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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 15:33 
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If you have a special interest in motorcycling, and you would like to, please introduce yourself in this topic by hitting 'POST REPLY'.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 23:54 
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I love motorcycling :D

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 02:17 
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I have a special interest in trikes! can I just take half of the argument from each ??


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 Post subject: Re: motorcycling
PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 06:12 
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overfinch 630R wrote:
I have a special interest in trikes! can I just take half of the argument from each ??


depends if they are car derived of bike derived... :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:18 
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I am "A Motorcyclist" as well. :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:25 
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:( I wanted to be first :x
Oh well...

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 13:44 
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Hi,

I ride bikes :)


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 Post subject: Re: motorcycling
PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 15:46 
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Gizmo wrote:
overfinch 630R wrote:
I have a special interest in trikes! can I just take half of the argument from each ??


depends if they are car derived of bike derived... :wink:


um...it's got both!! vw car engine, bike front, jaguar bodyshell, everything else home made!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 15:47 
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Good evening.

I ride motorcycles too.

Edit to include some more information:

Been riding: 20 years
Started riding on: Suzuki TS-50
And then: Mostly Suzukis with some minor incursions into the world of Yamaha & Honda
Currently riding: GSXR1000K5

What I like most:

Short-shifting on a huge spread of torque along fast empty country roads in France and chuckling to myself about the people suffering a form of Stockholm Syndrome who agree that 'you can't use more than 100hp on public roads anyway'.

What I dislike most:

Feeling that it's too risky to try to get the bike out of our ungritted street on a frosty morning ever since they installed the speed humps that nobody asked for.

The fact that doing more that 3000miles per year makes your bike close to worthless in the second hand market.

When I move to France permanently later this year, I will be unable to register my current motorcycle due to the French 100hp limit. Andorran tourist plates, here we come. I thought that the EU was supposed to make our lives more simple :roll: :roll:

Observations:

I don't get pulled out on nearly as much as I used to. This seems to fly in the face of everything I read.


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You lot are SO annoying! :hehe:

Imagine the point of view of a new visitor to the forums. Maybe they would like to know something about the skills, interests and experience of the inhabitants. Don't you think?

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 Post subject: Re: motorcycling
PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 17:31 
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overfinch 630R wrote:
um...it's got both!! vw car engine, bike front, jaguar bodyshell, everything else home made!!



Thats sounds rather interesting, do you have any pictures of it ?


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I first started biking (well scootering actually) as a teenager, never bothered with a license though these were the days of upto 250cc machines as a learner and my scoot was only a 150.

I stopped when I joined the Military Police but some 10 years later found myself the very proud holder of a motorcycle test pass and the most pleasurable job of riding ceromonial and police duties on an old Norton Interpol as well as Despatch Riding on an Armstrong MT500.

When I left the Army that was it I couldn't afford a bike so I stopped eventually deciding to return another 10 years later when I decided that my daily commute from Basingstoke to Slough would be better acheived on two wheels rather than four.

Since then I have not done a single business mile in a car, I do in the region of 25,000 business miles a year. Mostly I use my trustworthy 1998 Honda VFR (now with 82,000 miles on it) but also currently have a Goldwing and an ex Army MT500 (couldn't resist it)

Mrs Patch also now rides, she has a VFR and also a sidecar combination. Both children go pillion and have done since they were 5 years old.

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I have a bike licence... and that's it (although I do read Bike magazine monthly); when I can afford to ride both a bike and a car, I'm afraid I'll (probably) be getting a fun car and a commuting bike. That said, hello!


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And over the years, I've had:
Yamaha FS-1E
Suzuki AP-50
[embarrassed]Honda C50[/embarrassed]
Suzuki GP100
Yamaha RD250 (LC?)
Suzuki T500
Kawasaki GPz 750
Suzuki 1200 Bandit GSF

Current Bikes
[old and sensible]Honda Pan European ST1100[/old and sensible]
Honda CBR1100XX

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Well I SUPPOSE I'd better join in!

I took DAS in August 2002, failed first time round on the u-turn :x and passed second time.

Since then I've had a Honda CM200, my XS (on and off the road for 2 years) a Z400J and the GPZ.

I ride purely for pleasure. I would be hard pressed to get rid of the car and rely soley on a bike for transport although the 25 mile commute is an absolute joy on the bike in the summer.

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I am a Senior Motorcycle observer for the IAM and bikesafe coach for local police I've been tested (suggested gold) by a RoSPA examiner, but did not officially do the test as I don't like RosPA's policies on Speed cameras and Motorcycles. I used to run advanced riding courses too but don't have the time to do to many now

I ride two bikes approx 17k per year all year round.


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Did my CBT in 1998. Passed my motorcycle test in 2000 (a week before my 40th birthday)

Only had two bikes. First one a Yam XV125 the second a Buell X1 Lightning.

I ride about 4000 miles a year in the UK. 3-4000 miles a year in the US (on rental bikes)

Greatest ride was my US coast to coast in May this year. LA to Miami. 3500 miles in 10 days on a Harley Davidson. Just started to plan my next adventure across the pond.

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First rode a motorcycle in 76 (my brother's Norton!), bought my first bike (Honda 175) in 77, passed my test in 78.
Succession of increasingly larger bikes since, and now have two early model Honda CBR600s, one I bought new in 90 which is now a rolling spares pile for the one I bought in May last year.
I do about 9000 miles a year but that's set to increase from this month when I finally abandon London's creaking public transport system and start commuting by bike again, something I haven't done regularly for the 11 years I've worked in the City. Ken Livingstone take note!

What's DAS and CBT? :lol:

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Passed my DAS last October - my 2nd go as managed to pick up 15 stitches in my leg in the course of my first attempt!!

Currently sans bike, but eyeing every Thundercat I come across... :D


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