Thread for motorbikes

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Enzo, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    I managed to stay on the bike long enough to do a 180 and leave its remains against a fence with the headlight shining up towards the road as I flew into the tree Wonder Woman stylee. The headlight attracted the interest of a passing motorist who called an ambulance. I was having trouble breathing by the time the fire brigade were summoned to prune me out of the tree onto a stretcher.
  2. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Trail Blazer

    Bloody hell Rog, that sounds like a proper nightmare, so glad you survived.
  3. Taz38

    Taz38 Ultralighter

    Ouch Rog, not good on any level.
    Came off mine twice, first one; got knocked clean off by a truck, doing some hip and lower back damage, second one; had to slam on brakes while doing 55/60 as someone had blocked the road round a bend...bruises and stitches for that one. :hurting:
    Had various over the years, my fav was probably the cx500 as it rode really well.
    My OH is thinking about getting another bike, an old british cafe racer type, my days are probably over, not really got the money or anywhere to put it.
  4. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    It wasn't good on any level. I was laid flat for a few months recovering. My sole trader IT business collapsed. The govt didn't give me any help with sick pay as I was working flat-out self employed and hadn't got my Nat Ins contributions in on time.

    Moral: make time for the paperwork and stop believing in your immortality. No matter how much you think you can rely on your skillz, it only takes some fule who thinks his new low profile tyres turn his top-heavy chelsea tractor into a racing car to screw it all up for you.
  5. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Worst I got was soft tissue damage and a limp for a decade. I just really struggle to see how anyone could have driven off with you in that state Rog, whole thing sounds traumatic.
    15 years riding bikes and 24 working with chain saws and I have only a few scratches to show for it. Luck of the draw.
  6. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Up until then I'd fallen off bikes and cliffs from time to time and never done more than bust a finger in 30 years. Maybe that leads to complacency, but nothing you do prevents others from doing stoopid things. Instead of being bitter about it, I took a conscious decision to be positive about the fact I can still walk and go from there. First powered two wheeler after the crash was an electric bike I built. Then a scooter. Then a BMW R850R. Now adding the Rickman as it puts such a big smile on my face to ride it.
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  7. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    …… life is for living :thumbsup:
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  8. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

  9. Clare

    Clare Trail Blazer

    I've had many bikes both on and off road. Finally, the glamorous drama of sliding on an oil patch outside Burger King on the Holloway Road had me in hospital for a month with a deep wound and severe infection. I thought I would never walk in the hills again and sold them both after that. If I move out the city I would still like a trail bike for not too challenging off roading, but no more roads. Not that that's logical obviously, but it's how I feel.
  10. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Yup, I fear my road riding may be behind me too, stick to drag strips. Safer.
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  11. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Trail Blazer

    At 21 I was hit by a chap driving his uncle's car going, we estimate, about 80mph, t-boned me and threw the bike and the two of us on it clean across the road. Despite witnesses, there was no evidence of the speed he was going because he didn't hit the brakes so no skid marks. After years of trying, there was no compensation. I broke my foot in several places and have lived with the pain and discomfort since, which is 31 years ago now. A decade living and working in hot countries made it much more bearable but now the damp Devon winters don't help, but it could have been very much worse. Still love my bikes though. Despite years of climbing, skydiving, motorbikes and chainsaws, that's the only damage I've really done to myself.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2018
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  12. benp1

    benp1 Trekker

    So far I've been very fortunate, always wear my kit though

    currently have a Fireblade (2008 CBR1000RR), don't ride it often enough but it's such a good bike to ride, brings a huge smile to my face everytime I get on it
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  13. Brendan

    Brendan Trail Blazer

    Started racing motocross on a Honda Elsinore MR50. Went onto Yamaha's YZ's and Suzuki RM. We also had some enduro bikes, Honda XR200, Yamaha IT175 and trial bikes, Yamaha TY250 and a Bultaco, can't remember the model. The benefits of living on a farm.
    Then I discovered road bikes and started with a Suzuki RGV250 then GSXR1100 and something a bit more sedate, Yamaha Thundercat 600.

    When I lived in Vietnam I bought a Honda 67 and did it up to look like a cafe racer which caught the attention of a local web based newspaper.
    https://vnexpress.net/tin-tuc/oto-x...racer-cua-chang-tay-tai-viet-nam-2915991.html

    I also bought a vintage Vespa which I shipped back to the UK to keep my other Vespa happy. Had a bit of an interesting interaction on a Vespa forum here; http://modernvespa.com/forum/topic121989

    And now here in Beijing the wife and I just bought one of these in blue; https://www.niu.com/en/n-series/
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  14. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    80Km range from a 29Ah battery is pretty impressive. Bet it'll struggle to do that in hilly country though.

    Love the 50cc cafe racer. I've started doing something similar with an AP50 chassis and Chinese cg125cc engine copy
  15. Brendan

    Brendan Trail Blazer

    We are finding the quoted 80km range a bit optimistic. You only get that if you ride one up and in limp mode. It has 3 modes each of which is just a speed limiter.
    Mode 1 = 17km/hr; Mode 2 = 34km/hr and Mode 3 = 50km/hr.
    Riding in mode 3 with me and the missus on the bike and we would be lucky to get 50km.
  16. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Still pretty impressive at 50Km. I want one. So long as there's good fireproofing between the battery and my ****
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  17. Padowan

    Padowan Summit Camper

    I have several.
    Yamaha TTR250 that I use for greenlaning.
    Husqvarna TE449 that was my Rally bike, but will be getting sold on soon.
    KTM 640 Avdenture that is my solo-adventuring bike.
    BMW R850GS that is is my 2-up adventure touring bike.

    I like to overlap the 2 hobbies when any sort of packing/camping is involved and have managed to get the required kit for the two of us (me and the wife) to camp for a couple of weeks through Spain, quite luxuriously and very tidily onto the BMW.
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    ^^ We were camping in a 5-man Tentipi, with homemade (thanks @Mole) lightweight groundsheet, had camping chairs (Alite Mayflys), Handpresso, little Alpkit table etc so we were by no means slumming it!

    I'm planning a 2,500km off-road trip later this summer on the KTM and will be applying the same principles, more aggressively as I'll be on my own.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2018 at 12:55 PM
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  18. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

  19. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Trail Blazer

    Fine taste in panniers you have :D

    And bikes
  20. Padowan

    Padowan Summit Camper

    Verns Worldbeaters on the GS, Adv Spec Magadans on the KTM and some little Wolfman E12s for a minimalist approach on the dirt bikes.

    I have almost a many different sets of panniers as I have rucksacks! :thumbsup:
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  21. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Trail Blazer

    Yeah, I have Vern's panniers on my GS too. Spent a fun afternoon chatting bikes with him when I picked them up.
  22. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    My other bike is a BMW R850R. :bag:
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