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Forum: Road warriors 08-21-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 3,645
Views: 395,263
Posted By zuma
I wish Motus all the best, but sports tourers are...

I wish Motus all the best, but sports tourers are hardly big sellers these days, adventure bikes seem to have taken over.

Maybe a jacked up adventure version will be next, anyway good luck Motus,...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2014, 11:35 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 14,510
Posted By zuma
I hope this bike has the same fuel economy and...

I hope this bike has the same fuel economy and size tank as the old TDM.
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 14,510
Posted By zuma
Oh yeah, my sort of bike, even hand guards,...

Oh yeah, my sort of bike, even hand guards, centre stand and pannier mounts. Can't wait to see the specs, good size tank I hope, and enough room to be comfortable for my old 187cm frame.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-10-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 22,015
Posted By zuma
I don't want no stinking safety nickle, a gremlin...

I don't want no stinking safety nickle, a gremlin bell is the only way to go.
Forum: Face plant 08-04-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,522
Posted By zuma
Since my previous post I have seen a local postie...

Since my previous post I have seen a local postie very nearly get cleaned up while waiting to exit my local supermarket car park.

I was third in line waiting to exit on to the road. First car...
Forum: Road warriors 08-02-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 504
Views: 58,722
Posted By zuma
Fully agree, surely there's a market out there...

Fully agree, surely there's a market out there for a more standard style bike.
Forum: Face plant 07-31-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,522
Posted By zuma
I was told years ago by a riding instructor to...

I was told years ago by a riding instructor to weave in your lane if you are in the situation that the op faced. Nothing dramatic, just move from one side of your lane to the other and back, much...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-29-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,742
Posted By zuma
I know several people who ride Spyders, everyone...

I know several people who ride Spyders, everyone of them had ridden motorcycles for many years before switching. Age, infirmity, old injuries, these things can catch up with you.

I was talking...
Forum: Beasts 07-13-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 491,182
Posted By zuma
I've got a friend with a DL1000, it's what you...

I've got a friend with a DL1000, it's what you get used to I guess. Looking at the picture with the beak removed it looks sort of naked to me now.

I do like the sand colour (or whatever it's...
Forum: Road warriors 05-20-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 331
Views: 53,218
Posted By zuma
Yep, modern chains are pretty good, provided your...

Yep, modern chains are pretty good, provided your bike has a centre stand it's all easy.

I've just completed a trip of around 4,500ks. Oiled the chain once or twice a day, never had to adjust...
Forum: Beasts 05-06-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,220
Posted By zuma
In Australia V-Strom is $15,490; Versys 1000...

In Australia V-Strom is $15,490; Versys 1000 $15,999; Caponord $22,690 (bells and whistles model only).
Forum: Beasts 04-08-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,843
Posted By zuma
The 650 VStrom sells in big numbers. Hard to...

The 650 VStrom sells in big numbers. Hard to believe Yamaha won't release a 700 twin powered competitor, should be a real winner if the price is right.
Forum: Road warriors 02-12-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 876
Views: 130,289
Posted By zuma
Wow, great reviews. Bring on a rival for the...

Wow, great reviews. Bring on a rival for the Suzuki 650 VStrom Mr Yamaha and I'm in.
Forum: Beasts 02-09-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 19,691
Posted By zuma
I know the Caponord isn't really meant to leave...

I know the Caponord isn't really meant to leave the blacktop, but gee, what a ridiculously small front guard (fender). That lower radiator looks vulnerable too, not even a stone guard fitted either.
Forum: Beasts 02-03-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,734
Posted By zuma
Interesting how so many people can have so many...

Interesting how so many people can have so many different impressions of the same bike.

Last year I helped run a demo ride day at a local dealer and they lent me a low kilometre DL1000 to use on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-29-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 27,352
Posted By zuma
When I was a young guy in the early 70's, the...

When I was a young guy in the early 70's, the riding style of Paul Smart was considered a revelation, "jeeze, he's hanging his bum off the seat, he's got his knee sticking out in the breeze!"
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 15,029
Posted By zuma
Back in the eighties I owned a Yamaha SRX250. At...

Back in the eighties I owned a Yamaha SRX250. At touring speeds (100/110kmh) which wasn't always easy to maintain with a 187cm rider, the bike would return 21km/l. My current ride, a Yamaha TDM900...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 32,079
Views: 7,812,279
Posted By zuma
Forecast is for 44c where I live in Southern...

Forecast is for 44c where I live in Southern Australia today (already 33c at 9.30am), third day in a row over 40c with another to go, unprecedented, then it's forecast to drop all the way down to...
Forum: Road warriors 01-08-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 19,298
Posted By zuma
Interesting to see what you Americans want to see...

Interesting to see what you Americans want to see imported there.

In Oz we have had: CB1300: Available here some years ago, didn't sell.
CB1000: Available here for a...
Forum: Road warriors 12-28-2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,218
Posted By zuma
Agree with burgerking. At a Triumph ride day I...

Agree with burgerking. At a Triumph ride day I rode the Tiger Sport and 800 roadie back to back, much preferred the roadie.
Forum: Beasts 11-26-2013, 01:45 PM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 491,182
Posted By zuma
Half the price of a GS and twice as reliable,...

Half the price of a GS and twice as reliable, plus an extensive dealer network. If the VStrom had a European badge on the tank people would be raving about so much bike for so little money.
Forum: Road warriors 11-21-2013, 12:29 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 48,413
Posted By zuma
A friend with a built in the USA 1800 Goldwing...

