CBF1000

CBF1000 => CBF1000 - General Discussion => Topic started by: Brit182 on 15 October, 2020, 04:53:01 PM

Title: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: Brit182 on 15 October, 2020, 04:53:01 PM
Well I have never done it in fifty years but having insured the Biffa so as to guard against possible off road eventualities (getting nicked, fire or damage in the garage etc) I'm thinking how much do I actually ride between November and March?

Up until retirement at the start of 2012 it wasn't a consideration, snow was the only reason for not being in the saddle, during the working week at any rate. However, over the last few years I've been wondering if 12months Road Tax wasn't just a habit I've not got out of!

Question now, is the chance of the odd bright day on dry roads, worth the £40.00 I'll pay for it standing idle, virtually all the time and will I be kicking myself when one turns up? Not to mention Covid and all that entails, regarding being out and about anyway.
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: Art on 16 October, 2020, 06:56:15 AM
I ride all year round (not in snow obviously) so I'm going to be biased and say tax it for the full 12 months. Even in a harsh winter I'll be riding 10 months of the year. Then again if you're only riding for 6 consecutive months trim your costs of motorcycling accordingly.

Just got my Vehicle Tax Reminder and another unexpected rise and we haven't been using the roads so much for the past 6 months. Whoops, what's that got to do with it? I forgot the Road Fund Licence was re-invented as Vehicle tax some time back. Anyway they're now robbing us in broad day light for £51.15 for 6 months and £93 for 12 months. I really don't understand how these costs are calculated especially when the £30 for 12 months Vehicle Tax for my car has been the same year after year for over a decade now. Maybe they forgot to revise the dirty little diesel class!
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: Crispy on 17 October, 2020, 12:21:40 PM
Good idea worth doing, but I bet you have to jump through hoops to do it. They think of everything.
 
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: ivor hugh jarse on 18 October, 2020, 08:22:18 PM
which 6 months would you choose?

March through August
April through September
June through October
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: jm2 on 20 October, 2020, 12:12:54 AM
No need to choose any months in particular.

Just SORN it when you want to (month end is useful) and tax afresh again when you want to next year.  Easy as and they even send you a refund cheque (albeit that needs banking) in the post.

Being insured and hacing a current MOT ahead of next tax period helps thoroughly. 
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: Steelworker on 20 October, 2020, 04:50:25 PM
So I've just been on the DVLA website to donate £93.00 to go into some administrative black hole to fund who knows what!
I found that having a few beers prior to this action does help your finger not to linger to long with the mouse when hovering over the "pay now" tab.
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: Art on 20 October, 2020, 06:18:12 PM
Two of mine expire on the 31st October and I wont be parting with a single penny hard earned until 1st November
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: moayling on 20 October, 2020, 07:06:29 PM
Always keep mine taxed as they get used all year
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: Kentcolin on 21 October, 2020, 08:32:17 AM
Me too, I keep it taxed just in case . If the car was out of action for whatever reason I could still get to where I needed to be.
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: Rev Ken on 21 October, 2020, 11:05:55 AM
KentColin

I only ride for pleasure and sadly over this year, due to catching Covid-19, plus looking after my wife who needed a week in hospital on oxygen, plus intravenous antibiotics, as it is taking time to recover her breathing, (But we feel blessed as I'm in my 80s and she had her 80th last week and we have both got through it!) every time I can get out for a ride is special.

So far as I am concerned, even if I get out two or three times over the winter on one of those crisp sunny days, stop somewhere for a bacon role with a large mug of steaming tea, (preferably outside sitting with other bikers) it is easily worth £20 a ride!

As you have retired, what are you going to do just looking at a sad looking bike eager to get out to play? Don't be cruel!

I presume you are somewhere in Kent, think of it, more room on your roads, and let's face it it is warmer in Kent than it is around the Borders where I ride!

You know it makes sense..... :300:

Rev Ken
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: Kentcolin on 21 October, 2020, 11:43:21 AM
RevKen
I agree with you. On a crisp winter's day with no salt on the road £20 is a small price to pay for a ride.
I hope I'm still riding at your age but I'm sure it won't be on my Cbf1000.
Very best wishes to you and your wife
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: Rev Ken on 21 October, 2020, 06:53:44 PM
*Originally Posted by Kentcolin [+]
RevKen
I agree with you. On a crisp winter's day with no salt on the road £20 is a small price to pay for a ride.
I hope I'm still riding at your age but I'm sure it won't be on my Cbf1000.
Very best wishes to you and your wife
Thanks, I had 7 years with my CBf1000 and still think it was the best allrounder in 66 years legal riding. I've stepped down to my current BMW F800GT and hope when that gets too heavy I'll be happy to drop to an even lighter bike to suit my short legs and my stooped posture (heredity). My wife is taking time to recover, but is making steady progress, even if it takes the rest of this year to some semblance of fitness for an 80 year old. I'm lucky, not yet fully fit, but am getting there.

Keep riding!
Rev Ken
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: edger on 21 October, 2020, 08:07:33 PM
Buy yourself a old 70's toy. any make will do .
No tax, No mot just insure it and put petrol in as and  when the fancy takes you. you can go out on   the coldest days  you wont get cold as you wont want to go to far from home in case it dies
And if it dies you keep warm pushing :mfrlol:
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: edger on 21 October, 2020, 09:17:39 PM
Oh  and wobbling round on skinny tires , 70's brake technology and suspension will make the biffer seem like a super bike come the spring
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: Kentcolin on 21 October, 2020, 09:29:48 PM
Not that I'm biased but an MZ 250 Supa 5 is a perfect winter bike. I've had 3 of them before I passed my car test and I loved  them.
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: edger on 22 October, 2020, 08:50:31 AM
I currently have a Suzuki GT 380   SLOW , NOISY SMELLY she has spent more time in the shed than  on the road.
BUT WHAT A HOOT when she runs
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: Kentcolin on 22 October, 2020, 09:16:32 AM
Edger,  you're right.
Ok so most of us own bikes that can get across Europe in a couple of days  with comfort and reliability but smaller bikes are just so much fun. A friend of mine has just sold his Indian Chief because he loves riding his Enfield Interceptor so much.
Title: Re: To SORN or not to SORN - That is the Question
Post by: moayling on 22 October, 2020, 03:04:00 PM
I sold my CBF and replaced it with a Tracer 700 to get a lighter bike. Itís ok but itís my Bonneville that brings the biggest smile to my face