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patja

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patja says:

bike as only vehicle

i have a car - volvo s80 - with heated leather seats, abs brakes, 2,4 engine and about 20 mpg. Its nice and warm to drive whatever the weather. But I miss my bike - xtz750 super tenere, which was too high for me, too heavy in town, too uncomfortable to drive with passenger, was a bit too heavy with petrol. and it wasnt too pleasant to drive in uk - it is a bike for driving on the bad roads fast, and there are no roads for this kind of bike. I was driving every day. when its cold outside - i was freezing, when it was rainy i was wet. you find a lot of bike minuses when you have to ride it every day. thats why I`ve bought a car - to keep my ass warm. and now i want to sacrifice with comfort  to biking. I never drove bike all year round.  So, if somebody driving bike all year and use it as only vehicle could you share your experience how is it. how to dress warm enough and still look casual? how to fight rain drops on visor? can actually bike replace car as only vehicle?i need bike for everything - commuting, shopping, driving out for long weekend with girlfriend. and i cant afford bike and a car. 

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Valko

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Valko says:

girlfriend weekend?

you need a car mate :biggrin:

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calamityjane

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calamityjane says:

will he have to

hijack her with an ak47 first :laugh:

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paulderekjohnson

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Oh

Do women find being hijacked with a loaded weapon appealing then? :smile

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calamityjane

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calamityjane says:

Oh god

It has to be loaded. Where would be the fun if not :tongue:

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georgyspiros

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georgyspiros says:

I has

loaded weapon but keep it under bed in case wifey number the second get green horned eye monster and try kill donkee. He got my best weapon pointing in him.:wink:

Happynessness peeps. Nessnessmerry.:biggrin:

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calamityjane

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calamityjane says:

oy georgy

Im all for the animal rights, she kill donkey, i kill her. Not with  gun obviously. Me bare hands. you lay off the donkey as well, it don't have a say :mad:

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DazLoczy

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DazLoczy says:

Back on subject

If you want to replace a car with a motorcycle and have the bike do the things you want from a car, then buy a convertable sports car, a very fast one and you might get near to some of the joys of riding a motorcycle.


I ride all year not out of choice or to be 'manly' but because the car decided to seize up and I've not been able to afford to replace it this winter. Running costs (fuel, insurance etc) of a car are usually a lot higher and with the miles I do the money I'm saving on fuel is paying for the finance on my bike.

I have made some modifications though; I've got a naked bike and have added a screen, handguards, heated grips and soft luggage which will hold as much shopping as one of those shallow supermarket trolleys. I wear an all-in-one textile suit over warm base layers whenever I know I'll be doing over 50mph for any length of time.

Water-beading can be helped with some sprays you add to your visor but usually on the motorway the airflow clears your visor anyway. In town flip your visor up.

My wife is not a big fan of riding pillion unless it's for pleasure but luckily she has a decent car so long journeys with the missus or 'big shops' will be done on four wheels.

If you want to ride all year or get in a position where you have to then you can make it work and believe me it can be fun (like trying to stay alive in the snow) but the worst weather for me is constant rain and high winds, even the best 'waterproof' boots struggle when they're being jet-blasted by water at 70mph for hours on the motorway.

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domster

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domster says:

TWO WHEELED CAR

Lordy there's some small minded racist twats on here, or what? You really need either a big scooter or a shafty tourer with heated grips & enough storage to leave riding wear on board. ENJOY!

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patja

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patja says:

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cant quote previous posts   :huh: 

dont get me wrong - i`m not afraid to ride in rain. i`ve been riding in snow as well, but only for fun, not because "i need to". 

2 AdieR 
gold wing is too overpriced. but bmw k1200lt is good enough for same money. Honda 1985 costs about 5k same as bmw 2000-2003. 

DazLoczy, spondonste thanks for reply. how many gear for all year riding you have?
bike is cheaper to run if you compare insurance and petrol, but for bike you  buying lots of stuff - helmets, jackets, gloves, there are lots of useful thing you want to buy. and when  you add them to the price you may found that bike is not that cheap after all.   

also a  question - does anybody keep bike outside all year with the chain around lamp post? hows rust?thieves? vandals? at the moment i have a so called garage, it looks more like a shed for me, but if I`ll move out I dont want to look for another house with garage...


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ELP

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