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k5 dave

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#21
That’s great news, Dave. A quick look on the web gives me the impression that there aren’t going to be any changes to the SP for 2019 and only colour additions to the standard MT, so why prolong the agony! :)
You are correct PAD, I have been following all the latest news on the 2019 bikes, and as you rightly say, no change to the SP but there is colour changes on all MT09 and MT09 Tracer and MT09 Tracer GT. Which is why I made the decision to go ahead now. I have got a really good deal on my MT09 SP, but it means going down to Wales to collect it, but the deal is well worth it. Accessories list is getting longer but hey ho. :):motorino:
 

Pete/48

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It's strange, I am really getting excited about it, I have not felt like this about a motorcycle for a very long time, Happy days.
Pleased for you Dave, Can fully understand your excitement after having had to go without for 12 long months :rolleyes:,
I away's say "once you've been a proper biker, you can never get them out of your system, and always need to have one around, worst case scenario even if its just parked up in the garage" ;),

And us biker's are not by ourselves in this, I feel much the same thing seems to happen to females and their horses, --- Lots of girls who owned a pony as a child find they can never get them out their system, and often go on to have a deep embedded interest in them, and often owning horses throughout the rest of their lifetime,----
PS --- ( (Don't get me started about Bloody uncontrollable horses and their riders on the roads :mad: ) ( But hey-ho, I suppose they no worse than us bikers, there's good considerate ones and there's the others who don't give a sh--e about anyone else,)

Hope you enjoy the ride back home, (by the way, whereabouts in Wales are you traveling to and from, ??)

Anyway it seems as if you can expect some good weather on Wednesday for your travels with your new partner in life,

All the best with your new bike, take care and enjoy, hope to see you soon ;),
 

PAD

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I wondered where you might be buying the bike from too. If you'll be anywhere near this part of the world, maybe we could meet up somewhere for a coffee? It would be good to see you and the new bike.
 

Pete/48

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I wondered where you might be buying the bike from too. If you'll be anywhere near this part of the world, maybe we could meet up somewhere for a coffee? It would be good to see you and the new bike.
T'was thinking along similar lines myself ;),
 

k5 dave

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PAD, Pete/48, please except my apologies, I have just read this. I hired a van to go down to Cardiff, to collect the bike, but I was told the van would not be available till 5pm yesterday which is why I planned to collect it today. But I had a phone call to say they had a van available at midday [yesterday]. So I had a change of plan and set of at 2pm yesterday, I arrived at Cardiff at 8pm yesterday evening, what a journey that was. Loaded up the bike, made sure she was tied down correctly. Had a couple of strong cups of coffee, sorted out all the paperwork, parted with my hard earned cash, and set off home again. 3-30am this morning I got home, to say I was knackered was a understatement. 004.JPG
 

B0n0

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PAD, Pete/48, please except my apologies, I have just read this. I hired a van to go down to Cardiff, to collect the bike, but I was told the van would not be available till 5pm yesterday which is why I planned to collect it today. But I had a phone call to say they had a van available at midday [yesterday]. So I had a change of plan and set of at 2pm yesterday, I arrived at Cardiff at 8pm yesterday evening, what a journey that was. Loaded up the bike, made sure she was tied down correctly. Had a couple of strong cups of coffee, sorted out all the paperwork, parted with my hard earned cash, and set off home again. 3-30am this morning I got home, to say I was knackered was a understatement. View attachment 69848
Lovely ! Can't wait to read the mod thread. Enjoy and I'm sure you will.
 

PAD

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#29
No wonder I didn’t see you on my near 350 mile ride around Wales today!:D

Looks great Dave. And I imagine it won’t need so much sorting? I wish you many happy and safe miles.
 

