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Back on two wheels...

« on: January 12, 2018, 11:14:09 PM »
As of last September I have been without a bike. I had a plan to replace the Strom and as a result tomorrow morning I'm picking up a 16 plate Yamaha Super Tenere. I decided I needed something more my size and this fits me well. I had considered other bikes but the Yam ticked the most boxes, the most important being its perceived reliability and also the shaft drive. The arrow exhaust system is the first thing I'm going to replace on it, the noise would drive me mad on a long trip. Other than that the bike is a belter and I'm looking forward to getting back out on the road...once the weather warms up!
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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 08:22:16 PM »
Nice 👌 great colour, a mate traded his in for a 1200 Triumph explorer, he said itís great but talks of his old tenere all the time, I think he misses it ?

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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2018, 08:57:27 PM »
Cheers Hutch, I brought the bike home this weekend and have to say I'm really pleased with it. I do need to swap the exhaust though as it just crosses the line between pleasing rumble and just plain noisy.

I like the explorer too, so can't fault your mate. I just seem to have a thing for the sound of twin cylinder bikes! I'm sure he'll come to appreciate his Tex as much as his super10.
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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2018, 09:22:36 PM »
Looks a beast of a bike... but in a good way. I'd be interested to hear how you think it is compared to the V-Strom 1000. I've still got my KLV 1000 with a few improvements since you last saw it. Unfortunately, the dripping water pump is a mod I didn't anticipate :)
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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2018, 09:47:25 AM »
Hi
looks great, shaft drive? I did not know

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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2018, 05:07:48 PM »
Big man.
Big bike.
Now needs Big Adventure !!
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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2018, 07:23:38 PM »
The big adventure will hopefully be
 The NC500 later this year. Any further afield will come later...!
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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2018, 07:29:26 PM »


Looks a beast of a bike... but in a good way. I'd be interested to hear how you think it is compared to the V-Strom 1000. I've still got my KLV 1000 with a few improvements since you last saw it. Unfortunately, the dripping water pump is a mod I didn't anticipate :)

It is a big bugger, but weirdly feels lighter than the DL1000 when wheeling it around. Certainly less top-heavy. Also despite sounding thumpy it has no vibes at all, it feels as smooth (if not smoother) than the dl650 I had before. Must be the balancer shafts.

What mods have you done to the klv?
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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2018, 04:28:52 PM »
The big adventure will hopefully be
 The NC500 later this year.

Excellent too. Provided the weather and midges are kind to you. "irishrover" has some good videos on YouTube, he links them on the Honda forum and are well worth watcing, some were done by a mate from Portugal who is a wizz editor and used two cameras, fron + back to good effect.

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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2018, 09:14:38 PM »
The big adventure will hopefully be
 The NC500 later this year. Any further afield will come later...!

We did Scootland last April/May. It was brilliant and that bike you got will eat it up. Go early or late to avoid the midge tho  :)
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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2018, 08:55:19 PM »
hi
me and my mate Planned the nc500 a couple of years ago, he booked dumfries, Perth, Inverness before he discovered we could not afford to go over the toP of Scotland so went right, Aberdeen, and down the west coast -- a great trip

so my advice is
- go out of season, avoid school holidays
- find cheap over night stops at the far north before you find the going up, coming down stops
- camp if you can not find decent cheap accommodation, we were asked 100 quid for an overnight stop in a hostel

enjoy
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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2018, 11:00:45 PM »
What mods have you done to the klv?

Here's the story of the work I did. Since then, it's had a session on the dyno at Junction33 and is running much stronger. Oh, I've also got a fork brace fitted and a gear indicator plus other electrical enhancements. Last time out, I tried a peg lowering kit and found a 300 mile day trip was relatively comfortable on my gammy knee. I did Scotland on the KLV a couple of years ago and vowed to return some day.
http://www.lancsbiker.co.uk/progress-threads/s-l-o-w-p-r-o-g-r-e-s-s/
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Re: Back on two wheels...

« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2018, 10:01:09 PM »
Thanks for the tips, events. Avoiding school holidays is a must! We will be planning our accommodation in advance, so will know what, where and how much. We don't do tents unfortunately. Good call on the scourge that is the midge too, Pie man. Hopefully September should be ok on both counts but me and swmsbo will be doing some shorter rides just to get the bike set up. Once all the salt is washed off the roads we will be off into the wilds. Roll on springtime...
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