Old 26th January 2019, 11:58 PM #31
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Re: Which bike to buy - lanky - 80 miles round trip - daily motorway

I've ridden the MT09 - tracer and base model. Nice bikes but even still for my size (6 4) its a bit cramped.

I did once own a blackbird - loved that bike thats why Im leaning towards the sports tourers - zzr's and busa etc. . . Have had a weekend on a GS (que the hatters) so also like the idea of a tall adventure (not the GS though)
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I've ridden the MT09 - tracer and base model. Nice bikes but even still for my size (6 4) its a bit cramped.

I did once own a blackbird - loved that bike thats why Im leaning towards the sports tourers - zzr's and busa etc. . . Have had a weekend on a GS (que the hatters) so also like the idea of a tall adventure (not the GS though)
The tiger is a fun bike, not too bad filtering, legs would cramp up after about a half hour but I had the heed crash bars which are nice and wide and served asa nice leg rest for cruising. Took motorway miles fine. No reliability issues, scottoiler so I didn't manually oil or clean the chain in the 8000km's I did on it and it still looked brand new, only adjusted it once I think. My headers rusted badly with cracks appearing, this was only an issue with a few '13 models afaik.
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Re: Which bike to buy - lanky - 80 miles round trip - daily motorway

Get the big tiger instead of the 800,or you'll be sorry after the x11!also,get another blackbird lol or maybe try the triumph sprint 1050 for size?
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Old 28th January 2019, 10:15 PM #34
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Try the tigersport 1050
More poke than the tiger 800, cross runner/ Africa twin, lighter and more nimble than the 1200
I have mine for over 4 years, no hassle with it
Not bad for filtering, but mirrors are same height as the posher soft reader cages
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Pan ST 1300 reasonably priced and easy on the maint
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Old 13th March 2019, 03:24 PM #36
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Re: Which bike to buy - lanky - 80 miles round trip - daily motorway

Just a quick bump on this thread - side lane is only 1m (39 inches in width)

Very tight.

Anyone have similar and running a nice commuter bike?
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Just a quick bump on this thread - side lane is only 1m (39 inches in width)

Very tight.

Anyone have similar and running a nice commuter bike?
Latest Tracer 900 has one of many reviews here and is quoting bar width as being 850mm. The 2015-2017 one was 950mm and I'm in the same position as you with a normal width side entrance for my TDM900.

https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocia...ad-test-review

On TDM900 ownership.....

I've had my 2007 bike since 2009.

Original chain and sprockets lasted 8 years of commuting until 48k kms using a scottoiler. As did the battery. Only replaced the brake cable at that time also as it had run out of adjustment.

The only time the bike gave non standard type of trouble was when one of the HT leads started arcing off of the frame which is a known fault. Covered it with a length of fuel line and insulating tape and never gave trouble again. Averages about 280kms to a tank of juice or 46mpg.
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Just a quick bump on this thread - side lane is only 1m (39 inches in width)

Very tight.

Anyone have similar and running a nice commuter bike?
One metre is wider than most bikes. My side gate is just 820mm which
is enough for the ZZR11 and the Bandit S which is wider than the ZZR.
I have to fold back the mirrors to get through.

Next door have the same gate width. They have room for a GSX-R 1000,
but not enough for a Honda Pan 1100 (W: 935mm).
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Latest Tracer 900 has one of many reviews here and is quoting bar width as being 850mm. The 2015-2017 one was 950mm and I'm in the same position as you with a normal width side entrance for my TDM900.

https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocia...ad-test-review

On TDM900 ownership.....

I've had my 2007 bike since 2009.

Original chain and sprockets lasted 8 years of commuting until 48k kms using a scottoiler. As did the battery. Only replaced the brake cable at that time also as it had run out of adjustment.

The only time the bike gave non standard type of trouble was when one of the HT leads started arcing off of the frame which is a known fault. Covered it with a length of fuel line and insulating tape and never gave trouble again. Averages about 280kms to a tank of juice or 46mpg.

Good stuff there xrispy - have had the tdm and the tracer on the list

Like the TDM a little more :)
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