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Not sure if we've ever done this guys?
Hey, us 2-wheelers deserve our own thread I think!

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I adore bikes, FAR more even than cars; never been without one for 30 years now (if we're including my first, a 50cc 4-stroke 'chicken chaser' Honda moped, which was actually an awesome little bike!). These days I'm into Harleys, but I'm not fussed what it is, as long as it has two wheels and an engine, I'm happy. Scooters, sportsbikes, trailies, Goldwings - they're all good; I've had most in my time, from GSX-Rs and Speed Triples, vintage aircooled 2-stroke twins (including the eponymous Yam RD400 :luv: ), a YZF250 trails, 'peds, a Bonnie and now a big custom Harley to boot. It's a tired old cliche, but shit, there's just something about a bike - being 'out there' in the elements, being part of the man-machine system (in literal, dynamic terms) that gets you round corners. In a car, you're always ultimately a passenger, but not so on a bike.

Plus if I'm honest, I just love the "fuck you" mentality of bikers in general, and always have. ;)

I found this surprising video clip of a Harley V-Rod 10th Anniversary just like mine being put through its paces on the 'Ring of all places. :D

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/11/harl ... ts-new-re/

Clearly, a 310kg pile of shining metal and chrome isn't the best starting point for this, but the bike does really well for one so porcine and the testers really love it. I'm constantly surprised at just how adept a handler this bike is - relatively speaking of course. Plus, seeing a Harley taking out a GT3-RS on a racing track is not something I ever thought I'd see, worth a look just for that alone lol. :)

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Came across this not so long back, it's a lad I used to skate with, one of those types who just seems able to get supremely good at stuff really quickly. Anyway he's got into bikes now and mostly does that sort of stunt riding on big sports bikes but also tears the place up like a fucking loon:



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"I ain't stayin' in today, watching fucking DVDs"

My sentiments exactly. :D

Cheers for that Mark, awesome vid - what a buzz. Now that's what I call "filtering"... My bro' lives and works in London and swears by his KTM660. Great bike - very light and maneuverable, loads of grunt/torque, very tall and narrow. Great for the commute.

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 Post subject: Re: The Motorbike Thread
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I used to have this Honda CBR 600 until it got stolen: http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/Honda/honda_cbr600f2%2091.htm
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0-60 in about 3 seconds, then another 5 or so to reach 110. Yet the ride was so smooth you barely knew you were moving.


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Great bike mate, possibly the best all-rounder of all time. Honda quality and finish is just unsurpassed; only the Honda VFR800 rivals the CBR for my money.

You just can't go too far wrong with one of these.
Sorry to hear it got nicked though, man. :( >:(

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 Post subject: Re: The Motorbike Thread
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here's Mummy Afterthought and myself and my Erfive. The mirror belongs to a Stage2 HD Sportster 1200 which Old man Afterthought had for a while before getting rid of it for a Vstrom 650 whiihc was then chopped in for the new version of the Bonneville.Which he'll proabbly change agian soon. Before the HD he had a GPZ500 which is a the sportier variant of the Erfive. The HD was an absolute blast to ride, but felt positively agricultural compared to the ERfive. I'd have one in an instant. The Erfive is currently in a garage with the 125 awaiting transport up north.


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I don't have a bike any more, but Mr Grim... Snr has several older ones. I only have pictures handy of the Vincent, though.

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He's also got a BSA SuperRocket, a Norton, a Harley, er, something and a V-twin Honda which looks butt-ugly but is the nicest of the lot to ride. He's also got a Verus from 1919. And a Honda Monkey Bike!

There's others, but I've forgotten.


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 Post subject: Re: The Motorbike Thread
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I don't have any pics, but these are my two beasts that currently reside at my sisters place...

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 Post subject: Re: The Motorbike Thread
PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 13:07 
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here's Mummy Afterthought and myself and my Erfive. The mirror belongs to a Stage2 HD Sportster 1200 which Old man Afterthought had for a while before getting rid of it for a Vstrom 650 whiihc was then chopped in for the new version of the Bonneville.Which he'll proabbly change agian soon. Before the HD he had a GPZ500 which is a the sportier variant of the Erfive. The HD was an absolute blast to ride, but felt positively agricultural compared to the ERfive. I'd have one in an instant. The Erfive is currently in a garage with the 125 awaiting transport up north.


Awesome photo mate, fair do's to your mum being a biker! :)

Stage 2 Harley is pretty cool - it has hot cams (Stage 2), as well as the usual low loss exhaust/airbox and engine remap (Stage 1), yeah? Hard core. Personally I love Sportsters. They're slow and heavy compared to modern oppo, but that totally misses the point. Just because something is RELATIVELY slow (er, but still fecking fast compared to almost all cars off the line), certainly doesn't mean it can't be enjoyable. Like you say, they're agricultural old bikes but they've heaps and heaps of character, they sound fantastic and they're as cool as liquid nitrogen (see also the gloriously OTT candy-painted Harley 48 here http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Co ... eight.html )

Personally I don't like Jap customs - that's just a prejudice on my part I'm afraid - but the new Bonnie is a lovely bike (if rather cheap, under-damped suspension which "pogos" like a bitch on shite British backroads), and the GPz500/ER5 are good, solid bikes.

What's next on your biking agenda mate? I see you as an out-and-out sportsbike fiend, you young blade you; something like an R6.

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I don't have a bike any more, but Mr Grim... Snr has several of older ones. I only have pictures handy of the Vincent, though.

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He's also got a BSA SuperRocket, a Norton, a Harley, er, something and a V-twin Honda which looks butt-ugly but is the nicest of the lot to ride. He's also got a Verus from 1919. And a Honda Monkey Bike!

There's others, but I've forgotten.


I've seen that previously mate, that Vincent is just pure, unadulterated filth. Gotta love classic old British iron; sounds even better than Harleys do. Fair do's to your old man mate, man after my own heart!

Would you consider getting something in future again mate? Funnily enough, I think you'd make a good 'big Harley' man, same as myself. Would you fancy a 'Rod or a Breakout?

Check this out, it's got "Grim...." all over it :)

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Lol, classic mate - they're mini motos, yeah?
Bet they are great fun; never tried it myself but would love to. Man, I'd be shite though, and 16 st is an awful lot of weight for 50cc and a tiny chassis to carry :D

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Oh, that's lovely.

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Lol, classic mate - they're mini motos, yeah?
Bet they are great fun; never tried it myself but would love to. Man, I'd be shite though, and 16 st is an awful lot of weight for 50cc and a tiny chassis to carry :D


30mph at that height is a laugh.

The off road one has bent pegs, as it had trouble handling my 18st bro-in-law over the jumps :D

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It just so is, isn't it mate... that's a big part of Harley for me. I consider many of them as art, far more so than most of the worthless crud that actually gets classified as supposedly bona fide art these days. Shit, that bike could never turn a wheel and permanently reside in my lounge on display, and it'd *still* justify the purchase price for me. :)

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Oddly, I'm not a big fan of big bikes like that (although it is bloody lovely).

I'd quite like a Z1000, but I'd never ride it.

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Oddly, I'm not a big fan of big bikes like that (although it is bloody lovely).

I'd quite like a Z1000, but I'd never ride it.

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Grim... on that would look like Trooper on the minimoto


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I wouldn't - that's a huge bike.

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I'll see if I can grab the minimotos for the cottage this year. I'm not even sure if they even start anymore!

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I'd love a ridiculous big custom chopper. Something really vulgar, like this:


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My brother used to have a Honda Superdream. I've nothing much more to add, I just really like the name.


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Grim... wrote:
Oddly, I'm not a big fan of big bikes like that (although it is bloody lovely).

I'd quite like a Z1000, but I'd never ride it.

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Actually, yeah, I remember you talking about this mate. Very nice bike; not my cup of tea personally (I should think my legs are too short for it, I'm only 5'10", hence my nickname of "Gimli" from my cheeky fucker sons-in-laws :D )

I'd go for a lighter KTM myself, for that kind of thing, but sure this Kwack is very nicely engineered and finished. Btw, why wouldn't you ride it much, time issues?

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I'd love a ridiculous big custom chopper. Something really vulgar, like this:


Hell yes, now we're talking mate.
These super raked out hardtails are basically near impossible to ride for even short distances, but who cares when they look like that. I love out and out customs. :)

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My brother used to have a Honda Superdream. I've nothing much more to add, I just really like the name.


Both the original 250N and 125TDC (that I used to have btw) were nice bikes. Always preferred the out and out power and lairiness of 2-strokes, personally, but there was much to commend these reliable, economical and good looking Honda 4-strokes. They handled very nicely too, especially the monoshocked 125 which was sublime for its day/price point. :)

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What's next on your biking agenda mate? I see you as an out-and-out sportsbike fiend, you young blade you; something like an R6.


Not in the near future (or ever - mrsA), but I wouldn't mind a Moto guzzi V7 Cafe racer, or a Triumph Thruxton.

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What's next on your biking agenda mate? I see you as an out-and-out sportsbike fiend, you young blade you; something like an R6.


Not in the near future (or ever - mrsA), but I wouldn't mind a Moto guzzi V7 Cafe racer, or a Triumph Thruxton.


I quite like Guzzis; the mid-90s Daytona being my fave. The Thruxton is lovely to look at but I simply could not live with the nigh on impossible seating position, reach and drop 'bars etc. They look cool but are basically unusable.

As for being allowed, or not allowed bikes by my dear lady wife etc., Mrs C is a VERY posh bird indeed, but I did not commit to marriage until:

(a) I established she was a biker, had been to the TT, was on the back of RD400s at 14 years of age
(b) I saw her drinking pints
(c) Had a meaningful conversation with her about the merits of 900 Ninjas, Yammy 2-stroke twins vs. contemporary Kawa triples AND seen her in all her leather biking glory (and nowt else) :hat:

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Aha! Mr Grim... (snr) has a Moto Guzzi too, the V11 I think.

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Aha! Mr Grim... (snr) has a Moto Guzzi too, the V11 I think.


Ah, so that'll be big one then as you of course know, good stuff. Grunt-tastic!
Found these pics of the Daytona; I'd forgotten what a looker this bike was (is):

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Huh, that does look quite a bit like it.

I'll get a list of him when I see him tomorrow (to shift hay - bah).

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