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Old 21.05.2012, 12:15
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But seriously... did you at least get a matching kit when you bought your police bike? Something like that:

There was a pile of riot gear in the corner, a great collection, some with the rest of the owner still in them but all far too small for me to fit in.
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I have the old (2001) BMW F650 GS which is only 50bhp which if you think about it is almost the same power to weight ratio as the Porsche 911 Carrera S. 0-100kph in around 5.5 seconds. Do you need anything faster?
What sort of stupid question is that? Of course you do!
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Re: advice on new motorbike

I have a BMW K1200 GT, no longer made, but you can get good models. Being shaft driven it is really low maintainance, and I have had it up over 240kmh (if you want the blinding speed)

What makes it really good in my view is that it is an all day riding bike, I have ridden from the UK to Switzerland in 1 day on it, yet it can be fast, is economical when ridden sensibly, has cruise control to keep you honest on the autobahn, and with the weight low down, is easy to ride at slow speed in teh 20kmh zones.

Questions to ask yourself

Do I want a get up and go bike? (If yes, I found Honda and BMW the most reliable for store outside and get on after 3 months...)
Do I want to avoid maintainance (Get a shaft driven bike)
Do I want an easy riding position (Avoid all sport styled bike, stick to off road, or tourer)
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Old 21.05.2012, 13:52
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Thank you all for prompt and valuable inputs.

I am not sure if the information is already posted somewhere in the forum or if I should start a new thread, but taking advantage of being a newbie

Could you also suggest some routes for weekend motorbike journeys..

Main criteria:

-for beginners
-scenic
-good surface (not like old San Bernardino pass)
Not to worry, most rides are a lot less taxing than that, it's just one route thats nice to do at least once a year. Most rides are around 200km over the day, with coffee stops here and there, usually lunch. We like to take in the scenery :-)

Chris
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Old 21.05.2012, 15:00
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-good surface (not like old San Bernardino pass)
What "old San Bernardino Pass"?

The San Bernardino has a great surface, and there is no alternative road (unlike the San Gottardo Ticinese part, which does have two roads).

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What "old San Bernardino Pass"?
hmm, sorry mixed up different names. what I meant was the cobblestone paved old gothard pass / aka La Tremola.
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Welcome to the two wheeled world of CH! I hope you enjoy it and stay safe.

It's always tricky when trying to choose a first bike or a new bike. Many people have much varying preferences and tastes so although their advice is always useful, I always say the best thing to do is test ride, test ride, test ride! I have hardly ever chosen the bike I think I wanted but always ended up with something completely different.

Try out as many bikes as you can. Personally, I love sport bikes but I'm also becoming a fan of the more 'street' bikes like the Triumph Street Triple or even a Kawasaki Versys. (My brother has one and it's a great bike for the mountains and touring) In the perfect world I would have a sports bike, a touring bike and a looney bike like a KTM Supe Duke or the like. However, my limited wallet cannot oblige.....

Keep test riding and the right bike will find you.
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Old 21.05.2012, 20:46
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Re: advice on new motorbike

I agree with many of the posts here.

The most important things are :

1. What suits you (your style of riding and experience)
2. Your wallet (budget)
3. Your risk factor (do you have family / alone ?) can you afford to crash?
4. How many miles do you do per year (per season)
5. Deals near your residence (servicing)

And also really true is: testride, testride, and testride.


PS: It is however, not cool, to ask to testride another's bike. You can do that at the dealer or only if the friend offers.
(Don't even ask why I said this....)
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I'm looking for my first bike.

Short list: Triumph Street Triple. Ducati 696 Monster.

At the moment it's the Triumph I'm more likely to go for!
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Re: advice on new motorbike

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The most important things are :

1. What suits you (your style of riding and experience)
2. Your wallet (budget)
3. Your risk factor (do you have family / alone ?) can you afford to crash?
4. How many miles do you do per year (per season)
5. Deals near your residence (servicing)

And also really true is: testride, testride, and testride.
Thanks for the selection criteria, I agree with most of them, but kind of lost with #3 Isn't this more applicable to the motorbiking in general ? I mean if someone crashes, it really doesn't matter which bike he/she was riding . in a crash most of the time the rider is at the mercy of others if they can avoid running over him/her (can't forget Simoncelli's crash)

IMO from passive safety point of view, everything boils down to the situation and to the apparel/gear to some extent.

however from active safety point of view bmw definitely seems to have an edge (DTC,ASC,RDC, integral ABS etc etc).
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Thanks for the selection criteria, I agree with most of them, but kind of lost with #3 Isn't this more applicable to the motorbiking in general ? I mean if someone crashes, it really doesn't matter which bike he/she was riding . in a crash most of the time the rider is at the mercy of others if they can avoid running over him/her (can't forget Simoncelli's crash)

IMO from passive safety point of view, everything boils down to the situation and to the apparel/gear to some extent.

however from active safety point of view bmw definitely seems to have an edge (DTC,ASC,RDC, integral ABS etc etc).
I stopped myself from buying anything above 90PS or say 1000cc in an enticing racer style. I just cannot trust myself with such a rocket.

I go for linked brakes, ABS, and good gear (a thick leather jacket and a drag-proof Dainese pants and good solid high-ankled hiking boots, gloves and a Shoei helmet). My current bike may seem little in specs, but I am sure I will at the top of the mountain quicker than those on racing machines, feeling fresher and wrists are painfree.

My point (risk factor) was really a self-reflection why I did not place an order for my dream machine, the BMW 1000RR.



Take care, if you are a newbie to moto, take one which you can ride to its limit, then change up.
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