Hi Scoota....what a great topic!
I have a Moto Guzzi Le Mans IV that I have had since new and also an MZ ETZ250 (from East Germany when there was an East Germany)...both feisty bikes that are extremely satisfying to ride and own.
This had to be done because it hasnt really before and now Im getting confused as to who does and doesnt have or has had a motorbike!
So, put up your picture of your current ride, last ride or favourite ride...and Im talking about motorbikes...ok?? :P (though if you want to put a picture of your favourite place to ride feel free to do that too!)
Ill get the ball rolling...
My 1998 900SS Ducati...
And my scooter...a 2003 Aprilia Habana 125cc
Hi Scoota....what a great topic!
I have a Moto Guzzi Le Mans IV that I have had since new and also an MZ ETZ250 (from East Germany when there was an East Germany)...both feisty bikes that are extremely satisfying to ride and own.
You did mention reviving a motorcycle thread in your lovely welcome...
Yeah, we ride
Me - 2000 Yamaha R1 owned since new.
Natalie - 2000 Yamaha R6 for around 3-4 years now.
You are probably laughing at the matching pair but the R6 came down to a combo of budget, ride height and seat width because she is kinda short - it is actually a coincidence.
Hers has been lowered (using internals) 25mm by Terry Hay, while mine is the opposite - up 28mm at the rear, lowered 5mm at the front and no original shock or fork internals or springs.
Both Ti canned, K&nd, rejetted to suit, Ohlins dampers and some other stuff, MRA screen, Oggy knobs etc.
Working in the industry helps....helps big time with tyres....
So here they both are - the pic of mine is a while ago and before the suspension was done.
You did say put up photos of favourite rides etc...
2 photos of an 06 R1 which I had while doing some testing for a mag....
Mr Yamaha wasnt real happy - boy did I cop it walking onto the Yamaha stand at the Sydney Bike Show in 06
you gotta love insurance.......
i would have taken her outside for a better shot but its a bit gusty at the moment like cyclone type, i live right on the coast at coral cove (wide bay) qld. anyway this is my 1985 vf1000f2 complete with really big kelford cams, dynojet carby kits air cleaner mod, half packed yoshi slipons, needless to say she holds her own with just about everything else except a hyabusa.... a group of us tear up some bitumen from time to time, we have a new road that leads to paradise dam im positive it was made just for us, it winds, dips, hairpins and is as smooth as...
still dont know how to post multiple pix.... this thing comes standard with anti dive and fully adjustable front and rear suspension, rebound rates and air on them as well, its a nice touch for a 1985 model bike, but still have trouble pulling up a 240 kg bike plus my weight at 270 plus klms per hour. have had the back wheel off the ground lots of times just trying to wash some speed off, the brakes work well, its just inertia thats the problem... I just love it...... Ray.
Paolo...there is another snob with a Moto Guzzi here...I can remember that!
Chris...I didnt laugh at all about your matching bikes. I think its quite nice really...awesome actually...would be cool really I think. :) Natalie looks like shes a great rider too! And oops on the Yammie... :o Great shots too...thanks for posting them!
Ray...nice to see your ride, though I guess you probably wont be going out on it in the next few days if the weather is still that bad! (could you possibly see that it comes this way? We could use some more water here... ;))
Started off with Trumpies, a Commando, then a few Hondas and Yamahas to see what all the fuss was about then reverted back to European bikes which included many Dukes, the last of which is pictured below. Best bike I ever owned....
Poor pic, but here are my wife and I astride our 1979 BMW R100RT (purchased used in 1981). We are at Rick Mayers home after receiving a custom built saddle (http://www.rickmayercycle.com). His dad invented the Mayer Day Long saddle now produced by another company. That visit was Ricks first ride-in appointment when he went back into business, and it started a relationship with Rick- I am now his webmaster and created his logo and website. BTW, that RT is the only motorcycle I have ever owned, and I still own it!
Originally Posted by 32222E2E35201E26202D410 link=1236761460/5#5 date=1236775082
She must have had a good instructor..... ;D
Whaddya mean oops???? :o
a fan of japanese bikes but that new BMW S1000RR WSBK thing, hmmm.......
As a concerned friend puts it, the pictured bike maintains my temporary Australian status. A bit macarbe, no? :-?
