Who rides a motorcycle? Page 104

  • AboutHalfaStevas 5 Sep 2018 18:14:05 1,573 posts
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    I'm just going off what a number of mechanics have said to me... I've been given looks like I'm crazy expecting more than three years out of a bike battery!

    As for prices, that's been my experience. Last two batteries I bought for bikes cost me 30-40 quid. Just had to get a new car battery, cost me 90.
  • BillMurray 5 Sep 2018 18:27:46 9,393 posts
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    I do wonder how good those lightweight lithium batteries that are on the new V4 Ducati.
  • chopsen 5 Sep 2018 18:58:37 20,468 posts
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    Don't lithium batteries explode on piercing damage? Next to a petrol tank? That's fun
  • RyanDS 5 Sep 2018 19:56:42 12,685 posts
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    Two to three years for a battery is normal.

    Apparently
  • BillMurray 13 Sep 2018 17:42:37 9,393 posts
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    Wish my friend would ride with his rear camera mount more often.

    Edited by BillMurray at 17:44:45 13-09-2018
  • samyboy 17 Sep 2018 17:15:42 86 posts
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    I ride to work on bike, it's really cool and easy for me. The hectic traffic jam doesn't get me and that's just the best part of it.
  • Nasty 6 Dec 2018 10:46:23 4,817 posts
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    MOD2 passed! All I need now is some nice weathe... bugger.
  • RyanDS 6 Dec 2018 10:56:01 12,685 posts
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    Nice!

    And fuck the weather. I go out in everything apart from ice. Just get some good gear and it doesn't matter.

    Hell, Saturday I went on a 100 mile ride just to stretch the bike a bit in the pouring rain. Good waterproofs, heated gloves and layers and I never felt the cold or got wet at all.
  • Nasty 6 Dec 2018 12:38:46 4,817 posts
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    Don't mind the wet one bit but it's been gusting 60-70mph up in Scotland. My arse hole can only take so much puckering.
  • RyanDS 6 Dec 2018 12:39:55 12,685 posts
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    Ah yeah. Sorry two things make me not ride. Ice and wind. And of the two I am actually more scared of wind.
  • BillMurray 11 Dec 2018 18:21:42 9,393 posts
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    Found myself looking at S1000RRs at work earlier and was pleasantly surprised at the low end of used prices. Anyone ever rode or owned one? Think I might swap out my ageing 600 Gixxer for one next year.
  • Nasty 11 Dec 2018 21:27:11 4,817 posts
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    Finally made it out on Sunday. Loving it.

    https://imgur.com/a/XUgy7Rq
  • RawShark 14 Dec 2018 15:16:13 529 posts
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    Mindy rides a motorcycle.
  • RyanDS 14 Dec 2018 15:34:32 12,685 posts
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    Thinking to upgrade my bike, went to dealers today. "Can I test drive that bike?"

    "No, we don't let people test ride as it gets the bikes dirty and adds to mileage"

    How the fuck do they ever expect anyone to want to buy one of their bikes then?
  • askew 14 Dec 2018 15:49:02 18,798 posts
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    I thought that's why they have demo modelsÖ for that very purpose. Small dealership?
  • RyanDS 14 Dec 2018 16:03:09 12,685 posts
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    Demo model is good for a new bike.

    6 year old bike? I want to hear how it purrs, see how those none standard brakes feel, see how loud the aftermarket exhaust is etc. Now way I am paying out £5,000 without even trying it out.
  • BillMurray 9 Mar 2019 21:47:59 9,393 posts
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    Put my bike up for sale on a local Facebook group as a test to see what sort of interest I can get. Hoping 2750 isnt too out much but we'll see. It's got 34k on it but it has all the extras you'd ever need and it's in good Nick for a bike of its age. Had a service and an MOT done and boy do new throttle and clutch cables make a lot of difference. My garage was surprised I'd manage to ride it at all after they showed me the cables bent at the ends. They were bent at a 70 degree angle and were largely useless. Felt like I was riding with boxing gloves before.
  • elstoof 9 Mar 2019 22:15:05 22,706 posts
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    Iíve been looking at motorbikes recently.. I really shouldnít though, should I. My dad was massively into them, but I never thought about it until now
  • elstoof 10 Mar 2019 20:11:19 22,706 posts
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    Where do you guys keep your bikes locked up? Garage? On the street?
  • Salaman 10 Mar 2019 21:52:56 23,545 posts
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    We don't have a garage, so it sits in the driveway with a tarp over it. Well no tarp this weekend, it balloons up like a sail in heavy winds and I didn't want it taking off.

    The alarm went off at some point this afternoon because it was being buffeted so much by the wind.
  • Nasty 10 Mar 2019 22:23:28 4,817 posts
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    No garage either but we can get them up the side of the house. Behind a big chunky gate and under a lean-to so reasonably secure and keeps the worst of the elements off them.
  • elstoof 11 Mar 2019 14:25:53 22,706 posts
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    Something Iíd have to figure out as the immediate places available to me are on the street or the side return to the basement entrance - which screams ďthe keys to this bike are in that houseĒ. Also applied for the local council garage rental which is fairly cheap, fuck knows how long the waiting list is for one of those.

    Just booked my CBT for next Monday though \o/
  • Salaman 11 Mar 2019 14:35:35 23,545 posts
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    I had my first bike out on the street, usually chained to a pole or post. I then rented a garage with a neighbour for a while, to store both our bikes together.

    After we moved house it was in a garage. Then we moved again and it was in the garden shed. Then I swapped bikes and it no longer fit in the shed, so it's sitting in the driveway.

    All of this was in Belgium though. If I was living in the greater London area, I probably wouldn't want it outside.
  • elstoof 11 Mar 2019 14:51:06 22,706 posts
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    Thereís a lamppost right outside my house that I could chain to, but the problem with London living is thereís no guarantee youíll be able to access it when the neighbour parks there while youíre out. Plus the crims can get through any security device with enough time anyway. My next door neighbour has a garage somewhere for his 911 though so I might see if heís willing to spare some room
  • elstoof 15 Mar 2019 19:11:04 22,706 posts
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    May have sorted storage, my neighbour is up for a garage share. Got my CBT on Monday, looking forward to it
  • dominalien 16 Mar 2019 06:24:24 9,076 posts
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    I donít think Iíd have bought one if I didnít have access to a garage. I wouldnít be able to sleep at night worrying something would happen.
  • elstoof 16 Mar 2019 16:17:40 22,706 posts
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    Yeah I wouldnít dream of leaving one on the street. Been running through insurance costs, bloody amazing what they want even though Iím 36 with 15 years no claims on my car insurance
  • Kronos 16 Mar 2019 17:47:58 738 posts
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    Was pleasantly surprised when I added a second bike to my existing policy and essentially got it for free(other than an admin fee).
  • elstoof 18 Mar 2019 16:47:42 22,706 posts
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    Just done my CBT, even though it was a tiddly little 125 it was great fun. First time riding a bike with an engine. Took a bit of getting used to gears with feet and the hand levers are all different to road cycling. Also I always unclip with my right foot, leaving my stronger left foot on the pedal, so had to break a few habits. Next up Iíll have to book my theory, canít wait to get out on a motor again though
  • Nasty 18 Mar 2019 22:25:42 4,817 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Just done my CBT, even though it was a tiddly little 125 it was great fun. First time riding a bike with an engine. Took a bit of getting used to gears with feet and the hand levers are all different to road cycling. Also I always unclip with my right foot, leaving my stronger left foot on the pedal, so had to break a few habits. Next up Iíll have to book my theory, canít wait to get out on a motor again though
    Nice! Just wait till the first time you wind it up on the big bike 😉

    Check out twist of the wrist 2 and the motojitsu channel on YouTube. Both helped me get my head round what I should be doing in the run up to the mod 1 & 2.
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