What Bike?

Discussion in 'Cars, Bikes 'n AFVs' started by theblindking, Sep 15, 2012.

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  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.
  2. Raleigh Burner!
  3. Rumour has it there are plenty of these to be seen up The Smoke.
    Must be a popular choice then.

  4. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    Honda 90.
  5. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Sorry are we talking about something you have to peddle?

  6. ive got yamaha tdm very comfortable on long journies maybe a little top heavy though
  7. Or 'pedal' even?
  8. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Yeah whatever.

    Your mum.
  9. I have a Suzuki GSX1400. Jolly good for long journeys, and inhaling small Korean motor cars.
  10. 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 )
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  11. ccm 644
  12. Triumph Scrambler. But maybe not ideal for the longer journey.
  13. 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.
  14. Is that it in your avatar? That'll be the 50 cal or the totty, me thinks.

    No I think he was wanting to sell it on afterwards.