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Forum: Road warriors 12-04-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,872
Posted By ferrix
Nobody said they are the best - just the biggest...

Nobody said they are the best - just the biggest :) Arguably, you don't become the biggest by being the best, but by producing most mediocre products and pushing them most ruthlessly (yes, I'm...
Forum: Road warriors 11-05-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,643
Posted By ferrix
It's pretty to look at, but I'm not sure I'd want...

It's pretty to look at, but I'm not sure I'd want to be sitting on top of it.
Forum: Road warriors 11-01-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,826
Posted By ferrix
Yep. A bike like this is more valuable stock -...

Yep. A bike like this is more valuable stock - it's worth more money and it is also becoming more desirable. With customs now being dime a dozen, it's the original look that becomes *the* thing. By...
Forum: Road warriors 10-23-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 444
Views: 64,880
Posted By ferrix
Link to the story: 'Scrambler will be made in...

Link to the story: 'Scrambler will be made in Thailand' (http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/news/ducati-scrambler-made-in-thailand/)
Forum: Road warriors 10-23-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 444
Views: 64,880
Posted By ferrix
Sorry if it's been already covered, but I read...

Sorry if it's been already covered, but I read Scramblers will be built in Thailand. That in itself might not be the end of the world - plenty of bikes are built in Thailand. But a new model, new...
Forum: Road warriors 10-21-2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,394
Posted By ferrix
Yep, plain Brutale is the better one of the two -...

Yep, plain Brutale is the better one of the two - better looking in my opinion, and probably better handling as well. Dragster is just too much, but Brutale is just right :)

Although I notice...
Forum: Road warriors 10-20-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 444
Views: 64,880
Posted By ferrix
They are not essential, agreed - but I kind of...

They are not essential, agreed - but I kind of like having one, just like I prefer to have a tacho though that's not essential either. I don't know - I just find it somehow comforting to have the...
Forum: Road warriors 10-19-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 444
Views: 64,880
Posted By ferrix
I enjoy knowing the exact air temperature as much...

I enjoy knowing the exact air temperature as much as the next guy, but I think I'd prefer fuel gauge, or trip meter or gear indicator... pretty much anything other than air temp, really. Unless this...
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 10:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,873
Posted By ferrix
Seeing the title made me hope for a larger...

Seeing the title made me hope for a larger version of SYM Wolf Classic 150... and I guess that's what it is, but somehow it seems to have none of the charm of its little brother:
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Forum: Road warriors 10-02-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,074
Posted By ferrix
I don't mind smaller tank, what pisses me off is...

I don't mind smaller tank, what pisses me off is that they still didn't add the 6th gear (a taller overdrive one, for cruising) - especially when they made the tank smaller.
Forum: Road warriors 09-13-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,070
Posted By ferrix
If this new Crossrunner is like the curent...

If this new Crossrunner is like the curent Crossrunner (and it seems to be), its biggest problem is the riding position which is especially odd because Honda claim to set out to create a more ...
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2014, 10:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,515
Posted By ferrix
Given the choice between more power, less weight...

Given the choice between more power, less weight or better suspension, I'll take the one that's not made in India :)
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,515
Posted By ferrix
More choice is always welcome but personally I...

More choice is always welcome but personally I detest underseat exhaust and I deeply mistrust Indian manufacturing so I think I'll pass on this one.
Forum: Road warriors 09-08-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 1,136
Views: 201,768
Posted By ferrix
Yes, I think it works on the whole. You can...

Yes, I think it works on the whole. You can always produce some examples to the contrary but I think statistically we're having fewer casualties among the new riders than the US although I must admit...
Forum: Road warriors 09-08-2014, 06:04 AM
Replies: 1,136
Views: 201,768
Posted By ferrix
That was probably too sensible an idea for our...

That was probably too sensible an idea for our legislators. But LAMS is not just a simple restriction of cc - yes, there is the limit of 650cc, but there is also power to weight ratio. In that sense...
Forum: Road warriors 09-08-2014, 05:40 AM
Replies: 1,136
Views: 201,768
Posted By ferrix
Well we got screwed, didn't we? LAMS is all well...

Well we got screwed, didn't we? LAMS is all well and good, but why not bring the regular version as well?!? I actually seriously thought it could be just the bike for my modest needs - but not in...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 916
Views: 135,391
Posted By ferrix
Very nice indeed, especially combined with that...

Very nice indeed, especially combined with that brown seat. I think that would be my choice if it was available!
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 916
Views: 135,391
Posted By ferrix
... sounds modern to me! :)

... sounds modern to me! :)
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 916
Views: 135,391
Posted By ferrix
To each their own, but I think that spring seat...

To each their own, but I think that spring seat (being old-fashioned) would look terrible on this modern frame!
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 916
Views: 135,391
Posted By ferrix
In fact it has been done - some nitwit sued HD...

In fact it has been done - some nitwit sued HD because it didn't offer ABS on the bike they bought... there was a bit of discussion on asphalt and rubber...
Forum: Road warriors 08-08-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 916
Views: 135,391
Posted By ferrix
Not many people, that's why they compromised with...

Not many people, that's why they compromised with 3.3 gallon tank, rather than one gallon! Design of pretty much everything, but certainly of commercial mass produced items is an exercise in juggling...
Forum: Road warriors 08-08-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 916
Views: 135,391
Posted By ferrix
Fair enough, so let me try to come up with some...

Fair enough, so let me try to come up with some advantages: yes, reduced weight is one. The weight diference between 3 gallons and say 5 gallons adds negligible burden for the engine to pull, but it...
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 916
Views: 135,391
Posted By ferrix
Luckily most of Australians live in a major city...

Luckily most of Australians live in a major city - apparently greater proportion than in any other nation that is not a city-state (like Singapore). I guess you're not in that majority... lucky you....
Forum: Road warriors 08-05-2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 916
Views: 135,391
Posted By ferrix
Well, that's still better than a new Sportster,...

Well, that's still better than a new Sportster, isn't it? And there are plenty of them around.
Forum: Road warriors 06-23-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 567
Views: 45,803
Posted By ferrix
I find it interesting that while this HD electric...

I find it interesting that while this HD electric bike generates lively discussion on Advrider, so far it didn't even warrant a mention on my local (but usually quite active) forum. This surprises me...
Forum: Road warriors 06-21-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 567
Views: 45,803
Posted By ferrix
Yes, that is exactly where I am coming from....

Yes, that is exactly where I am coming from. Since EVs suck at long range work, the way to bring them in is not through high performance, high cost machines but through low cost commuters. Range...
Forum: Road warriors 06-21-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 567
Views: 45,803
Posted By ferrix
I kind of feel there has been plenty of hype over...

I kind of feel there has been plenty of hype over the last 5 years or so, it's time to start showing results. And by results, I mean machines at least comparable in price and range to the existing...
Forum: Road warriors 06-20-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 567
Views: 45,803
Posted By ferrix
Except that they haven't. What they have at the...

Except that they haven't. What they have at the moment is by their own admission not a production bike but an experiment, a proof-of-concept intended to gauge the response. I wonder what sort of...
Forum: Road warriors 05-20-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,477
Posted By ferrix
I'm similar - 30 years or so of driving and...

I'm similar - 30 years or so of driving and riding manuals means I can seemingly shift without even being aware I'm doing it. It's only when I hop on my CVT scooter when I realise that not having to...
Forum: Road warriors 05-16-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,477
Posted By ferrix
which is precisely why it should not be entrusted...

which is precisely why it should not be entrusted to people
Forum: Road warriors 05-14-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,477
Posted By ferrix
Not entirely - it seems most of those...

Not entirely - it seems most of those transmissions will override your choices if they don't like what you're doing. But that's a minor point; overall I agree with you, Honda DCT in particular is...
Forum: Road warriors 05-10-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 36,189
Posted By ferrix
Yes, and that's exactly why it should have...

Yes, and that's exactly why it should have storage space in the faux tank like the first of the NC series! I am not convinced their reclined riding position is ideal for a commuter either - sure it...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-25-2014, 01:42 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 18,562
Posted By ferrix
Well I guess I'm going to be the lone dissenter...

Well I guess I'm going to be the lone dissenter here because I think that square headlight is absolutely dreadful! Then again, maybe it's just me. I also hated square headlights on some Japanese UJMs...
Forum: Road warriors 04-12-2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 337
Views: 76,512
Posted By ferrix
I've had bikes from Thailand and cars from Korea...

I've had bikes from Thailand and cars from Korea that were solid and dependable, but as I said before (possibly even in this thread) there is noticeable difference in quality between bikes built in...
Forum: Road warriors 04-11-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 76,512
Posted By ferrix
another alternative

Well, here's another alternative in the 300cc range: Benelli BN-302 (http://benelli.com.au/bn-302/). Don't get too excited though because a) you probably won't see it in the States either, and b) it...
Forum: Road warriors 04-04-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 36,189
Posted By ferrix
Well that is silly, no argument there. Honda...

Well that is silly, no argument there. Honda seems to think they can charge premium for novelty value when in fact it's the opposite - if they want riders to embrace anything new they need to foster...
Forum: Road warriors 04-04-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 36,189
Posted By ferrix
Even on a low powered bike it gets a lot easier...

Even on a low powered bike it gets a lot easier when you hit a slippery patch on the road. Water, sand, oil... Or do you think that only happens to 180hp bikes? Arguably it might happen to low...
Forum: Road warriors 03-26-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 36,189
Posted By ferrix
... I've been pretty positive about this bike,...

... I've been pretty positive about this bike, but there is one definite negative: it is PORKY. The figure I've seen is 245kg - that's 540lbs... that's heavier than CTX700D, heck, that's heavier than...
Forum: Road warriors 03-26-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 36,189
Posted By ferrix
I don't know for sure, but I would assume that in...

I don't know for sure, but I would assume that in common with other NC700/750 models the 'fuel tank' is in fact storage space, while actual fuel tank sits down low somewhere.


well... if this...
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 36,189
Posted By ferrix
Yes, clearly they've decided this is the...

Yes, clearly they've decided this is the direction they want to go. They might be right, too: consider the number of CVT-equipped scooters that are already out there, the number of cars with auto...
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