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Offline Artaroos

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An Oldy but a Newbie
« on: August 23, 2019, 16:20:19 »
Hello All,
   Nice to 'meet' you - so I need to introduce myself (as is only proper) and the message from Admin said I need try and find something funny to say (no pressure), so let's see how I go:
My name is Richard (which my Mum used to call me) - I answer to Rick, Art or whatever your conscience feels comfortable with; I live in Southampton.

I've been on two wheels since I was 16 - which now totals 31 years riding.

My bike history includes:
Multiple Scooters including the 'good old' Cub (C50 & C90!) and a Vivacity 100 (great fun around town)
Yamaha DT125
Yamaha Diversion XJ600
Suzuki Bandit 1200
BMW RT1150
Kawasaki ZZR1200 (02) - Silver (the fastest colour)
Kawasaki ZZR1200 (05) - Blue (the prettiest colour) which was my bike for the last 9 years - > 80K miles on the saddle

My riding history includes:
Daily city /motorway commutes (unless it's snowing/icy - I'm on the bike!)
Tours (with the Wife):
England (Kind of a given!?)
France
Belgium (roads are awful)
Germany
Switzerland
Austria
Italy
Luxembourg (really trying now)
Spain (just me - the hardest ride of my life - it' a long way away! ( made it in 2 days on the ZZR))

So what brings me here?
I had an 'off' on the ZZR, which believe it or not was caused by cooking oil!
It seems that an oil collection lorry had spilled its load on a roundabout.. The subsequent accident (<20 mph) cracked the engine block on the Zed, beyond economical yadda yadda, and less importantly, left me with multiple busted ribs (but not much more - thankfully).
You are taught to look out for wet weather, mud, loose gravel, diesel, piano wire across the road etc, but cooking oil on a dry sunny day of 23C - not so much..

The plus side!
Honestly, I'd started to lose my love of 'enjoying' riding, I rode to commute (hate being stuck in traffic), but hadn't gone out for 'fun', for over 2 years `now.
When given the option to get a new bike, after much consideration and research I opted for a DL650 for a number of reasons, most of which are obvious to you lot.. Knowing what I was going to use it for and the punishment I'd be giving it - I opted for a 2006 model, with 23K.

Well, they are bloody brilliant aren't they!

Obviously it's very different to my Zed, but my god what a lot of fun - really enjoying riding her - the fun of riding has been reinvigorated for me!

Well that's it - I promise this will be the longest post you'll ever see from me - and I look forward to getting to know some of you more and maybe even meeting up.

Have fun.

Art

Offline TLPower

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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2019, 16:52:22 »
 :bow-blue: what an introduction. :)

 :welcome: from  :traitor:
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Offline MartinW

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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2019, 18:49:33 »
Hello Richard/Rick/Art (no Dick? Chortle)

Brilliant intro. Thanks for that.

I can also confirm that the 2004-2006 DL650 is the best bike ever made.
Tall, Dark and Handsome (In 1987) - Just tall now !!

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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2019, 19:08:06 »
 :welcome2:

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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2019, 19:15:18 »
 :welcome:

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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2019, 19:16:18 »
 :welcome2: to you Art, some intro! :thumb:
The 650 is an easy bike to live with, may you have a lot of fun on it,and joining here.

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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2019, 19:47:42 »
 :welcome:

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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2019, 19:54:24 »
Hello Art  :welcome: great intro  :clap: great bike you have chosen there enjoy  :thumb:

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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2019, 20:55:20 »
 :welcome:
Old enough to know better, but still too young to care...

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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2019, 21:03:52 »
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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2019, 23:19:13 »
Hello and  :welcome2:
Look at the clock and the calendar.
It'll never be now again.
So just get out and do it.
As fast as you possibly can.

Nothing travels faster than the speed of time.

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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2019, 07:00:54 »
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Re: An Oldy but a Newbie
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2019, 12:23:29 »
 :ty: Everyone for the welcome!

Love the Site, great info (manuals etc) and it seems busy and friendly!

Enjoy the long weekend!  :thumb: