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Offline Brockett

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What next?
« on: April 10, 2021, 10:24:36 »
I am looking around the motorcycle world and wondering, what might be my next bike? The Z1000RS is superb to look at and it goes and stops very well. But it lacks any soul and I don't connect with it. The SV650 is completely spoilt by the ridiculous seat that is hard like a plank and slopes down at the front so that I spend my time pushing on the footpegs to get my tender body parts away fron the tank. it really is uncomfortable and causes severe cramp in my legs after a 60 mile ride. Then there is the VX. Hmmm yes I like the way the VX performs. Lowish (60 BHP) output shaft drive slim build and lowish (800mm) seat and a dry weight of 214kg . More a gentlemans bike than a scratcher. But who makes anything like it now?  The one thing that I have found is that as the years pass by my ideal riding stance has rotated from feet back on rear sets and low clip on bars to now wanting my hands higher and my feet further forward so that my shins are verticle to the ground. I no longer want the yowling four pot buzzing machine of my teenage dreams. I find the regular throbbing of a big V twin at no more than 4000 RPM is comforting on a long run. I cannot see any bikes on the market now that could in any way tempt my wallet to open.   
V-Stroms are too tall ( I wonder if 17 inch wheels would help?)
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Re: What next?
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2021, 11:01:43 »
I share your pain Brockett, I am looking at either a roadster or custom, will be fun finding something  :thumb:
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Re: What next?
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2021, 11:11:00 »
BMW R1200-1250R? small for a 1200cc, low centre of gravity if not particularly light and plenty of go.  I've always liked these but at 6 feet tall they feel a bit on the small side.
If on more of a budget what about a Tracer 700 or mt 07.

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Re: What next?
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2021, 11:17:02 »
Low Sportster? You've had one. Xv950? What are Yam doing with v2 cruisers or "retro" these days?

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Re: What next?
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2021, 12:32:06 »
Honda CMX1100 rebel ... ?
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Re: What next?
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2021, 13:19:04 »
Have a look at the spec on the Victory Octane,  it is a kind of sports/cruiser.. I'm getting towards having problems with the Z1000sx after two years ownership and I have glanced at these ...


https://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/Victory/Victory_Octane.htm

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Re: What next?
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2021, 15:43:21 »
Off the top of my head I suspect the SV is one your favourite bikes, you seem to have owned it for at least 2 years. :)

You have tried the Triumph route, the Harley thing and various other cruiser things.

I would find a decent seat fabricator local to you and ask them make you a seat that addresses the 'nad crushing on the SV. You could also look at moving the pegs and controls. With time on your hands how about looking into a Strom seat and tank unit being modified to suit and again alter the pegs and controls to suit.

I can't for the life of me think of a single bike review where the original seat was described as "plush", I have yet to meet anyone who has a bike and the stock ergos are perfect. (I'm including screen, bars, mirrors, seat and suspension)

Something like this?
 
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Re: What next?
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2021, 16:08:12 »
....or a Ducati Scrambler. :thumb:

Edit ergos calculator. http://cycle-ergo.com/
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Re: What next?
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2021, 16:49:44 »
Ride a deauville 700 or Varadero or Pan European.
The seats are loverly for solo or 2up for far more miles than the Stroms.

But the weight of a Pan Euro, crap stock screen on Varadero and well the dullness of a Deauville. Prove your point about no perfect bike.

Gsx1400? That's not dull, comfy low seat and put what ever screen you want on it it you want a screen.
And you can't fault the engine for fun factor.
Or if you want newer one of the newer XJR1300?



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Re: What next?
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2021, 22:42:50 »
This one could be right up you street Brockett!   The new Baxi Bike!    :stirpot: 
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Re: What next?
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2021, 00:02:58 »
 lol

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Re: What next?
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2021, 08:26:20 »
The new Guzzi V7 have the updated 850 engine which is very torquey and they handle superbly. Packed full of character too  :thumb:
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Re: What next?
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2021, 08:32:19 »
...and are shaft drive. Good shout 2112!
Old enough to know better, but still too young to care...

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Re: What next?
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2021, 09:25:59 »
Honda X-ADV? Marmite machine in the making, I suspect.

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Re: What next?
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2021, 10:23:43 »
Good shout 2112. It's on my 'go and look' list.
Due to my degraded hip joints I cannot get on to a seat much over 800mm and for the same reason weight is an issue. Cruisers might seem the answer but I've tried eight and they are nowhere near as comfortable as they first seem. OK for 20 miles but not for 120 miles, again it's the hips that feel it. I've tried super scooters, too wide and high with it.  So maybe the SV with a seat modification may the way to go next.
A little update on the VX:- I was trying to balance the carburettors and got the tickover settled at 1100rpm when I notice the no.2 cylinder exhaust  was ejecting cold air and the no.1 hot. I pulled off the no 2 plug lead and it made no differenceat all. I removed the plug and it looked new. No I wonder  if I have driven 70 miles on one cylinder without realising it. It drove nicely too.  :whistle:
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Re: What next?
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2021, 13:14:39 »
There are some good deals to be had on the 'leftover' 750's too  :thumb:
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Re: What next?
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2021, 13:31:17 »
I don't get why Guzzi didn't re-brand the V7 with the 850 engine as the V85, too pricey for me though'?
If you go onto MCN's website, the bike review part, you can do a search by seat height.
It does 3 height bands.
The first band is up to about 780mm, the middle band is from 780 up to about 840mm (if my imperial to metric conversion is correct, I.e. x 25.4 for mm), may be useful and save you some time / money?  :shrug:
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Re: What next?
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2021, 11:19:07 »
@Brocket have your seat done, TL hit the nail on the head a great bike the gen 3, I have the tuck and roll seat on mine and is a lot better stops the roll into the tank. :thumb:
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Re: What next?
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2021, 18:49:18 »
You know.. one minute you're going out for a ride and without warning you find yourself at the local bike shop. The next thing you know you are signing the papers on a new bike. Honest Guv'  when I left home I had no intention of doing such, but deep in thought, as I can be while riding, I was suddenly struck with the problem: What can I take to that campsite in West Wales now the SV has gone? I don't want to lug the VX all the way down there at her time of life and if it should come to pass that I buy the 765 Street Triple I'll not want to load that on the trailer. What I need is something on the lightweight side so I can put on a trailer and lug it about but also a resonable size bike on which a lardy old bloke can bimble around the lanes.
Answer KTM 390. It'll be ready on the 24th.
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Re: What next?
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2021, 18:55:07 »
 :dl_hyperhysteria: :thumb: :clap: lol
24th, you say? I'm at that site from tea-time on the 25th.