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Forum: Ride reports 03-28-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,256
Posted By elemental
Very nice pics indeed - brings back fond memories...

Very nice pics indeed - brings back fond memories of my ride there in 2000. We went the other direction Hokitika - Christchurch one day. Chucking down with rain as we set off, shorts and flip-flops...
Forum: Ride reports 08-09-2013, 06:56 AM
Replies: 2,030
Views: 1,050,129
Posted By elemental
Read the whole thing over the last couple of...

Read the whole thing over the last couple of days. Glad to have caught up. Can't add much to all the comments except to echo the sentiment that you guys are awesome.
Forum: Trip Planning 08-08-2013, 06:15 AM
Replies: 1,017
Views: 528,451
Posted By elemental
Staufen, Aargau, Switzerland If you've run...

Staufen, Aargau, Switzerland

If you've run into trouble on your way through Europe, or need help sourcing parts in NW Switzerland: no german/no idea...
you can pitch my/your tent in our small...
Forum: Road warriors 12-11-2012, 06:44 AM
Replies: 1,919
Views: 286,077
Posted By elemental
I just bought a 2002 R1150R. Used to have a...

I just bought a 2002 R1150R. Used to have a R1100GS, sold it ten years ago, Did over 100k on that. Snow has stopped play for a couple of weeks, but I'm so happy to be back on a boxer after ten years...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-28-2012, 06:27 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,930
Posted By elemental
As others have said, you'll end up riding way...

As others have said, you'll end up riding way less for a few years anyway. In my opinion, there's no need to make a conscious decision to stop. Mine are 3 and 5 and I've gone from year-long...
Forum: Road warriors 11-19-2012, 06:13 AM
Replies: 799
Views: 145,103
Posted By elemental
00 Thunderbird Sport: My only purchase mistake in...

00 Thunderbird Sport: My only purchase mistake in 25 years of riding - sold it at a loss after 4 months
06 Speed Triple: Test ride revealed dodgy ergos, handling and throttle
Bonneville: Borrowed...
Forum: Road warriors 11-02-2012, 04:04 AM
Replies: 7,388
Views: 1,091,552
Posted By elemental
I have a current hankering for one of these: ...

I have a current hankering for one of these:

http://www.chiswickhondamotorbike.com/images/honda-bikes/thumbs/supersports/cb1300sa.png
Forum: Road warriors 08-23-2012, 08:48 AM
Replies: 9,747
Views: 1,476,902
Posted By elemental
I would also go with a smaller sprocket corndog,...

I would also go with a smaller sprocket corndog, first on the list. I have read somewherre about the 950 intake responding well to opening up, you would certainly have to rejet to take advantage of...
Forum: Road warriors 08-22-2012, 11:27 PM
Replies: 9,747
Views: 1,476,902
Posted By elemental
Thanks for the encouragement (not that I really...

Thanks for the encouragement (not that I really need it with this bike). It has Akrapovic end cans (not embarrasingly loud), and I felt right at home after about 20 yards. In fact, after about 200...
Forum: Road warriors 08-22-2012, 05:56 AM
Replies: 9,747
Views: 1,476,902
Posted By elemental
Felt the need to stick my oar in. Just test rode...

Felt the need to stick my oar in. Just test rode a 2007 950 SM. It's a big leggy with 26,500km but has a FSH from a good small dealer well known to me. Loved the wild ride, seems to have plenty of go...
Forum: EMEA 08-02-2012, 07:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,015
Posted By elemental
I know this trip has been and gone but if you'd...

I know this trip has been and gone but if you'd be bonkers to ride directly from Basel to the hellish tourist traffic traps of the alpine passes. The biking roads in the countryside around Basel -...
Forum: Road warriors 07-08-2012, 11:28 AM
Replies: 534
Views: 111,001
Posted By elemental
I just bought a 2000 TBS - it's pretty nice, but...

I just bought a 2000 TBS - it's pretty nice, but needs more attitude in my book - pipes and chopped fender at a minimum, and another 20hp wouldn't go amiss either. If Triumph do a new 1200 triple...
Forum: Road warriors 09-07-2011, 01:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By elemental
The hack bobber pictured only exists for the...

The hack bobber pictured only exists for the frame and paperwork. It would take a year or two of evening spannering and maybe 20k to make something registrable. Something like this:...
Forum: Road warriors 09-07-2011, 12:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By elemental
No - unless it is a Euro 3 motor - so FI is...

No - unless it is a Euro 3 motor - so FI is pretty much a must.
Forum: Road warriors 09-05-2011, 07:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By elemental
to wrap this up: 1 - the shops owner wants to...

to wrap this up:
1 - the shops owner wants to keep the rusty america and do something nasty to it himself: so no go
3 - the frame on that old triumph rigid has been welded badly in a couple of...
Forum: Road warriors 08-31-2011, 04:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By elemental
If it is registrable, yes. For comparison, a...

If it is registrable, yes. For comparison, a complete, running and inspected rigid pan would be worth around 30K.
Or do you mean the BA 790? 5K is max rebuild costs incl rebore and purchase.
Forum: Road warriors 08-30-2011, 11:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By elemental
^Wise words. It already looks great. The risk is...

^Wise words. It already looks great. The risk is that it can't be made legal. Won't know that for 100% certain til the build is complete. I want to ride the piss out of whatever I end up with while I...
Forum: Road warriors 08-30-2011, 02:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By elemental
Nice beemer rudy. I'm real jealous of your texan...

Nice beemer rudy. I'm real jealous of your texan weather. Spanner season here is end October to end March if we are lucky.
Forum: Road warriors 08-30-2011, 02:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By elemental
The only legal S&S is 124 cubic inches which is...

The only legal S&S is 124 cubic inches which is massive overkill for my needs - and twice the price of a lil 88 Revtech. I'm not mad keen on Revtech either but it's basically the only option. If a...
Forum: Road warriors 08-30-2011, 07:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,128
Posted By elemental
Winter build options

I am lining up another winter shed-build but have three options. Can't decide, help me work through this so I can spend the cooler months squirrelled away in the shed banging my head and hurting my...
Forum: EMEA 07-28-2011, 06:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,853
Posted By elemental
Was stranded in a motorway sevice station near...

Was stranded in a motorway sevice station near bordeaux for 48 hours after being nicked, immediately banned, bike seized and fined 750 euros on the spot - for speeding on an empty peage. Came close...
Forum: EMEA 07-28-2011, 06:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,557
Posted By elemental
Zernez is not a city, it's a small town, not much...

Zernez is not a city, it's a small town, not much to see as such but a nice place there is the national park center. there's an indoor pool next to it too. couple of nice restaurants. around that...
Forum: Road warriors 06-29-2011, 11:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,190
Posted By elemental
probably too much hassle. the one year import...

probably too much hassle. the one year import option means the vehicle must leave at the end of the year no exceptions (i looked into doing it with a car). importing it permanently would be a PITA...
Forum: Road warriors 06-29-2011, 03:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,001
Posted By elemental
There's a ton of info on this on triumphrat....

There's a ton of info on this on triumphrat. Don't know how long the later forks are but nothing on earth is long enough to go straight in without a lot of mucking about. The rebuild option is best....
Forum: Road warriors 06-22-2011, 06:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,001
Posted By elemental
Later forks are way too short. There is no easy...

Later forks are way too short. There is no easy bolt on. With (lots of geometry) work, maybe TL. Better spend your money on a rebuild, and/or a set of adjustables off a SS or ST.
Forum: Europe 11-02-2010, 12:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By elemental
Getting it road legal in the UK is no problem....

Getting it road legal in the UK is no problem. The MOT test is a joke (in comparison to some other countries). If the bike is clean and stock it will cost next to nothing and about 20 minutes at the...
Forum: Europe 11-01-2010, 01:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,288
Posted By elemental
I imported an r1100gs from Aus and UK in 2001....

