Motorbike suggestions

Discussion in 'transport' started by RubyToogood, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    I've got a Himalayan and it's been fine. The quality isn't up to the Guzzi standard (Piaggio era Guzzis are one of the best quality mass produced brands there are IMO&E) but it's fine for what it is. There isn't exactly a lot to go wrong on it. However, I'm riding mine in Western Australia I can't testify how it would fare in a British winter.
     
  2. OzT

    OzT Online early mornings when at work ....

    Wonder if the old BMWs flying bricks will pass the emmissions? I brough one to go tiuring one summer in Europe a few years ago cause they were cheap, not th eboxers so poor relationships for the BMW guys, and 100% reliable and fuss free. So reliable and fuss free I sold it when I came bacxk to England in the late autumn, it wa sboring!!! lol!! :)

    And they will handle heapsa luggage with no worries


    BMW K Series Motorcycles - Happy Birthday K Series
     
  3. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    No. They went out of production in the early 90s. You need a Euro3 compliant bike (ie later than 2002) to meet the ULEZ standard.
     
  4. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Or you can go full on vintage and be exempt, which I'd love to do but not very practical.
     
  5. OzT

    OzT Online early mornings when at work ....

    Ahh didn't know that, thanks DownwardDog.

    I can't access the emmission link here at work, but what is age is vintage for excemption please RubyToogood?
     
  6. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    1977, same as tax.
     
  7. OzT

    OzT Online early mornings when at work ....

    Oh sweet, both my bikes wil get thru, thanks!
     
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  8. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    There are plenty of 77 and earlier CB550s out there.

    Honda CB550 Four 1977 K3 | eBay
     
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  9. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Wotcha got?
     
  10. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    I'd love something like this but reliability and getting parts...
     
  11. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    It's amusing that I was so disparaging about Enfields on the first page of this thread and now, nine years later, I own one.
     
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  12. David Clapson

    David Clapson Well-Known Member

    I'll keep using mine but with a lock and chain to obscure the number plate.
     
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  13. OzT

    OzT Online early mornings when at work ....

    Got a 1973 Commando 750 Mk V, and a Matchless 500 single 1959. Owned the Matchless since 1976, and the Commando since 1996
     
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  14. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    Some kind of “uninteresting” (not thrashed) five year old four stroke? Unfaired, boring looking, a plodder that will have just done a commute.

    For reliability, that would be my choice.
     
  15. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    My mechanic suggested a Honda CB500 or NC750 zzzzz. This is probably going to sound silly, but one thing I've always thought about bikes in that style, with the upswept back, is that they look as though they wouldn't carry much weight successfully, specially like on the NC750 when the shocks are really far forward and it would be perched on the end of a massive lever :confused:
     
  16. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom BREAD FUCKING SAUCE

    How about a DR-Z 450 or similar. Supermotos are brilliant for round town, high riding position, luggage carrying ability, cheap parts and maintenance (single cylinder, basic engines)
     
  17. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    I'm just wondering how much grief Dave would give me if I got a Triumph modern classic :hmm: I might have to go and find a couple to ride :hmm:

    W800 is nice but seems to be pricey second hand. A Thruxton is a bit cheaper.

    Everything I've seen so far is about twice as much as I've ever paid for a bike before. In my head £1k or so is a reasonable price. LOL.
     
  18. David Clapson

    David Clapson Well-Known Member

    BMW K1100LT is well within your price range! Dirt cheap to insure as well. Park it anywhere and thieves won't touch it. 2 or 3 specialist firms selling used/reconditioned spares. DIY servicing is not hard to learn. Poverty biking, but on a bike that can do lots of things very well.
     
  19. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Too old I think - needs to be 2007+ to meet standards. Although possibly Germany were ahead of the game, I don't know.
     
  20. jontz01

    jontz01 taking refuge in the loft

    I've had a 2002 CB900 Hornet for over 10 years, it's never skipped a beat. Sporty enough to be fun but comfy for the long rides. Set up with touring boxes the coppers don't look twice at you. Lovely riding position. Also no fairing so you can't give it too much of the old right hand before the wind kicks in [around 110mph ish]

    Honda Hornet 900 Specifications.

    I wouldn't trade it for the world. It's held its value the whole time I've owned it.
     
  21. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    No flying bricks (K75,K100,K1100) were ever compliant. The first Euro 3 BMWs were the 2004 model K1200S/R/GT with K40 transverse motor. The first Euro 3 Guzzi was the 2005 Nevada 750ie but good luck finding one!
     
  22. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom BREAD FUCKING SAUCE

    An old 1st or 2nd gen 600 Fazer might fit the bill

    ETA oh yeah exhaust regs :(

    Get the DZ-R :thumbs:
     
  23. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom BREAD FUCKING SAUCE

    Don't get a Guzzi or a brick. They look fucking shit and ride worse :(
     
  24. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

    A 2008 and onwards FZ6 does, luckily I've got one myself. :thumbs:

    The problem with a DRZ is that they are more desirable to bike thieves than some bikes are.
     
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  25. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Discontinued in 2007 so unlikely to be compliant.
     
  26. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    What are the arguments against a second hand Thruxton or modern Bonnie?
     
  27. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    They are fucking slow (even considering their retro market segment). The build quality and finish is ok, but no better. Bonnevilles and Speedmasters hold their value better than Thruxtons for some reason. The carbed ones are a bit tempremental so 2009 and later FI models only.
     
  28. OzT

    OzT Online early mornings when at work ....


    Oooo I dunno, I brought a brick a few years agoto go touring in Europe foir 6 months. Next missed a beat, fired up first time every time no matter how long I left it out in weathers. just ever ever ever so boring toride!! But I found it reliable,if a bit thirsty on their freeways. Maybe it's normal but generally ride old British irons here in England found the BMW thirsty when cruising at speed.

    Then again my irons woudln't cruise at speed the BMW did for hour after hour. I know cause I took the Commando over a few years before the BMW and whilst it was defo quicker and more fun to ride, on the freeways I crusied more at 70-75mph to sav the bike, and had to adjust the chain a couple oftime.
     
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  29. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom BREAD FUCKING SAUCE

    Yeah, I know that from bitter experience :D
     
  30. craigxcraig

    craigxcraig Prefers 'cxc'

    Sorry to hijack...

    Can anyone recommend a motorbike dealership with a large selection of second hand bikes, either in Greater London/outskirts of London - I'm hoping to go and look at a few over the weekend....
     

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