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Greetings, all!

I didn’t’t realise how good I have it until reading the last entries. Here in the U.S., insurers couldn’t care less which, if any mods have been done. The only thing I’ve ever been asked when insuring something is: “how many cc’s is it?” Even then, they never bother to check.

I don’ know about elsewhere, but here in the Western half of the country it’s difficult to find accessories other than those for Harley’s and crotch rockets. Things like luggage racks and functionable fairings just aren’t carried in the stores anymore. When I got my V7c, I had to use a 1975 vintage Vetter Windjammer III fairing and fabricate a rear rack out of 1/2” steel square tube. In the end, I ended up with something I could use.

I can’t complain about the weather, either. It doesn’t get cold enough where I live to have to salt the roads, and it only rains about four inches a year. Temperature is a function of altitude, so when it’s 115 in the desert, it’s maybe 85 or 90 at 7,000 feet. Right now in November it’ been 70’s- 80’s down low, and 20’s- 30s up high. Still, if the weather’s going to be crappy I’ll usually take the Ural. You don’t have to wash them, and the oil leakage takes care of the rust.

I think I’ better go riding this weekend, and enjoy life without all the hassles

Vegas Pete.
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The Himalayan looks like a step in the right direction. Simple. Practical. Useable. It even looks like a motorcycle, as I remember them from forty years ago. I might have to give this some thought if I ever have to replace the beloved 175!

Vegas Pete.
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Ah when ah were ah lad....

Ive been riding since the early 80's and I don't ever remember motorcycles being anything other than a brilliant but impractical indulgence for dedicated enthusiasts. I did one Scottish winter on my z650 cos I was skint. I came close to hypothermia on more than one occasion, so never again. But respect to those who do. With hindsight perhaps two pairs of levis and a newspaper stuffed down the front of my old mascot leather wasn't in the same league as the Rukka suits and electrically heated gear you can get nowadays.

Hipsters annoy me too but my theory is that we were the hipsters back in the day and now we are pissed because we've been displaced by the new order. We didn't sit about sipping lattes but as I remember it full beards and growing our hair in a righteous fashion, i.e. downwards, was deriguour.

I feel sorry for the next generation, all aspirational, politically uneducated and rebelling against rebelling. The sooner they see the light and discover joy of the exhilarating but totally impractical motorcycle the better.

Old man rant over!
 
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Originally posted by DavieL DavieL wrote:

Ah when ah were ah lad....

Ive been riding since the early 80's and I don't ever remember motorcycles being anything other than a brilliant but impractical indulgence for dedicated enthusiasts........ The sooner they see the light and discover joy of the exhilarating but totally impractical motorcycle the better.

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Couldn't disagree more. 1976, only way I could get to work in Birmingham was on my Garelli 50 my first powered 2 wheeler. 2012 was the last time I actually relied on two wheels for practical purposes. I was working 3 days a week in Aberdeen staying in a B&B. The most practical transport solution without a doubt was a secondhand Suzuki Burgman 400. My travel bag would fit under the seat, I could park at the airport 20 yards from arrivals for free (under cover) every Thursday when i flew home, and I could ride it to the office in the centre of Aberdeen in my suit without being overly troubled by the rush hour traffic. How much more practical to you want! And at the end of that contract, I rode it home 420 miles in one stint on a chilly October morning. Very practical. I know some will say it's a scooter and so doesn't count. Far as I am concerned, 2 or 3 wheels and an engine and it is a bike,trike or outfit. Now I ride manly for pleasure, but there are occasions when I use the bike because it makes practical sense. Free parking in the town centre for bikes. 50p an hour for cars. Christmas shopping traffic? Not a problem on the V7 etc....
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Couldn't disagree more. 1976, only way I could get to work in Birmingham was on my Garelli 50 my first powered 2 wheeler. 2012 was the last time I actually relied on two wheels for practical purposes. I was working 3 days a week in Aberdeen staying in a B&B. The most practical transport solution without a doubt was a secondhand Suzuki Burgman 400. My travel bag would fit under the seat, I could park at the airport 20 yards from arrivals for free (under cover) every Thursday when i flew home, and I could ride it to the office in the centre of Aberdeen in my suit without being overly troubled by the rush hour traffic. How much more practical to you want! And at the end of that contract, I rode it home 420 miles in one stint on a chilly October morning. Very practical. I know some will say it's a scooter and so doesn't count. Far as I am concerned, 2 or 3 wheels and an engine and it is a bike,trike or outfit. Now I ride manly for pleasure, but there are occasions when I use the bike because it makes practical sense. Free parking in the town centre for bikes. 50p an hour for cars. Christmas shopping traffic? Not a problem on the V7 etc....[/QUOTE]

I am generalising of course but as I say respect to the few who do it, and yes a scooter counts in my book!
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Originally posted by DavieL DavieL wrote:


Couldn't disagree more. 1976, only way I could get to work in Birmingham was on my Garelli 50 my first powered 2 wheeler. 2012 was the last time I actually relied on two wheels for practical purposes. I was working 3 days a week in Aberdeen staying in a B&B. The most practical transport solution without a doubt was a secondhand Suzuki Burgman 400. My travel bag would fit under the seat, I could park at the airport 20 yards from arrivals for free (under cover) every Thursday when i flew home, and I could ride it to the office in the centre of Aberdeen in my suit without being overly troubled by the rush hour traffic. How much more practical to you want! And at the end of that contract, I rode it home 420 miles in one stint on a chilly October morning. Very practical. I know some will say it's a scooter and so doesn't count. Far as I am concerned, 2 or 3 wheels and an engine and it is a bike,trike or outfit. Now I ride manly for pleasure, but there are occasions when I use the bike because it makes practical sense. Free parking in the town centre for bikes. 50p an hour for cars. Christmas shopping traffic? Not a problem on the V7 etc....[/QUOTE]

I am generalising of course but as I say respect to the few who do it, and yes a scooter counts in my book!
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A bike used to make practical sense, but ATGATT has put paid to that. Ten minutes to get dressed in the riding gear , and walking round town in armoured jacket and trousers vs the bus pass? No contest. The bike is for pleasure on a dry day.
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Originally posted by V7Chris V7Chris wrote:


 Free parking in the town centre for bikes. 50p an hour for cars. Christmas shopping traffic? Not a problem on the V7 etc....
You must live in a cheap area, nothing less than £2 per hour round here in the main centres.
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Actually Brian, you are right. The car parks in Wellington, Salop where I live are all free. The hospital £4:00 a visit (disgrace). Telford town centre is 50p for the first half an hour and £1:00 for the hour which is still cheap I guess. I tend yo avoid going and if I have to go, i go on the bike if possible. They have one of those narrow bike only lanes next to the barrier which is great.
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