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What do you want out of biking and where are you going, in 2019?

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by The_Abyss, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. mattcrane

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 29, 2014

    Posts: 585

    Location: Truro, Cornwall, UK

    Take a look at the Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR gets some very good write ups both on and off road, supposedly the same compound as the Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 which I have had fitted to my GSA for the last 2 years and they are great both in the wet and the dry loads of grip and feedback.

    Take a look at the BMW ORS School in Wales its very very good.
     
  2. Dogbreath

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 16,651

    Location: Devon

    Going to sell the Tornado RS and get something naked, pref with 3 cylinders, XSR900 or Speed Triple maybe.
     
  3. agnes

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2006

    Posts: 15,820

    Location: San Francisco, CA

    To FINALLYYYYY buy another bike. I get so close to buying another then something comes up. I'm wasting time not having one being over here in California. Some nice roads up north!
     
  4. mattcrane

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 29, 2014

    Posts: 585

    Location: Truro, Cornwall, UK

    Sounds exactly like our local Blood Bike group and is the reason why I didn't bother signing up in the first place.
     
  5. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Trying to add a cheeky four day trip to Belgium and Germany mid-April. Should be a good short trip to test out all the new gear and shake everything down ahead of summer. :)
     
  6. Shimmy

    Man of Honour

    Joined: May 30, 2007

    Posts: 5,568

    Location: St A

    Made good on this today, picked up a KTM 950 SM. Although I probably won't start riding it till the Spring as I've bought it to be purely a toy with the odd bit of good weather commuting.
     
  7. helpimcrap

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004

    Posts: 12,401

    Location: Leicestershire

    Hopefully Scotland and Isle of Man on the motorbike.
     
  8. Scuzi

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 19,660

    Location: Жит&#10

    Great bike. I used to have a 990 SMR. The 950 has better fuelling (carbs). Just be wary that the bike is much more capable than most riders. I sold mine because it had to be driven ridiculously in order to stretch it and make the ride fun. It was too good! That and my balls would be numb after about 20 minutes.
     
  9. Shimmy

    Man of Honour

    Joined: May 30, 2007

    Posts: 5,568

    Location: St A

    Yeah I read up on the differences and probably would have got the 990 for the EFI as I have no clue when it comes to carbs, but they command such a premium over the 950 despite many preferring the 950 overall.

    Bike is definitely far more capable than I, more so now that I've been inactive for a while. I just desperately wanted a change from sport bikes and had mega fun test riding a Desert Sled a couple years back, so decided I wanted to get something upright, naked and a bit of poke.
    I fear you may be right about the 950 and it will have too much grunt, I found the Desert Sled had the just right amount for me to wring it's neck through the gears on back roads without feeling I would lose my license.
     
  10. Scuzi

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 19,660

    Location: Жит&#10

    The power isn’t necessarily the problem, it’s that you can be going round a roundabout at 80mph, pegs scraping and throwing up sparks, and it still urges you to go faster!

    Great bikes whatever way you look at it. Enjoy!
     
  11. helpimcrap

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004

    Posts: 12,401

    Location: Leicestershire

    I have no idea. Just not to crash and do some touring on the CBR. Ideally I'd like to strip and sort spare wheels out by polishing them.
     
  12. whyscotty

    Sgarrista

    Joined: May 6, 2012

    Posts: 9,398

    Location: Wigan

    Have both of these booked for this year :D
     
  13. EVH

    Don

    Joined: Mar 11, 2004

    Posts: 26,990

    Scotland on an SV? Your arse would take a hammering (ooo errr) if the seat is anything like mine.

    I'd like to get back in to regular commuting but suspect it depends on what happens with my job situation.
     
  14. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,858

    Location: West mids

    I find it alright to be honest I've done the best part of ten hours riding without too much discomfort, I carry plenty of my own padding though :D
     
  15. bcjames

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 7, 2003

    Posts: 6,212

    Location: Leicestershire

    I really want to do some more rider training, but my bike isn't capable of achieving the national speed limit, let alone maintaining it, so I might need a new bike too :D
     
  16. Thecaferacer

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 3, 2019

    Posts: 747

    I need to put some actual miles on my bikes this year. I think I managed to only cover just under 1000 miles on my Z1000SX, Thruxton and Bonneville combined last year.

    I also need to finish a resto on a 92 CBR600F that's been an ongoing project for the last 7 years.

    Not that I'm complaining about 2018, despite the lack of riding I did manage to visit the lads at Deus Ex Machina in Sydney, Byron and Venice Beach. Made the pilgrimage to Burt Munro's place in Invercargill. Visited the awesomeness that is Revival cycles in Austin and chilled with the boys at Iron and Resin in San Francisco.
     
  17. Quixote

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2006

    Posts: 1,227

    I'm moving to Cardiff for work, so I'm planning to get out & explore Wales by bike. No change of bike - my 2016 SV650 is still everything I need from a bike. Being in Wales offers massively improved oppportunities for off road compared to Hertfordshire, so I will definitely be looking to do some off-road days.
     
  18. Malt_Vinegar

    Don

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 15,175

    Location: In a house

    Pics?
     
  19. Maccy

    Commissario

    Joined: Nov 23, 2004

    Posts: 36,552

    Location: Herts

    I'd like to get my full license this year, but I'm also tempted to get a cheap 125 just to get some more experience and build up my confidence.

    It's a world I know not much about so...any suggestions? Was just looking at Malt's thread and it's piqued my interest!
     
  20. Shimmy

    Man of Honour

    Joined: May 30, 2007

    Posts: 5,568

    Location: St A

    If you're going to be getting a full license anyway I wouldn't bother with getting a 125, just do the CBT and then DAS.

    The bigger bikes are safer and easier to ride imo. Yes some big bikes aren't suitable as a first bike, but there a plenty that are.