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Forum: Beasts 09-11-2012, 08:55 AM
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Posted By Spencer54
Other option for Africa Twin is Heavy Duties ...

Other option for Africa Twin is Heavy Duties

http://www.heavyduties.ro/panniers.html
Forum: Beasts 08-10-2012, 07:21 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,393
Posted By Spencer54
I can't remember the last big bike I had engine...

I can't remember the last big bike I had engine issues with that I could trace to break in procedures.
Race bikes, get a couple of laps if they are lucky at reduced rpms but still significantly...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-02-2012, 08:01 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 37,242
Posted By Spencer54
Seems feasible to me, bit like what a big bore...

Seems feasible to me, bit like what a big bore single cylinder does to chain drives - compared to four cylinder bikes.
Or a better comparison two stroke power delivery and four stroke.

As for...
Forum: Beasts 07-27-2012, 07:13 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 19,729
Posted By Spencer54
15K a year you'll get bored fixing things, which...

15K a year you'll get bored fixing things, which is probably why the GSA is sacked - The Yam makes the most sense, unless you swap out every two years I guess? Then it doesn't matter I suppose.
...
Forum: Beasts 07-23-2012, 06:19 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 19,729
Posted By Spencer54
I'm really not sure what happened, I know that...

I'm really not sure what happened, I know that fleet here were struggling sorting it out - they mentioned that they had contacts at BMW and I said if its easier I'll have the GSA.

Strange I know,...
Forum: Beasts 07-23-2012, 05:16 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 19,729
Posted By Spencer54
I'm basing this on my local dealer, (Guzzi and...

I'm basing this on my local dealer, (Guzzi and Kwack) and he said for me forget it, that and warranty claims he's not happy with regarding Guzzi. His treatment by them, and me looking over ones that...
Forum: Beasts 07-19-2012, 05:11 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 19,729
Posted By Spencer54
I've been through this mill as well as you -...

I've been through this mill as well as you - suffered with BMW reliability and I do 20K+ a year in all weathers.

The Versys is a nice bike, went well, bit bland and build quality was a little...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-17-2012, 05:49 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 37,242
Posted By Spencer54
Ahh OK I stand corrected all I know is it locked...

Ahh OK I stand corrected all I know is it locked the rear wheel up so I concluded it the same.
Independent BMW mech said it was probably the U-joint that failed - I assumed by Final Drive was any...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-17-2012, 02:28 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 37,242
Posted By Spencer54
Added my 1150 FD failure to this list, mine was a...

Added my 1150 FD failure to this list, mine was a u-joint that seized I think.
That was at 65K
Forum: GS Boxers 07-17-2012, 02:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,561
Posted By Spencer54
I was thinking seeing as I get the stock seat...

I was thinking seeing as I get the stock seat anyway that I'll use the low for in and out of London, and if I'm up country/ long range then swap over to the standard Adventure seat and see.

My RT...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-14-2012, 04:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,561
Posted By Spencer54
I had to go with the OEM lowest seat my legs must...

I had to go with the OEM lowest seat my legs must be shorter than I thought :rofl.

So I pick the beast up in a week or two - I'm still in shock that they went for it.
Full spec Triple Black with...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-13-2012, 05:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,561
Posted By Spencer54
What sort of height in MM am I looking at - the...

What sort of height in MM am I looking at - the current Africa Twin I ride is 860 and that seems fine - but the options from BMW say 870-890 or 840?

I'm guessing for in town work it can't hurt to...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-13-2012, 03:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,561
Posted By Spencer54
GSA for 5'8" - what seat?

Need some urgent assistance on what seat to get for my new GSA - its a company vehicle so I need to get this right first time.

I have about a 30-31" inseam, do I need the extra low or just the...
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2012, 03:35 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 43,720
Posted By Spencer54
I disagree with the 1K's I think a used front...

I disagree with the 1K's I think a used front off something doesn't have to cost a fortune.
And I can't think of another bike of similar size and grunt that will return that mpg.

