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Forum: Battle scooters 02-12-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,459
Posted By John Bentall
They are being ridden around in Germany today...

They are being ridden around in Germany today without crash helmets.

In the UK there was no exemption, so we had to wear helmets.
Forum: Battle scooters 02-07-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 19,025
Posted By John Bentall
... and the huge difference in weight/ease of...

... and the huge difference in weight/ease of handling.

I would not give up my SH300i for a Silverwing, but then I do have another machine for touring.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2014, 03:10 AM
Replies: 383
Views: 33,933
Posted By John Bentall
Harley Bashing

I have never owned not will ever own a Harley. However I think the OP's post closely approaches "Harley-Rider bashing".

The reason why I say this, is that there are a whole bunch of riders...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-20-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 16,012
Posted By John Bentall
Physically large, low revving, high-capacity...

Physically large, low revving, high-capacity engines have associations with "quality" that date back to the early beginnings of the internal combustion engine.

In modern era we have redefined...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-16-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,391
Posted By John Bentall
According to these figures...

According to these figures http://www.csiam-fr.org/documents/20140115_8.pdf

the Piaggio MP3 3-wheeler is only fraction behind the popular Yamaha 125 and way ahead of the T-Max. This is mainly do...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2014, 02:05 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 18,599
Posted By John Bentall
Agree. Different bore, different stroke,...

Agree. Different bore, different stroke, different capacity.

An interesting clone.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-26-2013, 12:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,887
Posted By John Bentall
I would say that there have been 2 revolutionary...

I would say that there have been 2 revolutionary scooter designs since your 1984 Elite.

The first had a brief life, was rather too heavy, too expensive to manufacture and purchase. It is now a...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-25-2013, 12:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,108
Posted By John Bentall
Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year...

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year from the UK.

John
Forum: Battle scooters 12-24-2013, 12:07 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 14,383
Posted By John Bentall
Despite the e-mail being from BMW Malaysia...

Despite the e-mail being from BMW Malaysia itself, I don't totally trust it.
It does not make sense that the 20,000 km Minor Service is more expensive than the 40,000 major service.

Merry Xmas.
Forum: Battle scooters 12-20-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,015
Posted By John Bentall
Lars, I am pleased you are enjoying it and...

Lars,
I am pleased you are enjoying it and that it suits your commute.

It can be great fun trying to maintain momentum on a 125cc and it should sharpen up your riding skills.

I am very...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-19-2013, 01:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,850
Posted By John Bentall
Hi Damasovi, I can only afford two...

Hi Damasovi,

I can only afford two 2-wheelers, so I have one machine to do the things the other cannot do.

When I contemplate a trip, there is never any doubt in my mind which vehicle will be...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-18-2013, 12:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,351
Posted By John Bentall
I think the "race" traction control on the Ducati...

I think the "race" traction control on the Ducati Panigale, BMW HP4 or KTM 1190 Superduke are more likely to have helped then other, less sophisticated systems. The "race-style" TCS are designed to...
Forum: Equipment 12-17-2013, 01:04 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,449
Posted By John Bentall
Scientific research confirms that the while the...

Scientific research confirms that the while the head is moving, the human only has peripheral vision. Only when the head is stopped do the "rods" in the center of the eye that give us our acute...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-16-2013, 05:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,043
Posted By John Bentall
VW sells plenty of DSG cars in Europe, but comes...

VW sells plenty of DSG cars in Europe, but comes at a $2000 premium over a stick shift over here. Don't know what the premium is in the US.

The point about DCT/DSG/Powershift (Ford Europe) is...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-14-2013, 11:46 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 14,383
Posted By John Bentall
Incidentally, I read recently that BMW are going...

Incidentally, I read recently that BMW are going to use a parallel-twin 650cc engine as a "range-extender" in their electric city car, the i3. I wonder where that comes from :D . I would agree that...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-09-2013, 01:34 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 14,618
Posted By John Bentall
Jerry's post contains nothing but facts, taken...

Jerry's post contains nothing but facts, taken from his own experiences. I cannot argue with them.

However, the conclusions I draw from these facts and my views on the merits of CVT vs. manual...
Forum: Equipment 12-05-2013, 12:27 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 16,951
Posted By John Bentall
Helmet : BMW System 6 Earplugs : In-ear...

Helmet : BMW System 6

Earplugs : In-ear monitors - possibly connected to iPhone

Jacket: IXS Memphis with integral back-protector. Blue, not black, so doubles as casual jacket at destination....
Forum: Battle scooters 12-01-2013, 05:44 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 14,618
Posted By John Bentall
Scootrboi, I did not mean your post #75 was...

Scootrboi,

I did not mean your post #75 was answered in post #3, I meant the OP post was answered in #3. It seems like you took it the wrong way - as a put down. Nothing of the sort was intended -...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-01-2013, 05:40 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 14,618
Posted By John Bentall
I did not mean your question was answered in post...

I did not mean your question was answered in post #3, I meant the OP's question was answered in post #3.

It seems you took it the wrong way - no offence was intended in my reply - hence the...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-30-2013, 02:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,051
Posted By John Bentall
Nice to see that at least 1 other person "gets...

Nice to see that at least 1 other person "gets it".

It's like comparing the fit and finish of a Corvette with a Porsche 911.

..and. no, I can't afford any of the 3 vehicles mentioned above.
Forum: Battle scooters 11-30-2013, 02:13 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 14,618
Posted By John Bentall
Scootrboi, The question was answered in post...

