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Big Bird has flown . . .

Discussion in 'Bike Related Photographs' started by Steve T, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Steve T

    Steve T Well-Known Member

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    . . . and this little sparrow has landed in her place . . .
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    I know, I'm a bike tart :lolgroup:.

    Decided the take a leaf out of Outrunners book and down size a little :respect13:

    Let the fettling commence :D

    Steve T

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  2. Lutin

    Lutin Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    Taking a leaf out of Outrunner's book? What'll you be admitting to next? The mind boggles...... ;)

    Nice shiny bike though. :thumbsup:
     
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  3. cabbage

    cabbage Member Forum Supporter

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    Bloody lovely, i'm a big fan of the 500x. Once i have ran my KLE500 into the ground that will be my next (and last) Bike .... and i'll probably be one of Rally Raid Products best customers :thumbsupanim:
     
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  4. austin

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    Noooooo, I liked your V-Strom.

    Anyway I thought you were looking at a Guzzi V85.
     
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  5. Philwhiskeydrinker

    Philwhiskeydrinker Well-Known Member

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    Canny little bike there Steve but quite a change from the torque of the Strom!

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  6. Steve T

    Steve T Well-Known Member

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    Austin,
    I liked the Strom as well, but . . . well, a change is as good as a rest apparently :rolleyes:, except that I've spent all morning fettling it, so no rest there then.
    I do really like theV85 but I thought something a little smaller was in order. I tried a CRF250L, then sat on a Rally version. Realising that I'd end up doing something even stupider than following Barftone over Dodd fell if I got either of those machines, I tried the latest version of the CB5X out and found it to my liking :D. That and a good part-ex price for Big Bird helping make the decision easier.

    Phil,
    You aint wrong there. It is very like the 600 Alp power wise, so overtakes will take a little more planning.
    Still got the F8GS with its 80ish bhp, but yea, definite torque deficiency in the garage now o_O

    Cabbage,
    One of the reasons I got the latest version was because Honda have recognised that RR were onto something with their upgrade kits for the earlier versions and have implamented some changes that reflect what RR have done - 19" front wheel (OK, not spoked, but cast wheel can still get you places that spoked wheels can :D), increased ground clearance and a little gizmo mounting bar above the instruments.

    Lets see how this new piece of hardwear holds up to my usage :ridebumps: :motorcycle: :ride: :thumbsup:

    Steve T

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  7. outrunner

    outrunner Well-Known Member

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    Yes Steve, but I only down sized 50cc. :)

    Andy.
     
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  8. Steve T

    Steve T Well-Known Member

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    5 0 - 500, it's only one zero difference :rolleyes: :thumbsupanim:

    Steve T

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  9. Mikey

    Mikey Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    I have to say all the best people are downsizing. :cool:
     
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  10. Lowflyer

    Lowflyer Well-Known Member

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    Well Steve, I guess it had to happen at some point, you transforming from having a moderate case of B.D. (Bike Dependancy ) to a severe case.

    I can only deduce from your most recent purchase that you

    a) Have avoided taking your daily transfusion of Castrol R. Was the drip faulty ??
    b) Have violated the restraining order disallowing you access to Wullie Young's showroom
    c) Have once again raided Liz's piggy bank in the back bedroom without her due consent.

    I can only assume, based on the above that you are a lost cause and that you are indeed a bike slut.
    May the Lord have mercy on your kneecaps


    Nice one squirrel, looking good :thumbsup:
     
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  11. Steve T

    Steve T Well-Known Member

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    Guilty on all counts Yer 'Onour :D

    Kinda costly though, cos when I came back from Aberdeen with the news that I'd ordered a new "new" bike, next thing I know I'm shelling out for newer wheels for the Boss :rolleyes:

    Still, yer only here once, so make the most of it :thumbsup:

    Steve T

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  12. DaveS

    DaveS Administrator Staff Member Forum Supporter

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    Looks fab!
     
  13. RickSkye

    RickSkye Active Member

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    Does look nice.
    From another down sizer, but i went up on the grin factor, hopefully you have too.

    Thats what its all about.
     
  14. Steve T

    Steve T Well-Known Member

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    Putting on the miles & the smiles . . .
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    Steve T

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  15. Philwhiskeydrinker

    Philwhiskeydrinker Well-Known Member

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    Looking good there Steve.
    I'm a bit out of touch with the latest releases, when did the current update/re-style happen?
    Awaiting the 'cor it's doing 80mpg' type posts

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    Updated in 2019 to incorporate the 19" front wheel, slightly increased ground clearance and suspension travel, LED lights & indicators and the odd bit of cosmetic work on the plastics as far as I can tell Phil.

    And yes, it is frugal . . . but I'm still playing at the "runnng in" game. I'm guessing at around nearly 300 miles to a tank full - 17 and a bit ltrs to empty apparently :rolleyes:

    Steve T

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  17. Stuart D

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    Nice piece of kit there Steve, didn't take long to adorn the extra lights. Enjoy young Sir.
     
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  18. Lowflyer

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    It's got an angry face :D:D
     
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  19. Steve T

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    Never takes me long to fettle a bike Stuart, as long as the gear is too hand :rolleyes:. Knocked up a sump guard template last night. Needs a little finessing to finish it off before I commit to metal (yes, yet another road-sign bites the garage floor :D). Photo's to follow.

    John, it really should have a "Grumpy Old Git" or GOG face to match it's riders :D. I'll do a "drive by" so's you can have a butchers John o_O

    Steve T

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    Steve T Well-Known Member

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    Bits fitted so far . . .
    SWMotech EVO quick release pannier frames (no photo)- I can either use some throwovers on them or my modified Pelicases on some alloy adaptor plates that came off of my F650GS Twin
    Puig Engine bars and, as spotted by Stuart, some LED running lights. Oh, and some garish dayglo stripes on the front mudguard :D
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    Number plate crud catcher
    No Plate Rearcrud deflector.jpg
    Pyramid Fender extender & hugger (hugger has a DIY mod that stops crud flying forward onto the lower suspension linkage)
    Rearcrud deflector.jpg
    Scottoiler
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    . . .and I've just today finished bending some scrap road sign into a sump guard, shown here with the cardbpard template
    4-S-Guard Card-alloy.jpg

    Next photo - probably of the sump guard sprayed up & fitted to the bike . . . in my garage cos the weather is soooooo sh1te at the moment :confused:

    Steve T

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