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struan80
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PostPosted: 20:56 - 13 Sep 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going for a test ride tomorrow on a Super Meteor. Very Happy Looking forward to it. It will be interesting to see how it rides. I read in a review that it delivers almost 80% of its torque at 2500 rpm. Did someone on here have an Interceptor?

I'm also thinking about selling the 400. I've had a couple of years of fun on it and could use the money to fund other mid life crisis ideas. It's much fun but not entirely practical. I was getting to the point where I was being a bit over eager with the engine on a constant basis, You've got to work the engine really high up in the rev range to get the rush. I am always scared of blowing the engine in the little thing. Also killing my shoulders and neck after a couple of hours.

Anyway got the Street Triple for fun, not been out in it for ages so will feel like a new bike.
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PostPosted: 15:44 - 14 Sep 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't like the Royal Enfield just had a bit too much chrome and felt large. How dare they put chrome on a cruiser.

Went to see a Vulcan S, didn't like the look of it so never arranged a test ride.

So I went back to the Honda garage and couldn't help myself. Pick it up on the 23rd.

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Does anyone want to buy a CBR400RR? Laughing


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PostPosted: 17:28 - 14 Sep 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brown leather?! They've ruined it Sad
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PostPosted: 19:10 - 14 Sep 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Brown leather?! They've ruined it Sad


Oh don't say that I've hummed and hawed about whether to get the special edition with the brown seats. Oh well, I like it. But then I drive a mustard coloured car and have a white leather jacket what would I know. Laughing

Probably trade it in for the CMX1100 in a couple of months knowing me.
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PostPosted: 12:53 - 19 Sep 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Rebel 500 Facebook page is full of females. It's a breath of fresh air. Do I feel my feminine side protruding out, well perhaps.

I guess the ultra low seat height and light weight makes it good for small people like me and a lot of ladies. Although I'm 5ft 7 and my girlfriend (of sorts) is 5ft 11. She actually wore heels going out with me. Seriously I feel inadequate.

Hope I've made the right decision going for this bike. Don't usually buy new ones as I like my bikes to have depreciated almost fully when I get them second hand.

But hey ho why the fuck not, it's not much a month really. Only live once ehh.
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PostPosted: 13:05 - 19 Sep 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

IIRC I stated it was a tart's bike in my review Smile
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PostPosted: 13:13 - 19 Sep 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy-X wrote:
IIRC I stated it was a tart's bike in my review Smile


Well you could put it like that. Laughing I've fucked up this time. It's not only a cruiser, it's a girls cruiser. Oh well. Did you write a review? Where is it please.

The power to weight ratio is better than a lot of larger cruisers, most cruisers anyway.
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PostPosted: 16:28 - 19 Sep 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here were my initial thoughts on it:

https://www.bikechatforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=328386

Then someone else wrote a review where I added my "tart bike" comment:

https://www.bikechatforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=329884
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PostPosted: 17:14 - 19 Sep 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy-X wrote:
Here were my initial thoughts on it:

https://www.bikechatforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=328386

Then someone else wrote a review where I added my "tart bike" comment:

https://www.bikechatforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=329884


Laughing Very good thanks.
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PostPosted: 14:50 - 23 Sep 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love new bike days, so exciting Very Happy I've only once before bought a brand new bike. It's very shiny, soon sort that.

I know it's a girls cruiser with brown seats, really it is. On the Rebel FB page there are so many ladies commenting. Need to have a ride with them.

Anyway, I like my wee cruiser.

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PostPosted: 01:42 - 30 Sep 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I've just come home from a night out with a Dutch lady. She is over visiting friends. I met her at my auntie's funeral and we kept intouch. Never got a shag, not that I could even if I'd wanted to and actually was happy that she smoked cigarettes so we had something in common. Anyway a long story that I won't bore you with.

Anyway 250 miles on the ladies cruiser and a review so far. Things I haven't heard in online reviews.

The 471 cc engine is good. Picks up really well at low revs, way better than a high-revving inline 4, good bottom range torque. It has enough power for any road situation really. It is not particularly fast, fast enough.

It takes a bit of getting used to the fat front tyre. Makes for a lack of stability at walking pace or coming to a stop, maybe it's just me.

The seating position is okay, pegs are slightly forward from a sportsbike but not way out in front like a typical cruiser. Quite comfortable but then I'm 5ft 7". A tall rider would be better looking elsewhere for sure.

I'm not used to a bike firing up with no input, no choke, no catching the throttle. It just starts and runs lovely. Jeez it even has a fuel gauge and gear position indicator. I'm not used to that.

The bars are ever so slightly forward, too much forward. You are not sitting bolt upright when riding it which is what I'd have expected. Bar risers would fix this but it doesn't bother me enough to do that.

The engine sticks out on one side more than the other, annoying, one leg has to sit further out than the other. Never heard of that in any review. It is annoying but no game changer

In general the bike goes well for it's 47 hp. Not quite as nippy as my Fireblade was Laughing but it is so easy to ride, everything just works and it feels quality like a quality bike that should cost a lot more. Well done Honda.

The tank is only 11 litres which will be about 120 miles for me as I will be making progress as much as I can out on the bike. Screwing the guts out of it.

The one major issue for me is that the bike has no rev counter! wtf were they thinking. I'd prefer a rev counter to a speedo (Reminds me of speedo swimwear, not that that matters)

The brakes are sufficient. I've been practising emergency stops. No need for the ABS really.

There is only rear pre-load adjustment and no other rider aid. I like this, no silly settings to muck around with. Works for my weight straight out of the box.

A2 licence holder this would be a fantastic bike.

I love the look of the bike. I'm not a cruiser person but I couldn't help myself with the chromeless bike.

I will write a review on my leather chaps later. Also best buy review of a sleeveless denim jacket, kevlar embroidered.

Managed to get a photo of me ready for a ride out around East Lothian.

I am trying to get this look.
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PostPosted: 23:43 - 03 Oct 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

Autumn.

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PostPosted: 00:07 - 04 Oct 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol... I was just thinking what a small bike the Rebel is but now I have the Vitpilen which is even smaller!
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PostPosted: 20:23 - 16 Oct 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

saw this today and thought of you. next purchase after some chaps perhaps?

https://i.imgur.com/I3wSCyA.jpg
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PostPosted: 13:38 - 18 Oct 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked the 1100 but too expensive and large(ish). Next bikes going to be a sidecar, for the dogs and my son Smile
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PostPosted: 19:54 - 18 Oct 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

struan80 wrote:
I liked the 1100 but too expensive and large(ish). Next bikes going to be a sidecar, for the dogs and my son Smile


it was the handlebars i was referring to.
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PostPosted: 21:53 - 19 Oct 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

to v or not to v wrote:
struan80 wrote:
I liked the 1100 but too expensive and large(ish). Next bikes going to be a sidecar, for the dogs and my son Smile


it was the handlebars i was referring to.


OK, they do look odd. Don't think I'll do any modifications.
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PostPosted: 12:19 - 20 Oct 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

to v or not to v wrote:
saw this today and thought of you. next purchase after some chaps perhaps?

https://i.imgur.com/I3wSCyA.jpg


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PostPosted: 20:29 - 25 Oct 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

400 and 600 might have to go. They will sit in the garage for the foreseeable future. I could use the money. I always spend all my spare money on motorbikes or motorbike stuff and have left myself particularly short after purchasing the CMX after not much thought as to how to pay for the bleeding thing. Act on impulse is a good thing I keep telling myself.

I'll still have the street triple Twisted Evil as I couldn't have a cruiser as my only bike.
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PostPosted: 14:45 - 29 Oct 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys what do you think this is worth? Maybe asking too much, but then again maybe too little going by the price of some of them. Will be sad to see it go it's a smart looking bike.

[i]It has done 29000 kms
MOT until June 2024
Spent £700 getting it recommissioned in June, I have a receipt for the work done.
Decent condition. Not mint, it has a few scratches and surface corrosion on a few of the fittings. No dents on the tank or anything.
Reg. L112 NEC
Quil Exhaust, the bike sounds really good indeed.
Unfortunately don't have the original Exhaust or Screen.
£3200
Tel 07787770003
Haddington, East Lothian
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PostPosted: 11:57 - 30 Oct 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

That doesn't look too far off.. This one, not as nice as yours, made £2300..

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/266361568687

but some have sold as low as £1800. You might neeed to be patient to get £3200 so maybe £2950 ?
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PostPosted: 18:23 - 30 Oct 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

A100man wrote:
That doesn't look too far off.. This one, not as nice as yours, made £2300..

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/266361568687

but some have sold as low as £1800. You might neeed to be patient to get £3200 so maybe £2950 ?


Thanks A100man.

One guy wanted to swap me a 24ft Yacht. Laughing I told him I get seasick.

My mate has spent the day reminding me that I'll regret selling the 400. I might keep it until the spring. It's taxed Mot'd and insured so I'll ride it during the winter, put the new bike in the garage. The new bike would likely fall apart during a Scottish winter. At least the cbr is built to last.
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PostPosted: 15:40 - 07 Nov 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fifty fuckin seven, with a 29 year old daughter, how did that even happen. Shocked

Acht well the sun was shining today so it would be rude not to go out. The 400's not ticking over and I think the idle screw is sticking.

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PostPosted: 16:02 - 20 Nov 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couple of mates and I did a 6 hr drive down to the motorbike show at the weekend. Enjoyed the day but was knackered last night. About every make of motorcycle possible....but no Harley, no loss. Laughing It was my first time at the NEC, I'm at the Scottish show usually, but it is crap in comparison to the NEC. There was an offroad bit where you could do a test ride on certain bikes. Unfortunately I chose pints of lager in place of any test ride.

Did anyone else visit?

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PostPosted: 17:11 - 20 Nov 2023    Post subject: Reply with quote

struan80 wrote:


Your slightly bewildered 1000 yard stare suggests this photo was post lager..
..correct?
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