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Online matt-drummer

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Hello
« on: January 14, 2020, 15:26:18 »
Hello to everyone.

I have spent many hours over the last couple of weeks reading most of the forum and thought I had better join.

I am a returning biker, haven't had one for around 18 years and never thought I would again. I bought a car in August that I don't want to use for work more than I feel I have to so I thought I would get a scooter. I have only ridden sports bikes, my last bike was a ZX7R and I passed my test (part 1 and 2 - I'm old!) on an RG125. I sat on a scooter and it just didn't feel right with my legs in front of my bottom and not being over the front wheel so I bought a brand new motorbike instead, but the wrong one.

I bought a Honda CB300R but didn't test ride as I had no gear and I was convinced it was enough of a bike, and it was.

I did no research and didn't really know anything about how bikes have changed since I bought my ZX7R new in 1998. I then started getting curious and started reading and then I rode the CB300R and realised I had made a mistake.

I didn't want a sports bike , my wife would kill me if I didn't kill myself first so I bought a new Duke 390 and then added a Duke 790, sold the CB300R and then decided I didn't want to ruin them in the winter so I looked for something Japanese for the winter, something used and that I would care too much about.

I thought I would by an older bike, something like a Hornet or Bandit but I kept reading about how good the V-Strom is. At first I thought it was a funny name and a bit of a strange looking bike but virtually everything you read is good, really good.

Then I went to the dealer to look at them and I was almost at the point of buying a new one, they were quite cheap with £1,000 off(actually cheaper than the demo they were selling!) but the salesman showed me a used one, it was perfect, so I bought it.

So, I bought a 2016 DL650 XT, it's red with about 12,000 miles, one owner, seems well looked after, they serviced it, mot'd it for a full year and taxed it for a year for me, pretty good. It has the usual XT bits plus it has a Givi screen, Oxford heated grips and a full set of aluminium luggage (it's the oem Suzuki stuff, seems good to me and nicer than the plastic Givi box I bought for my CB300R).

So far I have added a centre stand and I am waiting for my kit to arrive from Eastern Beaver to add headlamp relays.

I am really happy with the bike and I feel I got a really good deal from Orwell Motorcycles in Ipswich.

I have learnt a lot about the bike from reading the topics on the forum so than you to everybody that contributed.

Matthew.

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Re: Hello
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2020, 15:44:45 »
 :welcome: from  :traitor:

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Re: Hello
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2020, 17:45:26 »
 :welcome:
"If idiot's could fly, this place would be an airport" (Old man from Pawn Stars)

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Re: Hello
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2020, 18:00:52 »
 :welcome:
** Biker Friendly Campsite in West Wales **

Learn to spell! There's a big difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit
Visit the V-Strom.co.uk shop today!

I will NEVER use JT's Motorcycles of Swansea! http://www.v-strom.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=2717.msg205443#msg2054

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Re: Hello
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2020, 18:08:36 »
 :welcome:
Enjoy the bike  :auto-dirtbike:

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Re: Hello
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2020, 18:17:17 »
Hello Matt  :welcome2: from another in  :traitor: As for Orwells they have almost all of my money but I still trust them for servicing ...
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.
Because .........
Nothing travels faster than the speed of time.

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Re: Hello
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2020, 18:27:49 »
 :welcome: :thumb:

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Re: Hello
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2020, 18:39:43 »
 :welcome:

Great Intro :thumb:
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Re: Hello
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2020, 19:17:35 »
Orwells, Thank you, are they good? 

They seem really nice so far and I look forward to seeing them quite often as I have two new KTM's and they are now KTM dealers.

I must say that Orwell Motorcycles have been really great actually, I feel like I have been looked after!

I bought my Duke 390 from Exeter as there were no local dealers and I was going to get my Duke 790 from the same place until I heard that Orwell Motorcycles were becoming KTM dealers. I don't think I would have my V-Strom unless I had bought the 790 in Ipswich, I would never have gone in there otherwise.

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Re: Hello
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2020, 19:34:06 »
Hello Matt,
this forum also helped me decide I wanted / needed! the v strom . welcome

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Re: Hello
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2020, 19:39:54 »
Hello Matt great intro  :welcome:

The waters family who own Orwell motorcycles have a very good name and I have always found them to be very fair and professional  :thumb:

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Re: Hello
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2020, 19:53:39 »
A hello and a welcome from Bury St Edmunds, Matt.

Bought new my V-Strom and previously a GSX1250 from Orwells and found them easy to deal with. Knowledgeable staff in all their departments, too.

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Re: Hello
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2020, 20:49:31 »
 :welcome:
A drunken man's words are a sober man's thoughts.

Graham

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Re: Hello
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2020, 07:29:44 »
 :welcome: