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Old 13th June 2016, 10:23 AM   #21
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Are these big bikes designed for taller men? I'm at not 1.65m so need a smaller framed one. I'm not sure my feet will reach the floor when perched on one of those big ones.
I could see you on a hog smooth. This ones got a suitable seat height.

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Old 13th June 2016, 10:25 AM   #22
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I think I'd need to don the moustache to complete the look if I had one of them. It may be more desireable for me to wear platforms





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I could see you on a hog smooth. This ones got a suitable seat height.

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Old 13th June 2016, 10:26 AM   #23
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Anyway enough of this frugal banter. I am now heading out to BMW Motorad to kick some tyres, Ill post pics of my findings a little later on.

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If this is super bike Top Trumps I'd play the HP4.
I was under the impression the new (2015) S1000rr had pretty much all the HP4 bits of the old model? Active suspension, the trick electronics / traction management etc.

Unless you prefer the limited numbers of the 2013 HP4?
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Old 13th June 2016, 11:02 AM   #25
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you're all wrong it needs to be powerful, smooth, comfortable for long journeys and a weapon when required, not that I am at all biased of course

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you're all wrong it needs to be powerful, smooth, comfortable for long journeys and a weapon when required, not that I am at all biased of course

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I agree. M3 does everything.

Equivalent would be a sports bagger
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Old 13th June 2016, 11:48 AM   #27
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Lovely bike Stone Cold. More equivalent to an M5 though I would say
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Old 13th June 2016, 11:58 AM   #28
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Most sport bikes have seat heights around 800mm. I'd say the M3 is like a Honda CBR600RR or Suzuki GSXR600. Quick but goes about its business in a manageable way. The new GSXRs even have different throttle problems much like the M3

I'm 173cm and on my CBR600RR, I'm on the balls of both feet at the lights.

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I was under the impression the new (2015) S1000rr had pretty much all the HP4 bits of the old model? Active suspension, the trick electronics / traction management etc.

Unless you prefer the limited numbers of the 2013 HP4?
I think you're right, but I thought the HP4 was a bit lighter; the exclusivity doesn't phase me so much but I guess it helps resale values!
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I've already shown you... The perfect all-rounder... Comfortable, fast and beautifully made packed full of the latest tech


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Old 13th June 2016, 12:17 PM   #31
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funny and fairly decent review from the baron

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I've already shown you... The perfect all-rounder... Comfortable, fast and beautifully made packed full of the latest tech
Glad you're pleased. But it's not very desirable or good looking is it. I would't look twice at it...
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I think it looks alright... Doesn't set the heart racing like a supersport but well proportioned.
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Glad you're pleased. But it's not very desirable or good looking is it. I would't look twice at it...
Sports bikes are for looking at and track days. 90 per cent of people that own them never track them, and they also couldn't ride out of your road in most cases, I see them every day. The average rider doesn't need half the power an RR throws out on the road. This has all the good things from the RR (great handling, same engine, lean angle traction control and abs), and all the practicality of the GS (riding position, heated grips, nav capabilities, pillion comfort).

Its now the way a lot of sports bike riders are going. Either this or the multistrada, a far better choice for someone who never intends to go on track and even then this thing is more than capable, it has a lap timer fgs. Giving that the man has no previous riding history but still wants something that will give him thrills id say one of these would suit his needs much better.
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you're all wrong it needs to be powerful, smooth, comfortable for long journeys and a weapon when required, not that I am at all biased of course

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another good shout. Had a ride on one of these with a set of bar risers on it... Awesome machine, the only thing that would pull me away from the xr
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No chance!! Ducati Panigali R is like the equivalent of a Lamborghini Aventador. (Superbike - Supercar)

M3 equivalent would be more something like the following:

- Honda CBR600RR
- Yamaha R6
- Kawasaki ZX6-R and the like

These bikes command a lot of respect and are classified as Supersports. So just like our M3's, high performance cars, but not quite Supercars. These Supersports bikes are quick enough to destroy most Supercars
Up the aunty to a Blade or SP1.
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I could see you on a hog smooth. This ones got a suitable seat height.

Those sissy bars are awful.
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another good shout. Had a ride on one of these with a set of bar risers on it... Awesome machine, the only thing that would pull me away from the xr
Cheers for the replies fella's. I've gone from a S1000RR (and numerous other sports bikes) to the big Kawasaki, I am mid 50's and 6' 2" and was finding it increasingly difficult to fold myself onto the S1000
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Cheers for the replies fella's. I've gone from a S1000RR (and numerous other sports bikes) to the big Kawasaki, I am mid 50's and 6' 2" and was finding it increasingly difficult to fold myself onto the S1000
I'm 31 and still had plenty of sports bike years ahead of me I just seen the light and glad I did. I'm faster now than I ever was and enjoy biking so much more now.

I was fascinated with sports bikes, nothing else would do. That's because upright bikes of the past were slow and boring. The xr is a complete missile and the quickshifter up and down the box is the party trick of the decade.

A lot of people watch rossi ride the bike round the track so think they can do it on the road and its far from reality. Unfortunately the riding position on them doesn't give great views going in and out of corners with hedges and trees added to the mix. If I ever bought another sports it would be an RR but it would just be for looking at. Id always go for the xr every time...
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Sports bikes are for looking at and track days. 90 per cent of people that own them never track them, and they also couldn't ride out of your road in most cases, I see them every day. The average rider doesn't need half the power an RR throws out on the road. This has all the good things from the RR (great handling, same engine, lean angle traction control and abs), and all the practicality of the GS (riding position, heated grips, nav capabilities, pillion comfort).

Its now the way a lot of sports bike riders are going. Either this or the multistrada, a far better choice for someone who never intends to go on track and even then this thing is more than capable, it has a lap timer fgs. Giving that the man has no previous riding history but still wants something that will give him thrills id say one of these would suit his needs much better.
Yeah I get your bike, if you are a daily commuter, need panniers etc.

But for a lot of folk that ride, a bike is often a toy in addition to a car (which is the practical option) so it doesn't need to be practicle. Or ridden to 10/10ths (most M3 owners don't use half it's capability). It only needs to provoke emotion - looking at it, riding it, hearing it and twisting the right hand. Look at Rory's for example. That pops a boner just looking at it, let alone riding it.
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