Its a 2003 Honda CBR600F4i, owned since new and pic taken this morning. Its as shiny as it is because living overseas means I only get to ride it when I visit the storage facility (aherm..."parents house") on holidays
Ah...sorry, my mistake...I saw you wrote..."testing" it... ;DOriginally Posted by 3A322A203D590 link=1236761460/8#8 date=1236815778
Well...youre still here! I mean, there! Well...you know! ;DOriginally Posted by 1C29303A6E6F590 link=1236761460/9#9 date=1236818443
Oh, sorry, I got you now......Originally Posted by 3424282833261820262B470 link=1236761460/10#10 date=1236834915
Yeah, MAJOR oops..... :-[
Thnking the oops referred to the all Yammie theme..... :-[
A few of my previous boiks
Eclectic mix of bikes there Gronk!
I have had lots of bikes through the years, sadly dont have pictures of most of them but they included Ossa Phantom, DT250, KE175, 2 x RD400 (with RD250 badges), DR250, 3 x Z900, Z1000J, Nifty 50, GSXR7/11 (750 w/1100 motor), Z1428 (drag bike), Z1000A.
Current ride is "Zed"
pic 1. Fav places --- Great Ocean Road
pic 2. Fav places --- Taggery through Black Spur
pic 3. Fav places --- Mt Hotham, Falls Creek area is great fun.
pic 4. My 1st track day session at Winton.
Pic 5 is the long-term (read: still!) project bike. 1998 ZXR9 running gear on a 1976 Z900 frame and motor. Will finish it one day!!!
Here is my 2000 gsxr 600. My favourite place to ride? Into the city to work, so I dont have to use super-reliable trains!
Current ride: unfortunately none. The usual family situation etc.
Last ride: VFR750 midnight blue but with upswept Omrae pipe to bring out the V4 sound (note, am more responsible these days).
Favourite ride: Probably XT600 but mine had open racks for jerry cans. And looked like it had been dropped in the dirt more often.
haha yeah I dont really suffer from any brand loyalty. Just ride what takes my fancy at the time *:)Originally Posted by 547B716C150 link=1236761460/13#13 date=1236864344
HEY!! Thats "My" road *;DOriginally Posted by 547B716C150 link=1236761460/13#13 date=1236864344
Same stretch but from the top looking down..
The Great Alpine road is one of the best bike roads in OZ I reckon *[smiley=thumbsup.gif]
No chicken strip on that bad boy! :oOriginally Posted by 644B415C250 link=1236761460/13#13 date=1236864344
Ive had lots of bikes--mostly little.
My current ride, a not so little Moto Guzzi California 1996, 1100cc and "last of the carbies".
Im mostly a lurker here, but Im gonna post up my bikes anyway *:)
Since other people are posting up pics on this road...
for special coffee relevance, me and some friends outside Mecca:
DUCATI CAFE RACER! ;D
Great picture there...but then...it is a *shudders* Sunbeam (theres an ongoing joke there bigiain, dont take offence!)
Actually, your picture Iain, reminded me of the shot I took last year of one of the bikes on the national rally out at Bathurst.
My thoughts too Scoots ;DOriginally Posted by 5F4F4343584D734B4D402C0 link=1236761460/22#22 date=1237199504
No photo to post but my current ride is a 2000 Yamaha R1. Dont ride much so its only got 12000 kms on it. had a suzuki across 250 when i lived in NSW which i loved to ride to canberra and melbourne from sydney.
I may be joining the Coffee Snobs with bikes ranks
This scooter may be given to me to restore. Yes it is a fixer upper-er *
I dont know yet all the details as to condition & mechanical soundness
Can anybody tell me the model of this scooter (looks to me a Honda about 30 yr old)
And is it worth *fixing because it may cost less to buy a ready to go scooter
I can do most if not all the work myself excluding motor rebuild
Commonly referred to as a basket case ;D
If that badge on the front says Honda then it looks like one of the "Jazz" lineup....
The inbuilt blinkers on the front may dispel that theory though....
I think I have found itOriginally Posted by 7A726A607D190 link=1236761460/27#27 date=1237513322
Its looks like a Vmoto Milan
Reliability / build questions. ?? comments anybody
That is a good thing having an Italian espresso machine & Italian sounding riding machine. But I think it is Chinese made ?? :D
Me thinks you are right
So why did you say Honda??
...who thinks wild goose chases should be left for g00se...
My father in-law said it looked like his 30 yr old HondaOriginally Posted by 222A323825410 link=1236761460/29#29 date=1237523017
Sorry about the goose chase
looks like you have your work cut out...
By the looks of it it may be better to buy a new one with this price + on road costsOriginally Posted by 474F575D40240 link=1236761460/31#31 date=1237524619
Me thinks you are right again....
Yes, its definitely not one to bother with KK, I reckon youd be better off just buying a new one too! As soon as I saw it, I knew it was not 30 years old!
Went out for a big 6 hour ride yesterday on the big yellow bike. The local council has just finished laying bitumen on what will become known as one of the best bike roads in NSW! There is still some gravel on it which slowed us down for a bit but it was mostly on the flat and not too bad for road bikes. Other than that the road is just pure bike joy! Hmm, could even go up again this arvo for a quick blat! Considering that for years we have only had straight and flat nearby, having this at our doorstep is just like being a step away from heaven! ;D
The ST 4 belongs to a friend. There were also two Hondas sort of with us as well but they had raced on ahead! ::) Seeing as this was the first day of being able to get to this spot without having to ride over any gravel, I just had to take a photo!
Looking forward to being able to add a pic to this thread. Im doing my pre learner course on april 1st&2nd, and then picking up a bike asap. Got my eye on a used Honda VTR250. Any advice for a newbie from you more experienced riders?
Cant wait to get out on that rd to Mt Kaputar. Sounds awesome.
Ive got some advice cyril...and Im sure that there are others here with far more advice than me! ;)
But, the best advice Ive had so far in regards to riding is...
Take your time!
If youre ever in a rush, thats when things go bad.
Ive learnt that before I get on the bike, I kind of treat it like an aircraft, in that I do my "preflight checks"! I walk around it, have a good look at everything, making sure it looks in order. And then when I get on, I kind of do the same thing, a mental checklist of things like, helmet done up, gloves done up, jacket zipped, stand up etc etc. I find doing this makes me slow down and take my time. Dont let any one ever rush you to get going!
It also applies to the ride as well, I find. Usually, if I rush into a corner, havent set it up properly etc, then I dont take it as well as if Id taken my time to set up properly...
And most of all...
Have fun! :)
Are you in the NW of NSW too, cyril?
Thanks Scoot. Good advice im sure. Another thing i read on a motorcycle forum was ATGATT. All The Gear All The Time. Im gonna make sure i have some good quality safety equipment, and yes, take it easy, especially when im still getting my bike legs (is that even an expression?).
And, er no, im not in NW NSW. after looking on a map i realise that Mt Kaputar is quite a long ride from newtown. Silly me. Maybe ill be up that way on a bike/camping trip sometime. I hope so.
Oh, and while im here, the moment i decided to get a bike:
I was having a ride on the back of my friends Suzuki GSXR600 (first time ever) and i think it was as we weaved over the harbour bridge that i made the decision. Before id even got off the bike it was decided, and id even thought about how to tell my girlfriend in such a way that she would like the idea. (i focused mainly on the fact that shed be able to have the car EVERY day now).
The VTR250 is a good learner bike. Steer away from any of the 4 cylinder 250s i.e CBR250, Suzuki Across, Yamaha FZR250 and Zeal etc...
They will make it much more difficult learning skills and passing your Ps test.
Scoota gal provides good advice.
On top of that remember this - we own bikes to go playing on the twisty roads and race track. Both places have very little traffic, sidestreets, traffic lights etc. Take it easy getting out of the city and burbs, then have fun. Around your house is not the fun zone and needs to be taken seriously.
And with regard to the gear...if its too hot to put it all on, take the car.
I came off a 250 doing a demo on a Ps course I was running, in jeans at around 30km/h and they just shredded.
All excellent and very wise advice... 8-)
The only time I ever hurt myself riding a bike was with a road bike on one of those beautiful twisty roads referred to by Chris that I used to ride through most days on the way to/from work.... Great way to start the day ;D 8-) Well, except this one day.
The road has lots of blind S hairpins and in some places is quite steep to go with it; pretty technical and great fun. Well, the day before the accident I came up the road and had a great time, weather was perfect and the road was in great condition, an absolute cracker.
The next day, on the way back down I was taking things reasonably slow (for me) and everything seemed as great as the day before, except when I came into the second set of hairpins.... Between my ride up the mountain of the morning of the day before and my ride back down again the next day, the local roadworks crew in all their wisdom had determined that this 2nd set of hairpins needed resurfacing and hadnt bothered to brush off all the loose material afterwards. They also neglected to post up any signage warning of the loose surface.
You can probably guess the rest... I came into the 2nd set after completing the first set very comfortably and suddenly found myself already into the newly laid loose material at around 70kph. The first bend was negotiated (just) but the second bend was much sharper and preceded by a gradient of about 18%. The second I started to lean right, the front wheel washed out and the bike with me under it, slid at around 60kph straight through the corner and ended up in the ditch on the downhill side of the road. This was lucky, as the other side had a vertical drop-off of about 200-250 metres.
I was still stuck under the bike by this time, several cars had just driven straight past me either not noticing me or didnt want to become involved, etc etc. I eventually managed to drag myself from under the bike and after a few more cars went straight past me, a chap finally stopped and provided assistance and took me straight to the nearest hospital. Because I was only going to "take it easy" on the trip down the mountain, I just jumped on the bike wearing only my work-clothes, work boots, my helmet but no leathers or gloves. The right side of my body was basically doing a very good impression of having been through a meat mincer.
If I had been wearing my leathers, I would have come through the whole business with probably nothing more than a few bruises and maybe some scratches. As it happened, it probably took nearly six months for all the wounds to heal properly and for many years later, that side of my body looked as though Id just survived the end result of severe burns. As you can imagine, after that experience I never climbed on a bike unless I had all the gear on, all the time. The irony of all this is, I used to do quite a lot of Enduro riding/racing at the time as well and despite all the mishaps I used to suffer over the years doing this, I never suffered anything worse than the odd bruise, not even a scratch. The familiarity of my favourite mountain road soon pulled me up though.
Whats the moral of this story? I dunno really but I guess you need to be totally aware of your surroundings all of the time. Treat every ride as if it is the first time youve travelled that road and really enjoy the experience, every time. Never become complacent or too familiar with roads most travelled....
Yes on the all the gear factor...nothing annoys and surprises me more than to see people riding both motorcycles and scooters in nothing more than thongs (the shoe kind!), t shirts and shorts, or in the case of females, dresses and never gloves! Actually, it was a good lesson for helmets up on the Sunshine Coast last year or so when a tourist decided he didnt need to wear a helmet AT ALL...consequently, he lost his life...The ambos comments were "he would have lived had he been wearing a helmet." and the accident was on a scooter at only 50km/hr.
There sure is heaps of great gear out there these days and even more for us ladies...I have two pairs of Draggin pants (cargoes and jeans...the jeans get more wear these days...I find the cargoes too baggy and big!), a set of textile pants by Rjays, a pair of the sneaker style shoe by Rjays though I favour my Rossi boots more these days, I have three helmets, a Shoei, a KBC and a Nolan...the Shoei and the KBC were to replace the Nolan which is basically retired...its about four years old...various pairs of winter and summer riding gloves, a leather Ixon jacket and a summer mesh Joe Rocket jacket, which gets a LOT of comments because not only does it have full armour but is perfect for summer riding out here and most people have not seen them before. I think thats about it! Whew...thats a lot of money there in gear I know but boy...is my safety worth every cent of it!
If you get a helmet, one consideration is change over of the visor. I find the Nolan a bit painful and time consuming...the Shoei seems the simplest and its just easy to swap over a clear visor for a tinted one. The beauty of tinted is that you dont have to wear sunglasses which I find a bit hard to get on with the full face helmet. Of course, with a couple of helmets I can leave one with the tinted visor on and one with the clear on. When you get a helmet, dont spare the expense. Though you might kind of cough at an 800 dollar helmet over a 600 hundred, like I did. I really liked the Shoei fliptop but just couldnt come at the 800 dollars. However, I wouldnt go down to a 150 dollar helmet in a fit because you really do get what you pay for. SO, spend big on a helmet, cyril...its worth that much. And most these days have removable liners so you can wash and replace with new ones...some here will tell you also that if you drop it, then you might as well replace it...so, treat your helmet kindly and avoid sitting it up on the bike or hanging it off a handle bar or mirror, like Ive seen people do. Hang onto it or put it on the ground in front or behind the bike. And on the subject of helmets, I find the Nolan extremely noisy at speed (I used to wear earplugs), the KBC is surprisingly good and Im tempted to just use it all the time I like the way it sits on my head that much, the Shoei is good, but I think its a bit small for me, even though the sales guy said it should be a snug fit, after wearing it for a while I find myself dreading taking it off or putting it on as it hurts my ears...I know its new and the padding might eventually squeeze down. The Shoei is a bit noisier than the KBC...and I like the graphics on the KBC which are a bit more aviation like than the asian boy racer style graphics of the Shoei...yes, Im a woman...looks can be everything! :P
Oh...and the best advice Ive ever had about clothing and safety gear...DONT match it to your bike! ;)
And if you are up this way...be sure to let me know...not only can I make sure your coffee experience is great but your bike experience too! (that goes for any of you bikers...)
Ha...that went on longer than I had planned! Well...you asked! :D
Thanks Chris Mal and Scoot. Very helpful. Mal, OUCHHHHHHHH!!!!
Thanks for the offer Scoot. Will do. Chris, yeah, if its too hot or too wet, ill be driving to work.
A few of us in the instructor game had a saying we liked to share with learners,
When in traffic, its not who is right, it is who is left...
Remember you are the smallest thing on the road mate.
Hi all, I have been busy learning to be a student again, and have been head down bum up in my books.
I am doing my second class ticket as a marine engineer.
I have just bought PeterFs PID Silvia for use in Launceston.
Now, to Motorcycles ;)
I am commuting to Hobart on weekends on bikes, but I have been having some attrition, my Moto Guzzi Sport1100 had done somthing to its clutch, and so is parked up until next year, after college, when it will be fixed again.
In the mean time I am using my only Japanese bike, a DL650 weestrom.
I have more fallbacks if needs must.
And am working on getting my other Guzzi going again, it is getting its linked brakes de-linked, long story.
And if things go really wrong, I can get my mainland bike that is stashed at a mates place in Fitzroy in Melbourne.
Like coffee machines, you can NEVER have too many
Ive just polished off a bottle of nice red that I scored free from a recent gig (Im a sound engineer) and am feeling comfortably numb.
Just loik to add that I love muddaboiks! .... hic ... * ;D
Wow Andy, so many bikes.
Chris, where do you instruct?
Used to mate - casual weekend thing but I got better ;DOriginally Posted by 001A110A0F040C0F07060D110C0008630 link=1236761460/45#45 date=1237883520
Have worked at the rider ranges at Botany (where I expect you will go), Loftus, Seven Hills which moved to Quakers Hill all with a now defunct company called Rightstart.
Most recently with HART (Honda) at St Ives.
So funny me and my mate rocking up to a Honda facility to teach, both riding R1s ;D ;D ;D ;D
We werent allowed to use them on the Ps road ride - had to take a Honda... ::)
Haha. Bet they loved that. Im doing my course at Rouse Hill, simply because it had the first available test. The other centers all had long waiting periods.
Just remember... In accordance with the standards etc... I once new the exact clause :o If you drop your helmet from a hight of approx 1M onto the floor...Originally Posted by 6D7D71716A7F41797F721E0 link=1236761460/40#40 date=1237871058
It is recommended that you toss it and get a new one... Stress fractures 8-)
When we use to race, we often had new helmets for the main race and then used them in practice etc... But at the next meet... A new one..
Mind you it did depend on the fit and how well they were treated...
After any crash, they were binned...
Trust me, without a sponsor it can be $$$$$
So Scoota Gal di you ever think that this post would go off like this, I reckon coffee, adrenalin, bikes, and more coffee go well together...
I kinda figured that there were a few riders here...though, am amazed at just how many! Its great though.
And speaking of coffee and bikes, well, I guess we could talk about the classic Cafe Racers! And then there is that bike shop in Sydney, actually, I think its a BMW one, that has a coffee shop in it or rather...bike sales in a coffee shop! Wouldnt mind going to that...
Where we bought my scooter from originally, the dealer there had a small coffee bar...cant remember what the machine was that they had. I do remember my man going and making himself a coffee on it one time we were there...but thats a whole other story! ;)