I want I want I want - new(er) bike advice

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Mark_S, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    get a radar detector Mark. There are a shitload of cops around. i know you don't ride like an idgit but it will be hard not to see what it can do on those long straights.
    Looks very smart.
  2. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    Nice one.

    It'll do the job mighty fine.
  3. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Whilst its good to know I don't really want to get to the stage where I'm pushing the envelope and needing things like gsx forks. I partially chose a naked to help keep speeds sane and chose a v twin because they are nice cruising motors. I like grunt but I don't want to actually end up travelling much faster than I do on the klr.

    Thanks - weather permitting I'm taking 3 days for the trip (ChCh Sat night and Nelson Sun night)

    Yes this weekend is the tt2000 so there will be a shitload of bikes in the top of the South Island - and logically a shitload of cops. I will keep and eagle eye on the Speedo

    I can't see the dynamics being that much different than an airhead or scrambler so it should be ok
  4. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    I always wanted a TL. They looked sexy in their day and were awesome on the twisties. They had a few reliability issues though which put me off. Mate of mine bought one new in the late 90’s and had all sorts of problems with the clutch. He did like to wheelstand though. When it was working, it went real well.

    The SV was melowed out and they fixed a lot of issues (but lost character). You should have a lot of fun on that thing. Love the naked look.

    I was looking at a Cagiva the other day. Same engine but a few more trick bits. I almost took it for a ride...
  5. zaTTaz

    zaTTaz LOUD NOISES.

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    Feel free to pop in for a cup of coffee while you're waiting for the ferry man. Congrats on the purchase. Nice wee trip to break it in too :D
  6. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    Ummm probably a shitload better than both. Certainly way crisper than an airhead.

    I took my Trophy on lots and lots of (2wd quality) gravel roads, often loaded, two-up and/or at speed - and it was sweet as long as there weren't corrugations. The SV would be similar geometry. The usual rules apply: go too slow and you can't float on top of the loose stuff to stay in control. And I really noticed 180/55 tyres didn't cut in to the surface as nicely as the pointier 170/60.

    Tighter, rougher, steeper: the Tiger was much more betterer. But for ordinary gravel roads, a sub-supersport bike is fine.
  7. ztaj

    ztaj jatz

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    Nice... I approve :D
  8. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Some titanium nitride sliders would add a splash of colour...
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  10. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    the caviga's look quite cool don't they - a Cagiva Navigator could be quite nice - kind of like a vstrom without the beating from the ugly stick

    I'd love to take a TL for a ride - but in reality I don't need more power - I need strategies to stop me using too much of what I already have.....

    I sure hope I didn't go past any speed cameras on the way back - it would not be a cheap ticket

    Yep was a good 1400 odd km - only problem is the tires that looked worn but ok'ish when I brought it now look very average now (not speed or cornering related)

    Thanks for the offer - I didn't get into Picton until just before the 6pm booking time so....

    It seemed completely happy on the 20-30k of gravel that I did - so that was quite promising (only 40-60km/hr but that seemed fine).

    Obviously a man of good taste.....

    And I suppose you have a set lurking in the emporium?

    Thanks for the cuppa Strun - it was good to catch up - loved the Singer - what an awesome wee toy.

    Well I flew down to Dunedin on Sat morning and met the bikes owner and his wife - really nice couple. The bike was easily as good as the photos showed and he had given the bike a service and added 3 more months rego which were nice bonuses. So we did the deal and I took off only to get a bee up my sleeve within 1k of the airport - OUCH.

    I decided to head north via Middlemarch (HW87) so I could get used to the bike with no real traffic around , Had a nice lunch in Middlemarch and cut thrrough Hyde-Mcraes Rd to HW85 (glad there were no cops around - self control was lacking on the fast open sweepers) and then down to Palmerston then inland via Horse-Range rd (great for adventure bikes) which was great fun but a lot slower. Then it was on to SH1 and a boring drone up to Ashburton - I was certainty ready for a cuppa and a break by the time I got to Struan's...

    From the I headed up to Christchurch and stayed Sat night with family out near Little River. After the pissing rain stopped at 11ish on Sunday I headed off up to Culverden where I was knocked around by horrendous gusty winds - at least I missed the hail and lightning in Christchurch that afternoon. From the I headed over the Lewis - into some lightish rain and very wet roads up to Murchison (not via the Maruia Saddle unfortunately...)

