What motorcycle have you got?
STW motorcyclists what is in your garage?
In mine behind the mountain bikes, commuters, kids bikes and general junk there are two motorcycles.
The first is my looooooooong standing (literally) project a Honda XBR500 with a shagged engine in the process of getting a NX650 Dominator engine upgrade. Its a sort of cafe racer thing and has CBR jellymould forks wheels and brakes which make a considerable difference to how it rides.
The other motorcycle is a CBR600FN that looks bog standard in aftermarket white fairings that hides a Fireblade engine that has been squeezed between the frame rails. It goes very nicely and has an indecent turn of speed for a 600Posted 5 years ago
This is the longest I’ve gone without a road bike – coming up to 3 years now, with my last being a 2005 Kawasaki z750 that I sold in 2010.
Having said that I’m 3/4 way through restoring a 1983 (ish) Yamaha Ty Majesty. I’m struggling for certain parts and enthusiasm. I went a bit OTT on what was meant to be a simple rebuild and it’s turned into a nut & bolt restoration. If its ever finished it’ll be too nice to ride..!Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Loving the mutant CBR…
Sadly forgotten up the back of the garage is this:
Once upon a time it looked like this, and won prizes.
Not much standard on it, paint by me, cams jets and exhaust got it a little past 80bhp, handling by Ohlins Dymag and Ktech, huge efforts got the weight actually down to be the same as the official Suzuki claimed weight Loved it, put 40000 miles on it, but pushirons took over and it’s never moved since.Posted 5 years agokiloSubscriber
I’m going all out for the shonkiest collection (all were under £700 each on ebay);
a kwaker gt550 with top box – upped the cycling commuting so used about a dozen times this year and now with a flat tyre, flat battery and expired mot in the front garden in London – annoying as this year I’ve put a full exhaust and new shocks on it.
Honda C90 and 1968 bantam 175cc both in Ireland. The c90 is one of the most fun bits of kit I’ve had ideal for pootling down country lanes, seriously tempted to get one for london and the bantam is my try at owning a classic bike. Both can be left for a couple of months and start and bring a smile to my face when riding them so ideal for me. I would add they are both ridden in very rural sw Ireland with no traffic, lights, etc.Posted 5 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
Over the past 5 years i’ve had 30 bikes
Ive only owned 8 different bikes in 20+ years of riding.
79 Laverda Jota 180
76 Laverda 1000 3Cl
75 Ducati 250 Desmo
77 Moto Morini 3 1/2
Just a 2005 R1, had it 4 years. Munqe Chick has a mint Mk1 SV650S.
Have a V-twin craving, head saying KTM SMT for pillion friendly fun, heart says RC8 as they are going for peanuts (new old-stock £8K).Posted 5 years ago
Have a V-twin craving, head saying KTM SMT for pillion friendly fun, heart says RC8 as they are going for peanuts (new old-stock £8K).
I almost bought an RC8 last month for £3500 !!!! great condition but 23,000 on clocks in white/black. I bought the Wilier and the Spearfish instead though.Posted 5 years agoCapt. KronosSubscribertomasoSubscriber
@Lionheart I think its actually heavier than the Fireblade! Not by much but all that steel adds up.
@Northwind my garage is similar with motorcycles used as storage shelves for tyres. My old SV although a hoot to ride always left me wanting more composed suspension and better brakes. Suzuki would do well to follow Triumph with their upgraded versions of their Triples. As a factory upgrade it really wouldn’t add much to what is a very cheap motorcycle.
@weeksy that BIG KTM is very tasty but it would have me up before the judge quikcer than you can say “do a wheelie mister”
@kilo back lane blasting on a C90 is a curiously underrated pleasure and when you get to B and unclassified roads they can cover ground surprisingly quickly.
@jota that is a healthy stable!
@stratobiker that is tootbrush clean!Posted 5 years agoklumpyMember
A 1996 Fireblade (the best model) that with a little effort would appear mint.
An H reg GPz500 for commuting. It’s a dreadful bike, but twirls through traffic nicely.
A 2007 YZ250 crosser made into enduro. (Anyone here ride enduro and wanna talk tyres..? 😆 )Posted 5 years agofailedengineerMember
I’ve got a Triumph Tiger 800. it’s my 5th Hinckley Triumph in a row. I’ll be doing a little tinkering with the suspension this Winter to give it a more compliantv ride. Buy British!
That Griso looks fab, a friend of mine has the older 4v one, nice to ride.
I’m thinking of a Bonneville or a Thruxton next. Open faced helmet, jeans, jumpers for goalposts etc.Posted 5 years agobounceSubscriber
Some cracking bikes lurking on here.
Had this old VTR for 10 years, fitted the later (big) tank, fuel pump, Maxton shock, rebuilt forks and got rid of the horrible red screen. Bar the twice-yearly Scotland tour, am struggling to find a reason to use it these days.
This one went to fund a new MTB last year, lots of fun while it was here.
Posted 5 years agofailedengineerMember
Hey Buccaneer, how are you getting on with the Bonnie? Do you miss the power of a sportsbike? Do you ride steadier or do you rag it?
I. Want. One. Royal Enfields are looking good, too. Had a good look around them at the bike show. Don’t know if 27 BHP would be enough though!Posted 5 years ago
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