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Dickyboy82
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PostPosted: 09:17 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: New rider saying hi Reply with quote

Passed my full license yesterday and am over the moon with it.
Looking forward to being part of this community.
First bike I'm looking at buying is a bobber but am after some advice on what's best to start out on. Looking to spend about 4k

Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: 09:58 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent that on my first bike. Got a year old ER6f with 1500 miles on the clock which was as good as new.
Although I got very comfortable with its power quite quickly I still rate it as a starter big bike. Good MPG, grunty
and comfortable. If its for daily use and commuting etc I'm not sure a bobber or bobber style bike is an ideal
conveyance. If (like my bike) it's purely a toy then buy whatever gives you a chubby. Laughing Practicality only really
matters if it's a tool, not a toy.
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PostPosted: 11:47 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

What Mr Grrr said!
For 4K , the choice is immense.

Bobbers are gay. Laughing
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PostPosted: 13:27 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

pepperami wrote:
What Mr Grrr said!
For 4K , the choice is immense.

Bobbers are gay. Laughing


Very Happy Very Happy
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Dickyboy82
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PostPosted: 13:36 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

grr666 wrote:
I spent that on my first bike. Got a year old ER6f with 1500 miles on the clock which was as good as new.
Although I got very comfortable with its power quite quickly I still rate it as a starter big bike. Good MPG, grunty
and comfortable. If its for daily use and commuting etc I'm not sure a bobber or bobber style bike is an ideal
conveyance. If (like my bike) it's purely a toy then buy whatever gives you a chubby. Laughing Practicality only really
matters if it's a tool, not a toy.


Thanks for the reply... Yer it would be mainly used as a toy and the odd commute to work now and again as I don't live far away.
I was looking at something like the Yamaha 650 xvs Or Suzuki vl800 but not sure if these are ideal to start out on and maybe a bit to big
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PostPosted: 14:37 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

define big

both of those bikes are around a quarter tonne with a whopping 50bhp

that's big to me, but maybe not in the same way you're thinking
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PostPosted: 16:41 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

^ this. I'd advise against weight rather than power (within reason), as you're just as likely to crash a 50bhp as a 100bhp bike IMO, yet you're more likely to drop a bike that weighs the same as the QE2.
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Dickyboy82
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PostPosted: 16:47 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

owl wrote:
define big

both of those bikes are around a quarter tonne with a whopping 50bhp

that's big to me, but maybe not in the same way you're thinking

Ahh well those bikes are definitely big for me, I'm like 12stome and 5'9. No way would I pick them bikes back up.

I mentioned them two bikes as that's what I'm watching alot of come up on eBay. I knew they were big bikes but never really thought to check weight, just not sure where to start. I know I'm not bothered with sports bikes. The stripped back bobber look appeals to me more
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PostPosted: 17:00 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dickyboy82 wrote:
owl wrote:
define big

both of those bikes are around a quarter tonne with a whopping 50bhp

that's big to me, but maybe not in the same way you're thinking

Ahh well those bikes are definitely big for me, I'm like 12stome and 5'9. No way would I pick them bikes back up.

I mentioned them two bikes as that's what I'm watching alot of come up on eBay. I knew they were big bikes but never really thought to check weight, just not sure where to start. I know I'm not bothered with sports bikes. The stripped back bobber look appeals to me more

This normally gets posted when such claims are made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1f8JVauj_8 Folded arms

In reality you'll drop it on a wet loose surface and not a grippy carpet.
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PostPosted: 17:09 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of interest
Just how gay are bobbers ?
Are we talking always nicely turned out with an interest
in musicals gay
or
outre 'Only gay it the village' gay ?

i think we should be told this is BCF after all
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PostPosted: 17:13 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hipster customs are the former, bobbers are the latter.
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PostPosted: 17:29 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://i.imgur.com/BiA9ilQ.jpg
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PostPosted: 17:32 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bobber.
I think the word itself is a bit dodgy.
Bobber.
Shocked
Nah. No thanks.
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PostPosted: 19:11 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dickyboy82 wrote:
I was looking at something like the Yamaha 650 xvs Or Suzuki vl800 but not sure if these are ideal to start out on and maybe a bit to big


For the record, neither of those are Bobbers.
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Dickyboy82
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PostPosted: 19:39 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evil Hans wrote:
Dickyboy82 wrote:
I was looking at something like the Yamaha 650 xvs Or Suzuki vl800 but not sure if these are ideal to start out on and maybe a bit to big


For the record, neither of those are Bobbers.


I understand that but do make a good Platform to start with or so what I have read on a few sites
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PostPosted: 20:29 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Listen Dickyboy82 , you choose what you want to ride and tell everyone else to “fugg off !”

As for bobber’ish bikes ? The Kawasaki W800 seems to be a good bike.
I’ve not heard anyone say bad things about them.
Personally I’d call it a retro styled road bike Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 20:44 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

pepperami wrote:
Listen Dickyboy82 , you choose what you want to ride and tell everyone else to “fugg off !”

As for bobber’ish bikes ? The Kawasaki W800 seems to be a good bike.
I’ve not anyone say bad things about them.
Personally I’d call it a retro styled road bike Thumbs Up


Lol cheers man
Retro styled road bike it is Very Happy Wink
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PostPosted: 20:56 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen alot of honda Shadow VT600 mentioned alot but they have had mixed reviews from what I have read. For me personally I do not know much about them bikes so can't comment.
What's people's opinions on them as a base for somewhere to start??
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PostPosted: 21:34 - 06 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I was going to get something underpowered that looked cool, I’d probably consider a moto guzzi v7 which is more cafe racer, they do a v9 I think which is bobber’ish.

Maybe a Vulcan 500? Shadow seems like a popular choice too along with the Rebel... there’s a matte black one that parks near me at work that’s caught my eye a few times, if i was that way inclined Wink

https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocial/news-and-views/features/bikes/top-10-bobbers-2018

Most of these have older models you can pick up second hand for your budget
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PostPosted: 17:00 - 08 Dec 2018    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi bud, congrats on passing your test. I passed my test in April this year, i know how exciting it is to be out their Smile

I bought a second hand MT07 the same day I passed my test, I absolutely love it. It's really light for a 700cc bike, and as i'm a short rider it's absolutely ideal for me. I had to get it lowered to help touching the ground, but for me it's a perfect first bike. It's got power, excellent torque which you do have to be sensible with as a new rider, comfortable riding position, your more or less up right. I would highly recommend one as a first bike. Keep us updated on what you decide Smile
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