JonC

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  1. Slovakiaring : 1st - 3rd Sept '17

    Bazza, come along! I promise you, you'll never enjoy anything as much as riding a fast bike as fast as you can around an epic track, with pit and off-track beers n' banter, and with an awesome group of guys to boot. I thought racing DH MTB's was incredible. This is in another league. I swear you feel God-like at the end of each session
  2. Almost a new biker....

    A triple is sublime (but there again I am biased) and the ST has a worthy rep from what I know. The R version is tasty on power and no doubt it's delivery. I've been through the pros and cons of a Aprilia V4 RR (the beast of the the nakeds) but the insurance is ridiculous and makes it a non-starter, sadly. The 09 is defo a keeper. The twin of the 07 sounds awesome with a quality after market full system - heard one the other day with an Arrow system and it was impressive
  3. expensive numberplates

    Saw N3 on a grey California yesterday
  4. 530i vs 535d

    ^^^ this ^^^
  5. Forums & Max Power sorts

    Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed my modding experience (mkv gti back in the day). Found it very addictive. The additional performance was reward enough, however the sheer desire to add something that would be beneficial to eek out another possible bhp, was all-consuming almost. Whether or not it did add 'power' the fact that it possibly would was all I needed. As I say, an addiction really.
  6. What a tool. Should take his licence from him

    The nature of Park Lane does encourage one to twist the throttle/pedal down that bit more
  7. Almost a new biker....

    There's not that many demo bikes about at this time of year. There will be more in the early spring. I can't get a ride on a MV F3 800 right now for love nor money!
  8. Cheap S1000RR Anyone?

    Thieving scum probably tracked the transporter and waited till dark. Damn nice bikes too. I saw them at the NEC bike show last week. What a crying shame.
  9. Almost a new biker....

    As Scotty said, bike choice is so personal. Only when you test ride some will you know which suits you. Enjoy and keep us posted
  10. Nots sure what it was

    Love that!
  11. Almost a new biker....

    My '9. Bigger and meatier than its smaller brother, the '7, bit still lighter than most triples and IL4s, and still very chuckable and controlable.
  12. Bike Show 2016

    I test rode the gixxer 750. Track weapon it is. daily it ain't. The '17 gixxer thou has much tricknology which sadly isn't available on the 750. New 'blade SP is stunning...
  13. Almost a new biker....

    Well done bazza - top riding. Now, get yourself the bike you crave and have more fun than you care to imagine. Ride safe, rubber side down. (Emojis have disappeared but thumbs up!)
  14. Almost a new biker....

    Yep, like car mods - some the insurers are happy about and some have a small premium attached to them. Upgraded fork internals and remap would go unnoticed. Exhausts are a different matter, sadly. Best of luck for tomorrow matey. You'll breeze it, you'll see. Confidence, confidence, confidence, and whatever you do, don't forget your life savers
  15. There could be something new coming

    Hmmmm, autoblipping.....
  16. Catalunya trip

    Sorry Scotty, only just seen this. Haven't been on good ol' TSN for while (track addiction is all consuming ). It was an epic few days. Lack of patience to learn the track on day 1 soon passed, and day 2, then 3, was when the full on track fun soared, along with the speed, lean angles and the tyre degradation. Awesome company and decades of bike, track and race knowledge from the guys. Great banter, beers and tapas to boot. Those kind of speeds on a bike on track is something to behold. I thought I was doing well, but Scotty and the guys were super rapido. I learnt stacks from them too. Huge thumbs up to Scotty and the Catalyna crew Looking forward to the next one
  17. Almost a new biker....

    MT09. But I'm biased, as I own one. I passed my test in October last year. Did the training on the MT07 and decided before Mod 2 that the MT was the bike for me. I've test rode more bikes a year or so later than I did then. The choice of weapon for weekend hoons will mean different things to everything, but I'm not dissimilar to you in bike experience, but I commute on my '9 and in the weekends, push my limits (within reason) on fast road rides. I thought of going straight to the 7, but after a few days of training on one, new I'd crave the extra power of the 9. For me it was the right decision. 118bhp isn't scary, trust me. It's powerful but not a 1000 sports bike. It's a (850) triple, so silky smooth - unlike a twin which is lumpy, with engine braking (but sound demonic on full chat), which are designed for high speed, not low speeds. The power delivery is very linear and progressive. It has plenty of power for blasts with your mates. I took my 9 to Catalyna with Scotty and his mates (champion 4 days, and awesome company, track and weather - cheers Scotty ) and by day 3, was pushing the bike and myself hard and it's more than capable. It's no sports bike, and so isn't as pinned, poised like a sports bike and isn't designed for track purpose, so I was whipped on the straights and out of the corners by 600s and Thous (and better riders), but I was pretty much flat out at 150mph and it's nicely planted. It's well balanced and confident in the corners, brakes are brilliant (the front was well tested at Catalyna) but most overwhelming feeling is that power is delivered so linear and perfectly, for me. I appreciate that power delivery is subjective. I've since test ridden a 959 (twin) and a GSXR750 (in-line 4) and still prefer the power delivery of the 9. On track, I'd have the GSXR or the Ducati as the power is all about 8000 revs plus. For fast, fun road riding, and for working your way through traffic with ease, the 9's triple is sublime. I'm 6'1" and the riding position is perfect. Bars are wide controls are great (the horn's not well placed, but I never use it) and the 3 ECU modes are changeable on the fly. STD mode is 95% of the full power, and ideal for everyday town use. B (is boring) or rain mode and 85% of the power is available, but to be honest, unless you ride like a pensioner, you'd never use this mode. A-mode, is anarchic and all 118 ponies are available. In A, throttle response is noticeably more responsive and you can wheelie in 1st, 2nd from the lights, easily. A-mode is fast road/weekend mode and acceleration is hard and fast. STD is no slouch, believe me, but this bike isn't a 1000 sports bike, so it's more forgiving than one. The 9 is my first big bike and I don't regret it for a second. Negatives, there are some: Stock suspension is shite - very basic, so an upgraded shock and fork springs or full on internals/cartridges will make the world of difference. I went with Nitron shock and RaceTec springs, both custom for my weight, and thicker fork oil. The seat is pretty hard and takes some getting used to it, but 4000 miles later, I don't notice it, but after an hour or so, you're glad for a wee arse rest. Standard exhaust is actually very good at it's job, but could do with being noisier, but that's all subjective. I went for a full SP Engineering system, and it's fooking loud with baffles in, but I like that - helps in London traffic! Tail tidy - it needs one. All new bikes need one! Radiator guard - it needs one. Again, most new bikes need one really. There's other upgrades I did, but are not needed by any stretch of the imagination, which include, adjustable levers (very handy), little sports screen, ECU remap, seat cowl (turns it into a single seater) and engine protectors. Thing is, the MT does it's job effortlessly. It's a delight and low and fast speeds. It's light (188kgs with a full tank) and nimble and combined with seat height, size and length, is a very useable bike which you can chuck about. I'd go as far as to say it flatters the rider, like a sublime high-end DH MTB will do! The 9 isn't high-end; it's a budget naked with a sublime and awesome, industry respected triple engine. Yamaha shouldn't have scrimped on the suspension, but then at £7500, it's a steal given what you get out of it. So what if it doesn't give you any protection against the elements - it's a fast, fun bike and the smile it puts on your face on a daily basis will make up for the wind buffeting you get at 80mph plus. It's not a sports bike after all, and let's face it, any bike (that's not a sports bike) with a screen, is going to be dull, boring and sluggish. The ABS model is well handy, especially in wet conditions and hard braking, avoiding lock-up. Mine 9 is a late 2015, but new bikes have TC, but I can't comment how that is. May be worth a visit to http://mt09.motorcycle-talk.com/ - there's some very knowledgeable folk on there, some with the latest 9 models. Insurance in my first year was close to £900, but that was with 6 points (CU90 and SP30). I'm 45 and live in south west London. This year was £400 and that's with 2 years NCB. A quote for a 2015 GSXR 750 was £1200 for this year. If you do decide on the MT, seriously, don't bother with the 7. You'll out grow it in weeks. Go straight for the 9 and enjoy biking. Great first bike, but definitely change the shock and fork internals straight away. As Scotty says, choosing which bike is a nice problem to have
  18. Bike Show 2016

    I went yesterday. Had a test ride and must have visited the entire 3a hall. Too many highlights, but defo agree with Scotty - the Superleggera is awesome. The V4 Nortons are works of art more so than a bike to ride!
  19. There could be something new coming

    Just remember on Mod 1, shoulder checks each and every time from the very first stationery position onwards. 8 minutes later, and it'll be over and passed At 21, you can get a Cat A licence to ride any size bike. If you've been on Cat A2 (up to 500cc) for 2 years, you can go straight to big bike test, but if you're older than 24, you can go straight to Direct Access for a big bike.
  20. Tada!!

    Lovely car and spec I fecking lurve Estoril Blue
  21. There could be something new coming

    Yep. 4 or 5 day course depending on skill level. 4 days training on road, and both modules, then day day 5 module 1 & 2. About £750/800.
  22. Harry's Garage

    Reckon that's probably a write-off.
  23. Future Classic

    ...or worth £5500
  24. Good Old Days...

    Ski Sunday. The theme tune used to symbolise Sundays as the Antique Roadshow's does today.