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Forum: GS Boxers 09-22-2005, 01:24 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 10,725
Posted By XT Alan
I'm here contributing to the discussion. I...

I'm here contributing to the discussion. I posted, because I have ridden (not just around the block) a GS and simply do not think it is a particularly brilliant bike.
It handles and stops extremely...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-21-2005, 07:37 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 10,725
Posted By XT Alan
I used to have an XT660R - good abilities, crap...

I used to have an XT660R - good abilities, crap build.

I now have a B12 (my second), so my opinions re:the GS are based on the comparative abilities of these two bikes of equal displacement.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-21-2005, 01:29 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 10,725
Posted By XT Alan
1 - I don't have an XT. I did have one and it was...

1 - I don't have an XT. I did have one and it was the worst built bike I have ever owned.

2 - Tell me one thing I posted that was not accurate.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-20-2005, 05:55 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 10,725
Posted By XT Alan
Like I said: It's what it is and people...

Like I said:

It's what it is and people lu'em.

Of course Jap bikes have faults, just not quite as many as your average Beemer.

I quote from the recent issue of Bike re 1150GS. In answer to...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-20-2005, 02:24 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 10,725
Posted By XT Alan
I've ridden a GS1200 and the review was a...

I've ridden a GS1200 and the review was a perfectly fair reflection of this bike, in my opinion.

Why Beemer owners are so touchy and defensive is a mystery to me? :D

Everyone knows that...
Forum: Beasts 03-20-2005, 05:56 PM
Replies: 16,918
Views: 4,823,838
Posted By XT Alan
I met up with Pete this afternoon, we had a...

I met up with Pete this afternoon, we had a coffee and rode together for a few miles. Maybe the sight of the XT and me, all in one day was just too much for him.:deal
Forum: Beasts 11-09-2004, 06:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,264
Posted By XT Alan
My Siracs (on XT660) work pretty well on all...

My Siracs (on XT660) work pretty well on all surfaces except mud and are exceptional on the road. Rear good for 4000 miles. Front for 6000.
Forum: Thumpers 11-09-2004, 06:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,936
Posted By XT Alan
Trailwings:eek1 Anything but, is my advice:nod

Trailwings:eek1 Anything but, is my advice:nod
Forum: Thumpers 11-08-2004, 05:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,036
Posted By XT Alan
It's always a trade off. Buffeting is caused by...

It's always a trade off. Buffeting is caused by the turbulence that comes off the top of the screen. If this hits anywhere from shoulder height to visor height, this turbulence can, depending on...
Forum: Beasts 11-08-2004, 05:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,832
Posted By XT Alan
Neither are particularly suited to anything other...

Neither are particularly suited to anything other than gentle off road forest tracks, but the Varadero has those linked brakes - absolutely lethal on the dirt!
I'd go for the Strom every time.
Forum: Thumpers 11-07-2004, 04:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 742
Posted By XT Alan
XT660 Fuelling Fix

Hi,
If any owners of this Europe only bike read this forum, there is a simple "fix" for the rough low speed EFI fuelling. It involves increasing the CO. An already excellent bike becomes even...
Forum: Beasts 10-15-2004, 05:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 817
Posted By XT Alan
I bought the Mag. In my opinion these surveys are...

I bought the Mag. In my opinion these surveys are pretty meaningless. You get a much better idea about the relative abilities and merits of bikes by trawling around forums such as this, asking...
Forum: Beasts 10-14-2004, 05:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,460
Posted By XT Alan
Out of this group I'd say go with the Tiger. Bark...

Out of this group I'd say go with the Tiger. Bark tastes good:nod . Read the 1200GS forums - this bike has problems :uhoh
Forum: Beasts 10-14-2004, 05:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,216
Posted By XT Alan
To think this is not unusual.

To think this is not unusual.
Forum: Beasts 10-14-2004, 01:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,216
Posted By XT Alan
I didn't always live in a small country. I was...

I didn't always live in a small country. I was brought up in Zimbabwe. At the ripe old age of 16 (in the Mid-60s) a friend and I did Harare (Salisbury then) to Cape Town round to Durban and back to...
Forum: Beasts 10-14-2004, 01:37 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,864
Posted By XT Alan
Lots of interesting views here:thumb and much...

Lots of interesting views here:thumb and much food for thought.

Here are a couple of my own:
On EFI - on most bikes (Suzuki excepted) low throttle fuelling seems to be a problem. Not good in...
Forum: Beasts 10-13-2004, 06:40 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,864
Posted By XT Alan
Great stuff! Lots of food for thought in these...

Great stuff! Lots of food for thought in these replies:thumb

My thoughts:
I have one of the new EFI, watercooled Yamaha XT660s, which has so far (4000 tough miles) proved excellent, including...
Forum: Beasts 10-12-2004, 07:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,216
Posted By XT Alan
Seriously! This is a very close class. For the...

Seriously! This is a very close class. For the record:
I did 1400 very comfortable miles in 6 days on the XT. Around Scotland in the company of an Africa Twin, Deauville and CBR600. As a result of...
Forum: Beasts 10-12-2004, 05:07 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,864
Posted By XT Alan
$68,000 - :eek1 for a ER500 engined bike:lol3 ...

$68,000 - :eek1 for a ER500 engined bike:lol3

Kawasaki are bringing back the KR500 which uses the same engine in 2005. Get one and save $60,000.
Forum: Beasts 10-12-2004, 04:58 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,864
Posted By XT Alan
Yamaha offer two aftermarket screens - one...

Yamaha offer two aftermarket screens - one medium, one big - that slot straight onto the cowl. Saddle is comfiest in the class according to reviews and my bum.

Weight wise - even the XT660 at 168...
Forum: Beasts 10-12-2004, 04:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,216
Posted By XT Alan
You can't take a "pop" at something you can't...

You can't take a "pop" at something you can't catch:lol3
Forum: Beasts 10-12-2004, 02:06 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,864
Posted By XT Alan
Perfect Adventure Bike

I thought I'd start a new ball rolling.
This is an Adventure Bike Forum right? So let's define a bike which can do Adventures.
1 - It should be strong and reliable.
2 - It should be powerful...
Forum: Beasts 10-11-2004, 05:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,863
Posted By XT Alan
Or. You don't want your "solus" dealers to be...

Or. You don't want your "solus" dealers to be left with stock they can't sell. Remember, they are selling TAs with £700 worth of added sweeteners and heavily advertising this fact in all the Mags....
Forum: Beasts 10-11-2004, 05:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,512
Posted By XT Alan
I've seen pictures! His antics should come with a...

I've seen pictures! His antics should come with a "don't try this at home" warning. If I was a lunatic who didn't have to keep my bike for too long, I too might take a Strom to these extremes, just...
Forum: Beasts 10-11-2004, 04:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,216
Posted By XT Alan
Where have I mentioned XTs in this thread? I...

Where have I mentioned XTs in this thread? I reckon the current Transalp is an excellent buy. When the new one arrives, I would be very wary of buying one before it has been around for a while....
Forum: Beasts 10-11-2004, 07:15 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,512
Posted By XT Alan
Both are pretty good bikes. Personally, I would...

Both are pretty good bikes. Personally, I would take the DL1000 over the 650 anyday. It may be heavier, but they are pretty close in size and for big journeys with luggage etc, the extra cc will make...
Forum: Beasts 10-11-2004, 07:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,216
Posted By XT Alan
The 650 Transalp is a very good bike and you may...

The 650 Transalp is a very good bike and you may find that buying it rather than waiting for the new one is a good idea. When (if?) the 750 appears, it could have problems. Honda, of late, have had a...
Forum: Beasts 10-10-2004, 05:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,216
Posted By XT Alan
My dealer says different and that the new...

My dealer says different and that the new Transalp will be arriving in January.
One of them is WRONG:nono
Forum: GS Boxers 10-10-2004, 12:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,945
Posted By XT Alan
Bottom Line: These final drive failures are a...

Bottom Line: These final drive failures are a disaster for BMW (and of course the poor owners) and are symptomatic of the way BMWs are now being developed and built. This is why I butted into this...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-10-2004, 12:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,945
Posted By XT Alan
Hi Thomas, 1 - Well, I've seen many Suzuki...

Hi Thomas,

1 - Well, I've seen many Suzuki air/oiled cooled GSX engined bikes at well over 100,000 mile mark. Then there are the various manifestations of Honda's 600 V twins which also do...
Forum: Beasts 10-10-2004, 01:03 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,016
Posted By XT Alan
This is good to hear. I was simply passing on...

This is good to hear. I was simply passing on information from the recent test in Bike Magazine here in the UK. This test said that the vibration was terrible and caused loss of feeling in the hands...
Forum: Beasts 10-09-2004, 05:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,016
Posted By XT Alan
If you can handle the chronic vibration that most...

If you can handle the chronic vibration that most testers talk about and the severe wind buffeting from the screen.
The test quoted above was extremely critical of the Wee Strom in these regards....
Forum: GS Boxers 10-09-2004, 04:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,945
Posted By XT Alan
Although I am not a BMW owner, I have been a...

Although I am not a BMW owner, I have been a motorcyclist for some 40 years. This tendency to release underdeveloped bikes into the market place is becoming more and more evident as the motorcycle...
Forum: Beasts 10-08-2004, 05:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,863
Posted By XT Alan
I was told by a Honda main dealer that the new...

I was told by a Honda main dealer that the new 750 Transalp will be in the UK in January. Remaining 650s and Varaderos are being sold with £700 of freebies. Another sign that something is...
Forum: Beasts 10-07-2004, 04:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,863
Posted By XT Alan
There is a new Transalp 750 in the pipeline for...

There is a new Transalp 750 in the pipeline for Europe. Maybe it will find its way over the pond to you guys.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-07-2004, 07:01 AM
Replies: 243
Views: 28,928
Posted By XT Alan
Dear Bavarian, It is a question of perception....

Dear Bavarian,
It is a question of perception. BMW are presented as the premium brand. The reality is different. The internet is full of BMW owners with problems; much more so than is the case with...
Forum: Thumpers 10-07-2004, 05:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 910
Posted By XT Alan
I was only talking about the Yamaha Motard...

I was only talking about the Yamaha Motard (XT660X) v the Dual Sport variant (XT660R). I have ridden them both and their on road abilities are pretty much identical. The Motard version has slightly...
Forum: Thumpers 10-07-2004, 04:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 910
Posted By XT Alan
For me, part of biking has always been the quest...

For me, part of biking has always been the quest to find the complete do anything machine. In 40 years of ownership (27 bikes) I have yet to find this bike, but it has been fun looking:D . The XT...
Forum: Thumpers 10-07-2004, 03:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 910
Posted By XT Alan
Why particular markets go for particular types of...

Why particular markets go for particular types of bike is a puzzle. The new Yamaha XT comes in 2 versions (Supermotard and dual sports) and is Greece's top selling bike. Here in the UK Yamaha's R1 is...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-07-2004, 01:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,382
Posted By XT Alan
At the end of the day, you have to accept that an...

At the end of the day, you have to accept that an engine like the boxer which was born at the same time as Moses is Old Tech and simply doesn't work as efficiently as a modern engine, therefore they...
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