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Author Topic: New bike - For the daily Commute  (Read 5335 times)


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Re: New bike - For the daily Commute
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2016, 11:08:39 AM »
Thanks !
 Yea, I'm still around, also visited and toured the US two years ago !  In fact - today, exactly two years ago we were on a flight back to South Africa. The tour started at Bondurant, IA, and we travelled through Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, down to Edisto Beach in South Corolina. On our way back to Iowa we went through Georgia and Missouri as well. What an experience !

We really enjoyed visting the Charleston (SC) area  Lots of historic places and buildings down there ! Hopefully I will be able to see more of the US before I bite the dust one day .

God Bless !


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Re: New bike - For the daily Commute
« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2016, 04:35:00 PM »
Pretty solid machines.. I worked a few years for a Honda dealer here in London and sold a fair few of these. Good choice!

Also I don't know if you rode one or not but the automatic models, as clever as they are, felt really strange to me..  Always felt like there was way more of a clunk when changing gears then there should be! Nice for city traffic but would rather have a full manual for real riding.

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Re: New bike - For the daily Commute
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2017, 08:31:18 AM »
Ah well, so much for the Honda.  One day I came to the conclusion that as good as it was there were too many annoying things about it.

1.  Its a very wet bike to ride in inclement weather due to the idiot stylists chopping away all the fenders, etc.
2.  Its chain driven.
3.  It does not have a centre stand as standard.
4.  Honda accessories are stupidly expensive.
5.  Its not great on the motorways for covering long distance as its too upright. 

A wise man once said: "if you are only going to run one bike, then run the one you want, not the one you need."

So I changed it for this:
Steve Hawkins R100 (that wants to be an R65)

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Re: New bike - For the daily Commute
« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2017, 12:17:20 PM »
Well, don't just stand there with a silly smile on your face! Tell us the details: mileage, condition, etc etc.
'86 R65 with '84 motor ~70000 miles. SS lines, Spiegler rotor, Progressive monoshock, Keihan silencers, a piece of Pichler fairing.
'76 CB400F ~26000 miles. Weepy SS lines, big dent in the tank.

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Re: New bike - For the daily Commute
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2017, 02:04:38 PM »
Looks killer, Steve.  But, after living with this 1150RT for a few years I don't envy you when it comes time to do any service that's underneath the "Tupperware!"
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Re: New bike - For the daily Commute
« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2017, 05:06:24 PM »
Nice Bike Steve. A friend of mine locally has one and it is a great ride, but they do have something of a Achilles heel.

If it has ABS, flush the fluid regularly and hope. If (when) the ABS unit fails it quite playfully leaves you with no brakes at all. which is apt to be "exciting".
A new ABS unit is not really an option as they cost more than the bike is worth, but there is a bypass kit readily available, you do however need to buy a new master cylinder.
1978 R100RS| 1981 R100RS (JPS) | 1984 R65 | 1992 KLE500 | 2002 R1150GSA |

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Re: New bike - For the daily Commute
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2017, 02:00:06 AM »
This one is an early one, a 1998 model.  It has the earlier ABS II (?) that can be bypassed if it fails, does not leave you with no brakes and generally has a few more things that can be done to it to resurrect it if it starts flashing.  It is not the servo assisted brake system fitted to later bikes that will indeed leave you high and dry when it fails, along with a much bigger bill.

It has 40k miles on it and full luggage, that I shall safely store away.  Actually it has more than 41k now.

It is a sophisticated beast, there is no denying it.  An alternator change is a frame off job, I believe.

But its a bike with a very good record for reliability, if you get out and use it.  Rear main seals drying out on unused/low mileage machines are one of the favorite failures, usually costing you a clutch in the process - an item that should last much more that 100k, if you can keep the oil off it.

I swapped the Honda for it, plus a very few bear tokens.  Which is top money for a 19 year old bike.  But condition is everything, and it was local, just serviced, MOT'd and had a short warrantee period for piece of mind.

Back in the day when I was putting 40k on an already old K100RS, I stopped at a local BMW dealer to have my tappets checked and bought into spec.  Whilst I was waiting the salesman asked me if I would like to take their new demonstrator down to the local garage to fuel it up.  It was one of these K1200RS's that had just come out (1997).  It was lovely in its yellow and gunmetal livery, so much more sophisticated and smooth compared to my old nail.  The salesman knew what he was doing, he just did not realise that it would take 20 years for me to buy it.

I saw a nice example of one recently at a motorbike shop, ridden by a new and nervous owner.  I new at that point that I should be on the lookout for one.

I was after a silver/blue one or one of the original yellow and gunmetal ones.  But this red one came up, and its nice enough and the deal was too easy.

It is a 'Rocket Ship' though.

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