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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    i wouldn't mind doing Anatori again - it's a cool ride across all the causeways.

    I may trailer trash with some some other mates with small dirtbikes & maybe see yous there.
  2. Eddieb

    Eddieb www.AdventureRidingNZ.co.nz

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    I had a sit on a 700X recently, it was quite comfortable but the tank/storage was quite wide above the knees so I'm not sure how it would be to stand up.

    They did look look nice as a gravel road bike.

    Would it be concerning that really you are riding a dressed up scooter?
  3. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    What you got against scooters? I used to ride Mandy's Gilera Runner to the Kiwi. Passed a lot of bigger bikes in the Gravel going into the site...:wink:

    MarkS, I was becoming concerned for a bit there that you would limit yourself away from the 42nd & other gems by focussing in on a road bike. Don't think a Bandit would be comfortable mid 42nd or Big River. Good to see things swinging back to ADV bikes
  4. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    I'm suggesting that it's not, because on the seal you want the front to let go first to low-side. And knobblies tend to let go slowly and recoverably - much more so than full street tyres.

    Would love to join you but can't for a good few weekends.

    I'm currently on a lap of the mainland, started Friday week ago with a ride to the Mussel Inn and back. Rest of the trip has been mostly driving the van & trailer. I get back on Thursday arvo and then Friday morning head off on the bike to the annual trip to Sandhills Creek (next one north of the Anatori) for the Easter caving camp. Always up for more riding out there though! I could be persuaded to be the support wagon for an overnight at Trilobite Hut (on the Cobb Reservoir) because I've wanted to take my boy out there for ages.

    The weekend after Easter is a club trail ride, which I am using to dial in the EXC's suspension - picked up the re-valved forks from DAS Moto today, with quite a list of instructions to get the chassis sorted. The weekend after is Rnd 1 of the cross-country series.
  5. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    sweet

    would be great if you could join me Wayne - what would you bring? - the rockn'rolla or the paint shaker?

    I haven't mentioned any of this to her indoors yet but I was vaguely thinking of a 4 day weekend - allowing 2 travel days and 2 fun days.


    I'll keep an eye on the forecast - I don't do rain unless there is no other alternative

    Going on a 'test back' trail ride on Friday. It would probably be ok if I didnt keep falling off all the time....

    Anatori is a sweet ride

    I think I'd need an mt21 front for that - I seem to recall some slippery clay downhills where I was merely the passenger last time...
    (and James using his big to jump start a van...)

    Those causeways are really awesome to ride across - best part of that ride I think.

    I'm secure in my manhood - if I can ride a klr in public I can ride a scooter

    Its been an interesting process - in a way hurting my back has been a blessing in disguise as its forced me to get out on the klr again and I have had so much fun on those backroads in the Ashurst - Taihape - Wanganui triangle. Riding down the forgotten highway last Sunday was just the best riding ever - what a magic magic road

    Talked to a nice couple at the Wanga pub who dont go further north than the pub because they don't want to ride their sport bikes on the 10km? of gravel - they miss out on the best part of the ride. They were also commenting on how poor the road surface was - I never noticed on the klr

    At least you aren't suffering from boredom....
    I'll prolly stick the new mt21 front I have sitting in the shed on at least that will give me a few more off road options. I need another front wheel so I can have a roady tire already mounted.

    Well last night I rode another bandit (2007 1250 mint 25km $6k) it needed a new rear tire and the 'flat' bit in the middle of the wide 180/55 really really destroyed its handling - other than that it was a sweet bike and a bargain at $6k.

    I also rode a 2003 955 tiger which was a bit tatty and had done 50km - the motor/gearbox were sweet and it felt very much like a klr with the engine it really needed. Once underway the extra weight disappears and the front brakes were great - pity the front tire went flat before I had a chance to go more than a few km.

    I'd need to ride another one or two but its a definite contender

    Its been a really interesting exercise trying all these bikes - really forced me to think hard about what I really want as opposed to what I think I want.

    I'm really happy with the klr ergo's/comfort/handling/size/luggage capacity etc its really just the recent reliability (which may just be an expensive bad patch - which can be fixed with moola or a newer klr), brakes (which I think I can fix with a bigger disc etc) and the engine (which I can improve but it will never be an engine that I look forward to using).

    cheers


    Mark
  6. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    I love riding the TT in the hills, low speed, technical stuff and start thinking I'm a little over the DR and longer rides.

    Until I ride the DR on a longer ride :evil:clap:freaky
  7. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Been here awhile

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    Was in Casbolts yeasterday talking NC700..They only have a road version.. no more
    X models till the next shipment.. He started it up... inline twin... I was looking around
    to see who rode up on a Ducati... Sound just like a Vee as it has the same crank
    configeration..just Honda have put both cylinders side by side layed them forward to save space...
    basicly the front half of a VFR motor..:huh
    And theres also a full 6 speed auto version...DCT Duel Clutch Transmission..
    still got to ride one.. But a interesting bike..
  8. ztaj

    ztaj jatz

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    I could be keenish on a gentle (ha :D) ride to Anatori via Aorere, depending on dates/days. I went through Aorere the other week and it's in good condition
    While your in the neighbourhood M. you could check out this >> https://touch.trademe.co.nz/#listing/view/574579190
  9. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    So are we going around in circles guys?
    Is it like one of those movies where the guy loves his wife & family but kinda wants more- not so much more but different?

    At work one day he sees the hot single adventurous young new secretary, He chats her up & eventually due to a series of highly implausible circumstances gets alone with her on an out of town work commitment & she's a bit tipsy & ready for anything.

    At that moment however he receives a call from his wife telling him his son just got picked for the regional soccer team & he has pangs of guilt, returns back to his wife & family & normal life but knows that had he wanted to, he could have had something life changing & is content that although nothing has changed dramatically in his life, he had the opportunity to change things.

    Or not.

    I too have been thinking what's on the other side & videos like this don't help

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  10. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    That's pure Schmidty stuff in that vid. Sod the Triumphs. Too hard to get bits for :evil
  11. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Did you notice whenever they wanted the bikes to do cool things, they used the 2 with USD Ohlins forks?
  12. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Do you think I would know what Ohlin USD forks look like? I was suspicious when they were jumping & crap - pretty good riding. The germanic accents at the end were a bit queer tho.

    Just ignore me i'm tired & grumpy tonite - had to switch off from airheads when they were posting how you had to clean your off road bike....

    I was looking for something chain driven Nordie, but triumphs are sooo over priced here compared to other bikes i reckon.
  13. Oaters

    Oaters Old - not bold - moto riding addict

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    I guess none of us are ever satisfied with what we've got .........

    Had a look at Padder's post and yes like you Steve .... mused those are not stock 'Scramblers' - with the Ohlins and all - began briefly to dreaming (again :) ) of adding a Scrambler to my stable - before the reality of the standing costs hit me again

    I confess I spend quiet a lot of distracted brain cycles thinking that my current R1200GS is the perfect ride for my needs and life stage

    Awaits pipe and slippers comments :)
  14. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I'm exactly the same - generally the last bike I rode is my favorite - until I ride a different one.

    Its a good way to be...

    Yep - good to think outside the square a bit - I'd be keen to ride one as well.

    Kewl - will firm up dates once I have obtained permission from SWMBO

    Yep got to ride a TDM - there is one on tardme up in Tauranga that may go quite a bit cheaper than the two that have been sitting on tardme for a while.

    A tdm would have to be pretty special to make it more appealing than a Tiger - I was quite taken with the 955 motor. They seem to go for similar money.

    Yep - going around in ever decreasing circles

    I don't normally like touchy feely unrealistic videos but that wasn't too bad . Interesting the way they always use open face helmets in these sorts of videos - presumably to evoke the feeling of yesteryear when men where men and faces were made of steel...

    you happen to live within 50km of one of the biggest sources of triumph parts in the southern hemisphere. Where is the airhead equivalent????

    Yes the Ohlins aren't quite what you'd call authentic period pieces are they....

    Interesting comment re Triumphs being over priced.

    From what I've seen 02-06 Tigers with about 30k seem to go for $8-10K. A R1200GS of the same vintage would go for $12-14K and a 950 adventure maybe a little less. (you may have noticed that a Tiger is this weeks favorite - don't know what next weeks favorite will be....maybe a klr?)

    Still got to ride a tdm and a 700 transalp.
  15. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Really?

    Padmei's place...
  16. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    British Spares - upper moutere (Tim who had the scrambler owns it)

    Speaking of scramblers this video seems a bit more genuine (in a 'echos of Steve Mcqueen' kind of way)

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  17. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Christ!!! starting to go off scramblers now as they seem to be the Harley Davidson of trail bikes.
  18. Old Kiwi#99

    Old Kiwi#99 Been here awhile

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    Advance the exhaust cam 1 tooth. Improvement way out of proportion to the effort expended. (and the cost cannot be beat)

    What do you find lacking in the brakes? Are you trying to do stoppies or summat?
  19. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    aaaah just got what you mean (if you are meaning the Aladdins cave)

    Um... which bike are we talking about?
  20. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Waddayamean?