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ELIMINATOR
28-03-07, 21:33
OK The Norton Commando idea is dead.

Whatever I get has to be able to cope with a 20 mile motorway commute (each way) Bandit 1200, says I with my heart, my head says Diversion 900.(shaft, yes..yes.yes)

Alternatives are TRX 850. Honda VF750C, err....Suzuki VL1500 (might manage to stretch the budget)

Always fancied a Guzzi.

Basing this on prices found in Used Bike Guide.......which doesn't appear to be based on what price the bikes are beibf (optimistically?) advertised at?

Can't be anything like a GS. No sportsbikes.

Yours
Mr. Indecisive Confused.

Wizard
28-03-07, 21:39
Out of your list, the Divvy, 'cause they tend to be good value. But how about a CB500? Hornet? TDM?

You don't really need over 600cc for commuting, do you?

FBF
28-03-07, 21:45
i can say a definate no to the XJ. the divvy has a fault already admitted by yamaha that the UK is too cold for it during the winter. what happens is the bike gets cold and forms internal condensation, you ride the bike for 10 miles and it wont get warm enough to remove the water so it emulsifies and travels in to the air box via a breather pipe. these then collects and after leaving the bike for an hour a gunky puddle will have formed. you then have to top up every few days on the oil. i sold mine for this very reason, the fix was a 20 quid breather pipe but yamaha refused to pay for it.

definatly worth knowing about before buying one. a really REALLY good bike in every other aspect though

Robbo1200ADV
29-03-07, 08:08
I use a T Max quite a bit for town and short trips but its Great for longer trips as well.Its pretty quick,handles well and keeps the worst of the weather off.Fit a short black sports screen and in Metalic black they even look a bit Moody!! 2500 will get you a nice MK1 T Max ( its a sports scooter 500cc twin:thumb2 ):beerjug:

spot
29-03-07, 08:17
How about an r1100 rs You can get one well in budget, they take all the abuse you throw at them and apart from being a tad on the heavy side will do the job idealy.

Kenny
29-03-07, 11:04
1200 Bandit...still one of the best ( and most fun ) bikes I've ever owned...dead cheap and built like a brick outhouse...and of course once you fall in love with it, there are PLENTY of goodies to bolt on.

Easy to service as well :)

Outtomunch
29-03-07, 11:06
TRX sounds the most FUN of the bikes you mentioned, a vastly under rated bike :thumb2

Andres

muzvmc
29-03-07, 11:31
Yamaha Fazer 600, cheap to run, effective fairing and HUGE fun:thumb2

ROJAZ
29-03-07, 13:11
Know you said nothing like a GS but........Honda Transalp. Brilliant bikes.

(RIP) Bobble
29-03-07, 13:27
Ducati Monster 750 / 900 :cool:

ELIMINATOR
29-03-07, 15:57
Ducati.....cam belts...............read too many horror stories. Sound of the dry clutch:eek:

Just been in local bike shop to look at a Moto Guzzi T3 California, T reg, 30,000 miles on the clocks. Looks "sort of" interesting, can't se it properly as it's tucked away in the railway arches. Seems to have a certain charisma..or is this blinkered Rose tinted glasses time again? (Ref. Norton Interstate:blast )

Also they've got K reg Pan European for 2,000 with 12,000 miles on the clock.

fatal
29-03-07, 16:21
Royal Enfield Bullet 500, cheap to run, easy to maintain and you don't really want to go too fast do you??

ELIMINATOR
29-03-07, 16:47
Have watched several Enfields on e bay, so as you can see, my scope is far spread............................or is that indecisive again:)

Stumpy
29-03-07, 16:54
Bandit or TDM:thumb2

FBF
29-03-07, 18:05
Ducati.....cam belts...............read too many horror stories. Sound of the dry clutch:eek:

Just been in local bike shop to look at a Moto Guzzi T3 California, T reg, 30,000 miles on the clocks. Looks "sort of" interesting, can't se it properly as it's tucked away in the railway arches. Seems to have a certain charisma..or is this blinkered Rose tinted glasses time again? (Ref. Norton Interstate:blast )

Also they've got K reg Pan European for 2,000 with 12,000 miles on the clock.

pan euro is a good price. probaly smoke it around for a year and not loose a penny. plus im a big fan of honda build quality

Neil W
29-03-07, 18:11
Not the TRX , Italian build quality on a japanese bike , the gearlinkages and brakes and general finish will not tolerate salty roads.

