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#61
Ride Reports / Re: ABR Festival
Last post by London_Phil - July 18, 2022, 10:28:12 PM
Quote from: Nick Calne on July 18, 2022, 07:44:33 PMIvor and I have booked tickets already!

See you there?
I'm coming too....ticket booked..
#62
Speaking Of Bikes... / Re: Next up an FJR1300
Last post by London_Phil - July 18, 2022, 10:27:15 PM
But how much blood did it use on the trip?
#63
Speaking Of Bikes... / Next up an FJR1300
Last post by Lee337 - July 18, 2022, 08:05:16 PM
I've had a Yamaha FJR1300 for the weekend., did around 300 miles over the two days is stupidly hot weather to be wearing full bike gear (and I lost 2kg) but what about the bike?

Not as heavy as I thought and the seat height was quite low compared to my usual steed. At first, I thought it was relatively comfortable, the seat height, the bar reach and the adjustible screen height made it a doddle to ride. Perhaps the footpegs could have been a little lower and I'm not that long in the leg, probably only 32" (a little over 810mm).

I also liked the idea of cruise control but when set at 30mph, it did seem to be a little jerky irrespective of the gear I was in. At 60/70mph it seemed smooth enough though.

It's the first shaft drive bike I've ridden for probably 30 years and technology has come a long way since then. No mtter how hard I accelerated in sport mode, I couldn't feel that torque trying to turn the bike like early examples and once I got used to the balance, it was surprisingly nippy even on the twisties, probably due to a lower centre of gravity than I'm used to.

Now for fuel consumption, the total fuel bill was just shy of £48 for 328 miles, at current fuel prices (£1.869 per litre) it works out at approx. 57mpg (25.6l / 4.54 = 5.6 then 328 / 5.6). Mind you, as it was one of the blood bikes, I didn't ride it over the speed limit and it was on the 'Touring' map as opposed to the 'Sport' mode for around 80% of the time. I did find it quick to accelerate in either mode and at a stately 60mph the engine seemed barely ticking over in 6th gear - it was actually around 4000rpm but pretty quiet & nowhere near half way up the rev range. I initially found it quite difficult keeping within legal speeds, something I needed to do as despite being liveried up with everything except blue lights, they are tracked & it was drummed in to us that if we consistently break the speed limit, we'll be suspended.

I still had a numb arse after around an hour & after two, my shoulders were begining to ache. Riding back from Grimsby to home, a distance of some 73 miles on Sunday afternoon, having already ridden for two hours with only a 10 minute break, I was not in a good way, my feet ached, as did my back, shoulders and neck. Bearing in mind in mid june, I rode Tallulah 260 miles with two 20 minute stops and was still up for another 30 mile run home), I couldn't wait to get off the damn thing.

So, it's far more modern than my old 2006 Tiger or my 1993 Trophy for that matter, it's got more gadgets, a digital dash which unlike the NC750 I rode earlier in the year, you could easily see, it gave enough information (although I never managed to figure out how to reset the trip), cruise control and despite how my body complained, a reasonably padded seat, but I just didn't gel with it over a long distance.

Would I buy one having now given one a good test, well, no.

No doubt it suits some people and to be fair, I thought it was a good bike, but if after two days riding, I need a wheelchair to get me from the garage to the back door, it's probably not the one for me - not that I'm thinking of trading in Tallulah, after three years ownership, I've got her just where I want her.

Wonder what they'll give me next time?
#64
Ride Reports / Re: ABR Festival
Last post by Nick Calne - July 18, 2022, 07:44:33 PM
Ivor and I have booked tickets already!

See you there?
#65
General Discussions / Re: Daily smile thread
Last post by Lee337 - July 18, 2022, 07:27:47 PM
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General Discussions / Re: Daily smile thread
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General Discussions / Re: Daily smile thread
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General Discussions / Re: Daily smile thread
Last post by Lee337 - July 18, 2022, 07:25:54 PM
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#69
General Discussions / Re: Daily smile thread
Last post by Lee337 - July 18, 2022, 07:25:16 PM
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#70
General Discussions / Re: Daily smile thread
Last post by Lee337 - July 18, 2022, 07:24:37 PM
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