    Then it was up through the Golden Downs Forest and via Mot Valley Hwy to Dovedale and Neudorf Rd's to Ruby Bay for dinner and bed.

    Monday I pottered around, Had a coffee with Nigel in Mot and then headed down Westbank Rd to Dovedail etc again. Then it was back over the hills to Havelock for gas and on to Picton to jump on the 7pm ferry home.

    The bike was everything I hoped for. The seats a bit ordinary but apart from that I was very comfy. I will try and set up the suspension a bit better but although quite firm was still light-years better than the scrambler. I The tank needs filling every 200k or so (I'd guess 270k to empty - 17km/litre with a 17 litre tank - but I was ready for a break by then. The brakes are great and the headlight is very good.

    The real star for me is the engine - doesn’t really want to pull under 4k but between 4k and 6k it is so sweet and smooth and has heaps of grunt for passing rows of cars. At those middly revs the yoshi cans just bellow - such sweet music.

    I tried not to go much above 7k as the speeds get stupid so so quickly (5k in top is 130km/hr which is plenty fast for cruising). It does vibrate a bit above 7kish but pulls hard all the way to 10k (11k redline).

    To a certain extent - if you want to have fun on a bike like this you seem have to accept that the open road speed limits aren’t applicable. If I try and ride smoothly in that magic 4-6k range and cruise in the 115-125 range hopefully it won't get to expensive

    One very happy camper.

    Thanks for the photos Struan

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  11. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Yup, was good to catch up and the bike looks good. Sounds great too.
  12. Merv

    Merv Easy Biker

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    Well Mark haven't seen you for a while so maybe we'll end up doing some road rides sometime soon.

    I don't frequent this place much but came over from KB to wrap up the Pukemanu Ride and saw this thread for the first time. Made interesting reading for sure and I hope you do like your choice for a while to come.

    I keep all my bikes for a long time and much prefer the devil I know than to change them often.

    My VFR is now 20 years old. It suits me being a short arse and I'd say the SV is definitely a better choice for someone your height - you would find a VFR far too compact I am sure.
  13. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Hi Merv

    I'd be keen for a loop of the 'rapa sometime soon if you are interested (I just love route 52 and the coffee at Pongaroa is hot and wet...
  14. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    I do have some yellow paint, if that helps?

    Virtually the same...
  15. Merv

    Merv Easy Biker

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    Yeah maybe in a few weeks, got some rellies staying for a while from next weekend but hopefully weather stays good and we can squeeze it in before Easter.
  16. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Well I've ridden the sv 3 weekends in a row and I have to say that I'm very happy with it.

    Something like a 950 smr probably makes more sense given the bumpy back roads I prefer but I really like the slightly sporty riding position and the naked 'oldish school' looks of the sv. Most modern nakeds look a bit transformerish to me - headlights should be round.

    I've just been on a quick loop (90 minutes) over the Paekakariki Hill up to Upper Hutt then back to Waikanae via the Akatarawa Rd and am really loving the grunty engine.

    Interesting that 5 cars pulled over to let me past in the tight Akatarawa Rd which hardly ever happened on the klr. I suspect the pipes wake them up in no uncertain terms.....

    I need to get a set of tires - it will be interesting to see how much difference they make.
  17. kiwipeet

    kiwipeet Uber Cyber Loafer

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    Just caught up on thread. Congrats :) nice choice. I think SV's & VTR's are sadly underated bikes. I like the suzuki engines more but prefer the honda ergos. However the naked SV's are even better. If you ever get bored with it... look for some TL1000R bits... 135bhp could be entertaining in a naked bike ,)


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  18. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo AKA Deanohit

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    This......:clap

    I get the same thing between my wee XT and my bros GT650
  19. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    more horsepower is the last thing I need - unless I can find some more self control to go with it.

    Yes I'm going to have to perfect the technique of blasting up behind cars and doing this noisy last minute deceleration just to maximize the message (I have a natural talent for it so perfecting it won't be hard)



    Well the klr is on tardme and the trials bike will be this prepared for sale this weekend (it seems to be the source of all my recent back problems judging by the way I currently feel after Sunday's little potter in the hills)

    Once these bikes are sold, if the urge to adventure ride gets too strong to ignore, I'll buy something like a dr650 seeing on road comfort won't be so important.
  20. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    :cry:cry....................................