AlanAce1967
29-03-07, 18:15
R1200GS, should get a 05 plate for you budget !!!
:augie :augie :augie

ELIMINATOR
29-03-07, 18:21
Would hope to have a FD thrown in for that much dough:augie

I see that you are a man of great taste, your GS is the same year as mine, as well as being the faster black model:thumb

(RIP) Proff
29-03-07, 18:26
1200 Bandit...still one of the best ( and most fun ) bikes I've ever owned...dead cheap and built like a brick outhouse...and of course once you fall in love with it, there are PLENTY of goodies to bolt on.

Easy to service as well :)

I'm with Kenny on this one:thumb2
Try and get a 95/97 one as they are the best!!
later ones were "improved" and are fecking crap.:blast
Only mod needed on the Original ones is a 1" thick micron fork brace.
not the smaller one, they then handle like John Reynolds race bike.
So a N to P reg will do you fine, but don't hang about, folk are starting to notice them and I predict they will be a longed for CLASSIC very soon:D

we all know what that means :rolleyes: ZERO depreciation:aidan

Ammendum. 15 years ago I was laughed at for suggesting GS1000's would be Classics, mmmm who's laughing now ???:augie

ELIMINATOR
29-03-07, 19:49
What went wrong after 97. I don't know a lot about them. The later ones have 6 speed boxes & have the option of a nose fairing. What is it then ,lighter, harsher?????

grim
29-03-07, 21:10
I've got an 03 600 fazer in blue which i'm looking to sell, pm if any interest to you.

ELIMINATOR
29-03-07, 21:17
Thanks, but not for me.

(RIP) Proff
29-03-07, 21:32
Modified the engine mapping and other tweaks.
seem to be made down to the price whereas the early ones were a type of loss leader :)
It makes them woolly [my mate sez]
He sold his 2002 and bought another N reg '95 to replace it.
put the fork brace on and is a happy bunny again.
The person he sold his-previous '96 one too has said it's a "keeper":thumb2
and I'd love one myself, but wife won't let me:thedummy sezI got too many bikes:(
1200s had nose fairing in '95 600 '96 I believe

oblertone
29-03-07, 22:45
... similar thoughts myself, I quite fancied an earlyish VTR; correct number of cylinders for a bike, Honda build quality and they come in black for well under your budget :roll

(RIP) Proff
29-03-07, 22:58
... similar thoughts myself, I quite fancied an earlyish VTR; correct number of cylinders for a bike, Honda build quality and they come in black for well under your budget :roll

Bloody thirsty buggers tho':(
110 mile a tankful was all my mate [Monk] got on his, worked out to 30 mpg :eek:
I tried to ride it only once, I didn't fit:thedummy
made for bendy people

Deleted account D
30-03-07, 06:12
Brilliant bikes.

totally bulletproof engine.

started of pretty much standard

http://41st-epping-forest-s.smugmug.com/photos/12674527-M.jpg

add a bit of laughing gas

http://41st-epping-forest-s.smugmug.com/photos/12674528-M.jpg

then once you start


http://41st-epping-forest-s.smugmug.com/photos/12674522-M.jpg

and a trip to the shops

http://41st-epping-forest-s.smugmug.com/photos/25288-M-1.jpg

http://41st-epping-forest-s.smugmug.com/photos/25289-M-1.jpg

you just cant stop !!

http://41st-epping-forest-s.smugmug.com/photos/12674529-M.jpg

http://41st-epping-forest-s.smugmug.com/photos/12674533-M.jpg

ELIMINATOR
30-03-07, 15:11
Slight twist to the plot now. I've decided that the Honda 400 that bears the brunt of the salty winter roads needs upgrading. Off in a mo' to have a look at a Divvy 900, if it's OK sell the Honda, and perhaps back on track for the elusive third bike. Do I need a third bike, does a dog need two dicks:D

(RIP) Proff
30-03-07, 15:25
Careful!!
You could end up with 14 bikes:rolleyes: like me:o
You want a FJ1100, 1985, rocket ship in bright yellow???
1 a cc....

Wife has given me an ultimatum, any bike I don't ride this year MUST be sold :tears :tears :tears :tears :tears :tears :tears :tears

ELIMINATOR
30-03-07, 15:33
What's the problem, ride them all:D

(RIP) Proff
30-03-07, 15:38
Some need a little fettling, they are all insured but 9 are sorn'd, thats a lot of TAX to find, cos crafty girl has said "only Legally ON the road " counts

Twotter
30-03-07, 17:44
What else have you got Proff ???

(RIP) Proff
30-03-07, 18:24
What else have you got Proff ???

R26, 250cc BMW single.1959
R60/6, 1973.
R90s 1975.Ex BMW test fleet, cover bike on March 75 MMM, and Bike of the year book.1975
R80/7 1979.
R100cs, 1980.
R80g/s.1983.
FJ1100. 1985.
Honda mini trail 1970 ex Lord Lichfield.
Honda ST70 1976 ex Carry on girls.
Honda Chaly 70 1984.
Honda ZR50 kids monkey 1981
Jen chin souped up Monkey [Takegawa Honda engine no chinky crap]:)2004
Honda CA50 Jazz Monkey chopper 1985.
Scutabike prototype, 1978...
Ariel 3 m reg 73? just to piss off the brit collectors:aidan
Trojan Minitractor, made by the Trojan works, built the 2 stroke diesel Brooke Bond vans.
2 Triumph herald donor vehicles for kit cars, with V5's :)
2,500+ Dinky, Matchbox and Corgi toys.
3000 + comic books.
Wobbly box and 2 pug diesel cars:)
thats about all at the moment

sycomoto
30-03-07, 19:57
bergman 650 or t-max, 115 flat oot, great mpg and weather protection. dead easy to ride, cheap to insure what more could you want.:thumb

Slartibartfast
30-03-07, 21:01
Aprilia Falco. Fantastic bike for the money .... and sold as a sports-tourer !

Might be stetched getting one for 2.5K but they aren't far off

ninja man
30-03-07, 21:44
I'd go for a 900 diversion, should get a decent one for about 1200 :augie but avoid the red ones...........:D :D :D

Terzikat
30-03-07, 21:51
This is what you really need, lots around now for 2,50062642

ELIMINATOR
30-03-07, 22:12
:mac :redbone :barf :stopbeing :yikes
I'd go for a 900 diversion, should get a decent one for about 1200 but avoid the red ones

Ferk off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:troll2 :troll1 :stopbeing :augie :D

Aprillia,

Terzikat
30-03-07, 22:14
Some people have no passion:P

ELIMINATOR
30-03-07, 22:16
Some of us are seriously:beerjug: :beer:

ELIMINATOR
30-03-07, 22:17
I've read the stories about the availability of Aprillia spares.

Terzikat
30-03-07, 22:18
Some of us are seriously lucky (not - see my other post):tears

Twotter
31-03-07, 07:47
Have a look through TAZ Motorcycles used bikes list - might give you a few ideas...http://81.130.194.54/usedbike.asp

ELIMINATOR
02-04-07, 19:22
Got the Divvy, does as a replacement for the Honda. Goes & handles better than I expected it to:)

y2blade
05-04-07, 09:04
i had a TRX850 for a couple of years,cracking bike very underated

yes i'd buy another:thumb

ELIMINATOR
01-02-13, 19:47
Still got the Divvy, over 30,000 miles later, it was a good buy. :beerjug: