Motorbike owners of the SMB



I had a long awaited test ride of what has been my dreambike for 20 years, an R1250GS 2021 reg.


Hated it. I'm gutted. Just couldn't live with the vibrations and lack of grunt and finesse from the boxer engine.

I'm going to have to rip up my plans and start almost from scratch. On Tuesday I'm getting on a Triumph Tiger 1200, having already ridden an Explorer. I loved the triple. I'm also going to have a ride on a Rocket 3.
Triumph tiger 900 probably better than the 1200. KTM Adventure R 1200? They’ve got loads of grunt 165bhp
 

David M

Striker
I had a long awaited test ride of what has been my dreambike for 20 years, an R1250GS 2021 reg.


Hated it. I'm gutted. Just couldn't live with the vibrations and lack of grunt and finesse from the boxer engine.

I'm going to have to rip up my plans and start almost from scratch. On Tuesday I'm getting on a Triumph Tiger 1200, having already ridden an Explorer. I loved the triple. I'm also going to have a ride on a Rocket 3.

Surprised to read that about the boxer engine as I've recently acquired a 1200RT and the acceleration is quite something. I'm surprised the needle doesn't bend! Did you try all the engine modes? I imagine if you had it in 'rain' mode it'd reign in the power and torque.

I've got to say, having the right bike for your needs also makes a hell of difference to your enjoyment of riding. My bike was MOT'd on 30th July and delivered on 9th August. It's currently sitting in my garage with a mileage that's 930 miles higher than the MOT recorded mileage cos when I go out on it I just ride. I even managed to fit in a Weardale-Alston-Penrith ride this morning before coming back via the A66 and A1(M) for the match. This was a shortened version of Wednesday's ride that continued from Penrith to the Lakes-Windemere-Kendal-Tebay-Brough and I had wanted to come back via Middleton-in-Teesdale and back down Weardale but had to go back via A66 due to a closed road.
 

Gillythedilf

Midfield
Anyone finally out yet? Had a couple of runs before the rain came and hopefully again next week to a place of excercise. Probably use it for graft when i get off furlough if the weather is ok.

Haters, dont spoil the thread.🙂
We need a car owners thread aswell for those into our motors. :cool:
 

Alan BStard

Striker
Out of interest, what sort of mpg do bikes get?

I was in the garage at Leyburn the other day and a bunch of them came in to fill up so I kind of imagined they must be heading into the more remote areas.
 

yamar1

Striker
Out of interest, what sort of mpg do bikes get?

I was in the garage at Leyburn the other day and a bunch of them came in to fill up so I kind of imagined they must be heading into the more remote areas.
Depends how you ride. Take your time they are quite economical. Thrash it and its piss poor.
 

Big Jeff

Winger
Out of interest, what sort of mpg do bikes get?
I was in the garage at Leyburn the other day and a bunch of them came in to fill up so I kind of imagined they must be heading into the more remote areas.
Depends on the bike and the way it’s ridden

Range between mid 20 mpg for a large capacity bike being ridden hard to over 100 mpg for a small commuter bike being ridden gently
You don’t buy a high revving Japanese sports bike for fuel economy. They are rarely used as transport. Most people have them for fun and don’t really care about mpg. I had a bike that I could empty the tank in 80 miles but to be honest by them I wanted to get off and have a rest and calm down
 
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been away for the weekend to a mates somewhere in cumbria that's miles from civilisation. got a cracking place with a bar. few barrels of beer from the local brewery, bit bait, good crack and folk on some nice bikes from laverda's to harleys to old triumphs to new bmw's. it's what it's all about and sadly will probably be the last camping trip of the year.
 
Not fancy a Harley..??
I have got my eye on a couple of Fat Boys that look phenomenal. They would be a massive departure from what I am used to ride wise, but by God they do look smart, although very high maintenance and not just for cleaning. I have a test ride booked this week.

I test rode the Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro and the Tiger 1200 XCA yesterday. The 900 had a gorgeous quick shifter on and pulled very well, although it sounds like a twin. It had good spec, but was setup quite low. It felt light and maneuverable and smooth. The 1200 however had an amazing induction howl, went like stink and gave me the presence that I was after.

In the position now to buy from private and dealers with the funds almost available, which puts me in a good negotiating position.

I've got my eye on a rare 1200 in khaki green in GLASGOW, but I'm struggling to get up there to check it all over and confirm ownership etc. The lad has it up for sale still but is holding it for me without deposit (his idea) until the weekend. I may have to drive up for the viewing and checks and then later in the week get the train up to bring the bike back. There are certainly worse routes to traverse :).

A few years ago, on a whim I got the train up to Aberdeen and rode a V Strom 1000 all the way back having not ridden a bike in around 10 years at that point. Man was I tired.
 
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Tuono

Midfield
Scorchio until last night, ten minutes before we got to our destination in Braganca Portugal the heavens opened. I'll try and add photos later.
The seat.looks thin but it works okay, no.arse pain.
 
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