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2020 biking plans and ambitions

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by The_Abyss, Dec 18, 2019.

  1. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,623

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    I don't think we've had one of these threads yet. This was last year's - did you get everything that you wanted out of 2019?! https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/t...ing-and-where-are-you-going-in-2019.18839317/

    Anyway, what are everyone's plans for 2020?

    Myself, I keep flirting with changing bike. The XR is still great, but I'd like something more nimble. The KTM 790 is fantastic but doesn't compare in power terms, so I'm really interested to see how they develop the newly announced 890. The new S1000XR saves weight, adds better suspension, LED lights and TFT dash but I personally find it aesthetically challenging. I'm not sure that I can buy a new one, but might consider a well-priced pre-owned. I need to ride it.

    On trips, 2020 is going to be a really busy and hopefully great year. We've got a 9 day trip planned to Austria, Switzerland and Italy in August, and then I'm going back to the Picos with Teapot One in September after a cracking trip on the same route this year. Hopefully there'll be a couple of long weekends early in the year as well.

    What's everyone planning?
     
  2. chaparral

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 27, 2005

    Posts: 20,644

    Only went yesterday to get my passport renewed which expired in Dec 09 :o As am planning or hoping to start doing some biking trips to France again in 2020 :)
     
  3. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,758

    Location: West mids

    Nothing specific planned, the bird could do with some tidying up so probably a bit of that and just the usual one man hoons through Wales.
     
  4. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2012

    Posts: 1,839

    Try to get on it more than say 5 or 6 times?
     
  5. unKle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 24, 2002

    Posts: 1,260

    Location: Kent

    This year I said goodbye to my Aprilia Tuono and S1000RR.

    So my plans for 2020 are this..

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  6. Captain

    Capodecina

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    Plan to get either an S1000RR or Aprilia RSV4 early Feb/March. :)
     
  7. Lakeland

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

    Posts: 5,442

    Hoping to get bike fit ASAP after surgery in Jan and start hammering the enduro bike again, haven’t been on it since the end of June :(
     
  8. whyscotty

    Sgarrista

    Joined: May 6, 2012

    Posts: 9,398

    Location: Wigan

    To ride more only managed 18,000 this year with no commuting :D
     
  9. famas

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 12, 2004

    Posts: 3,114

    Location: the south

    To buy one hopefully. looking to get a sports tourer with the Multistrada 1200/Enduro and the MV Turismo Veloce top of the list, both Italian, both sure to break down just by looking at them.

    Also been looking into the Superduke GT, BMW s1000xr and the Suzuki v-strom 1000. All around the 2015 mark.

    Finding it hard to settle on one. Turismo Veloce and Multistrada look beautiful, V-strom would be bullet proof, superduke would be nuts! and the s1000xr is fast as lightning but has it any character?

    I need to test ride them all really.

    Any other bike I'm over looking?
     
  10. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 14, 2005

    Posts: 17,435

    Location: Bristol

    My 2020 plans are mostly just to get out and ride more than just my commute, hopefully get a proper trip in like Scottish Highlands or something.
     
  11. whyscotty

    Sgarrista

    Joined: May 6, 2012

    Posts: 9,398

    Location: Wigan

    NC500 is a great run, did it in May this year over 4 days (1500+ miles)
    was slightly damp but at least it kept the midges down to a minimum.
     
  12. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2012

    Posts: 1,839

    Damn, I might have done 1800 miles lol.
     
  13. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 14, 2005

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    Location: Bristol

    Yeah, did it in the car a couple of years ago at the end of August, dry mostly but occasional midges. I think I racked up about 2000miles total for my trip (including to/from Bristol) If I go again this year it'll be West coast and Skye focused as that's the prettier side with great roads.
     
  14. Illusion

    Hitman

    Joined: May 31, 2007

    Posts: 988

    My plan is just to get a license by April time hopefully once the weather pics up again, then maybe get an enduro bike or at least do a few organised days/weekends with some training and bike hire
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2019
  15. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jul 13, 2004

    Posts: 42,044

    Location: /* */

    Selling my road and track bikes. Not sure if I'll pick up anything to replace them.

    I might just rent bikes for the alpine tours I do a few times a year.
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2019
  16. Yaayuh!

    Capodecina

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    My plans are to do more than 1000 miles... lol
     
  17. helpimcrap

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004

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    Location: Leicestershire

    Buy a second bike, do a trackday, race possibly.

    All depends - my arms knackered and if I have an operation that will change the ability to ride for a bit. All potential but no guarantees.
     
  18. chaparral

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 27, 2005

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    To get off this island so I can do more then 35mph :(:(
    A lot of the time with the crazy amount of traffic here these days it less then 25mph, I just about given up taken my bike out in day time due to the traffic
     
  19. Fireskull

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 31, 2006

    Posts: 9,657

    Location: Eastleigh / Winchester

    Same!
    Once I have the house work done... then move house.... maybe I will ride it more than a couple of days to work this year, but I am probably kidding myself :/
     
  20. MatteH Oxford

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 26, 2010

    Posts: 1,614

    Location: Wiltshire

    Same, I did less than 300 between M.o.t.s last time :/