A friend with a built in the USA 1800 Goldwing tells me that Goldwings are now made in Japan, and that these Goldwings have noticably sweeter transmissions. Would it be correct to presume the Valk...
Forum: Road warriors 11-14-2013, 08:47 PM
Replies: 876
Views: 130,289
Posted By zuma
Suzuki should be afraid, very afraid. I can see...

Suzuki should be afraid, very afraid. I can see the basis for a Wee Strom killer here.
Forum: Road warriors 11-06-2013, 01:25 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 20,219
Posted By zuma
Oh I like, this is my sort of bike. A decent...

Oh I like, this is my sort of bike. A decent size tank and a centre stand too!

Just fit oggy knobs, a radiator guard and a fender extender and we've got a practical Italian sports tourer.
Forum: Road warriors 11-04-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 2,952
Views: 498,811
Posted By zuma
Valentino Rossi is 182cm, he's no midget.

Valentino Rossi is 182cm, he's no midget.
Forum: Road warriors 10-29-2013, 04:19 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 38,304
Posted By zuma
I have a friend who rides a ST1300. A few years...

I have a friend who rides a ST1300. A few years ago, by now in his late seventies, his family were starting to worry about him riding, (without reason, he's still fit and healthy and a damn good...
Forum: Beasts 09-23-2013, 03:51 PM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 491,182
Posted By zuma
Not really comparing apples with apples comparing...

Not really comparing apples with apples comparing the new Vstrom with a 800 Tiger, depends on what you want.

The Vstrom makes 103nm @ 4000; the Tiger 79nm @ 7850.

I'll take the Vstrom thanks,...
Forum: Beasts 09-21-2013, 09:43 PM
Replies: 2,882
Views: 491,182
Posted By zuma
The outgoing DL1000 is quoted as 236kg wet, so if...

The outgoing DL1000 is quoted as 236kg wet, so if the new 'en is 8kg lighter as Suzuki claim, there's your 228kg wet for the new bike. Seems possible. I like that Suzuki claim maximum torque at 4000,...
Forum: Road warriors 09-19-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,608
Posted By zuma
What a lovely looking bike! Reminds me of the...

What a lovely looking bike! Reminds me of the Honda XBR500 I owned back in the late eighties, early nineties. I bought that bike mainly because I loved the look of it, yes I'm shallow.

The XBR...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-12-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 13,671
Posted By zuma
When it comes to a torque monster a Yamaha MT-01...

When it comes to a torque monster a Yamaha MT-01 has to be right up there, certainly put a grin on my face when I rode one. Can you get them in the US?
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,408
Posted By zuma
At 6' 5" forget the Crossrunner. At your height...

At 6' 5" forget the Crossrunner. At your height the footpeg position will kill you, the seat height is fairly low (for someone your height) too.

I dunno about the Bandit either. I haven't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-02-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 13,963
Posted By zuma
Brough Superior.

Brough Superior.
Forum: Beasts 07-25-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 2,106
Views: 565,589
Posted By zuma
I can't help but suspect that if the Crosstourer...

I can't help but suspect that if the Crosstourer had a European badge on the tank it would be looked upon more kindly, sadly though it's only a Honda.
Forum: Beasts 07-24-2013, 04:31 PM
Replies: 2,106
Views: 565,589
Posted By zuma
Yep, they've been a failure in Oz, 'til now. A...

Yep, they've been a failure in Oz, 'til now. A friend of mine recently bought one for $15,990 ride away, traded his 1250 Bandit and couldn't be happier, absolutely loves it.

Apparently Honda Oz...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-16-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 32,079
Views: 7,812,279
Posted By zuma
Pillion on black Harley wearing an open face...

Pillion on black Harley wearing an open face helmet and smacking her face into the helmet of the rider, that had to hurt too.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-16-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,958
Posted By zuma
You would think that someone wearing a DILLIGAF...

You would think that someone wearing a DILLIGAF patch should be really layed back, as in "hey man I'm cool, I don't give a stuff about anything".

But, from my experience some of the more angry,...
Forum: Road warriors 06-27-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 2,952
Views: 498,811
Posted By zuma
Hmm, I had a Mk2 TDM. At 40,000ks all valves...

Hmm, I had a Mk2 TDM. At 40,000ks all valves were within tolerance, at 80,000ks 3 valves needed shimming.

I currently own a Mk3 900, at 40,000ks 2 valves needed shimming. Just had 'em checked...
Forum: Face plant 05-28-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,465
Posted By zuma
The Roos are so bad where I live in Central...

The Roos are so bad where I live in Central Victoria that I won't ride at night any more, I don't even like driving at night. Never hit one on a bike, but I've had a few close calls.

Hit one in...
Forum: Beasts 05-27-2013, 05:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By zuma
I had a spin on a Roadie recently. I'm around...

I had a spin on a Roadie recently. I'm around 200lb and felt the forks if anything were too stiff on bumpy roads. Sounds like something is wrong if a "featherweight" is bottoming 'em out.
Forum: Road warriors 02-03-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 22,446
Posted By zuma
From my observations here in Oz I would suspect...

From my observations here in Oz I would suspect that the Thruxton is the slowest seller in the Bonneville range. Not surprising considering that most Bonny owners tend to be from the mature end of...
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