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Should I do it?

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Dave B
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Re: Should I do it?

#21 Post by Dave B » June 26th, 2012, 3:01 pm

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Re: Should I do it?

#22 Post by Alan H » June 26th, 2012, 3:07 pm

Nick wrote:How about a trike, Lewis? Almost as much fun, and less falling off. :D
And you don't need a bike licence.
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Re: Should I do it?

#23 Post by lewist » June 26th, 2012, 6:36 pm

The Innova is an update on the C series. I have owned two in my time. It was a fun machine. The Smart Roadster is cool but I would have nowhere under cover to keep it, so I think probably not. I probably wouldn't be able to get into one anyway.
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Re: Should I do it?

#24 Post by getreal » June 26th, 2012, 7:03 pm

You really don't kneed a bike license for a trike? They are very expensive though.
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Re: Should I do it?

#25 Post by Dave B » June 26th, 2012, 7:12 pm

getreal wrote:You really don't kneed a bike license for a trike? They are very expensive though.
I wondered about that as well. IIRC you could drive a three wheeled vehicle of under a certain weight on a motor bike licence - many car drivers in the 60s went from a bike to a Bond, Messerschitt or similar on their way to their four wheeled licence. I guess that the car licence would also cover three wheeled jobbies - like trikes.

Just looked at some of the fab looking three wheelers available, but some look like concept cars or kit cars at a quick look. Did we not have a picture some time ago of that bike with two front wheels - bit of a compromise, you still have to lean on the corners but not so easy to fall over! Bet they cost more than one of the REs though!

Here we go:
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or the Piaggio:
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Re: Should I do it?

#26 Post by Alan H » June 26th, 2012, 7:41 pm

getreal wrote:You really don't kneed a bike license for a trike?
No. You need a bike licence for a two-wheeler because it has, erm...two wheels and handles completely differently. A trike behaves much more like a car. With handlebars instead of a steering wheel.
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Re: Should I do it?

#27 Post by lewist » June 26th, 2012, 10:30 pm

A combination would be preferable to a trike. The importer of Royal Enfield machines is Watsonian. the sidecar manufacturers, who do a very nice outfit with an RE Bullet and any of their sidecars, like the one below.
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Re: Should I do it?

#28 Post by Dave B » June 26th, 2012, 10:47 pm

That brings back memories as well, my combo was a BSA A10 + Watsonian.
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Re: Should I do it?

#29 Post by Tetenterre » June 27th, 2012, 9:03 am

lewist wrote:The Smart Roadster is cool but I would have nowhere under cover to keep it, so I think probably not. I probably wouldn't be able to get into one anyway.
You can buy covers (it's what I used when I had one). I think you'd be surprised about how easy they are to get into (once you get used to it being along way down!): I'm a tad over 16 stone and I had room to spare. It's easy because the doors are relatively long.
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Re: Should I do it?

#30 Post by lewist » October 13th, 2012, 1:05 pm

Folks, I been and went and done it. I have bought... not a Royal Enfield because the children were unanimous in saying they would just worry about me... not a Smart Roadster... but the last thing I would have predicted, a BMW Z4 2.2 litre roadster. It's a few years old but has a very low mileage and looks like it just came new out of the showroom. I found the roof down experience of the convertible absolutely wonderful and although there may have been more sensible options, I think I will like it.
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Re: Should I do it?

#31 Post by Alan H » October 13th, 2012, 1:25 pm

Jings!

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Re: Should I do it?

#32 Post by stevenw888 » October 13th, 2012, 1:52 pm

Cool stuff Lewist! Never owned one of them, but I used to have a BMW 328i Coupe, which went everywhere like shit off a shovel! It was great fun!

My wife is having one of these in December, and I'm already planning our holiday in Brittany next summer! It'll be a Mini adventure!
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Re: Should I do it?

#33 Post by Dave B » October 13th, 2012, 1:58 pm

Just a slight difference in decision then, Lewis.

Can't remember, how much hair do you have to experience the wind in?

Can remember my old MGB Roadster and driving, with the top down of course, through the settled snow and bright Moon-light, at about mid-night, across Salisbury Plain and on to the far West Country. Ah, nostalgia, nostalgia!

Oh, then once getting a car half full of dried chicken shit when the cover came off the lorry in front of me - a not so nostalgic memory of roadsters!

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Re: Should I do it?

#34 Post by Alan H » October 13th, 2012, 2:59 pm

Dave B wrote:Can't remember, how much hair do you have to experience the wind in?
Ouch!
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: Should I do it?

#35 Post by Tetenterre » October 13th, 2012, 3:29 pm

Nice, Lewis; I'm sure you'll find it to be great fun!
Dave B wrote: As A.H. said - drive carefully!
I don't think he did. :-D
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Re: Should I do it?

#36 Post by Dave B » October 13th, 2012, 4:11 pm

Tetenterre wrote:Nice, Lewis; I'm sure you'll find it to be great fun!
Dave B wrote: As A.H. said - drive carefully!
I don't think he did. :-D
Alan H wrote: Dive carefully!


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Oh, yeah! :laughter:
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Re: Should I do it?

#37 Post by Fia » October 13th, 2012, 4:14 pm

Jings indeed, I'm almost lost for words... just hope you have the weather to enjoy it :)

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Re: Should I do it?

#38 Post by Sel » October 13th, 2012, 4:37 pm

Yahooo! Let the good times roll!
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Re: Should I do it?

#39 Post by Alan H » October 13th, 2012, 5:18 pm

Tetenterre wrote:Nice, Lewis; I'm sure you'll find it to be great fun!
Dave B wrote: As A.H. said - drive carefully!
I don't think he did. :-D
Alan H wrote: Dive carefully!


(On the batphone, so expect typos.... )
Oops! :redface:
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: Should I do it?

#40 Post by Marian » October 13th, 2012, 8:27 pm

Lewis,
What a beautiful machine. Nice! Still like the idea of a motorbike but glad you decided on this. After having been on the roads in Scotland, I feel better with this choice.
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Re: Should I do it?

#41 Post by lewist » October 13th, 2012, 10:54 pm

Thanks for the positives, folks. However, how do I avoid being the kind of tosser I have always thought Beemer owners to be? Or has that moniker migrated to owners of a certain other German marque?
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