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Forum: Battle scooters 05-15-2011, 07:44 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 17,079
Posted By robobiker
Sure, that's your choice and I sympathise with...

Sure, that's your choice and I sympathise with the temperature problem. I get hot and sweaty at much lower temps. However my post was merely to emphasise that since the most common accident is not...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-13-2011, 03:30 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 17,079
Posted By robobiker
It's an inescapable fact that the most common...

It's an inescapable fact that the most common motorcycle injuries occur during journeys at or below 30 mph. So just because you are riding a scooter does not protect you. The idea that because it's...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-10-2011, 12:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,652
Posted By robobiker
I went on a "born-again" biker course and even my...

I went on a "born-again" biker course and even my instructor described me as "a little over-cautious". I'm glad I am. I approach every intersection assuming no-one has seen me. Unless I make solid...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-10-2011, 12:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,261
Posted By robobiker
I've gone through similar things. I had a V-strom...

I've gone through similar things. I had a V-strom 650 and loved it. Then one day I stopped at a junction and there was a steep camber. I put my foot down and there was nothing there. Closest I got to...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-10-2011, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,556
Posted By robobiker
Thanks again. I'll see if I can find an import to...

Thanks again. I'll see if I can find an import to the UK
Forum: Battle scooters 05-10-2011, 05:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,556
Posted By robobiker
Thanks! I considered the idea of putting the...

Thanks! I considered the idea of putting the device in my pocket. Seems like a simple solution! But meantime I've ordered a Givi strap on all-weather container that looks like it can be strapped...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-09-2011, 09:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,556
Posted By robobiker
Vespa GTS simple GPS solution?

HI. I'm researching the simplest way to attach and power a basic GPS or SatNav to my Vespa 250 GTS. Either something I can glance at, safety allowing, or maybe a bluetooth or earphone extension.
...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-08-2011, 07:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,502
Posted By robobiker
BMW make interesting bikes, but I refuse to buy...

BMW make interesting bikes, but I refuse to buy any machine from them that levies outrageous amounts for what they consider to be "extras" that everyone else considers to be absolutely bog standard...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-08-2011, 07:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 17,366
Posted By robobiker
The new Beverly 300 has just been released in the...

The new Beverly 300 has just been released in the UK and I must say it is quite the most beautiful scooter I have ever seen, and is the only scooter I would happily exchange for my Vespa GTS...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-07-2011, 07:17 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 24,034
Posted By robobiker
Was a long time ago so I'm afraid I can't quite...

Was a long time ago so I'm afraid I can't quite remember. Sorry! I know these addon aerofoils are available in Europe and the US, and I suspect it might have been a US to UK import.

It fixes on to...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-06-2011, 03:41 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 24,034
Posted By robobiker
As an owner of 3 scooters: Vespa GTS 250 -...

As an owner of 3 scooters: Vespa GTS 250 - Piaggio X8 - Burgman 400 I would say that each of them has unique qualities and they are all great scoots, but none of them are perfect for all-round...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-05-2011, 11:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,568
Posted By robobiker
Hope I'm not too late to give views about the...

Hope I'm not too late to give views about the Bergman 400. It's a great scooter....once you are away and have established speed on a major road or rural ride. The problem is that the Bergman is very...
Forum: Beasts 07-20-2008, 07:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,810
Posted By robobiker
I can't flat foot either. The only time this...

I can't flat foot either. The only time this scares me is at a left cambered junction (I'm in the UK) where I have to make a really conscious effort to stop with my RIGHT foot well out and weight to...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-30-2008, 05:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 19,835
Posted By robobiker
Well they have to do the same in the UK too and...

Well they have to do the same in the UK too and that hasn't stopped them. I don't buy this argument. I think Honda decides what they think is fit for a market. As I said, they have other scooters...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-30-2008, 04:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,532
Posted By robobiker
I've just been sent a glossy brochure on the SYM...

I've just been sent a glossy brochure on the SYM City 300. I cannot see what it has that the Honday 300 doesn't, except that the Honda has a better engine and higher cruising speed. Could be a price...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-30-2008, 04:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,842
Posted By robobiker
Interesting points. I'm not a great fan of...

Interesting points. I'm not a great fan of "everything must be as cheap as possible" either, and that is not my fundamental point. An example is ASDA supermarkets in the UK, which is owned by...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-27-2008, 03:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,842
Posted By robobiker
Thank you for confirming what discerning people...

Thank you for confirming what discerning people in the UK know. If I could please reiterate the above: Motorcycles, Scooters, and many cars, are sold in the UK for approaching the SAME numerical...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-25-2008, 02:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,842
Posted By robobiker
The current Bonneville is not regarded as a...

The current Bonneville is not regarded as a particularly great bike in the UK, and it is relatively cheap here compared with other bikes. It probably has more of an iconic status in the US. If you...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-25-2008, 02:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,842
Posted By robobiker
But that is my precise point, it is NOT supply...

But that is my precise point, it is NOT supply and demand, it is price fixing and a customer base that is too lacking in courage. There is plenty of supply in Europe and in fact demand in the last...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-25-2008, 01:41 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 19,835
Posted By robobiker
I think it is time the manufacturers standardised...

I think it is time the manufacturers standardised their global distribution and stopped calling scooters and bikes silly names for different countries, or deciding which country has which model. It...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-24-2008, 02:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 19,835
Posted By robobiker
Nothing beats the SH300 for power/performance...

Nothing beats the SH300 for power/performance ratio and ride quality. Those 16 wheels and 27 hp see off all the opposition. Only the luggage space is an issue. On paper the Honda is probably more...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-24-2008, 02:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,796
Posted By robobiker
Useful comments there about speeds and fuel...

Useful comments there about speeds and fuel consumption. I too have done enormous reserarch on the maxi scooter market and each time the Suzuki Burgman hits me in the face as the sensible choice....
Forum: Battle scooters 05-24-2008, 02:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,940
Posted By robobiker
Piaggio X series: Reliability?

I'm in the market for a decent maxi scooter. I've seen the Piaggio Xevo 400 (formerly the X8 400) and X8 250. They seem comfortable to sit on and on paper the specs look good. However the worrying...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-23-2008, 09:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,027
Posted By robobiker
Yes, persuade her that the scoot will balance...

Yes, persuade her that the scoot will balance itself once she reaches 5 mph+. Seems obvious but some new riders don't grasp this concept. Balance only comes into play at extremely low speeds. Make...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-23-2008, 08:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,842
Posted By robobiker
Vespa Scoots are undeniably charming, but I take...

Vespa Scoots are undeniably charming, but I take your point. However, in Italy, Spain, Greece and France, Vespas and other scooters are simply looked upon as beautiful and practical objects. It is...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-22-2008, 06:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,842
Posted By robobiker
World Scooters in Price Fixing

There is no doubt in my mind that Scooter prices the world over, with the possible exception of North America, are being very heavily controlled by dealer network cartels, manufacturer bullying of...
Forum: Beasts 05-20-2008, 11:06 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 11,015
Posted By robobiker
I would have had a Corbin except for the fact...

I would have had a Corbin except for the fact that just before ordering I checked on another forum and the consensus is that Corbin seats do NOT fit the current Wee Strom model.

I am very pleased,...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-16-2008, 05:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,076
Posted By robobiker
Thanks. Any more examples please?

Thanks. Any more examples please?
Forum: Battle scooters 05-16-2008, 05:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,027
Posted By robobiker
True to some extent. But it's not so much where...

True to some extent. But it's not so much where you're looking as what you're doing. Looking where you are going encourages confidence, but if you grab at the front brake at low speed with the bars...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-16-2008, 05:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,662
Posted By robobiker
I concur with this. When I first entered a show...

I concur with this. When I first entered a show room to view bikes after passing my direct access I was over-awed with the apparent hugeness of the bikes there. Consequently I purchased the wrong...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-16-2008, 05:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,076
Posted By robobiker
Scooters with engine mounted on frame?

From reviews I read, scooters with engines mounted on the frame rather than the swing arm seem to have much better handling. Does anyone have a list of scoots that have this arrangement?

Thanks.
Forum: Battle scooters 05-16-2008, 05:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,027
Posted By robobiker
Most people drop bikes/scooters because they lack...

Most people drop bikes/scooters because they lack basic training, not because they have no sense of balance. I know a woman who bought a 50 cc scooter in London and could get away with riding it on a...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-13-2008, 03:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,353
Posted By robobiker
Bit of a myopic view there amk. No doubt made to...

Bit of a myopic view there amk. No doubt made to provoke so I'm catching your bate ;)

Why bikes HAVE to be uncomfortable to be valid is beyond me. Personally I think most bikers who ride sports...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-16-2008, 05:30 PM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,364,019
Posted By robobiker
Thank you so much for agreeing with the point I...

Thank you so much for agreeing with the point I have been banging on about but got very little positive feedback, and all I did was to try stick up for the consumer. BMW, and others, but particularly...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-11-2008, 10:34 PM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,364,019
Posted By robobiker
All very fair points David. I've only recently...

All very fair points David. I've only recently acquired the V strom so will get some enjoyment out of that before I re-consider the BMW 650 which is the bike that would fit me. I think V strom deals...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-11-2008, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,364,019
Posted By robobiker
I express an opinion about pricing, and suddenly...

I express an opinion about pricing, and suddenly I have apparently have an "inferiority complex" among other things, and people get personal as though I am taking a tribal position. I'm expressing a...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-10-2008, 06:58 PM
Replies: 7,626
Views: 1,364,019
Posted By robobiker
This is my problem with both the 800 and the 650....

This is my problem with both the 800 and the 650. Here we have two great bikes, but with rather flimsy body work and unproven reliability, and the "on-road" price is a fantasy and a myth. The REAL...
Forum: Beasts 03-03-2008, 12:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,395
Posted By robobiker
I just traded in a much loved Guzzi Navada for a...

I just traded in a much loved Guzzi Navada for a V-strom 650. I still quite miss the Guzzi but the V-strom is a whole lot better bike. I'm a bit of a shorty and did consider a lower seat option, but...
Forum: Beasts 03-03-2008, 12:16 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,395
Posted By robobiker
Where is that lovely coastal village please? Nice...

Where is that lovely coastal village please? Nice pics, thank you.
Forum: Europe 02-27-2008, 02:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,297
Posted By robobiker
All reasonable. But I do own my own bike. However...

All reasonable. But I do own my own bike. However sometimes it is convenient to fly and ride, and the bike hire industry is similar to the boat and aeroplane hire business: "Oh look here's another...
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