What Bike?

#1
The time has come for me get a decent sized bike.

It needs to be good for a bit of smashing about London as well as doing up to 200 mile journeys.

I have always owned race bikes but am happy to consider anything (ish) and would appreciate the thoughts of the arrse biking fraternity:

Advice: In your own time, go on.
 

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#5
Honda 90.
 

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#6
Sorry are we talking about something you have to peddle?

Peasant.
 
#11
600 Bandit, no question. Easy to ride gently, easy to thrash **** out of ( and it'll scream out for more ), loads of spares, and new bits ( lots of webstores specialising in Bandits ), easy to swap parts with other Suzukis for upgrades, buy buy a 25k miler for £1k & you can sell it a few years on for the same ( and people will bite your arm off for it ), and the 6 & 12 ( especially the Mk I ) oil cooled are utterly bullet proof, accept almost all forms of abuse, and should accept at least one form of forced induction with minimal mods ( if that's your thing ). Also there plenty of active owners forums too for advice.

If you need to be different, go for an RF600 ( designed as sports tourer version of SACS GSXRs ) or RF900 ( bored out 750 GSXR lump, IIRC ). I'd offer you mine ( as I want to chop it in for a 12 ), but it's naked & you'd want the half faired one ( or at least a flyscreen )
 
#13
Triumph Scrambler. But maybe not ideal for the longer journey.
 
#14
BTW, I got a 13.48 1/4 mile time ( 101.06mph, .6 reaction time ) on my Bandit, at the Shakespeare County Raceway in August ( admittedly on a 14 tooth front sprocket, rather than the standard 15 ), so it will scream when you want, and I've seen a few couriers in the smoke use them, so happy just bimbling along.
 
#16
You need a Supermoto bike, any Supermoto bike. They'll eat sports bike for breakfast round the mean streets of old Lundun town.

Not so sure of long journey comfort though.

 
#17
Is that it in your avatar? That'll be the 50 cal or the totty, me thinks.
That's not a TDM - it's a Hardly Workingson - the pride of American motorcycle engineering ( in the same way that British Leyland was the pride of British Automotive engineering )
 
#18
You need a Supermoto bike, any Supermoto bike. They'll eat sports bike for breakfast round the mean streets of old Lundun town.

Not so sure of long journey comfort though.

Like sitting on a razor blade, unless you plan to use B roads on long journeys....plus you might want to buy one with lights, number plate & without racing slicks ( and reliabilty....so not Aprillia, cos Italians tend to think that "character" is more important to an owner than say "reliabilty", and to be honest it is, cos when you break down, in the pissing rain, in the middle of nowhere, at 11pm in December, you'll have a great opportunity to build some character of your own )
 
#19
Like sitting on a razor blade, unless you plan to use B roads on long journeys....plus you might want to buy one with lights, number plate & without racing slicks ( and reliabilty....so not Aprillia, cos Italians tend to think that "character" is more important to an owner than say "reliabilty", and to be honest it is, cos when you break down, in the pissing rain, in the middle of nowhere, at 11pm in December, you'll have a great opportunity to build some character of your own )
The picture was posted for demonstration purposes only. Just so the OP could see what an SM bike was.
I wasn't suggesting an Aprillia per se, as if.
 
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