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Bikers Chat => The Back Room => Topic started by: Ali-bear on 13 April, 2018, 01:55:23 PM

Title: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 13 April, 2018, 01:55:23 PM
So I am very happy with my Mk2 biffer only had it just under two years and I can't really think of anything I would replace it with at the moment. If something catastrophic happened and I had a tour coming up I would most likely head down to Fowlers and buy one of the two used ones they have in their showroom  :152:
I have another bike just for having fun on - a naked sports bike. But I like the biffer for longer rides and general practicality, the decent half-fairing and luggage ability, the power to make overtaking easy, the easy riding position, its not too big or heavy, I can use it to go to work or head into the city, it can be fun to ride and most of all it doesn't get in the way of just being out there and enjoying wherever I am or what I'm doing.
But it pays to think ahead. Back during my GS-owning phase I first noticed the biffer (it was a mk1 parked somewhere) and put it on my mental list of bikes I could have. A few years later and ... I got one.
So what should I be considering for replacing the biffer with one day?
Part of me wants a T120 Bonneville maybe with a screen added for touring.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Silverdart on 13 April, 2018, 02:40:31 PM
I've been giving this exact same thing some considerable thought.

Been looking at the Honda Africa Twin: (https://images.weserv.nl/?url=ssl:cdni.autocarindia.com/Utils/ImageResizer.ashx?n=http%3a%2f%2fcdni.autocarindia.com%2fExtraImages%2f20170503104721_m1.jpg&h=578&w=872&c=0&q=100)

https://www.autocarindia.com/bike-news/2017-honda-africa-twin-5-things-to-know-404823
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 13 April, 2018, 02:55:33 PM
Africa Twin does look quite handy. But not sure how fun it would be on the tarmac roads, and it seems a bit over-fussy in the styling department for me. Something to consider though and its not a beemer so  :002:
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: jm2 on 13 April, 2018, 03:03:57 PM
Try one (an -AT).

An absolute hoot on the road (I didn't take it elsewhere).  Very well mannered and the (manual) gearbox was a delight (quite different to any Honda I've ridden).
Warning:- It may bring out the hooligan in you.

Myself - patiently waiting for a mkIII (I know ...).
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 13 April, 2018, 03:16:07 PM
Ha - the MK3 already exists its called the Z1000SX  :150:
OK then Africa Twin is something I would consider
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Rev Ken on 13 April, 2018, 10:09:06 PM
I had my Biffer Mk1 for 7 years and only changed it when it got a bit heavy for me to wheel around. Being vertically challenged my choice was limited. I wanted a bike that was as good an allrounder as my Biffer, but lighter. I decided the nearest I could get was a BMW F800GT. It isn't the same, but it has 90bhp on tap, a little more than my Biffer, and is amazingly frugal giving me regularly over 70mpg.

Of course younger riders will be looking towards bigger bikes, and if of 'average' stature have a much greater choice. However there is only one way of deciding what the next bike might be is to test ride as many as possible. It can be fun!
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Biker Mike on 13 April, 2018, 10:40:54 PM
I went in my local dealer to buy an oil filter for my CBF last June and walked out with a 2008  Super Blackbird that I took to Spain in September. What a rush.
I thought I'd be getting rid of one bike or the other this year, but my CN multi-cover renewal came through yesterday and it's dropped over 100 from last year's  400 premium, so I'll be keeping both for the time being.
Now which should I take to The Dolomites this year???
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 14 April, 2018, 12:13:55 PM
*Originally Posted by Rev Ken [+]
... the nearest I could get was a BMW F800GT. It isn't the same, but it has 90bhp on tap, a little more than my Biffer, and is amazingly frugal giving me regularly over 70mpg ...

I like those belt-drive beemers. Friend tried one on the same day he also tried a 1050 Tiger. That's another one for me to consider although the Tiger Sport (as it is now) is a bit long in the tooth the 1050 triple motor is an awesome thing. But he bought a Yamaha Tracer in the end.

BMW's are expensive to buy and Triumphs are expensive to get serviced - my little Street Triple is going to cost me over a grand at 12k miles  :005:
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 14 April, 2018, 12:20:27 PM
*Originally Posted by Biker Mike [+]
...  Super Blackbird ...

Very good bikes as I understand it. Something I am not so keen on is the "jet powered elephant on roller skates" feeling I get on big powerful bikes, especially in the wet or on twisty roads. But the motorway-munching ability of big fully-faired bikes is something I could do with a bit more of.

When it comes to travelling on motorways I am often happy to waft along in the slow lane, it saves tyres wear and its less tiring than blatting along in the fast. But it can be boring. Because of screen issues with the biffer I find the slow option is preferable.

So what about the ZZR eh? They still make those.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Scott_rider on 14 April, 2018, 01:02:55 PM
Before I bought my second-hand MK1 biffer in January, I test rode several bikes as I was toying with the idea of buying a new bike on a pcp deal. These were my thoughts, for what it's worth:

Tiger 1050 - liked it, but it reminded me too much of my old 1050 Speed Triple so it felt like a retrograde step
Tracer 900 - hated it  :015:, good engine but the suspension was crap
z900 - liked it, but too much of a 'fun' short point to point bike, although I do really like the new z900rs with the same engine
V-Strom 1000 - really like it, not super quick but loads of poke and super comfy
V-Strom 650 - too slow for me

I'd go for the big V-Strom if I was buying an alternative to the biffer.


Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 16 April, 2018, 01:19:44 PM
*Originally Posted by Scott_rider [+]
...
V-Strom 1000 - really like it, not super quick but loads of poke and super comfy
...
I'd go for the big V-Strom if I was buying an alternative to the biffer.

That is probably the closest bike to the biffer being made at the moment and as such it makes my list  :028:

My list so far: T120, AfroTwin, ZthouSX, Big-ZZR, V-Strom1K

I need to test ride the big-Z 'cos it probably is too big for me
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Scott_rider on 17 April, 2018, 09:47:48 AM
One thing that I did like about the V-Strom 1000, that I didn't mention, was the gear ratios. It's very long legged compared to the biffer especially in top gear, almost like having an extra gear. Despite that it still pulls well in all it's gears. Clearly it's not as fast as the biffer through the gears and I'm not sure if it would be enough for me? I know in the real world it would be but I do like the feel of an inline four on full chat and I don't think that's the same feeling on a v-twin.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: jm2 on 17 April, 2018, 04:35:09 PM
*Originally Posted by Ali-bear [+]
Ha - the MK3 already exists its called the Z1000SX  :150:
Yeah right.  Buddy has an older one, they look so good on paper but riding it didn't impress. Maybe another year-on I should have another go
- or blag a test-ride on a dealer H2SX.  [Oh, just looked 18k for the SE, 15k plain-Jane.  Biffer feels fine.]
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: pedro on 07 May, 2018, 01:02:50 AM
So, what people are generally saying (not without exception) is that the thing to replace the Biffer with is the most Biffer-like motorcycle out there that isn't a Biffer. Fair enough I suppose, but as they say, we come this way but once. So my view is that the best thing like a Biffer is a CBF1000 and if you want to replace it and don't want to get another, then why not get something totally different. You've had the Biffer experience. Doubt you'll better it.

With that in mind, why not try a cruiser, or a continent shrinking super tourer, or perhaps even a super sports bike, or a retro, or whatever. There may be reasons why some (or all) are unsuitable for your needs, but, let's face it, every bike is a compromise and widening our experiences and enjoyment is a good thing to do.

But anyway, my Biffer is staying with me for the foreseeable.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: JonesTheBass on 08 May, 2018, 10:08:15 AM
I went to a Tiger 800 after my MkI. 25kg lighter, better suspension and brakes, same power, better than 15% more mpg.
Loved the biffer, love the Tiger a little more.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 08 May, 2018, 12:26:36 PM
Tiger 800 is a bit too GS for me, but I am sure they are very capable bikes.
I do like the T120 though. Like pedro says something different and I do believe it would suit the type of touring I like to do.
I am very happy with the CBF and don't want to replace it. I am only thinking ahead because it was thinking ahead that brought me to the biffer in the first place  :028:
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 16 May, 2018, 11:13:47 AM
*Originally Posted by Ali-bear [+]
My list so far: T120, AfroTwin, ZthouSX, Big-ZZR, V-Strom1K

Also, Versys 1000. That makes three K's ... I'd better get down to the dealers and try them  :034:
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 16 July, 2018, 12:51:37 PM
Since spending over 500 on new tyres and a service I decided to give the CBF some proper attention. Been commuting on it recently and took it for a blat out to Aberystwith and back on Saturday. Well its so confidence-inspiring now and I am starting to ride it harder, trail braking into corners. I overtook an ambulance on the A40  :027: and did some silly speeds in places. Short story is its a great bike.  :188:
Something else I did was look in detail at the specs for the T120 and went and sat on one in the showroom. Not sure what I was thinking before, but this is now off my list. With its weird wheels and strange tyres, soft suspension and other cost-cutting from T its not a good proposition at all. The only good thing is the long service interval but all this means really is you have to get servicing done by the calendar instead of the mileage. Look for example instead at the Honda CB1000RS and you get a lot more bike for the same sort of money.

ps. Ambwlans was only doing 60  :034:
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: mrgrumpy2 on 31 July, 2018, 09:11:07 PM
I have recently ridden the Multistrada 950

The Multistrada, maybe the 950 or the 1200 with skyhook is currently top of the list for the next motorcycle. But I have yet to ride the Crosstourer, maybe the Honda smoothness will win me back?
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Stevewestern on 01 August, 2018, 08:21:40 AM
I'm a long way from being able to afford to replace my CBF, but I do like big trailie-style bikes though would not be riding on anything other than tarmac.
I've had a GS1000, had one of the first 900 Tigers, and do like the looks of the Crosstourer and the Africa Twin, not sure about the V-Strom (something about it's 'beak' that doesn't appeal) and even the Super Tenere has some appeal.
The GS was great fun, but so expensive to service and repair as everyone seems to say, the Tiger was so top heavy and my only experience of the Africa Twin was a test ride on an original one - low centre of gravity compared to the Tiger was my overriding impression.

I guess that a low centre of gravity would be an important part of any decision - I had my right ankle fused a few years ago following a biking accident and am very aware of it at very low speeds, ie when turning the bike around, or when waiting at lights. Funny then how my list of possible's all look very top heavy !
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: chubbleybear on 01 August, 2018, 09:06:20 AM
*Originally Posted by Stevewestern [+]
I'm a long way from being able to afford to replace my CBF, but I do like big trailie-style bikes though would not be riding on anything other than tarmac.

I guess that a low centre of gravity would be an important part of any decision - I had my right ankle fused a few years ago following a biking accident and am very aware of it at very low speeds, ie when turning the bike around, or when waiting at lights. Funny then how my list of possible's all look very top heavy !

I changed from the Biffer to a Versys 1000 a couple of months ago and don't regret the decision one bit. I f you want a trailie style bike that isn't, the Versys is the perfect answer. It does however have a higher seat and C of G than the Biffer and requires a certain amount of planning in gravelly carparks. It would definitely be worth a look, IMHO. There are plenty of MkIs about at low prices.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Stevewestern on 01 August, 2018, 09:12:39 AM
Thanks for that - I don't think I've ever seen one on the road or in a dealer (I tend not to go into dealers as temptation is not a good thing - that said I am right this minute watching a You Tube review of the V-Strom, which seems to be highly thought of, but boy the exhaust is even worse than the beak in terms of looks..)
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 05 August, 2018, 07:59:21 AM
I had a go on the Versys 1k and there is a lot to like about it. It is big like an adventure bike, very different to the narrow and compact biffer. But it is comfy. Instruments are basic by modern standards but cover all of your needs including gear position. Some of the equipment is basic and budget. The motor vibrates a bit in the upper half of rev range (like a tactile gear position indicator) but it has plenty of mumbo. Windscreen is surprisingly effective. Only thing I would change is the handlebar to make it less wide.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Brickit on 05 August, 2018, 01:48:48 PM
I may have missed it, but did you ever try the Z1000sx ?
I sold my CBF 3 years ago and moved onto the sx and I can't speak highly enough of it. A practical tourer combined with outstanding sports performance. Well built, very reliable, lower centre of gravity (in my opinion), electronic aids if you like that sort of thing and reasonably priced. No centre stand is, in my eyes, countered by not having to worry about the stator.
I still have a soft spot for the CBF, hence my occasional browsing of the forum, but I wouldn't come back, even for the Mk2.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 05 August, 2018, 02:21:58 PM
Yes, in fact I test rode the Z1000SX on the same day I test rode the Mk2 CBF. The SX is a very capable bike and I could have got one back then instead of the biffer. It is still another one I would consider.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Biker Mike on 07 August, 2018, 06:47:52 AM
Last year, sat having a beer on a roadside bar somewhere in the Spanish Pyrenees at the end of the day and of the literally hundreds of bikes that rode past whilst we were there, only a handful WEREN'T GS1200's or GSA's (about 10%).
I got the feeling that although I wouldn't buy one personally, they might be more reliable than I give them credit for since its human nature to only highlight the bad ones and with that many out there, maybe not so many owners have grief with them.
Still prefer a 4-pot for its turbine smoothness though.
 :016:
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: J-man on 07 August, 2018, 10:24:47 AM
They seem to have a very sublime overall riding character, keep hearing that.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 27 November, 2018, 04:09:20 PM
Another one that I overlooked before. The KTM 1090 Adventure. This is an interesting bike and I didn't previously consider the Austrian as I thought they are too off-road/adventure biased and expensive. But this one is probably their most ordinary bike well suited to road touring and very reasonably priced. There is a dealer near to me too (Fowler's of Bristol).
Anyone have experience with the orange bikes?
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: J-man on 27 November, 2018, 04:23:02 PM
2 friends have one and both complained about paint vulnerability. It scratches by just looking at it. One had a new tank because it was in a very hot sunny place and the paint gave up, he had to pay 200euro himself for getting a brand new tank. These are bikes from few years old, maybe things changed? If you google KTM paint problems you get hits.

For the rest they are very satisfied.
One found it ridiculous to pay 300 euro's to become able to make wheelies, it is an option LMAO. They plug in computer, change settings, job done, 300 euro please  :006:
But bike riding wise they are very satisfied.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 05 December, 2018, 11:56:28 AM
Reading up on it, KTM are taking the 1090 out of their range.
They can be bought new at great discounts right now, until stocks run out. Then its tumbling tumbleweed ... @@@@@
For various reasons I can't buy a new bike at the moment.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: midlife c on 13 December, 2018, 05:25:07 PM
one that you might consider is the BMW R1200RS moved from CBF to a number of other bikes but ended with the RS, love it. Also with the new R1250RS coming out early next year there will be some great bargains on the old 1200RS.

give it a try

Graham
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 15 December, 2018, 11:23:39 AM
Yes for sure the new half-faired sport-touring 1250 (RS is it?) BMW looks like a handy bike and that would be on my list. But unfortunate previous experience of BMW ownership prevents me from buying another.
But now Triumph have brought out the Speed Twin and this is perhaps the Bonnie I would want. Apart from anything else it takes normal size proper tyres  :047:
My updated list: KTM1090Adv, SpeedTwin, AfroTwin, ZthouSX, Versys1K
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: midlife c on 15 December, 2018, 01:01:02 PM
I know what you mean, after my first BMW i said never again bit the bike was so good I bought another and then when wanted something lighter and made the mistake of going with a mate to dealer and ended up trying the 1200RS I loved it. I have had no problem with this bike at all, (touch wood) and am now more than happy to consider the new 1250RS

Graham
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 18 August, 2019, 10:15:57 AM
... and after a while it is now the R1250RS that is tempting me. And I have got an inkling that Honda may be bringing more litre-sized parallel twins to the market. Maybe I'll be shopping for a new bike in 2020.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: midlife c on 18 August, 2019, 11:54:46 AM
ordered the 1250 and should be at Lloyds BMW Carlisle second week of September then will see if the deal is good enough to decide if I buy it.

sadly BMW have no idea what decent colours on bikes now so the first lot are shxt. thought imperial blue wpoiuld be ok but it should have been called midnight blue because most of the time looks black and cannot say what I think of austin yellow. maybe waiting till next year might have better colours.

graham
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 18 August, 2019, 01:24:26 PM
Yuh  :mfrlol:
For me I like the basic model and black is fine
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: J-man on 18 August, 2019, 03:12:35 PM
What the h*ll were they thinking with those colours? just unbelievable how they messed that up  :232:
First 1250rs test rides are now on youtube, but none of them are really exhilarated, they come no further than Oghh that torque.. and 'good bike'.
What they say: seems not a flickable bike, stability in straight line all the more.

I've read about the sports saddle being loved, one sits somewhat higher.
Wondering is bar lifters is not mandatory to sit better.

Tempting for a test ride for sure.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: midlife c on 18 August, 2019, 03:20:24 PM
I have the sport seat on the 1200 and also bar risers though some have gone and put the r bars on their Rs's

now very comfortable though I am 6ft 2ish.

Graham
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 28 August, 2019, 05:22:20 PM
I went to look at the BMW R1250RS today and sat on it in the showroom.
Riding position seems Ok to me but the handlebars are set wide and there is absolutely no adjustability there, apart from perhaps fitting some from a different model (the 1250R). Screen is adjustable but only by a tiny bit so an aftermarket one would probably be needed before long. And the bike is very chunky in the middle, in fact all the BMW's seemed like that even the S1000 models, much more than they look it the photos anyway. Perhaps I am too used to the slim CBF.
So, a good long test ride would be essential.

My updated list: R1250RS, SpeedTwin, HondaTwin, Versys1K
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: J-man on 29 August, 2019, 11:33:42 AM
And I thought that was a narrow handle bar on the vids  :034:
Looking out for your try out report :028:

A riser set:
I've seen a youtube where they re-route the clutch line for the extra distance.
I think there's also a line adapter that makes re routing obsolete.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 31 August, 2019, 12:18:52 PM
This morning I test rode a 1250RS thanks to the guys at Dick Lovett BMW (not a made up name).
I rode the bike for an hour and a bit. Its very comfy at speed the engine pulls well nearly all the time except, strangely, at very low revs where you have to give it unexpected amounts of throttle to wake it up. Of course it vibrates like a twin.
Riding position is sporty, leant forward. At times it seemed perfect but I did get some wrist ache and that warm feeling between the shoulder blades after a while. I could probably live with it unmodified if I was only doing short sporty weekend rides. For touring I'd want to make it all-day comfortable and that means either risers or possibly fitting the bars and clamp from a 1250R (I believe they would bolt straight on). Unfortunately the stealership did not have a 1250R available for comparison on the day. My legs were perfect though and the saddle was fine.
Windscreen is Ok in the lower position in that it is out of the way and doesn't cause turbulence issues at the helmet. In the higher position its OK too, you get more protection and lots more noise. You can adjust it on the move! Its OK by me in that its not actually bad.
The demo bike was the top model with all bells and whistles. The dynamic suspension adjustment is a fine thing, going from soft and comfy in road mode to firm and sporty in dynamic mode. At 750 as an option its very tempting, but will it go expensively wrong at some point?
Quickshifter is, frankly, rubbish. Cruise control is good. These are 400 each as an option.
The TFT display on these models is very good, clear and readable even for my dodgy old eyes.
Overall its very tempting, but once I've specced it up on the configuratorizer its banging on the door of 14k.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 08 September, 2019, 01:13:54 PM
I looked at the Honda UK web site. For all of touring and sport touring they offer precisely two models, the VFR800 and the Goldwing.  :027:
What is going on? I have to assume they have more models waiting in the wings for announcement in the coming months. Either that or they are abandoning the UK bike market, which for me is unbelievable.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: J-man on 09 September, 2019, 02:22:05 PM
 :460:

I feel my interest (tech + looks) is also underserved. Too bad
VFR800 should have been evolved into VFR1k or something.
(But not like vfr1200 pls.)

I keep thinking how refreshing this bike was, designer wise especially, as if they create a soul
(https://images.weserv.nl/?url=motormatrica.hu/motorok/honda/vfr%20750f%201990.jpg)

Todays bike designers  :161:
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: J-man on 03 October, 2019, 02:15:20 PM
Anyone driven a ZZR1400 aka ZX14 kwaka?
There is an opportunity 2nd hand and I am tempted and drooling.
But the weight is huge  :084:
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Brickit on 03 October, 2019, 02:34:16 PM
*Originally Posted by J-man [+]
Anyone driven a ZZR1400 aka ZX14 kwaka?
There is an opportunity 2nd hand and I am tempted and drooling.
But the weight is huge  :084:
The centre of gravity on these is very low down so I think you will find it doesn't feel as weighty as you may think.
I rode the zzr and the sx and went for the sx in the end, as I felt it was a bit more versitile. Been a fantastic, fun, bike, absolutely reliable, (40k miles) and once the seat and screen have been replaced a pretty competent tourer. (Greece this year). Good value too, compared to the Ducati, BMW and KTM competition.
It is going to be difficult to replace, as I really don't want to take a drop in bhp, which does come in handy occasionally.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: J-man on 03 October, 2019, 08:04:32 PM
Thx Brickit, yeah zx14 is more of a niche bike, ideal to tackle a striking mid life crisis  :164:
By the way, the term 'mid life crisis' is invented by women, for men see not much of a crisis actually, rather the opposite  :031:

I've heard the sub frame of zzr14 is not strong enough for panniers + second person on the back. Picked that up on a youtube, fwiw.
Not my intention immediately though.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: J-man on 03 October, 2019, 08:15:46 PM

Thx Brickit, yeah zx14 is more of a niche bike, ideal to tackle a striking mid life crisis  :164:
By the way, the term 'mid life crisis' is invented by women, for men see not much of a crisis actually, rather the opposite  :031:

I've heard the sub frame of zzr14 is not strong enough for panniers + second person on the back. Picked that up on a youtube, fwiw.
Not my intention immediately though. But dunno what future brings you know. If it's true it could be an argument.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 07 October, 2019, 08:51:09 AM
New 1250RS is on order  :138: :188: :232: :112: :125: :110:
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: J-man on 07 October, 2019, 04:21:12 PM
*Originally Posted by Ali-bear [+]
New 1250RS is on order  :138: :188: :232: :112: :125: :110:
Given the poor choice nowadays of bikes in that segment, it's understandable.
I sat on that zzr14 and felt not at ease. I expected some weight on wrists but it was more than anticipated. Didn't drive it though.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 07 October, 2019, 04:44:29 PM
The big-14 is almost a two-wheeled missile. Long, low and very, very fast.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 20 November, 2019, 08:14:19 PM
*Originally Posted by Ali-bear [+]
New 1250RS is on order  :138: :188: :232: :112: :125: :110:

Thar she blows!!

Don't ask how much it cost just enjoy the shinyness  :001: and relax into the three year warranty  :164:
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Brickit on 20 November, 2019, 08:24:25 PM





Well done. The 1250 RS does look a tidy bike. From what I could see it looked pretty good in the alps, hairpins etc. Give us a review after a year.
I'm looking BMW now, but I've got addicted to the straight four, so its the s1000xr that is tickling my fancy.
The price of these bikes is quite frightening.  :005:









Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: J-man on 21 November, 2019, 10:22:37 PM
Bloody nice picture  :123:
Bar raisers?
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 22 November, 2019, 08:31:05 AM
Thanks chaps.
No modifications planned just yet. Probably it will now be garaged for the winter with 28 miles on the clock. I'll see how I get on with it in standard trim.
These bikes aren't cheap. IMHO it really is worth having the ESA suspension and pro rider modes chip. I have a few other extras on there that bumped the price up considerably. What I did get as incentive was a 500 contribution towards BMW accessories - this went on the Navigator-6 which is basically a rebranded Garmin unit but it integrates with the bikes controls.
Nice.
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: chubbleybear on 22 November, 2019, 08:49:33 AM
The 1250RS got an excellent write-up in Motorcycle Monthly last month.  :028:

If anything happened to my current bike it would definitely be a contender.  :002:
Title: Re: What bike would I replace the biffer with next?
Post by: Ali-bear on 22 November, 2019, 10:08:06 AM
That Missenden Flyer chap likes it too. Pretty soon everybody'll have one and I'll be forced to get something different again  :084:
Me, contrarian?   :158: