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  • Offline hoppicker   gb

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    Variety is the Spice of Biking
    on: Nov 18, 2017, 12.33 pm
    Nov 18, 2017, 12.33 pm
    I recently bought an immaculate R80GS and have been riding it every chance I get. Its so light compared with the CT DCT. Great down country lanes and manoeuvring at low speed. Ticks over like a clock and very comfortable seat and suspension wise. I got off the GS yesterday and straight onto the CT. OMG did it hit me what a difference there is. The CT is so smooth and the pickup from zero revs came as a shock. I will not go into comparing the gearboxes as that's a no brainer. Brakes in a different league. Suspension about equal (the mods are detailed in another posting). Interesting that one indirectly led to the development of the other.
    I am lucky enough (tolerant SWMBO) to own a pretty diverse collection. OK no real crutch rockets due to ageing body not being able to adopt the riding position they demand, but I enjoy every one of them. Without doubt one of the best things I have done in my life was passing my bike test 52 years ago. I am sure a lot of you will agree to that.
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    Re: Variety is the Spice of Biking
    Reply #1 on: Nov 18, 2017, 01.23 pm
    Nov 18, 2017, 01.23 pm
    *Originally Posted by hoppicker [+]
    ... crutch rockets due to ageing body

    I think you mean 'crotch' - or maybe you do mean 'crutch' with your 'ageing body'?  I suppose a motorbike can be a sort of crutch, anyway.  :002:
    Last Edit: Nov 18, 2017, 01.26 pm by VfuRry

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    Re: Variety is the Spice of Biking
    Reply #2 on: Nov 18, 2017, 01.34 pm
    Nov 18, 2017, 01.34 pm
    So much for spellchecker. Thanks for baling me out though. I like your version better. Riding one of the sports bikes with my knees I would need somewhere to carry the crutches.
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    Re: Variety is the Spice of Biking
    Reply #3 on: Nov 18, 2017, 03.38 pm
    Nov 18, 2017, 03.38 pm
    I agree hoppicker, passed my test at 17 in 1981 and have had a lifetime of pleasure riding bikes (with a few years break when we had young kids). Also agree it's good to have a couple of different bikes, the experience is so different, especially if you have something of an older vintage. Really highlights the changes, but it's great to ride something from an older age of biking.

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    Re: Variety is the Spice of Biking
    Reply #4 on: Nov 18, 2017, 05.16 pm
    Nov 18, 2017, 05.16 pm
    Does a Vespa 250 GTS count, auto of course.  :300:
    keep it shiny side up !!!

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    Re: Variety is the Spice of Biking
    Reply #5 on: Nov 18, 2017, 06.17 pm
    Nov 18, 2017, 06.17 pm
    In my book anything with 2 wheels counts. In 2005 my daughter got fed up with London Transport and said "Dad I want a scooter". If I had suggested it earlier SWMBO would have vetoed it. We still have the SH125i and its great. She then graduated to a SH300i on which she rode with me on an east to west run. Watching the sun rise over the sea at Lowestof and watching it set over the sea at St Davids in Wales the same day. We were the first to arrive which made a lot of my mates on big BMW's pig sick. A great day. Actually that could be a good new topic. What was your best single day ride.
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    Re: Variety is the Spice of Biking
    Reply #6 on: Nov 18, 2017, 06.41 pm
    Nov 18, 2017, 06.41 pm
    Actually that could be a good new topic. What was your best single day ride.

    Great idea, start a thread off Hoppicker......


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    Re: Variety is the Spice of Biking
    Reply #7 on: Nov 18, 2017, 06.49 pm
    Nov 18, 2017, 06.49 pm
    I'd be up for that.
    A group of us off the forum did Lowerstoft to South Stack, Anglesey last year, weekend of 21-21 April i think it was.
    We arrived Lowerstoft on Friday, rode to South Stack saturday then rode home sunday, superb.
    Weather was quite good to us too.
    A great weekend and brilliant meeting up with other CT'ers of here.
    As Hartley said, start a new thread off and see what the interest would be like, you'd be suprised.
    Dont forget to organise the commemorative stickers though.
    Looking forward to this already.   :028: :028: :031:
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