Pete/48

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No probs Dave, was only a last minute thought I had ;),

Can see why you wanted one of these, very nice indeed, love the colour scheme, also looks a nice a nice upright riding position with wide bars hopefully making for easier slow speed maneuvering :thumbup:,

Only thing on the photo that baffles me is ----- it's still in one piece:yikes: , and you've had it at home for well over 12hrs now, yet it's still not stripped down with you adding goodies to it :eusa_whistle::eusa_whistle: ,
 

k5 dave

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No wonder I didn’t see you on my near 350 mile ride around Wales today!:D

Looks great Dave. And I imagine it won’t need so much sorting? I wish you many happy and safe miles.
No probs Dave, was only a last minute thought I had ;),

Can see why you wanted one of these, very nice indeed, love the colour scheme, also looks a nice a nice upright riding position with wide bars hopefully making for easier slow speed maneuvering :thumbup:,

Only thing on the photo that baffles me is ----- it's still in one piece:yikes: , and you've had it at home for well over 12hrs now, yet it's still not stripped down with you adding goodies to it :eusa_whistle::eusa_whistle: ,
LOL, I have already started, Yamaha fly screen fitted, Gilles fully adjustable brake and clutch lever. LED indicators to fit, the list keeps growing 002.JPG
 

k5 dave

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#32
No wonder I didn’t see you on my near 350 mile ride around Wales today!:D

Looks great Dave. And I imagine it won’t need so much sorting? I wish you many happy and safe miles.
Yes, the suspension is well sorted, Fully adjustable front forks, Ohlins rear, again fully adjustable. These so called motorcycle journalists, really make me angry. There the first ones to criticize the suspension, When its fully adjustable front and rear. All because they can't be bothered to spend five miniutes to set the rider sag, to suite there weight. I must of had 6 or 7 Ohlins fully adjustable rear shocks, and everyone has the hydraulic spring preload right off, so fully soft, which is what you would expect. Surprise surprise the Ohlins rear shock on the SP is fully soft, just as they leave the factory.
 

PAD

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#33
Being my usual curious self, your comments about journalists (they have annoyed me sufficiently over the years for me to have stopped buying mainstream weekly and monthly publications), I had a peak online to see what they were saying...

Ironically, the review I opened stated that the suspension was too hard!!! Now, from your comments about Ohlins units being supplied fully soft (and I have no reason whatever to doubt that), I wonder whether and to what extent the review bike had been messed about with... And by whom. I’m sure we’re all aware that the big manufacturers have large test fleets and I’d be surprised if one bike didn’t go through a succession of tests and meddling. How can we take these reviews even vaguely seriously?

Whatever, there’s no better man than you to set the new bike up, Dave. Stuff the media hacks.
 

k5 dave

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Being my usual curious self, your comments about journalists (they have annoyed me sufficiently over the years for me to have stopped buying mainstream weekly and monthly publications), I had a peak online to see what they were saying...

Ironically, the review I opened stated that the suspension was too hard!!! Now, from your comments about Ohlins units being supplied fully soft (and I have no reason whatever to doubt that), I wonder whether and to what extent the review bike had been messed about with... And by whom. I’m sure we’re all aware that the big manufacturers have large test fleets and I’d be surprised if one bike didn’t go through a succession of tests and meddling. How can we take these reviews even vaguely seriously?

Whatever, there’s no better man than you to set the new bike up, Dave. Stuff the media hacks.
As you say, the problem is, you just don't know who was riding the said motorcycle before hand. Which makes my point, why oh why did he or she not set the rider sag before hand. The rear Ohlins unit has Hydraulic spring preload adjuster compression and rebound adjustment, 80kls spring. The standard MT09 has a slightly stiffer spring but no compression adjustment, just rebound. Also you can have the Ohlins rear spring exchanged for a spring to suite your weight. Standard one is fine for me 80kls. Now the KYB Front Forks, are a nice piece of kit, Fully adjustable, spring preload, compression and rebound adjustment in each leg. At the weekend I will set the sag, also rider sag. I know at the rear both sag and rider sag will be fine with the 80kls spring. Now whether I can get sag and rider sag with the front fork springs, I'm not so sure, I may have to change the fork springs, time will tell. :)
 
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