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Forum: Road warriors 06-05-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 2,941
Views: 509,243
Posted By Dixter
My new (to me) VFR800 which is to replace my...

My new (to me) VFR800 which is to replace my beloved old Blackbird. The Bird's been a wonderful motorcycle for the last 8 years, but the riding position is causing me major grief on long days.
...
Forum: Road warriors 05-18-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 45,459
Posted By Dixter
Bodywork shine courtesy of Zymol... ...

Bodywork shine courtesy of Zymol...

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3794/8750431739_4efd81ebb9_h.jpg

:1drink
Forum: Road warriors 04-29-2013, 05:17 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 45,459
Posted By Dixter
75000 miles young... ...

75000 miles young...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8123/8692327134_2e15a385f5_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8538/8691210593_b01198cba2_b.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 03-30-2013, 03:38 AM
Replies: 306
Views: 51,514
Posted By Dixter
You called? :evil I absolutely love this...

You called? :evil

I absolutely love this bike - one of the only ones I've owned in over 30 years where I'd said 'if it broke, I'd just go out and buy another'. Had this BB for over 6 years now (a...
Forum: Road warriors 09-27-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 306
Views: 51,514
Posted By Dixter
70000 miles young - a '99 registered carb'd 'Bird...

70000 miles young - a '99 registered carb'd 'Bird which just seems to go better and better each time I ride it...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e320/Gromit011/IMG_5309_2.jpg

Had the old...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2010, 03:23 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 21,691
Posted By Dixter
It was a 2000 model 955 actually - the T509's in...

It was a 2000 model 955 actually - the T509's in the UK had 'T509' on the side panels. Mine originally had silver-painted wheels but I had them re-sprayed in black.

Agree re the noise - one of the...
Forum: Road warriors 06-06-2010, 10:56 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 21,691
Posted By Dixter
My old Speed Triple... ...

My old Speed Triple...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e320/Gromit011/Striple2.jpg

(apologies for duff photo quality).
Forum: Road warriors 06-01-2010, 10:53 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 45,459
Posted By Dixter
Welcome to the forum!! :wave

Welcome to the forum!! :wave
Forum: Road warriors 05-31-2010, 01:23 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 45,133
Posted By Dixter
Bob - this is surprising, although of course one...

Bob - this is surprising, although of course one man's 'comfortable' is another's 'agony'. I'm 6'3" and 97kg and always found the 11R all-day/600 miles comfortable.
Forum: Road warriors 05-31-2010, 01:35 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 45,133
Posted By Dixter
I've owned 3 R11R's over the years, amongst a...

I've owned 3 R11R's over the years, amongst a host of other BMW's (4xR1100S, R1150R, R1150GS) and rate it as just about the best all-round of these for road riding. Loads of fun on twisties (more...
Forum: Road warriors 05-29-2010, 09:52 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 45,459
Posted By Dixter
A few pics from last year and this... ...

A few pics from last year and this...

Stripped down to fit new year shock last August - bike was on 57000 miles...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e320/Gromit011/29072009088.jpg

The new...
Forum: Road warriors 11-24-2009, 02:36 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 44,383
Posted By Dixter
Found a few pics of my second 11R from a few...

Found a few pics of my second 11R from a few years ago...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e320/Gromit011/BM1.jpg

With Jack, our Briard...
...
Forum: Road warriors 10-26-2009, 03:22 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 44,383
Posted By Dixter
I'd agree BC - the pipe looks a little odd from...

I'd agree BC - the pipe looks a little odd from most angles, although I'd say it doesn't look quite as bad as that Zeppelin BMW bolted to the side of the newer R1200R. I had a Remus Revolution system...
Forum: Road warriors 10-25-2009, 02:57 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 44,383
Posted By Dixter
Having owned 2 of these before - '96 & '97 models...

Having owned 2 of these before - '96 & '97 models (at separate times) I succumbed to getting myself another one to live alongside the Blackbird...
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-25-2009, 02:10 PM
Replies: 1,148
Views: 99,855
Posted By Dixter
A Honda XL185 (not this one but a similar colour)...

A Honda XL185 (not this one but a similar colour) borrowed from a mate, in Sept 1982...

http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gallery/Honda%20XL185S.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 07-25-2009, 01:54 PM
Replies: 2,607
Views: 3,328,252
Posted By Dixter
Apologies for the woeful quality of the picture,...

Apologies for the woeful quality of the picture, it's just a scan of a 35mm photo I took of my old R11S in Summer 2001...
...
Forum: Road warriors 07-05-2009, 02:35 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 45,459
Posted By Dixter
My little Birdy... ...

My little Birdy...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e320/Gromit011/P1000564.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e320/Gromit011/IMG_2946_JPG.jpg

58000 miles on it now, the old girl still...
Forum: Road warriors 04-25-2007, 01:08 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,796
Posted By Dixter
Stop showing me these pics of Guzzis - I just...

Stop showing me these pics of Guzzis - I just love those things too much.

For the time being...my sporty-tourer...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e320/Gromit011/Bird12small.jpg

Sorry...
Forum: Road warriors 03-08-2007, 03:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,288
Posted By Dixter
Ok here goes... The rear shocks on the 11S...

Ok here goes...

The rear shocks on the 11S were available in 3 different lengths, short (we'll call it '1') medium (2) and long (3)

Front shock in short (S) and long (L)

2 different...
Forum: Road warriors 03-07-2007, 09:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,288
Posted By Dixter
Best 11S? Easy...a bog-stock bike of any...

Best 11S?

Easy...a bog-stock bike of any vintage which can be upgraded. There's nothing 'special' about any of the replicas - even the 'Sports' suspension is simply the same as standard, (spring...
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2007, 08:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,662
Posted By Dixter
I owned an '05 FXDXI - loved that bike like a...

I owned an '05 FXDXI - loved that bike like a child. Shame I had to sell it; the only reasons being that a. It was a pig to keep clean and b. It just wouldn't do long distance at speed on fast roads....
Forum: Road warriors 02-25-2007, 01:35 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,885
Posted By Dixter
With pleasure My beastie... ...

With pleasure

My beastie...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e320/Gromit011/BCR30small.jpg

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e320/Gromit011/BCR28small.jpg
...
Forum: Road warriors 02-12-2007, 02:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,826
Posted By Dixter
+1 I'll always agree that one man's meat is...

+1

I'll always agree that one man's meat is another man's poison - for example I hated my VFR800 (a 2000 model). Sometimes felt I'd some acute dose of social disease by stating so (everyone loves...
Forum: Road warriors 01-14-2007, 01:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,826
Posted By Dixter
Yup - you're exactly right BB; my bad. My bike's...

Yup - you're exactly right BB; my bad. My bike's a '98 (just checked) but the thing was registered in early '99.

Just had my first proper ride-out on it today. Did over 200 miles on it - Jeez...
Forum: Road warriors 01-13-2007, 01:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,826
Posted By Dixter
Here it is, in all its gory glory... ...

Here it is, in all its gory glory...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e320/Gromit011/Bird3small.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 01-13-2007, 12:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,826
Posted By Dixter
Picked my 'Bird up yesterday afternoon - bought a...

Picked my 'Bird up yesterday afternoon - bought a '99 carbed (ie one of the very last pre-Fi ones) black bike, off a mate, with 30k up. Just run-in in other words.

Nips along quite smartly - bit...
Forum: Road warriors 01-11-2007, 01:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 724
Posted By Dixter
The new Dixter-wagon

Picking this beastie up tomorrow - it'll be a nice partner for the Boxercup Rep...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e320/Gromit011/bird2.jpg

Belongs/belonged to a mate of mine - he's cutting...
Forum: Road warriors 12-06-2006, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,255
Posted By Dixter
Thanks for the link TR - I'll check it out. ...

Thanks for the link TR - I'll check it out.

Reason I asked for the heads-up re the TDM's performance behaviour is that I owned an R1100R BMW about 8 years ago. Did lots of miles on it and rate it...
Forum: Road warriors 12-06-2006, 03:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,255
Posted By Dixter
Thumb Nice! Always had a soft spot for the TDM -...

Nice!

Always had a soft spot for the TDM - in fact ever since that motor first appeared in the Super-Tenere years ago. Makes me smile when folk reckon the Multisplatter is a 'new' concept at...
Forum: Road warriors 12-04-2006, 11:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,219
Posted By Dixter
You might want to pop over and visit us at...

You might want to pop over and visit us at boxertrix.com - always a friendly bunch with plenty of knowledge being thrown around. I'm Gromit over there (someone on ADV nabbed 'my' name before I got...
Forum: Road warriors 10-13-2006, 07:06 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,933
Posted By Dixter
Looks ok - hopefully it'll come across better in...

Looks ok - hopefully it'll come across better in the flesh. Looks a little tame to me; needs 'liberating' with a pair of hi-level Supertrapps etc.

Why the 18" front hoop though? Wtf can't the...
Forum: Road warriors 09-22-2006, 01:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,076
Posted By Dixter
Nice write-up Janet. I got to ride the...

Nice write-up Janet.

I got to ride the Thruxton at a Jack Lilley's open day earlier last year. I really wanted to like it, feeling that its looks alone would be reason enough to. JL's demo bike...
Forum: Road warriors 09-16-2006, 09:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 10,815
Posted By Dixter
Yup - exhaust silencer isn't the prettiest item...

Yup - exhaust silencer isn't the prettiest item I've seen. Looks like an over-inflated Zeppelin bolted to the side.

I've no doubt the aftermarket guys will come up with something with greater...
Forum: Road warriors 09-16-2006, 07:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 10,815
Posted By Dixter
R1200R test ride

Finally got to see the new Roadster in the flesh.

By 1030 this morning I was riding it.

I'm still not 100% convinced at the looks of it - some details ie the rear end/seat look really good....
Forum: Beasts 09-13-2006, 12:46 AM
Replies: 243
Views: 36,765
Posted By Dixter
I rather like it, but will reserve final...

I rather like it, but will reserve final judgement until I see it in the flesh. Looks nicely neat and integrated with no clashing lines etc. Only downer for me is possibly the exhaust - a low exit,...
Forum: Road warriors 09-06-2006, 04:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,359
Posted By Dixter
If you ever visit the Guzzi factory museum in...

If you ever visit the Guzzi factory museum in Mandello del Lario, you will see a collection of 'never made it to production' prototype engines.

One of which is a longitudinal V4 with shaft drive....
Forum: Road warriors 08-31-2006, 01:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,132
Posted By Dixter
A moot point, I'll give you that. But think of...

A moot point, I'll give you that. But think of the fun you'd have though. :evil
Forum: Road warriors 08-31-2006, 12:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,132
Posted By Dixter
No problem Sean - I was so excited I had to tell...

No problem Sean - I was so excited I had to tell the world.

Nothing here about the 650 Guzzi I'm afraid; the 1200 is the only Guzzi news this week.

Other stuff: 1100 MultiStrada and 'new'...
Forum: Road warriors 08-31-2006, 12:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,132
Posted By Dixter
Very true Mark. :D Heart vs head in this...

Very true Mark. :D

Heart vs head in this case - for me, the heart would say Guzzi, head would be BMW. Trouble is, the Guzzi has a lot of 'head' (pardon the expression) in it too. Much as I love...
Forum: Road warriors 08-31-2006, 11:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,132
Posted By Dixter
Guzzi 1200S

Just picked up this week's Motorcycle News - it contains pictures (good quality spy shots actucally) of Guzzi's 'hot' Breva.

1200cc
105bhp @ 8000rpm
Similar (ok pretty much identical) looks to...
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