Any add ons...
Forum: Beasts 07-03-2012, 02:53 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 43,720
Posted By Spencer54
I've had a sit on one at Honda Chiswick when I...

I've had a sit on one at Honda Chiswick when I was picking up spares for the Africa Twin.
Seems really well put together bike, just felt right really.

For me the the plus point of this bike is...
Forum: Beasts 05-10-2012, 08:41 AM
Replies: 13,718
Views: 4,719,177
Posted By Spencer54
Try overland-solutions they have some creations...

Try overland-solutions they have some creations for the XRV.
Maybe not order due to postage, but you'll get some inspiration.
Forum: Beasts 05-06-2012, 03:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,042
Posted By Spencer54
I think Yamaha would have sold tons more if...

I think Yamaha would have sold tons more if they'd have been 10K to start with.
I do love the Explorer, I really do - but over on their forum there seems to be niggles already - which is bound to...
Forum: Beasts 05-04-2012, 12:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,042
Posted By Spencer54
Yeah it looks like it'll be the S10. ...

Yeah it looks like it'll be the S10.

Infinity are now doing them new for 10,400 - thats the final decider I think.
Hopefully that'll leave me 2K to accesorise it to the maximum :wink::wink:
...
Forum: Beasts 05-04-2012, 08:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,042
Posted By Spencer54
Its a company bike believe it or not hence me not...

Its a company bike believe it or not hence me not being able to change it once the deals done.
This is why its absolutely critical I get it right - 5 years with it, at least.

I'm off to Infinity...
Forum: Beasts 05-04-2012, 01:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,042
Posted By Spencer54
Sevice, this is the other consideration. ...

Sevice, this is the other consideration.

Local to me I have Yamaha dealer, and thats all he does - just Yamaha.
Its a premier dealer, and the mech's in there are older and been there forever....
Forum: Beasts 05-03-2012, 02:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,042
Posted By Spencer54
It needs to be able to do 70k without major...

It needs to be able to do 70k without major hassle that's my only concern I like the riding position on the trumpet to.
Reminds me of an early blade, you just plug into it if that makes sense.
...
Forum: Beasts 05-03-2012, 02:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,042
Posted By Spencer54
I like the fact I'd be buying British if I went...

I like the fact I'd be buying British if I went triumph, but not at the cost of it being unreliable.
Yamaha have been in my possession since I have been 16 and I have raced them competitively since...
Forum: Beasts 05-03-2012, 12:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,042
Posted By Spencer54
Super Tenere or Explorer help needed

Well I'm in the situation that the funding is in place and I need to get a hyper commuter.
My bikes live brutal lives and have to cope with motorway/A/B and across London in rush hour.
They do this...
Forum: Equipment 05-03-2012, 07:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,148
Posted By Spencer54
Rukka I had when I was a despatch rider so I know...

Rukka I had when I was a despatch rider so I know it can take it although we never spent 1000 on a jacket back then and they never leaked. I did hear that Rukka's have repaired under warrenty a...
Forum: Equipment 05-03-2012, 02:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,148
Posted By Spencer54
The Spidi looks nice - but I've not heard too...

The Spidi looks nice - but I've not heard too much about it quality wise.
A friend who owns a KTM said that the Klim stuff is on his want list and it must be pretty good as the KTM shop has been...
Forum: Equipment 05-02-2012, 07:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,148
Posted By Spencer54
Question Seen Rev'It gear locally is that any good. ...

Seen Rev'It gear locally is that any good.

Rukka is the obvious choice, but getting it from Germany is a great idea.
Forum: Equipment 05-02-2012, 03:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,148
Posted By Spencer54
New riding gear needed KLIM/Rukka/???

My kit is all worn out and leaking - I do mega mileage and basically live in the stuff three hours+ a day.

It's not really adventure spec required, but bombproof gear is required, as it needs to...
Forum: Beasts 04-30-2012, 07:20 AM
Replies: 13,718
Views: 4,719,177
Posted By Spencer54
Yeah thats what I'm hearing from the XRV forum -...

Yeah thats what I'm hearing from the XRV forum - but I was ever hopeful that something fancy was available.
I suppose and adv bike needs to be simple and a Phillips screwdriver is everywhere.

So...
Forum: Beasts 04-30-2012, 07:05 AM
Replies: 556
Views: 146,712
Posted By Spencer54
Still awaiting the nod on finances - (its a...

Still awaiting the nod on finances - (its a company bike) so in the mean time I bought myself an Africa Twin.
Versys is still up there as a choice as it made a very good motorway haulage bike, and...
Forum: Beasts 04-30-2012, 06:50 AM
Replies: 13,718
Views: 4,719,177
Posted By Spencer54
Just joined the Africa twin club with an RD07a ...

Just joined the Africa twin club with an RD07a

Is there anywhere that makes stainless/alternate fastners for the airbox cover etc as mine are shot and if there being replaced I might as well...
Forum: Beasts 04-06-2012, 02:00 AM
Replies: 556
Views: 146,712
Posted By Spencer54
The one I rode at Bowen Moto has Oxford heated...

The one I rode at Bowen Moto has Oxford heated grips and an auxiliary 12v fitted.
I tested the grips and they worked a treat mine were the old style ones on the zzr.

Xtz is now the bike of...
Forum: Beasts 04-05-2012, 09:08 AM
Replies: 556
Views: 146,712
Posted By Spencer54
The other issue is that there's not a lot of...

The other issue is that there's not a lot of accessories for the Kwack yet, engine bars and bits and pieces are thin on the ground.

Someone here has bought a white one and is waiting for the...
Forum: Beasts 04-05-2012, 03:04 AM
Replies: 556
Views: 146,712
Posted By Spencer54
Its not offroad I need, its shite roads,...

Its not offroad I need, its shite roads, potholes, British winters, speed bumps, decent range and bomb proof.
100% reliabilty, capable of tackling snow, good on motorways but nimble in London.
...
Forum: Beasts 04-05-2012, 01:45 AM
Replies: 556
Views: 146,712
Posted By Spencer54
I don't want to do the versys any injustice, I...

I don't want to do the versys any injustice, I think its a good bike and going to be very capable.
What I was kind of trying to say was that when you look at it it seems to have cheap components on...
Forum: Beasts 04-04-2012, 02:12 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 57,151
Posted By Spencer54
Laugh No I meant how many miles has the bike done! :D ...

No I meant how many miles has the bike done! :D
I have to get the miles out of my bikes and currently the s10 is up there as a replacement if I can get a good deal.
Forum: Beasts 04-04-2012, 02:04 PM
Replies: 556
Views: 146,712
Posted By Spencer54
I did a 200 mile test ride on one this weekend...

I did a 200 mile test ride on one this weekend and it's a decent bike, not the best built thing in the world and truth be told a little dul. As a tool though it did evertything well, engine and box...
Forum: Beasts 04-04-2012, 01:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 438
Posted By Spencer54
My 1150 was pretty much finished at 67k and now...

My 1150 was pretty much finished at 67k and now theyd be getting on for 10 years old and 5k for a bike that old is a non starter. The reason the 1150 went at the 3 year mark was it was uneconomical...
Forum: Beasts 04-04-2012, 09:07 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 57,151
Posted By Spencer54
I'm sorely tempted by the S10 - what kind of...

I'm sorely tempted by the S10 - what kind of mileage do you have and has it been reliable?
They look like they can take it!
Forum: Beasts 04-04-2012, 08:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 438
Posted By Spencer54
I am leaning towards the S10 I must say. ...

I am leaning towards the S10 I must say.

The ZZR has been astonishing the motor is still as strong as ever but the weather has got the best of her now.
The rad failed and thats how come I know...
Forum: Beasts 04-04-2012, 08:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 438
Posted By Spencer54
Help choosing a new ride

You experienced ADV bike owners may well be able to help guide my decision here.

I need a bike that can commute 500+ miles a week.

The current ride is a ZZR14 and that has done an epic 91K...
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