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Forum: Orange Crush 10-30-2006, 05:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 796
Posted By Compoed
London

You should have come before - I live in London and have a garage but I am selling and moving out in the next few weeks. If you want central London storage you dont have many options:

Hire a...
Forum: Ride reports 10-11-2006, 02:22 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 18,283
Posted By Compoed
Intermot 2007

UK Motorcycle News has a full report on all the new models at Intermot - see:
http://www.motorcyclenews.com/

Great pics of the new KTM's etc.
Forum: Ride reports 10-11-2006, 04:48 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 18,283
Posted By Compoed
2007 Varadero

And the all new Varadero for 2007 is........................... exactly like the old one apart from a few engine emission tweaks and new colours. The rumours that this was going to be a ground up...
Forum: Road warriors 08-23-2006, 02:57 AM
Replies: 304
Views: 49,133
Posted By Compoed
07 Varadero

I cant see Honda evolving the Varadero to KTM/GS levels - its just such a big change for such a conservative company. It seems Honda have blown the dual sport market on both sides of the pond. The...
Forum: Road warriors 08-22-2006, 02:14 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 49,133
Posted By Compoed
New 07 Varadero

Honda dealers here (UK) are saying there is definitely an all new from the ground up Varadero for 07. Likely to be much closer to KTM990 Adv/BMW GS1200 - ie much lighter and more off road capable. ...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-19-2006, 07:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 762
Posted By Compoed
117 degrees f recorded on Central line yesterday....

117 degrees f recorded on Central line yesterday. Surviving is taking precedence over gawping.
Forum: Orange Crush 07-18-2006, 08:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 762
Posted By Compoed
you're right - the weather is stunning here. Not...

you're right - the weather is stunning here. Not rained for about 3 weeks. Tomorrow set to be the hottest ever recorded in London.
Forum: Orange Crush 07-18-2006, 08:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 762
Posted By Compoed
Just spoke to Bracken - it is the slave cylinder....

Just spoke to Bracken - it is the slave cylinder. 5 day wait for parts - get it back next tuesday at the earliest. Another week of 40 degress on the tube - bollocks. Mind you the girls arent wearing...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-18-2006, 08:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 762
Posted By Compoed
Thanks guys. The bike is now back in the shop...

Thanks guys. The bike is now back in the shop being fixed - the recovery guy had picked up another 950 over the weekend with the exact same problem. Slave clutch cylinder failure. Its nice to know...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-17-2006, 07:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 762
Posted By Compoed
950 Incontinence #2 - No Clutch

My relationship with the 950 seems destined to end with it pissing fluids all over the road. Cured the coolant incontinence (pump impeller failure) but now I have lost the clutch - stuck in 1st in...
Forum: Orange Crush 06-08-2006, 01:09 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,951
Posted By Compoed
The Premier Bikes demo 990 has Akros/remap - it...

The Premier Bikes demo 990 has Akros/remap - it was great to ride agressively but feathering throttle for junctions/roundabouts/following slow traffic it was jerky as hell. I guess you could get...
Forum: Orange Crush 05-11-2006, 02:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,942
Posted By Compoed
I use a resin based glue - seems to improve the...

I use a resin based glue - seems to improve the magnetism. In fact it works so well I cant seem to get the tanks and bag apart anymore so I have added some mastic around the edges and converted to...
Forum: Orange Crush 05-04-2006, 11:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,650
Posted By Compoed
I had my own 950 nirvana yesterday. My wife...

I had my own 950 nirvana yesterday. My wife managed to shorten my range rover last week (its back in the bodyshop being resurrected) - the insurers gave me a 'comparable' courtesy car (VW Polo) -...
Forum: Orange Crush 05-02-2006, 02:21 AM
Replies: 313
Views: 20,498
Posted By Compoed
Only just checked back in. I have a black 04. ...

Only just checked back in. I have a black 04. You can probably find some of my previous rants about Bracken in other threads - might be worth doing a search. I have never had a really major problem...
Forum: Orange Crush 04-24-2006, 03:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,579
Posted By Compoed
In London I must see 50 1200GS's for every KTM...

In London I must see 50 1200GS's for every KTM (of every kind). I think we have some way to go before we become a common sight. Cant be good for the resale price of GS's though :evil !
Forum: Orange Crush 04-24-2006, 02:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,579
Posted By Compoed
Dealer choice might be limited to who has a 990...

Dealer choice might be limited to who has a 990 left to sell. Getting short on stock down south (at least at the dealers you would want to do business with). Premier (Didcot) had 9 allocated for...
Forum: Orange Crush 04-24-2006, 01:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 525
Posted By Compoed
Thats not flying, its falling with style

You just cant beat a low speed off in front of a whole parade at least there are always plenty of people around to help and your lid hides the blushes. Hopefully the bush saved your bike.

Drove...
Forum: Orange Crush 04-19-2006, 01:49 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,040
Posted By Compoed
Motophil is right - get a Transalp or an Africa...

Motophil is right - get a Transalp or an Africa Twin if you can find one. They are cheap (and easy to sell 2nd hand), will never go wrong and will get you used to the height - particularly in town...
Forum: Orange Crush 04-05-2006, 10:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,087
Posted By Compoed
Commute through London from the SW to the City...

Commute through London from the SW to the City every day - perfect in everyway - 16 months with no probs. The great thing with having a KTM here is that the London dealers are crap - you just have to...
Forum: Orange Crush 03-09-2006, 05:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 754
Posted By Compoed
Mr H - a wise choice (assuming its black of...

Mr H - a wise choice (assuming its black of course). The TDM is a great bike but I hope you find your new purchase takes you to another level. Glad to hear Premier have sorted you out. Welcome to...
Forum: Orange Crush 03-06-2006, 08:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 754
Posted By Compoed
Might be worth hanging back a few weeks until the...

Might be worth hanging back a few weeks until the 990's start coming through - should bring quite a few used bikes through as trade-ins. I hear good things about Premier Bikes in Didcot - not too...
Forum: Orange Crush 02-15-2006, 10:39 AM
Replies: 313
Views: 20,498
Posted By Compoed
Just spotted this thread. Had my Black 04 950...

Just spotted this thread. Had my Black 04 950 for about 14 months - done about 3,500 miles, nearly all commuting to work in London. take in longer trips in summer down to south coast, IOW etc. Had...
Forum: Orange Crush 02-13-2006, 07:14 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,374
Posted By Compoed
990 Review

Here is the text from the Telegraph review:

The KTM Adventure is a true off-road bike - even in the surf, discovers Kevin Ash
<!--MPU STOPPED BY MEDIA -->There is a dawning realisation among...
Forum: Orange Crush 02-02-2006, 05:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,136
Posted By Compoed
Well there was no shortage of heat after I'd...

Well there was no shortage of heat after I'd thrashed the nuts off it. I guess it might be a bit of reverse marketing - I couldnt wait to get back on my 950.
Forum: Orange Crush 02-02-2006, 04:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,860
Posted By Compoed
Sounds like you have already dismissed Bracken. ...

Sounds like you have already dismissed Bracken. Don't feel tempted to go back on that decision. Plenty written about them in other threads.
Forum: Orange Crush 02-01-2006, 06:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,136
Posted By Compoed
Courtesy Bikes

Whilst they service your Adv 950, Bracken let you have a 4 year old Suzuki DRZ?400, seen better days, tank empty, supermoto wheels, illegal? race can, melted number plate (from the can). Quite a...
Forum: Equipment 12-13-2005, 02:19 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 14,843
Posted By Compoed
Vat

UK VAT is 17.5%
Forum: Orange Crush 12-02-2005, 02:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,320
Posted By Compoed
Chips I took the Transalp route too - I had...

Chips

I took the Transalp route too - I had a 650 for 4 years. Used it every day and never missed a beat. Honda certainly make a reliable (if a little dull) bike. I would have stuck with them...
Forum: Orange Crush 12-02-2005, 06:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,320
Posted By Compoed
Chips Great to hear there will be another...

Chips

Great to hear there will be another Black 950 Adv in London. Now if you had gone for one of the slower orange ones the reduced speed might have made the difference on the corner. Looks...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-29-2005, 06:36 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,361
Posted By Compoed
I reckon you could drive an even greater bargain...

I reckon you could drive an even greater bargain on a UK 05 950 - the vast majority of UK riders are road biased and will probably be more inclined to wait for the FI. There will be plenty of 05's...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-29-2005, 06:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,508
Posted By Compoed
Just had the exact same problem on my UK bike. ...

Just had the exact same problem on my UK bike. Its worth knowing that the water pump failure/partial operation causes the overflow because the current knee-jerk KTM response to this problem is that...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-23-2005, 09:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By Compoed
Blue - I know, its crap, but being in London with...

Blue - I know, its crap, but being in London with a bike in warranty with no coolant there wasnt much choice. Next service will be out of town for sure - good excuse for a blast through the...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-22-2005, 01:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By Compoed
Well two weeks later I have the diagnosis - not...

Well two weeks later I have the diagnosis - not the rad cap, not the head gasket but the water pump/impeller. The unit had partially failed, pumped a load of crap into the rad and expansion...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-14-2005, 07:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 613
Posted By Compoed
Airwater I am lucky enough to have a...

Airwater


I am lucky enough to have a garage at home but I park my bike on the street in the West End every day with no problems so far. Now I am not saying for a second that your bike won't...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-14-2005, 06:53 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,002
Posted By Compoed
Loueye So do you want to out the dealer who...

Loueye

So do you want to out the dealer who left you with this heap of grief? We need to get KTM UK to start paying attention to the very poor service some of their dealers provide here.
Forum: Orange Crush 11-09-2005, 12:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By Compoed
Sounds painful - I am praying its the rad cap and...

Sounds painful - I am praying its the rad cap and not something more serious.

The bike comes with a free year of 'KTM Assistance' - you ring the number on the card and they come and fix/recover...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-09-2005, 06:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By Compoed
Thanks Shuffler - the bike recovery guys are...

Thanks Shuffler - the bike recovery guys are taking it down to a dealer this pm to have it checked out. I assumed it was not a good idea to ride it without coolant?
Forum: Orange Crush 11-09-2005, 05:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By Compoed
Puking Coolant

Rode to work this morning, parked up on the side stand and the bike pukes all its coolant onto the road. The white reservoir is empty - looks like it came out through a drain tube that runs down the...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-08-2005, 01:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 428
Posted By Compoed
In the UK there always seem to be 3 or 4 used...

In the UK there always seem to be 3 or 4 used bikes for sale either on e-bay or through the small ads - one of these might be a better low cost option assuming it has a good history - the usual rules...
Forum: Orange Crush 11-07-2005, 10:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 708
Posted By Compoed
Yes the light flashes on and off when the fuel...

Yes the light flashes on and off when the fuel has just dipped below and comes back depending on the angle of the bike. Completely normal. I do mostly London miles and found that replacing the rad...
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