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Old 24.03.2011, 23:57
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well i guess my bike had around 40 hp when new 32 yrs ago and from the feeling of the kickstart it lost a lot of compression since then :-) never had it above 85 km/h for fear of it falling apart...
Come on, put us out of our misery, what is the hell is it?
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Old 25.03.2011, 08:04
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come on, put us out of our misery, what is the hell is it?
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Old 25.03.2011, 15:53
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Hi Everyone!

I recently bought a motorcycle and i would be delighted to start using it for other than the 5 min ride between home and work.

However i'm inexperienced in driving in Europe. Secondary roads look fine to me, but to be honest the freeway still looks a bit scary. Specially takin ginto account my completely absence of proper gear (other than helmet and gloves). So i was wondering whether a newbie like me may join in this ride.

So far my longest adventure was around Zurich see, but since there you can drive max at 60 there is little to nothing that may happen to you.

I don't even know where this fuel station is!

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Juan.
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Old 25.03.2011, 16:12
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Hi Juan
Tamoil Petrol Station Eglisau: take the motorway from Züirch towards Airport Kloten - Bülach. The motorway ends at Bülach Nord, keep going on that road. Tamoil is on the right after about 2 or 3 miles. You pass a round-about on the way.

Proper gear is highly advisable for touring. We don't have as much rain as Ireland, but still ... not to mention an accident.

On the way to Eglisau you may stop at Astrid's in Wallisellen. She opens her shop at 9 am. http://www.moto-shop-hollinger.ch/

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Old 25.03.2011, 16:34
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So far my longest adventure was around Zurich see, but since there you can drive max at 60 there is little to nothing that may happen to you.
Try sliding along the road with 200Kg of motorcycle on top of you and then stopping against some concrete. Having experienced it I can assure you that at even 50kmph it is more than little and a damn site other than nothing - without my gear I'd have lost a leg. As a minimum you need full coverage jacket and trousers with the basic armour and a good pair of boots - especially if you intend trying to keep up with RPF .

Not wanting to sound like your mum but really, get protection.
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Old 25.03.2011, 16:36
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no wonder I've never joined yet, my 32 yrs old bike will never keep up with all that modern stuff... maybe on the r12r when i get it later this spring
Maybe on the straight but on the twisty bits I have no problems keeping up on my tiny Bonneville - go on, give it a try .

Edit: aha, just seen the picture. Front whell has to turn the corner serveral seconds before the rear, right ? Only joking
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Old 25.03.2011, 16:47
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Bad news is I can't make this one but good news is I get a free chit for the next one.

I got new tyres today - waited while they were fitted at Hafner's - sat outside in 16 degrees and lovely sunshine and watched guys turn up for their new toys - 1 Thunderbird, 1 Tiger, and a Bonnie SE. Wonderful.

Edit: There's an Apero at Triumph Eschenbach on Tuesday - anyone for a mini-rideout?

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Old 25.03.2011, 18:08
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Re: Motorcycle Ride Outs: 2011 No 1

Swissbob is right Bas, I only have a 750 Moto Guzzi V7C and keeping up on the twisties is no prob, just when they open the gas on the straights does one wish for a few more horses but what the hell, so long as you are having fun
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Try sliding along the road with 200Kg of motorcycle on top of you and then stopping against some concrete. Having experienced it I can assure you that at even 50kmph it is more than little and a damn site other than nothing - without my gear I'd have lost a leg. As a minimum you need full coverage jacket and trousers with the basic armour and a good pair of boots - especially if you intend trying to keep up with RPF .

Not wanting to sound like your mum but really, get protection.
I'm very aware of the need of protection. Is not that i don't want it. It's just the limitation of the student's budget.

As soon as i get some francs my gear will be upgraded!

I'll ask the pillow about joining tomorrow (as we would say back home), if i don't see you then i wish you a very nice ride.

Eventually i'll be asking questions about garages and spare parts, at the moment i don't even know where i could fix a flat tire. Back home you would have a "specialist" at every fuel station. But here it doesn't seem to be the case. Where would you go?
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Old 26.03.2011, 18:08
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A great day for riding! Thanks for the company.
Robert
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Old 26.03.2011, 19:16
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As soon as I finally take the test (May-ish) I'll join up for some of these.
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Old 26.03.2011, 20:01
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Checked my odo to see what the final total was from front door to Black forest and back- 240kms, no wonder my arse feels numb but many thanks to Rpf for a fantastic ride out
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Old 26.03.2011, 20:16
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Once the passes open up, I'll have to head on up north.

Meanwhile, I'm in the middle of doing the valves and belts on my 999, and then I have to do the same on my SS, so have been riding the XV250 and LeMans, as I keep them plated year round, unlike the Ducatis which I only keep on the road 6 months/year to same on insurance and taxes.

My girlfriend got her learner's permit last week, and was riding the XV250 (baby Virago) today, though I rode it to a suitable practice lot (local military place), but tomorrow (if it's not raining) she's up for taking it herself, and I take the Guzzi.

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Old 26.03.2011, 21:27
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A great day for riding! Thanks for the company.
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The 3rd picture brings back some memories, my dad used to have a black and silver K1100RS like that...
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Old 26.03.2011, 22:19
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Re: "Chase out the winter" road bike ride
I have members from the ZZR riders group coming from the UK 3/6/11 to 6/6/11 and looks like it will be around 18 bikes, some 2's up. They will be staying at Grande Cascade in the Voges. I am planning to meet up with them if anyone feels they may want to come along. There will be at least 9 ZZR1400's amongst them so plenty of cc's to create a little thunder in the glens

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The 3rd picture brings back some memories, my dad used to have a black and silver K1100RS like that...
Fantastic dad, mine used to ride Lambrettas while smoking a cigar - or vice versa.
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Old 27.03.2011, 17:23
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Fantastic dad, mine used to ride Lambrettas while smoking a cigar - or vice versa.
my dad only smoked cigars when flying biplanes
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Old 27.03.2011, 17:53
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Great day, thanks all. Don't forget BBQ 10th. We'll probably meet up somewhere towards the bottom of the lake and ride down from there.

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Gonna have to up the horsepower to keep up with the speed bandits on the next ride as well as looking cool so thought that this may be the new ride for me
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Gonna have to up the horsepower to keep up with the speed bandits on the next ride as well as looking cool so thought that this may be the new ride for me
Heavy, and no power.

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