 to me. Competent but it doesn't move you like the single does.
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Sun Nov 28, 2021 9:51 am linkquote
Guzzi Gal wrote:
My Anni, this last weekend.
Beautiful bike. Nice pic!
Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:54 pm

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Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:54 pm linkquote
college days... it had vastly too big a carb, so it didn't idle, but pulled like a freight train once you got it spooled up and it was pretty much unmuffled, so it was hard to hide in traffic.

I once fried the regulator on this thing 180kms from home and so had to keep the rpms up to keep enough juice flowing to keep the ignition working so I could get home.

at dusk, with no lights, through every small town in southern Ontario keeping the speed over 100kph. How I didn't get busted I have no idea.



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Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:46 pm linkquote
EDIT: changed image links to imgur, as the imgbb ones were not viewing for some users.

This is my next restoration project. It is a 1970 Ducati Mark 3D (D=Desmo) 450cc.

I've had this bike for about 10 months, and just now got around to getting it running and taking it for a ride. It is quite light weight and fun to ride. I have a 250 Monza, so, already knew what to expect handling wise (excellent), and brake wise (single leading shoe drum, 1950's technology, barely adequate). The 250 is kinda slow, fine for tooling around on back roads at 50 MPH. It'll do 70, but, not much more. The 450 Desmo is much quicker. It doesn't currently have a speedometer, so, I don't know how fast I was going, but, it gets up and goes, MUCH faster than the 250 as one would expect.






Here is what it will look like when finished.






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Sun Nov 28, 2021 6:35 pm

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2021 Piaggio Liberty 150
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2021 Piaggio Liberty 150
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Sun Nov 28, 2021 6:35 pm linkquote
31F degrees when I left the house, but the screen on the bike along with heated grips kept me comfy. Lovely ride in late fall.



Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:44 am

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Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:44 am linkquote
My local bike dealer is either the Devil or in league with him.

He has one of a run of 200 Australian Police bikes coming in.

All of them BMW Air Cooled Boxers. My Favourite
Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:09 am

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Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:09 am linkquote
UGM's?
Universal German Motorcycle
I had a K1100lt I wanted to turn it into Forecar
A boxer cop bike would be basis for a forecar
The problem I ran into a definite lack of willing passengers..
I can imagine doing hot laps around The local foothills
Then there was the question of lap bar or seat belt?



Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:04 pm

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Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:04 pm linkquote
Talking about singles - this one was definitely 'grazy fun'.

Very, very limited in any usefull way.... with a very, very comfy seat... and grazy fun

Suzuki 'Big Block' 200cc VanVan.
Don't have it anymore, had enough of that kind of fun.

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