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struan80
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PostPosted: 14:28 - 13 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got my new bike delivered today. Very Happy

2004 F650GS, 28k miles, heated grips (never had these before so I'm looking forward to warm fingers) engine and other crash protection. I've dropped most of my bikes so this is a great addon. Top box.

The guy dropped the bike off for me this morning. Now to get it insured and taxed for the run out next weekend as Max is away at respite care.

Still got the Shadow so I had to scrounge some money from my daughter to pay for it Embarassed

Just noticed that I had no V5 for the Shadow so I've sent away for it...puts buyers right off if you've not got the V5....it's hopefully on route now as I've paid autotrader and mcn to advertise it and I'm scaring punters away.

Anyway onwards and up the stairway to heaven.

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PostPosted: 15:07 - 18 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I've got my Shadow up for sale. I looked through the paperwork, as you do, and I notice that I don't have the effin V5. I've done the V62 hope it will be here soon

Anyway, I've had three enquiries and I've had to tell them that I'm waiting on the V5 so don't hear anything back as expected.

How long does a V5 take to come, 4 to 6 weeks they say, surely not?

That is tame my biggest fuckup came when I was Cancelling the tax for the shadow. I accidentally put the person who I bought the F650S as the new owner of the shadow, does that make sense. So the V5 for the Shadow will be sent to the guy that sold me the F650gs. NM even I don't understand

I am one complete and utter twat, going to take ages to get the V5 and I've paid MCN and AutoTrader for the add and turning folk away.

No where else to rant as nobody else gives a fuck, sorry guys.
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PostPosted: 15:18 - 18 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well that looks a bit lighter and more agile than the shadow that's for sure! Rogerborg would be proud too! Laughing
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PostPosted: 15:22 - 18 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevo as b4 wrote:
Well that looks a bit lighter and more agile than the shadow that's for sure! Rogerborg would be proud too! Laughing


Roger! A fellow Scotsman and all round good egg. I remember he fell of his bike at a junction one winter. It must have killed him Sad

After the Shadow the 650 feels like a moped, goes a bit quicker too which is nice.
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PostPosted: 16:40 - 18 Jan 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

How long does a V5 take to come? Expect it when you see it is the most accurate answer. :'(
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PostPosted: 14:38 - 15 Feb 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks absolutely spotless for a 2004 bike with 28k miles. How does it look so pristene? Like not one flec of rust or any scratches, no heat discolouration?
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PostPosted: 22:52 - 15 Feb 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim Mc wrote:
That looks absolutely spotless for a 2004 bike with 28k miles. How does it look so pristene? Like not one flec of rust or any scratches, no heat discolouration?


The tank and the cosmetic bodywork is pretty darned good, I suspect not the original side panels as scratches on the metalwork show the bike has been gently down the road at some point. Some corroded bolts and nuts and the engine crashbar is rusty as if it's been used Smile

It's great I don't have to feel bad about not cleaning her.
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PostPosted: 00:16 - 16 Feb 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It's great I don't have to feel bad about not cleaning her.


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PostPosted: 00:33 - 16 Feb 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:
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It's great I don't have to feel bad about not cleaning her.


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PostPosted: 01:07 - 19 Feb 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've sold my Shadow pending arrival of the V5. I had IT valeted and it looked an impressive bike when I took the cover off. Shame we didn't get along. It's like humping a large lady and not wanting to see her again. My new BMW suits me fine as I already know I'm a complete tosser.
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PostPosted: 00:42 - 23 Feb 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't help myself. To get this thread back on topic I'm looking at getting an R6 again Mr. Green Maybe go for a fuel injected this time. Already got one spotted that seems a good deal. Update later.
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PostPosted: 20:18 - 08 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I came back down to earth, an R6 is not going to happen, although I miss my old one a fair bit, best bike I've owned.