Scootrboi,

The question was answered in post #3, but thanks to the wonders of the internet we get to have another 75 replies!! :D
Forum: Equipment 11-18-2013, 09:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 475
Posted By John Bentall
Everyones blood circulation levels are different....

Everyones blood circulation levels are different.

Thick wool socks don't even begin to cut it for me even with a heated waistcoat to keep my "core" warm.

I definitely want to run everything...
Forum: Equipment 11-18-2013, 08:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 475
Posted By John Bentall
I went with my size per the chart &...

I went with my size per the chart & recommendation of the salesperson. They were a tight fit at first but were OK yesterday after 3 or 4 wearings.

HTH,

John
Forum: Battle scooters 11-13-2013, 04:36 AM
Replies: 322
Views: 46,926
Posted By John Bentall
I know we live on different continents ... but I...

I know we live on different continents ... but I had a major service on my SH300 including bleeding the ABS circuits, new belt and rollers for $300 including 20% sales tax. So nowhere near $1000.
I...
Forum: Road warriors 11-07-2013, 10:23 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,560
Posted By John Bentall
For that commute you need something that almost...

For that commute you need something that almost drives itself. You need to arrive at work nice and fresh, and not arrive home exhausted. And you need massive reliability and the ability to get it...
Forum: Battle scooters 11-05-2013, 06:46 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,867
Posted By John Bentall
I am considering a scooter apron...... ...

I am considering a scooter apron......

http://www.urbanrider.co.uk/tucano-urbano-termoscud-r017-yamaha-bws.html
Forum: Battle scooters 11-01-2013, 02:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,762
Posted By John Bentall
Oh, and no drive belt.... or retail pricing.:D

Oh, and no drive belt.... or retail pricing.:D
Forum: Battle scooters 10-29-2013, 09:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,167
Posted By John Bentall
The benefit is that in Paris, France and other...

The benefit is that in Paris, France and other European capital cities, you are able to ride something not much wider than a motorcycle - mirrors included - on a car licence.
For two-wheelers...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-20-2013, 01:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,457
Posted By John Bentall
Only a 365 = $500 dollar price difference...

Only a 365 = $500 dollar price difference between the 400 and 600 in Italy. It is mainly a learner bhp & insurance issue in Europe. The 600 comes in just over the new 48 PS limit.
Forum: Battle scooters 10-17-2013, 11:59 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,079
Posted By John Bentall
I think it a perfectly good rant. There is no...

I think it a perfectly good rant. There is no good reason or logic why a 500 miles/year Harley rider should look down their nose at an 5,000 miles/year scooter rider and not acknowledge them as a...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-09-2013, 03:20 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,710
Posted By John Bentall
He's right about the popularity of the MP3s in...

He's right about the popularity of the MP3s in France

http://www.csiam-fr.org/documents/20130911_6.pdf

Take no notice that the R1200GS is in the under 125cc category..... :D
Forum: Battle scooters 10-09-2013, 03:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,104
Posted By John Bentall
If you are interested you need to carry on...

If you are interested you need to carry on talking to the seller.

Ask him if he knows where the bike was serviced and then call the shop to see if they recognise the bike.

If you can't make...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-08-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,710
Posted By John Bentall
I was talking earlier about the Italian scooter...

I was talking earlier about the Italian scooter market. Here are the latest statistics for 2013 year-to-date:
http://www.ancma.it/uploads/Statistiche/Immatricolazioni/moto-settembre-2013.pdf
...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-08-2013, 04:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,710
Posted By John Bentall
The largest market for scooters in Europe, namely...

The largest market for scooters in Europe, namely Italy, is still in the middle of a horrific recession (sales down 46% from 2012). That scooter market is completely tied down by Honda, Piaggio and...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-03-2013, 11:07 PM
Replies: 720
Views: 168,482
Posted By John Bentall
Givi make the SR1123 mount for the E55 on the...

Givi make the SR1123 mount for the E55 on the Forza 300.

Givi also made the 315DT screen for the old 250 Forza (approx 12" higher than standard), so they may bring out one for the bike. I would...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-30-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 720
Views: 168,482
Posted By John Bentall
I have the SH300 and I am sure I would have got...

I have the SH300 and I am sure I would have got bored with the SH150 all too quickly.
The 300 holds 70 uphill without much trouble and cruises at 50 with the throttle just cracked open. I really...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-22-2013, 12:06 AM
Replies: 720
Views: 168,482
Posted By John Bentall
Bob, when it comes to choosing a vehicle, whether...

Bob, when it comes to choosing a vehicle, whether cage or scooter, it is a question which tool will do the job.
When I wanted to chooses a scooter, weight and agility were far more important than...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-20-2013, 01:32 AM
Replies: 720
Views: 168,482
Posted By John Bentall
This related to the sister 16"-wheel SH300. It...

This related to the sister 16"-wheel SH300. It may apply to the Forza or not.

Another highlight of the SH300is innovative chassis design can be found in its
highly advanced unit swingarm...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-19-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 720
Views: 168,482
Posted By John Bentall
. More major than gearing. The cylinder head...

.
More major than gearing. The cylinder head design is largely based on the Honda CR Motocross bikes, the crankshaft does does not run in the sump oil to reduce pumping losses, the crankcase...
Forum: Battle scooters 09-16-2013, 09:41 AM
Replies: 720
Views: 168,482
Posted By John Bentall
It is important to understand your expectations....

It is important to understand your expectations. Have you ridden a motorcycle or scooter before, and if so what?

What are the road surfaces like? and what are your expectations of ride comfort?
...
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