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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 05:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,304
Posted By zuma
I know several people who ride Spyders, everyone...

I know several people who ride Spyders, everyone of them had ridden motorcycles for many years before switching. Age, infirmity, old injuries, these things can catch up with you.

I was talking...
Forum: Beasts 07-13-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 2,717
Views: 446,331
Posted By zuma
I've got a friend with a DL1000, it's what you...

I've got a friend with a DL1000, it's what you get used to I guess. Looking at the picture with the beak removed it looks sort of naked to me now.

I do like the sand colour (or whatever it's...
Forum: Road warriors 05-20-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 328
Views: 48,983
Posted By zuma
Yep, modern chains are pretty good, provided your...

Yep, modern chains are pretty good, provided your bike has a centre stand it's all easy.

I've just completed a trip of around 4,500ks. Oiled the chain once or twice a day, never had to adjust...
Forum: Beasts 05-06-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,015
Posted By zuma
In Australia V-Strom is $15,490; Versys 1000...

In Australia V-Strom is $15,490; Versys 1000 $15,999; Caponord $22,690 (bells and whistles model only).
Forum: Beasts 04-08-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,252
Posted By zuma
The 650 VStrom sells in big numbers. Hard to...

The 650 VStrom sells in big numbers. Hard to believe Yamaha won't release a 700 twin powered competitor, should be a real winner if the price is right.
Forum: Road warriors 02-12-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 771
Views: 107,049
Posted By zuma
Wow, great reviews. Bring on a rival for the...

Wow, great reviews. Bring on a rival for the Suzuki 650 VStrom Mr Yamaha and I'm in.
Forum: Beasts 02-09-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 18,054
Posted By zuma
I know the Caponord isn't really meant to leave...

I know the Caponord isn't really meant to leave the blacktop, but gee, what a ridiculously small front guard (fender). That lower radiator looks vulnerable too, not even a stone guard fitted either.
Forum: Beasts 02-03-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,657
Posted By zuma
Interesting how so many people can have so many...

Interesting how so many people can have so many different impressions of the same bike.

Last year I helped run a demo ride day at a local dealer and they lent me a low kilometre DL1000 to use on...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-29-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,709
Posted By zuma
When I was a young guy in the early 70's, the...

When I was a young guy in the early 70's, the riding style of Paul Smart was considered a revelation, "jeeze, he's hanging his bum off the seat, he's got his knee sticking out in the breeze!"
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 14,630
Posted By zuma
Back in the eighties I owned a Yamaha SRX250. At...

Back in the eighties I owned a Yamaha SRX250. At touring speeds (100/110kmh) which wasn't always easy to maintain with a 187cm rider, the bike would return 21km/l. My current ride, a Yamaha TDM900...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-15-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 31,160
Views: 7,556,375
Posted By zuma
Forecast is for 44c where I live in Southern...

Forecast is for 44c where I live in Southern Australia today (already 33c at 9.30am), third day in a row over 40c with another to go, unprecedented, then it's forecast to drop all the way down to...
Forum: Road warriors 01-08-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 18,899
Posted By zuma
Interesting to see what you Americans want to see...

Interesting to see what you Americans want to see imported there.

In Oz we have had: CB1300: Available here some years ago, didn't sell.
CB1000: Available here for a...
Forum: Road warriors 12-28-2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,114
Posted By zuma
Agree with burgerking. At a Triumph ride day I...

Agree with burgerking. At a Triumph ride day I rode the Tiger Sport and 800 roadie back to back, much preferred the roadie.
Forum: Beasts 11-26-2013, 01:45 PM
Replies: 2,717
Views: 446,331
Posted By zuma
Half the price of a GS and twice as reliable,...

Half the price of a GS and twice as reliable, plus an extensive dealer network. If the VStrom had a European badge on the tank people would be raving about so much bike for so little money.
Forum: Road warriors 11-21-2013, 12:29 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 38,907
Posted By zuma
A friend with a built in the USA 1800 Goldwing...

A friend with a built in the USA 1800 Goldwing tells me that Goldwings are now made in Japan, and that these Goldwings have noticably sweeter transmissions. Would it be correct to presume the Valk...
Forum: Road warriors 11-14-2013, 08:47 PM
Replies: 771
Views: 107,049
Posted By zuma
Suzuki should be afraid, very afraid. I can see...

Suzuki should be afraid, very afraid. I can see the basis for a Wee Strom killer here.
Forum: Road warriors 11-06-2013, 01:25 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 19,605
Posted By zuma
Oh I like, this is my sort of bike. A decent...

Oh I like, this is my sort of bike. A decent size tank and a centre stand too!

Just fit oggy knobs, a radiator guard and a fender extender and we've got a practical Italian sports tourer.
Forum: Road warriors 11-04-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 2,917
Views: 473,699
Posted By zuma
Valentino Rossi is 182cm, he's no midget.

Valentino Rossi is 182cm, he's no midget.
Forum: Road warriors 10-29-2013, 04:19 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 36,074
Posted By zuma
I have a friend who rides a ST1300. A few years...

I have a friend who rides a ST1300. A few years ago, by now in his late seventies, his family were starting to worry about him riding, (without reason, he's still fit and healthy and a damn good...
Forum: Beasts 09-23-2013, 03:51 PM
Replies: 2,717
Views: 446,331
Posted By zuma
Not really comparing apples with apples comparing...

Not really comparing apples with apples comparing the new Vstrom with a 800 Tiger, depends on what you want.

The Vstrom makes 103nm @ 4000; the Tiger 79nm @ 7850.

I'll take the Vstrom thanks,...
Forum: Beasts 09-21-2013, 09:43 PM
Replies: 2,717
Views: 446,331
Posted By zuma
The outgoing DL1000 is quoted as 236kg wet, so if...

The outgoing DL1000 is quoted as 236kg wet, so if the new 'en is 8kg lighter as Suzuki claim, there's your 228kg wet for the new bike. Seems possible. I like that Suzuki claim maximum torque at 4000,...
Forum: Road warriors 09-19-2013, 11:25 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,402
Posted By zuma
What a lovely looking bike! Reminds me of the...

What a lovely looking bike! Reminds me of the Honda XBR500 I owned back in the late eighties, early nineties. I bought that bike mainly because I loved the look of it, yes I'm shallow.

The XBR...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-12-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 13,476
Posted By zuma
When it comes to a torque monster a Yamaha MT-01...

When it comes to a torque monster a Yamaha MT-01 has to be right up there, certainly put a grin on my face when I rode one. Can you get them in the US?
Forum: Road warriors 09-10-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,329
Posted By zuma
At 6' 5" forget the Crossrunner. At your height...

At 6' 5" forget the Crossrunner. At your height the footpeg position will kill you, the seat height is fairly low (for someone your height) too.

I dunno about the Bandit either. I haven't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-02-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 13,556
Posted By zuma
Brough Superior.

Brough Superior.
Forum: Beasts 07-25-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 2,102
Views: 553,841
Posted By zuma
I can't help but suspect that if the Crosstourer...

I can't help but suspect that if the Crosstourer had a European badge on the tank it would be looked upon more kindly, sadly though it's only a Honda.
Forum: Beasts 07-24-2013, 04:31 PM
Replies: 2,102
Views: 553,841
Posted By zuma
Yep, they've been a failure in Oz, 'til now. A...

Yep, they've been a failure in Oz, 'til now. A friend of mine recently bought one for $15,990 ride away, traded his 1250 Bandit and couldn't be happier, absolutely loves it.

Apparently Honda Oz...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-16-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 31,160
Views: 7,556,375
Posted By zuma
Pillion on black Harley wearing an open face...

Pillion on black Harley wearing an open face helmet and smacking her face into the helmet of the rider, that had to hurt too.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-16-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,804
Posted By zuma
You would think that someone wearing a DILLIGAF...

You would think that someone wearing a DILLIGAF patch should be really layed back, as in "hey man I'm cool, I don't give a stuff about anything".

But, from my experience some of the more angry,...
Forum: Road warriors 06-27-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 2,917
Views: 473,699
Posted By zuma
Hmm, I had a Mk2 TDM. At 40,000ks all valves...

Hmm, I had a Mk2 TDM. At 40,000ks all valves were within tolerance, at 80,000ks 3 valves needed shimming.

I currently own a Mk3 900, at 40,000ks 2 valves needed shimming. Just had 'em checked...
Forum: Face plant 05-28-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,433
Posted By zuma
The Roos are so bad where I live in Central...

The Roos are so bad where I live in Central Victoria that I won't ride at night any more, I don't even like driving at night. Never hit one on a bike, but I've had a few close calls.

Hit one in...
Forum: Beasts 05-27-2013, 05:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 770
Posted By zuma
I had a spin on a Roadie recently. I'm around...

I had a spin on a Roadie recently. I'm around 200lb and felt the forks if anything were too stiff on bumpy roads. Sounds like something is wrong if a "featherweight" is bottoming 'em out.
Forum: Road warriors 02-03-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 22,044
Posted By zuma
From my observations here in Oz I would suspect...

From my observations here in Oz I would suspect that the Thruxton is the slowest seller in the Bonneville range. Not surprising considering that most Bonny owners tend to be from the mature end of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-24-2013, 02:12 PM
Replies: 31,160
Views: 7,556,375
Posted By zuma
I don't have a great interest in cars, they're...

I don't have a great interest in cars, they're primarily just transport to me, but being an Aussie I have always thought that an Elfin could be a hoot to drive. The Atom looks like it could be even...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2013, 03:18 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 20,371
Posted By zuma
Bobbers to me are a little like the trend at...

Bobbers to me are a little like the trend at present for innercity hipsters to ride fixed wheel pushbikes without brakes. Does a fixed wheeler pushie perform as well as a braked and geared bike? No....
Forum: Road warriors 12-15-2012, 11:50 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 27,571
Posted By zuma
I've had a few rides on a Crossrunner, love the...

I've had a few rides on a Crossrunner, love the bike in every way except for the footpeg position. I dare say an aftermarket set of pegs could be fitted to fix the problem.

I haven't...
Forum: Road warriors 12-06-2012, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,463
Posted By zuma
Yamaha brought out the BT1100 Bulldog about 10...

Yamaha brought out the BT1100 Bulldog about 10 years ago.

Vstar 1100 motor, shaft drive, 17" wheels, 20lt tank.

I thought it seemed like a pretty decent allrounder, a Yamaha rep. here in Oz...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2012, 01:51 PM
Replies: 31,160
Views: 7,556,375
Posted By zuma
He isn't dressed like Charley and Ewan!

He isn't dressed like Charley and Ewan!
Forum: Road warriors 11-18-2012, 10:11 PM
Replies: 4,031
Views: 591,507
Posted By zuma
When some time back I heard that my local Honda...

When some time back I heard that my local Honda dealer here in Oz had a CB1100 on the floor I couldn't get in there quick enough. I'd read up on all the specs, was disappointed by the fuel tank size...
Forum: Beasts 11-18-2012, 04:07 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 19,666
Posted By zuma
I'd suggest a Yamaha TDM 900, but you can't get...

I'd suggest a Yamaha TDM 900, but you can't get 'em in the US; poor buggers.
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