Oh well Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 21:05 - 08 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

And there was me opening the thread eager to see what bike you'd bought today. Laughing

V5 arrived for the Shadow and so the sale was a success?
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PostPosted: 23:28 - 08 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ste wrote:
And there was me opening the thread eager to see what bike you'd bought today. Laughing

V5 arrived for the Shadow and so the sale was a success?


Yes, Shadow is gone, got a reasonable price for it, lost £800 but heyho.

It's fun to watch someone getting a new bike, couldn't wipe the smile of the buyers face. If he only knew that you have to taste marmite to figure out it's not for you.
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PostPosted: 21:48 - 22 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Things could change, quickly as usual. Anyway the producer of a documentary, with my son Max and me, wants to sell her Ducati 800ss and throw in a Thunderace!. Goodness that Ducati is fine and I've got a mate who does his DAS at the end of the month who could use the Thunderace!

Has anyone any thoughts on each of these bikes and am I losing my mind again?

The documentary producer with the bikes is Sam Poling, yet to meet her but if she'rides an 800ss she's fine by me. Will let you know how my fantasy will unfold.

Happy riding ladies and gents.
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PostPosted: 17:09 - 23 Jun 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

So this has arrived on my drive. I started out with good sensible intentions then it all went wrong. It is a 2006 model.

I was literally shaking riding it home, The F650GS has a slack throttle and at 47hp doesn't matter too much. The Fireblades throttle is like a precision instrument, one false move and your dead kind of feel. Shocked

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(This thread is my diary so just keeping this here for future reference for when I come to sell it) Yoshi end can, Valter Moto rearsets, braided brake lines, ASV levers, double bubble zero gravity screen, heated grips, gear indicator, micro indicators, tail tidy, combined brake and indicator lamp among others. Will sell as single seater as you see, but will also give pillion rearsets and seat, along with pillion fuel tank grab handles. All bolts have been replaced with Pro-Bolt titanium bolts, easy to get bodywork off with no corroded bolts. Have all original parts (except original bolts...). Will also throw in trickle charger and oxford cover. 2 keys included.
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PostPosted: 20:56 - 09 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two month, well nearly, review of the Fireblade.

Looks.

It looks fantastic to me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder right enough but the Red and black 2006 Fireblade is the best looking of them all Very Happy . Strange but I have had an HJC red and black helmet that I'd never worn until now. Is it a bit naff to have your helmet matching your bike? Not that any of that matters when you speed on by with cries in the background from motorists. 'Ya mad cunt'

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More to follow on this review when I'm sober including:

Sitting on the bike stationary. The feel of the bike.
Sitting on the bike while riding at 56 mph
Sitting on the bike while riding at 70mph.
Sitting on the bike while front wheel is up at 120mph. (aye right)
Riding on the motorway
Riding on A roads.
Riding on B roads
Riding the bike at 110mph
Low speed corners
High speed corners
Electronics and riding aids
Practicality
Slow speed manouevering.
Conclusion
Penis size
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PostPosted: 21:44 - 09 Aug 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sitting on the bike stationary.

I'm 5ft 7 1/2".

If you are not used to a sports bike then you will feel like Frankie Dettori on Shergar when you first sit on the bike and put your feet on the pegs.

Your head will be forward and the grips will be way forward as the steering lock will likely be on when you sit on it so everything is at extremes. It is important when trying this bike to release the steering lock. I have ridden sports bikes before and think this is as comfortable a bike as any of them stationary, the pegs are aftermarket on mine and I think a bit higher than standard.

My 5ft 71/2" make it quite difficult to get a decent grip of the ground when stationary but yet the bike would be quite small for an over 6ft...er.

The dashboard is alright but there is no fuel gauge and thankfully no setting to worry about. Mine has heated grips that drains the rubics cube size battery in no time.

The bike feels about the size of a cross between the 1999 R6 and R1.

In general I wet my pants when sitting on the bike stationary. This is just the start of the love affair. No doubt I'll plough it into a lampost as divoce looms. Shocked
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PostPosted: 21:47 - 19 Oct 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sold most of my sim racing gear Sad
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