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Post  paul on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 6:05 pm

Due to the amount of friends on this forum who now own different model / brand , or type of motorcycles and who still frequent this site ,this is somewhere to post your stuff . I am sure we would all enjoy & even benefit  from hearing your tales . 
General banter & ribbing is to be expected ......................respect for other peoples choices is a must .
If this thread works , perhaps it can be made a sticky .............or separate title . Very Happy

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Re: Tales from the dark side. A thread for riders of other motorcycles

Post  Ironman on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 6:26 pm

Ill chime in...
I have migrated to a Vstrom 1000 2012 model. Still have 2 B12's.
Mods currently are...
-1 tooth countershaft sprocket (geared too tall for my liking from stock)
speedo healer
Top box
big ass adjustable screen
cruise control
rad guards - (real ones)
Givi top box and tank bag system
Michelin Anakee III tyres
I run HPR GAS 10 in it with an upper cylinder lube mix in the fuel.

Gotta say I love it. Great for 2 up riding. Purely on road riding.

Adding USB power outlet
fuel controller
ATRE + gear indicator
K&N air filter (these bikes seem to have a fetish for bugs and lots of shit in their air cleaners)
High level brake light
volt meter
and currently researching for an altimiter / temp / humidity device ... basically a portable weather station on my tank.

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Post  paul on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 6:37 pm

I would imagine the seating position would be good for commuting as well .What are they like on the open road in strong cross winds ?

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Post  Ironman on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 6:50 pm

I cannot fault it really. My height (6ft 4ins) and my screen is perfect for it. It's like riding close behind a truck - no real buffeting.
The handguards stop my hands from freezing in the wind chill plus I have the Dririder Nordic gloves and foam grip covers to stop my hands from buzzing.

It's a big bike to behold in the flesh. Like an armchair to ride. Comfy and if you are not in a hurry and like to enjoy the ride and whats around you its great.
I guess since Ive successfully made it alive past 40 years of age the need to demonstrate to other road users what sort of rider I think I am has vanished, its a good bike.

I doubt it will suit everyone but i like it lots. So much so Ive started a process of saving $ for the new model which has all sorts of things like ABS, trac control and stability control. But my model doesn't have that so I have to rely on the organic version of ABS, trac control and stability control.... Me.

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Post  Ironman on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 6:55 pm

Strong cross winds will move anything around.

I made the decision to go the Vstrom because riding 2 up on my B1250 I had even with lowered pegs for my pillion, seats, back rests, screens, raised bars, mirror extenders and all that sort of stuff still resulted in both of us needing morphine injections after a days ride.

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Post  paul on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 7:19 pm

Yep , Sue found the 1250 more cramped than the 1200 I had before ..............but preferred the Diversion  had before that for comfort .

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Re: Tales from the dark side. A thread for riders of other motorcycles

Post  mtbeerwah on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 8:16 pm

Well. ..I'll give an opinion on my DRZ400e. I have in the past commented on this bike on this site,  but will give an overall view. 
I absolutely love this bike.  I think it's the perfect town commuter.
The only upgrades i've done,  put road tyres on it,  put road going gearing on it, and a 14L fuel tank, which i fill up at reserve, at 330km's
I've put 20 000kms on it, and it doesn't miss a beat. It starts absolutely instantly, in all weather conditions,  which is pretty rare for a carbed bike.
It's so light, and flickable, seating position is very upright,  with a straight back. Being a trail bike,  it has extremely  plush suspension,  and sokes up the worst of Australian roads. Allot of people do criticize the seat,  but I've been on it for hours without too much drama.
The brakes could be allot better, but i can live with them. 
Won't be everyone's cup of tea, especially if you have short legs. What more do you need in a city? ??
I can pick up the rear end of the bike,  and move it if i have to.
I wouldn't do extended hi-way on it,  as it's not designed for that.
It still has a very quick take off if needed. 
At 138kg wet weight,  i don't need  or want,  a 230-240kg, 140 odd RWHP bike around town. ....that doesn't make sense to me! !!!

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Post  Ironman on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 8:22 pm

I had a DRZ400e. Agree on everything you said... but that seat was like a log splitting tool on a long ride.  Razz Laughing

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Post  2wheelsagain on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 10:15 pm

Great idea for a thread. Thanks.
You probably all know I've got a brilliant VFR1200F in the garage. You don't know it attracts police from far and wide. Frigging B1250 never did 

I've also got a MV Brutale 800 triple as well. I love riding this. Such flickable fun. Not fast in the true sense and probably in the wrong environment for me. Would be a great city commuter or instant twisty rocket. Neither of them are close for me. Everyone should have a little Italian under them at some stage 

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Post  paul on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 11:16 pm

@2wheelsagain wrote:Great idea for a thread. Thanks.
You probably all know I've got a brilliant VFR1200F in the garage. You don't know it attracts police from far and wide. Frigging B1250 never did 

I've also got a MV Brutale 800 triple as well. I love riding this. Such flickable fun. Not fast in the true sense and probably in the wrong environment for me. Would be a great city commuter or instant twisty rocket. Neither of them are close for me. Everyone should have a little Italian under them at some stage 
Is the MV expensive to service ?.....They look like they would be a hoot to ride .( the closest to having a little Italian under me is when I accidentally sat on some pizza  Laughing )


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Post  paul on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 11:31 pm

@mtbeerwah wrote:Well. ..I'll give an opinion on my DRZ400e. I have in the past commented on this bike on this site,  but will give an overall view. 
I absolutely love this bike.  I think it's the perfect town commuter.
The only upgrades i've done,  put road tyres on it,  put road going gearing on it, and a 14L fuel tank, which i fill up at reserve, at 330km's
I've put 20 000kms on it, and it doesn't miss a beat. It starts absolutely instantly, in all weather conditions,  which is pretty rare for a carbed bike.
It's so light, and flickable, seating position is very upright,  with a straight back. Being a trail bike,  it has extremely  plush suspension,  and sokes up the worst of Australian roads. Allot of people do criticize the seat,  but I've been on it for hours without too much drama.
The brakes could be allot better, but i can live with them. 
Won't be everyone's cup of tea, especially if you have short legs. What more do you need in a city? ??
I can pick up the rear end of the bike,  and move it if i have to.
I wouldn't do extended hi-way on it,  as it's not designed for that.
It still has a very quick take off if needed. 
At 138kg wet weight,  i don't need  or want,  a 230-240kg, 140 odd RWHP bike around town. ....that doesn't make sense to me! !!!
A 400 makes sense for city commuting  & the seating position of the drz would offer a good view of what is happening around you .Unfortunately my commute also takes in some expressway / freeway ; fairly open in places , so the heavier Bandit suits  it a little better................the smaller bike would certainly be easier to play in the traffic with though .

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Post  2wheelsagain on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 3:42 pm

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@2wheelsagain wrote:Great idea for a thread. Thanks.
You probably all know I've got a brilliant VFR1200F in the garage. You don't know it attracts police from far and wide. Frigging B1250 never did 

I've also got a MV Brutale 800 triple as well. I love riding this. Such flickable fun. Not fast in the true sense and probably in the wrong environment for me. Would be a great city commuter or instant twisty rocket. Neither of them are close for me. Everyone should have a little Italian under them at some stage 
Is the MV expensive to service ?.....

Yes and almost at 12,000km I'm about to find out how many kidney's they want.
You could do oil and filter yourself like any other bike but a service history with these means everything at resale time.

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Post  paul on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 6:53 pm

The specs look pretty good on paper ; I could be in trouble though, I only have one kidney Laughing ................... ( I think it was about time we had a section incorporated, to cover the changing  face / demographic of  our forum .  Very Happy )

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Post  2wheelsagain on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 7:38 pm

@paul wrote:The specs look pretty good on paper ; I could be in trouble though, I only have one kidney Laughing ................... ( I think it was about time we had a section incorporated, to cover the changing  face / demographic of  our forum .  Very Happy )
Did you check the 2014 specs? Current standard Brutale is down on the 2014

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Post  paul on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 10:29 pm

@2wheelsagain wrote:
@paul wrote:The specs look pretty good on paper ; I could be in trouble though, I only have one kidney Laughing ................... ( I think it was about time we had a section incorporated, to cover the changing  face / demographic of  our forum .  Very Happy )
Did you check the 2014 specs? Current standard Brutale is down on the 2014
Yep , Euro4 strikes again ..............although they claim more low to mid-range torque as a trade off for top end power .

http://bikereview.com.au/2016-mv-agusta-brutale-800-review/

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Post  reddog on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 9:38 pm

@paul wrote:The specs look pretty good on paper ; I could be in trouble though, I only have one kidney Laughing ................... ( I think it was about time we had a section incorporated, to cover the changing  face / demographic of  our forum .  Very Happy )

Come on @Paul I still have a bandit mate. Don't feel lonely.
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Post  paul on Sat 08 Jul 2017, 10:08 pm

@reddog wrote:
@paul wrote:The specs look pretty good on paper ; I could be in trouble though, I only have one kidney Laughing ................... ( I think it was about time we had a section incorporated, to cover the changing  face / demographic of  our forum .  Very Happy )

Come on @Paul I still have a bandit mate. Don't feel lonely.  
lol!  I just thought it would be a shame for people who had been on here for so long to feel they had to drift away & loose touch because of a brand / type change .It had always been an unofficial understanding anyway & now there is no awkward feeling & a place to post something up .It's still a Bandit site , but it is always interesting to hear about other bikes / experiences etc....................otherwise ,RD it may end up just you & me chatting away on here  ...............not that there is anything wrong with that Laughing .

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Post  Chook on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 11:48 am

@paul wrote:
@reddog wrote:
@paul wrote:The specs look pretty good on paper ; I could be in trouble though, I only have one kidney Laughing ................... ( I think it was about time we had a section incorporated, to cover the changing  face / demographic of  our forum .  Very Happy )

Come on @Paul I still have a bandit mate. Don't feel lonely.  
lol!  I just thought it would be a shame for people who had been on here for so long to feel they had to drift away & loose touch because of a brand / type change .It had always been an unofficial understanding anyway & now there is no awkward feeling & a place to post something up .It's still a Bandit site , but it is always interesting to hear about other bikes / experiences etc....................otherwise ,RD it may end up just you & me chatting away on here  ...............not that there is anything wrong with that Laughing .

I'll still be here cheers
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Post  barry_mcki on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 2:01 pm

@Chook wrote:
@paul wrote:
@reddog wrote:
@paul wrote:The specs look pretty good on paper ; I could be in trouble though, I only have one kidney Laughing ................... ( I think it was about time we had a section incorporated, to cover the changing  face / demographic of  our forum .  Very Happy )

Come on @Paul I still have a bandit mate. Don't feel lonely.  
lol!  I just thought it would be a shame for people who had been on here for so long to feel they had to drift away & loose touch because of a brand / type change .It had always been an unofficial understanding anyway & now there is no awkward feeling & a place to post something up .It's still a Bandit site , but it is always interesting to hear about other bikes / experiences etc....................otherwise ,RD it may end up just you & me chatting away on here  ...............not that there is anything wrong with that Laughing .

I'll still be here cheers


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Post  paul on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 2:19 pm

@barry_mcki wrote:
@Chook wrote:
@paul wrote:
@reddog wrote:
@paul wrote:The specs look pretty good on paper ; I could be in trouble though, I only have one kidney Laughing ................... ( I think it was about time we had a section incorporated, to cover the changing  face / demographic of  our forum .  Very Happy )

Come on @Paul I still have a bandit mate. Don't feel lonely.  
lol!  I just thought it would be a shame for people who had been on here for so long to feel they had to drift away & loose touch because of a brand / type change .It had always been an unofficial understanding anyway & now there is no awkward feeling & a place to post something up .It's still a Bandit site , but it is always interesting to hear about other bikes / experiences etc....................otherwise ,RD it may end up just you & me chatting away on here  ...............not that there is anything wrong with that Laughing .

I'll still be here cheers

That's almost enough to have a forum Question ....................Oh yeh ; wait a minute ................ lol!

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Post  Baz on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 5:47 pm

I'm either getting a bit bored with my R1200RT or maybe I'm scared to put too many more kays on it because I know eventually it will need a new clutch and the job involved in doing that is huge mega and I'd rather just trade it in or sell it because when I do take it out for a day I get a really sore arse. I've done about 98k kay on it.

I 'm a bit over the twin cylinder feel as well (ironic as I traded the gsx1250 because the 4 cylinder buzz was getting to me) and I'm thinking I might like something much lighter and less of a tourer and probably with 3 cylinders ... heck as long as its got 2 wheeels I'll be happy.

I took a kawa Z900 for a demo ride during the international festival of speed which was good but it felt more like a really great commuter than anything else. I also took a triumph 800 xcx for a run and that felt ok and it has cruise control but they was something like $19000 for one. MT09 is looking good and I want to try one out (I think James Coleman is pretty happy with his) and the price is very attractive.

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Post  paul on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 9:07 am

And an added bonus ..............you get to test ride lots of new bikes Baz cheers

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Post  reddog on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 8:07 pm

@Baz wrote:I'm either getting a bit bored with my R1200RT or maybe I'm scared to put too many more kays on it because I know eventually it will need a new clutch and the job involved in doing that is huge mega and I'd rather just trade it in or sell it because when I do take it out for a day I get a really sore arse. I've done about 98k kay on it.

I 'm a bit over the twin cylinder feel as well (ironic as I traded the gsx1250 because the 4 cylinder buzz was getting to me) and I'm thinking I might like something much lighter and less of a tourer and probably with 3 cylinders ... heck as long as its got 2 wheeels I'll be happy.

I took a kawa Z900 for a demo ride during the international festival of speed which was good but it felt more like a really great commuter than anything else. I also took a triumph 800 xcx for a run and that felt ok and it has cruise control but they was something like $19000 for one. MT09 is looking good and I want to try one out (I think James Coleman is pretty happy with his) and the price is very attractive.

JoshB on ASB did the clutch on his Beemer. If you are in the same neck of the woods maybe you can hit him up to do it for you as he seems like a pretty knowledgeable guy
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Post  gus on Mon 17 Jul 2017, 5:39 pm


Yam 400
Too slow in the country .
Kick start only was annoying ,esp. when at the front waiting for a GREEN , it stalls .
Bought for $1000 in pieces ,I actually made a nice profit .
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