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Biker's Cafe Chatroom

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by IC3, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. khemist

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 9, 2006

    Posts: 4,915

    Location: Scotland

    Really not a fan of the looks.
     
  2. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 11,986

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Absolutely great bike to ride though. I think it feels like a far better all-rounder than the 850GS. I'm very tempted by a 790 Super Adventure in the next three or four years.
     
  3. Lakeland

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

    Posts: 5,319

    I have a ktm 300 tpi 2stroke and it’s mint! I was under the impression that ktm did QC on the 390 in Austria but it seems the checks aren’t very vigorous!

    Currently looking at a sv650, for about 5k new they seem like a good buy, they get good mpg which will help offset the cost of purchase compared to commuting in my car @~28mpg
     
  4. Lakeland

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

    Posts: 5,319

    Surprised you’re not interested in the 450L? I doubt there’s many being sold so you can probably get a good deal on one.
     
  5. Tefal

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Jun 30, 2007

    Posts: 66,560

    Location: Wales


    Why am I not in this group chat! :D
     
  6. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 11,986

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Decided to go gold for the last trip of the year. No riding at night with this bad boy - it is like a NASA visor!

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  7. Clov!s

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2011

    Posts: 17,565

    Location:

    @TallPaul_S Do you have a link to the metal garage you bought please? :)
     
  8. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,754

    Location: Kent

    Mine is one of these https://www.asgardsss.co.uk/motorcycle-storage has been brilliant, I put in a small oil radiator over winter on a timer/low setting just to stop a tiny bit of condensation but otherwise its perfect. :D

    Good timing this post, currently having the Tuono Mot'd.
     
  9. Clov!s

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2011

    Posts: 17,565

    Location:

    Cheers :) based off the size of yours, do you think you'd get a car and a bike in the 10ft 11" X 7ft 4"?
     
  10. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,754

    Location: Kent

    Depends on the car! :D

    The wider ones have the same size door opening so that might be your limit, if you can get the bike down the side, or alternatively put on a movable paddock stand and have it in sideways.
     
  11. Clov!s

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2011

    Posts: 17,565

    Location:

    I was looking at one of these, i have an access road to the back of my house so thought about opening the access up and not bothering with a driveway at the front.

    https://www.sheds.co.uk/rowlinson-murryhill-12-x-17-apex-metal-garage.html

    Only have an Astra. :)
     
  12. Maccapacca

    Don

    Joined: Apr 13, 2010

    Posts: 16,530

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Took the gs green laning and it kept cutting out. Guess who hadn't tied the battery down properly?

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  13. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 11,986

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Ouch!
     
  14. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 11,986

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

  15. Razor-BladE

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 15, 2009

    Posts: 3,997

    Location: Bristol

    So going back to my YBR if you remember a few weeks ago I was having trouble with loss of power and not starting.
    When I came back from holiday I didn't really do anything for a couple of weeks as I didn't quite have time to sort it out.
    Today I remembered I have breakdown which covers home start so phoned them up, local recovery guy came within 30 minutes, hooked up to jump start, still nothing.
    He noticed the fuel tank sounded low, put a little in, started up fine!! xD
    Tried it a few times, and no problem at all.

    After the guy left, I rode to the petrol station to fill up, and topped up to full, and it only filled up less than 7L?
    Everywhere online says that the fuel tank capacity is 12/13L so I don't understand how it only filled 6.xL. I had it on the centre stand and there's no fuel reserve as it's the fuel injection model.
    I'll start filling up before I reach 150 miles in future, but can someone solve this mystery for me?


    EDIT: Solved.... I was being a completely noob and putting the fuel pump all the way inside the tank so it was stopping early. I assumed it was the same as a car and meant it was full when it clicks. :(
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2019
  16. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 14, 2005

    Posts: 17,324

    Location: Bristol

    Had a 'commuters fair' at work today and Fowlers brought along some bikes...a KTM 125 Duke and a GSXR of some sort but also, and more interestingly, some electric bikes.

    I say bikes...I mean one bike and one moped.

    The bike was the Artisan Evo : https://artisanscooters.com/electric-motorbike/ev0/why-ev0
    The moped was the Artisan EV2000R: https://artisanscooters.com/electric-scooter/ev2000r/why-ev2000r-eco-economy-electric-scooter

    Essentially, the bike is a 125 and the moped is a 50. Interesting tech and setup with the bike (I didn't pay much attention or ask much about the moped), it's got a top speed of 50-60, speed limiter on your thumb of 25 mph, 35 mph and unrestricted speed...clever if a little pointless. The range on the bike is a whopping....40 miles and the charge time is a mere snip at 6 hours! In fairness, it makes total sense for a town commuter bike, ride to/from work and charge overnight or at work if needed. I'm going to go test ride one at some point, just because I can, I don't want to buy one. They are £3.4k to buy (from Fowlers anyway) which isn't too bad given the Duke 125 is £4k usually (apparently) but they are running it for £3.4k also. So for the same money you can get a short range commuter bike or a longer range and higher top speed 125...
    The Evo is comfy to sit on though with very compliant suspension and big fat tyres. Being an electric bike, there is no need for a clutch so instead they've put the rear brake on the left bar which, imo is silly as people can and will grab a fist full of rear by mistake if they aren't careful.

    Was cool to see the tech though and how it's being applied to bikes. It's also good to see that it's at a relatively reasonable price point when compared against a 125 although the 40 mile range combined with 6 hour charge is a massive issue if you only want the one bike.

    I know there are the likes of Zero that are making 'proper' electric bikes but one of the biggest issue with those is the price compared to a similar (and still arguably much better) petrol bike. As battery and motor tech moves on it'll be interesting to see how popular electric bikes become and how they are priced compared to their petrol counterparts.

    I'll pop down the dealer in the coming weeks to give the Evo a quick go, just to see what the instant torque is like on the bike mostly and I'll report back on how good/bad it is to ride (as a complete bike noob).
     
  17. MowyTone

    Mobster

    Joined: May 4, 2009

    Posts: 3,355

    Location: Southampton

    I did lol at this :D

    On the bright side it's nothing you'll do again!
     
  18. Razor-BladE

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 15, 2009

    Posts: 3,997

    Location: Bristol

    And at least it was a free 'fix' albeit a slight dent in my pride!
     
  19. Tefal

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Jun 30, 2007

    Posts: 66,560

    Location: Wales

    Renting a r1200r out tomorrow and Saturday to go up and down the coast of sardinia.


    Wasnt going to bother but took the bus down the coast road the other day and just couldn't resist doing that on a bike.


    Was the r1200r or a 1200gs the gs might have been more sensible for some gravel road riding going to have to do sat but I think on the nice twisty coast road the naked tourer will be more comfortable for me and the lady.


    Only been a week but I miss my h2sx wish i could have stuffed it in the hold luggage :p
     
  20. Tefal

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Jun 30, 2007

    Posts: 66,560

    Location: Wales

    Just found out they make a 310cc version fo the gs.


    Think that would make an ace do it all/solo winter bike?