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    Posted: 04 Dec 2022 at 23:01
Fancied a bit of a change from my Suzuki GT550s (I have 4 currently, 3 runners and a 'new' project that will be hopefully running next summer) so decided on a V85TT Travel as we intend having a look at the WW2 war graves & Normandy landing sites next year and didn't really want to do 2000 miles in a week on a 50 year old bike (again), although they will do it when built and maintained right.....
I visited the IOM earlier this year on my 1972 550 and spoke to a few MG 7/8 owners and got some hopefully good advice, so anyway, I'll be picking the bike up from ViaMoto in Sheffield next week. I do love my 2 stroke triples, but at 71, it may be time to get another new bike. The last being in 1972 as a 21st birthday prezzy to myself - a GT550, of course!
Not sure if I can post pics of the current 'stable' yet, but hey ho.
I'm in South Yorkshire, near Barnsley and a member of a local pork pie club so obviously I have many varied interests!
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Ah when I saw 'South' on your location I was a bit excited- there doesn't seem to be too many down on the coast here despite there being a main dealer twelve miles away from me, not that I bought mine from them. LOL

I've had a load of two strokes in my time, mostly through the late 80's and 90's- X7, RD250E, RD350YPVS, RD500YPVS, loved them all and all bikes that if I'd have known how much they'd be worth now ..........

I'm a pretty new to Guzzi's though having bought my V7iii Night Pack during Lockdown so it'll be two end of Feb 2023 and I've done a little over 6000 miles so far and loving it having ridden and raced Ducati's for the last twenty odd years.

Done a few trips over to Europe and visited quite a lot of WW1 and WW2 sites from Ypres (Menin Gate), Verdun, Bastone and of course Normandy all very moving, especially seeing those beaches now being enjoyed like any other sea side.

Enjoy the new bike- I'm sure you deserve it.
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Hi and welcome . I was at part time college when I met a youth from Derby who had a GT550 quite often we swapped bikes which I loved he never seemed as keen as me when jumping on my BSA 650T lolThumbs Up
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Hello and welcome. The 550 is pretty rare; someone I know had the only one I’ve seen in years. My brother used to have a 380; they were much more common, as was the 500 twin. My only Suzuki was a T250 Hustler Mk II, my first ever new bike. That was a real wheelie machine and was great until it holed a piston. I fixed that then did a straight swap with a DB32 Goldie - ridiculous to the sublime….😊
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The bike should be delivered today, so I expect to be reading the manual and pressing buttons for a few days.....
Had to strip the 'new' 550 so I can put the GS750 out of the way to get the V in the garage. Nowt straightforrard is there! Confused
When I called in ViaMoto to pay for the bike on Monday, I asked about riding lights as they aren't fitted to my bike. I didn't realise that they were solid gold at £600! K'inell!!
Looks like slaving a relay on the 'eagle' circuit then.
And another on the horn circuit so other road uses will be able to hear it better with some decent twin tones on.

The Saga begins......


Edited by AlanH - 16 Dec 2022 at 08:31
Think of how stupid the average person is, then realise that half of them are more stupid than that.
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Originally posted by AlanH AlanH wrote:

Looks like slaving a relay on the 'eagle' circuit then.
And another on the horn circuit so other road uses will be able to hear it better with some decent twin tones on.

The Saga begins......
what about warranty 
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I once had an MOT guy want to fail my bike because the twin tone horn I had was illegal.
I tried to point out the difference between "twin tone" and "two tone".
Your strap line reminded me.

It was a Stebel Nautilus.
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The wires for spotlights are there already. You can connect your lights directly to them and use the dedicated switch. Under the triangular panel in front of the tank on the rhs. Connectors available on ebay etc. Plenty of videos about.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Dec 2022 at 21:31
Wow, if the last bike you bought was 1972, then the V85TT is going to be very different! Shocked

Reckon it's going to feel like piloting the Starship Enterprise..... Big smile



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It will have a Lithium Crystal USB Port.
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Oh, the black A isn't anywhere near standard with my mods - 3 discs, electronic dash, hydraulic clutch and other stuff, although the tacho might have been optimistic when I missed a gear going 4th to 5th coming down the mountain from Creg-ny-Barr on the IOM a few years ago.  
Speed 104.6 mph, time 17:54:57, rpm 18410.............. Told you it was tuned a bit. :)
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This one.

It wasn't in the 60 limit bit officer - honest! ;)
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They are all happy together anyway. Just hope Izzy (reg plate 72 WSY) doesn't start smoking.

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Hi and welcome to the forum Alan.  Nice to see someone else from South Yorkshire.

The V85TT is a nice bike, I road tested one from Via Moto the other year.  The only reason I didn't buy one was that it was a little to tall and my old back didn't like getting on and off it.   
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