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New(ish) bike

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:51 pm
by Brickboy
I've enjoyed getting hold of this - my all time favourite motorcycle colour scheme but applied to an R80, probably the nicest boxer to ride and own.

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Makes a fine companion for the bike I'm finding myself increasingly loathe to actually ride as it's never seen rain and has only 9k on it. It's a toughie - I can hardly bring myself to use it so sometimes I feel like I am a museum director!!

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And this year I've also said goodbye to this wonderful beast, but just too cramped for my very lengthy frame :(

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Re: New(ish) bike

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:05 pm
by Galactic Greyhound
Ride it!

A bike deteriorates quicker if it is laid up than if used regularly and kept well-maintained!

Also, if you like the bike so much, then the memories of riding it will far exceed the memories of polishing it.

Re: New(ish) bike

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:21 pm
by windmill john
Ride it!

A bike deteriorates quicker if it is laid up than if used regularly and kept well-maintained!

Also, if you like the bike so much, then the memories of riding it will far exceed the memories of polishing it.
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Re: New(ish) bike

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:28 pm
by Mjolinor
polishing it
What is this? I just scrape mine off when the crap gets deep enough to plough and sow.

On the car it gets cleaned out when the crap in the passenger footwell becomes a safety hazard by falling into the drivers footwell.

Re: New(ish) bike

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:44 pm
by j8ejc
Welcome from Gtr Manchester
Another for: just ride it and enjoy it.
The R80 looks lovely in that paint scheme

John
R11RT

Re: New(ish) bike

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:09 pm
by kent_instructor10
Lovely looking machines. Yes definitely ride them! I can understand you not wanting to get them crudded up on a wet road though.

Re: New(ish) bike

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:22 pm
by Brickboy
Yes, I hear you! I got the R80 as the any weather bike to protect the 100 from emergency, broken car commute situations. Of course once I saw it I thought, blimey, that's clean! Still, not as clean as the R100R so it's become my go to bike: 40k but loads of excellent period mods and looks like a well used classic, with plenty of scope for minor improvement - just the way I like em.

The thing is, it's the first 80 I've had, after loads of 100s. Aren't they lovely and smooth? So smooth I've even wondered if I could live without the bigger bike and have room for either an outfit or an oldBrit as a companion or counterpoint to the 80.

That's the danger of a spotless, low miles bike. When you don't ride it the inevitable question is why are you keeping it, particularly when your less shiny bike has no reason not to be ridden anytime and is nicely owner-involving. Plus it has that smoke grey paint job. Black is so yesterday!!

I'm not sure if the R100R will last is my current answer... Well, I think I probably am sure but I'm making myself wait a bit before I advertise. I sold a similar one 8yrs ago and wished I hadn't but I've changed since then and static exhibits aren't really my thing.

Re: New(ish) bike

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:50 am
by P-K
I used to have an R80GS.
Lovely motor