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For pleasure Smile
A bit different to my first bike, that was my only transport and I used it every day regardless of the weather.
I prefer the sense of freedom on 2 wheels and do a lot of cycling locally rather than use the car; the Guzzi mostly gets used for commuting to work and longer rides at the weekend.

The car get used when it's pouring with rain or icy! If I rode through winter it wouldn't be on the Guzzi, I'd want a hack like the old CZ175 I used to have many years ago...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote V7Chris Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Sep 2018 at 13:16
A bit of everything. Mostly for pleasure, but if I am going somewhere with an interesting route, then I use it for the odd work related journey too. The Guzzi will now be used more for sunny day rides though as we have just purchased a Vstrom 650 for 2up year round use. The burden of keeping the Guzzi looking respectable is not consistent with the crap weather and the road state here at the moment, whereas I won't be so fussy with the Suzuki.  I am trying to get some miles on it at the moment in advance of the first service. Pleasantly surprised with just how how comfy it is, the three year warranty and free Datatag registration. Unlikely that Piaggio will be introducing this anytime soon I suspect. Sorry, didn't mean to turn this into a Suzuki forum!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Doug Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Sep 2018 at 13:29
I use my Stelvio for weekend trips and for everything else including my daily commute I use the mighty 650 V Strom.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dave P. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Sep 2018 at 16:33
Everything! Though I shall be getting my bus pass in a couple of weeks time. I don't suppose it will be of much use though as we have only two buses a day in the village. My better half keeps saying I should learn to drive, she's right I suppose. Maybe one day.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BobV7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Sep 2018 at 16:41
My Dad didn't learn to drive until after he'd retired, mainly so he could take Mum out. He never became the world's best driver but both of them got out of the house more than they would have otherwise.
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You're making me feel guilty Bob.
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Originally posted by Dave P. Dave P. wrote:

You're making me feel guilty Bob.
Don't feel guilty Dave, just book a trial lesson and have a go at driving on four wheels. You are bound to better than most of the numpties out there because you have been honing your skills on 2 wheels.
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Not my intention Mate, just it's never too late to try something new!Thumbs Up (Maybe not  line dancing though)Confused
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andrew_C Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Sep 2018 at 17:47
CCommuting mostly. When the weather is not too beastly.

Bought it thinking I'd do some touring, but met new lady within a few weeks and she's not keen. (One time A&E nurse so has 'views')

Had a  CZ250 as a yoof, that was commuting and meeting mates for a lemonade or two.
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These days I ride only for enjoyment, which for me means long trips to unknown places. I abandoned local ride-around trips when I noticed they weren't fun anymore, for me the riding of itself is no longer enough. 
 
From my recent post you may have seen I rode 4,000 miles in 3 weeks in August, and my other rides in recent years have been to Italian Lakes, Provence, Tuscany, Brittany, Picardie - regrettably the thought of a blast down the A31 & A272 no longer gets me out of bed. Also, as I grow older I become frailer and prefer warmer rides which also disincentivises me to ride in Britain outside of summer.
 
I have become a regular tripper to Europe too. I used to use Newhaven/Dieppe but stopped because the timings on the crossing often didn't suit me, sometimes needing rudely early starts from home! I too am a Brittany Ferry member partly because Portsmouth ferry terminal is an easy destination for me. My most common route is the night-time Economie sailing to Le Havre but to be cheap you'd choose a Seat to sleep on - which is not an option I'm allowed when my wife is crossing with me.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote v7john Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Sep 2018 at 20:26
I ride when I feel like it but there are some days when I just don't fancy it and I'll take the car, go on the bus or ride my pushbike ('65 Moulton).

I only have classic bikes but will do about 4000 miles on them each year. I haven't been abroad in yonks let alone by bike and don't really miss it. There was a time when I would ride the V7Sport to Sicily with tank bag and small rucksac but that was when I was still a yoof. I live in West Wales now where the roads suit old bikes and there are plenty of opportunities for a pleasant jaunt with no real purpose. I ride locally to see friends or to do the odd spot of shopping but also attend camps, rallies and shows further afield. Nowadays I tend to limit myself to about 250 miles a day. The bikes are insured all year round and I usually ride my old V7 loop in the winter. That way there's only one to keep cleanish. Each winter I find I ride a little less though.


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Been riding since I left school in 77 commuting and just for the fun of it, the thrill of a twisty road never gets dull.

I dread taking the car anywhere because I'm then stuck in the 40mph procession, the queue at the lights and in the stop go lines whereas the bike allows me to bypass all.
A few continental holidays on the bike have opened my eyes to new horizons but still cautious that my unconscious riding habits will put me in the wrong place at he wrong time.

Scotland and Wales are favourites, most of the natives speak English and the food is familiar.

I loathe big group rides , they spoil the enjoyment for me.
I have found and lost (They emigrated) my swift riding buddies so I am searching for some one else who likes to find the edges of their tires......just one or two that I don't have to worry about "can they keep up"   know anyone? Someone who respects the other road users but doesn't dawdle.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jim Mac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Sep 2018 at 09:15
I use one of the bikes every day - if i dont have ice on my drive,  the gentle slope upwards strands me in the garage.  if i can get the bike onto the road i commute, go everywhere on it.  i dont need to, have an excellent local bus service, own car etc,  but i want to be on a bike
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Originally posted by Doug Doug wrote:

I use my Stelvio for weekend trips and for everything else including my daily commute I use the mighty 650 V Strom.
Doug, silly question but bear in mind that the last chain final drive bike that I had was a Honda 400/4 in 1979. Ever since then, I have only owned shaft or belt final drive. The chain on the VStrom makes the 400/4 one look like a bicycle chain. How often does it need adjustment (moderate riding, I would soon get a slap around the back of my head if I started to pop wheelies) and what do you use to lube it these days? Not 3in1 oil like I did in the 70's I suspect!
Thanks in advance.
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I use my Breva 750 for occasional commuting and trips abroad, my V7ii for day long trips here in Blighty. I have all the luggage for the Breva, plus it doesn't have spoked wheels. The V7 is more comfortable but after the inconvenience of a puncture a few weeks ago (my only one ever) I'm loathe to take it abroad. But, maybe I worry too much..
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