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Old 03-31-2013, 02:20 AM   #136
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That's why I want one. It obviously suits my riding style.

Actually, you'd look pretty good on one too.
I'd probably own one if it wasn't for the small tank and buckboard suspension
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:40 AM   #137
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So are we going around in circles guys?
Are you having flashbacks?

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I'm exactly the same - generally the last bike I rode is my favorite - until I ride a different one.
My memory is not so much like a goldfish's. I can savour multiple rides past.

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I guess none of us are ever satisfied with what we've got .........
I am... mostly. Does the job, lots of jobs actually. I don't even lust after a 690, probably because the 640 is still more bike than I am rider. There's lotsa bikes that behave differently and do some things better, but none with an overall package quite as satisfying.

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A tdm would have to be pretty special to make it more appealing than a Tiger - I was quite taken with the 955 motor.
It's been too long for me to be sure, but I reckon they'd be fairly close. That TDM 850 engine was pretty special to me at the time. It will be interesting to hear your thoughts having tested (tasted) both later editions fairly close together, of the first editions I owned some years apart (and years ago).

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that caliper got used on lots of things, including 1200 Trophys.
But they had two of them on bike not much heavier than the KLR, and only for the first couple of years: in 1994 they got floating discs and decent 4-piston calipers. Regardless, there's gotta be plenty of upgrade options so that's not a showstopper.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:06 AM   #138
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Speaking of Ohlins, I took a well-sorted R100GS out to Patarau for Easter, with Ohlins rear, CKT front. What a sweet bike! He's not getting it back Totally carved up Takaka Hill: it became an exercise in just how thoroughly it could be punted into the corners; in choosing flowing, sweeping lines to keep the throttle on for the longest time - absolutely delightful to ride. Took a bit to get used to the thing on the ball-bearing (or should I say golf-ball) fresh road-rock on the gravel, and then a couple of clicks faster rebound helped a heap. The brakes are pretty nondescript, although the front will haul the bike up firmly if the lever's given a big long hard squeeze. Trail bike it is not, but it gets easier with familiarity, and brake use diminishes. The front suspension clunks and clatters alarmingly at low speed, but with some pace it is sublime on bumpy roads.

The whole bike just makes a great package. I could definitely see myself on one of those old clunkers for some relaxed motoring over bigger distances!
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:18 PM   #139
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It's been too long for me to be sure, but I reckon they'd be fairly close. That TDM 850 engine was pretty special to me at the time. It will be interesting to hear your thoughts having tested (tasted) both later editions fairly close together, of the first editions I owned some years apart (and years ago).
A mate has just brought a tidy 04 TDM for $5k (bastard) - hopefully I'll get to ride that this weekend. I might arrange another ride this weekend of the local 03 Tiger which got a flat last time I rode it.

still hoping to come down your way next weekend (12-15th)
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:50 AM   #140
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still hoping to come down your way next weekend (12-15th)
I'll have a spare room if you need it for any overnight stays in town, but I won't get any riding time in apart from Sunday's racing.

We should have a bbq one night you are in town - whaddya say NADS?
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:18 AM   #141
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I'll have a spare room if you need it for any overnight stays in town, but I won't get any riding time in apart from Sunday's racing.

We should have a bbq one night you are in town - whaddya say NADS?

Sounz ok 2 me.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:54 AM   #142
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We should have a bbq one night you are in town - whaddya say NADS?
Sounds good.
It'll give you a chance to push a bike out on to the street and take a photo for the tag...
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:47 PM   #143
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I'll have a spare room if you need it for any overnight stays in town, but I won't get any riding time in apart from Sunday's racing.

We should have a bbq one night you are in town - whaddya say NADS?
Thanks Colin for the offer re a spare room - I'll pm you in a couple of days.

It would be great to catch up with a few nad's so I'm all for a bbq.

Tony (used to have a DR650) turned up last night on his very tidy 04 TDM900 which he got for a ridiculous price of off tardme (I wasn't allowed to bid against him - I did anyway - just enough to piss him off a bit). I took it for a short ride and it goes really well - feels like a 100% road bike to me but I'm sure it would be happy on a bit of gravel. Nice seating position. I think I prefer a tigers's engine and riding position but need to take another one for a ride to see.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:58 PM   #144
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I took a 955 tiger for a decent ride today (whitemans valley)

If any bike succeeds in wooing me away from the klr it will be a tiger

pros:
comfy
reasonable wind protection
nice ride
nice handling
nice sound
great brakes
best all round engine I've come across

cons:
top heavy (only noticeable when stationary)
relatively heavy (215kg - and it feels every bit of it at a stand still)
wide between the knees (those extra cylinders have to go somewhere I suppose)
bit more knee bend than the klr.

So now I have to decide if i want to gain the great motor and brakes of the the tiger and lose the ability to do tracks like the porika or 42nd.

hmmmmm

btw - does anyone know if the nuts and bolts on a triumph are metric or imperial?
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:02 AM   #145
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How much extra are you going to have to pay to lose the ability to do the 42nd and Porika or any other track that comes up when you're out on a longer ride...
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:55 AM   #146
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How much extra are you going to have to pay to lose the ability to do the 42nd and Porika or any other track that comes up when you're out on a longer ride...
yes point taken


btw how much did your spot 2 cost and where did you get it?
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:10 AM   #147
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yes point taken


btw how much did your spot 2 cost and where did you get it?
$100 + postage off TradeMe.
Brand new. Batteries still shrink wrapped...
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:32 AM   #148
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btw - does anyone know if the nuts and bolts on a triumph are metric or imperial?
Metric, and like much Euro trash, newer ones have more Torx fasteners.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:41 PM   #149
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Hi Guys

Sorry for the short notice

I'm on the ferry down this arvo and am planning on heading over takaka way on Thursday. Will spend Friday probably working in Moutere and weather depending Saturday head down Reefton/Westport way

Guides or company welcome

Would be good to catch up with any NADS maybe Friday evening if that works for you guys

I'm on 0274499115


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Wouldn't have been good for Anatori on Sunday. 12:00 high tide.
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