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Old 05-15-2014, 01:52 PM   #421
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"Incredibly engaging"
Vibrates like a paint mixer?
They smooth out heaps once you get a hundred thousand k's or so on 'em

Does it all for me. Until I can afford a kitted up 690 anyway.

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Old 05-15-2014, 09:47 PM   #422
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They smooth out heaps once you get a hundred thousand k's or so on 'em



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Old 05-15-2014, 10:16 PM   #423
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I don't think there is a universal answer to the question. Sometimes it's yes, sometimes no.

A comfortable, high-speed two-up mile-muncher is simply never going to heavily overlap a technical off-road bike... ain't gonna happen. Also, although you can race a street bike, a dedicated race bike is a lot less work, and can be a lot less cost.

Then again, pooling all the funds in to one bike means you can have a better, newer bike, and replace it more often. I'm seeing this in the off-road world, with fellahs selling two older disparate bikes and living with just one newer one to do it all.
yes I suspect the final answer is that there is no answer

Its an interesting conundrum to mull over and over....

In the meanwhile I'll continue to enjoy my 'fleet' for as long as I can afford to.

A nice shiny set of Pilot Road 4's got put onto the sv today.
I might have to go and take the shine off them tomorrow.....
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:35 PM   #424
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I might have to go and take the shine off them tomorrow.....
morning tea in Martinborough
lunch at Ballance (near Woodville)
afternoon tea at Kimbolton

and this time I remembered my jacket liner

I've spent worse days

and the new tires are magic
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:52 PM   #425
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I love riding the sv but was still interested in having an alternate more adventury bike to ride as well.

I spent a chunk of time riding a tdm900, a vstom 1000 and a couple of 955 Tigers.

They are all ugly bikes but of the 3 I liked the look of the tiger best (despite some magazines describing its looks as 'inbred' and 'having been punched in the face really really hard').

I also thought it had the most interesting engine.
They all handled well and stopped well and were comfy.

So when a $1 reserve insurance write-off tiger appeared on tardme a couple of weeks ago I was quite keen. I brought the bike for $3080 and it turned up today.





Its an 07 (last model with 1050 cases, head and gearbox) with 18000 miles (or maybe km?).

It high-sided at slowish speed on gravel (down south somewhere) and rolled over the top.

The factory panniers took the brunt of the impacts and although repairable will never look pretty again.

It needs new bars, new front indicators, some repairs to the fairing and paint touch-ups on the tank and front fender etc.

The front wheel doesn’t line up with the handlebars which I hope is just forks being twisted in the clamps but who knows.

All in all I'm very happy with it - It looks like it was well cared for before being binned and the engine sounds fine and has plenty of oomph. Hopefully I can get it all tidied up and back on the road for maybe $5k?
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:58 PM   #426
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Damn now that was a good score.
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:39 AM   #427
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3000 grands a good score alright...
The forks look bent in the pic...
may just be the twist at the clamps..
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:01 AM   #428
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Ha, My wife wanted that bike and we watched it all week... (Just wrong timing for us)
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:01 AM   #429
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Excellent stuff Mark. I was just admiring one tonite at the swimming pool. I have a soft spot for them & they would factor into my "if I ever had to buy another bike" list.

Not looking at it I would say they wouldn't have written it off if the forks were just twisted however I'd love to be proved wrong. I got some forks straightened by a crowd up in cambridge. Cost about $200 IIRC.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:11 AM   #430
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In the end we got this beast to add to the stable....
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:20 AM   #431
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Good...Like Tigers.

Will it make the SV redundant? You always seem to have at least one redundant bike.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:29 AM   #432
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Good...Like Tigers.

Will it make the SV redundant? You always seem to have at least one redundant bike.




offtopic kind of...
That vulcan they have on Tme at the mo is my favourite cruiser hmmmm...
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:04 AM   #433
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Nice work Mark, Like your fascination for interesting butt ugly bikes

don't understand why ya don't just fit some of Bart's $10 adventure tires on the SV an make it into a dual sport?
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:23 AM   #434
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So when a $1 reserve insurance write-off tiger appeared on tardme a couple of weeks ago I was quite keen. I brought the bike for $3080 and it turned up today.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:50 PM   #435
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Congratulations Mark on the new steed.

Looking forward to seeing photos of it on the top of cnut hill.
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