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DazLoczy

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DazLoczy says:

Shafty

This is an appeal to motorcycle manufacturers to consider the good old shaft drive when designing your next middle-weight commuter/light tourer/all rounder. I'm getting fed up with adjusting and lubing chains and there are still plenty of high-mileage riders like myself who like the middle-weight as an all round, all-year bike because it can be economical, easy to maneuver, easy to pick up when you drop it in the ice/snow.


So here's what I want:
  • 600-750cc parallel twin/inline 4/v-twin whatever works
  • 65+mpg average
  • Shaft drive!
  • 10k minimum services
  • Reasonable seat height for short-arses like me
  • Under £7k or £7.5k with a touring/hard luggage option
  • Enough oomph to be fun without being too thirsty
  • Comfy seat for hours of riding pleasure
  • Large enough fuel tank for a 250 mile + range
  • A faired/unfaired option would be nice
Think Kawasaki GT550/750 but lighter, faster, better looking and updated with all mod-cons.

That is all, thank you please.

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roseyeric

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roseyeric says:

Not sure

they read the pearls of wisdom posted on here tbh

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DazLoczy

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DazLoczy says:

I know

But I've just spent half hour in the cold cleaning and oiling the bugger so I had to vent somewhere :winkie:

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

sounds like...

you need to try out that new BMW 800rt....belt not shaft but no lubing required.

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

not

the shaft versus chain debate :shock:

oh\daz what have you started:lol:

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DazLoczy

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DazLoczy says:

If...

...my Honda VT500 wasn't so old and decrepit and a bit faster I'd have kept it because it was comfy as fook and didn't need hardly any maintenance. Was a bit on the heavy side though but the shaft drive was brilliant.

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snev

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snev says:

CX650 Eurosport....

What a Ground breaking Bike.....30 years ago:smile

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DazLoczy

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DazLoczy says:

Ha ha

Here we go, for lazy buggers like me or people who think you shouldn't need to check chain tension and lube it at least once every week shaft drive wins hands down. I'm sure sports bike lovers have a different opinion but for an all-rounder you can't beat shaft drive for ease-of-use.

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

just forget about....

65+ a gallon though...they drink petrol like a toper and sap a good percentage of the power too while they're doing it.....what do you think of the belt drive then?

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

Right Daz

you are deffo on your own on this one now:wacko:

You are sure going to open a Hornets nest:ph43r:

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DazLoczy

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DazLoczy says:

800RT

What's the service interval on them? Belt drive could work.:smile


Pics below:
Kawasaki GT550 - a modern one of these please, hows that for an all-year round hack - solid as brass!
Honda VT500 - same model as mine, heavy, slow but well comfy!

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