I imported an r1100gs from Aus and UK in 2001. You only have to do this (go onto Swiss plates) within a year of you arriving. If your bike is stock it's easy and not expensive. If it's not stock it...
Forum: Europe 10-10-2010, 12:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,409
Posted By elemental
Yeah, or try Franche Comté for even less company....

Yeah, or try Franche Comté for even less company. Swiss and French sides of Goumois border crossing for example.
Forum: Europe 10-07-2010, 07:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,409
Posted By elemental
There's some great riding here in CH and you...

There's some great riding here in CH and you don't need to go anywhere near the alps and the hordes of German, Italian and French bikes, caravans and loaded station wagons screwing up your lines....
Forum: GS Boxers 01-28-2004, 12:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,161
Posted By elemental
I don't think you'd be disappointed in the 1100GS...

I don't think you'd be disappointed in the 1100GS over the 1150 at all, I love my 96er, and I've given it a very hard life, which it has largely happily lapped up, so it deserves looking after. They...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-23-2004, 10:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,544
Posted By elemental
great pics ricardo, where did you get these????! ...

great pics ricardo, where did you get these????!

German version has 2ps less than the round ton to allow it to fall into a cheaper legal bracket.

What is the actual fuel tank shaped like? Any...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-23-2004, 10:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,161
Posted By elemental
Well first off the 1100 has the 5 speed box, and...

Well first off the 1100 has the 5 speed box, and personally I find it much clunkier and agricultural than the 1150's 6er. The 1150 is a touch quicker no matter what any hurt 1100 guys tell you, but...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-23-2004, 09:51 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 9,473
Posted By elemental
I too remain unconvinced, it looks a bit F650...

I too remain unconvinced, it looks a bit F650 like, a bit plasticky, a bit contrived. I'll have the chance to glance over it next month as I take my '96 in to have it's box done again at great...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-21-2003, 09:32 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,534
Posted By elemental
big respect to you for riding it as it was...

big respect to you for riding it as it was intended - so what if it breaks?
at least you aren't obsessed with jesse bags, how much gas mileage you get and seat -height lowering etc.
get out there...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-17-2003, 06:07 AM
Replies: 17
Poll: Tyre Poll
Views: 1,460
Posted By elemental
> The tourances usually last 12K rear and almost...

> The tourances usually last 12K rear and almost 15K front for me. I have lots of wet roads under them and they grip very well. I have no flat data on these.

A few years ago I had to run about...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-11-2003, 11:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,092
Posted By elemental
Australia is a nightmare for potholes and ruts...

Australia is a nightmare for potholes and ruts out on the gravel roads, but my '96 GS spoked wheels (behr?) survived 40,000km of it without so much as a loose spoke. The bmw guy I was riding with...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-10-2003, 03:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,132
Posted By elemental
I don't know about weight, but removing the cat...

I don't know about weight, but removing the cat will make the pipes run cooler. You'll need to change the 'relay' plug in the fusebox for the beige one I think.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-07-2003, 03:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,072
Posted By elemental
well that adds a different perspective to it. is...

well that adds a different perspective to it. is the gs the your only dirt bike? tourances are ok in sand/mud but I wouldn't go out looking for it on them. sounds like the case for knobblies might be...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-06-2003, 08:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,072
Posted By elemental
for a mile of dirt and 50 of road it'll get...

for a mile of dirt and 50 of road it'll get expensive to have a little less squirrel on that first stretch in the morning. Trail wings are rubbish, and I defy anyone to argue that. Tourances and t66s...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-06-2003, 08:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,542
Posted By elemental
I have to agree with nachtflug, I just had a...

I have to agree with nachtflug, I just had a shop-bike f650gs dakar for ca. 100km whilst my 96 r1100gs was in for a new rear wheel bearing. Maybe the dakar would be great in the dirt but it was so...
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