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on: November 13, 2020, 09:55:41 pm
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Reply #1 on: November 13, 2020, 10:48:10 pm
fugly bike :(
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Reply #2 on: November 13, 2020, 11:46:28 pm
I like it. it would be a great around town bike.
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Reply #3 on: November 14, 2020, 01:50:41 am
I enjoyed that, thanks for posting. I like it a lot. I think it would be a great back roads bike, like my 500, but with a little less power and vibration. Truthfully though, I like the vibration. Looking forward to their next few bikes to be released.
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Reply #4 on: November 14, 2020, 08:13:36 am
Good video - thanks for posting.
I like the bike, but would prefer a non - cruiser style, without the feet forward riding position.

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Reply #5 on: November 14, 2020, 09:05:36 am
Its also a shame they have used the 'Meteor' name on a 350cc bike and not saved it for a large capacity cruiser. They should have called this one 'Clipper' or something more suitable for a small capacity machine.
Now the Meteor name has gone where do they go when the Interceptor is upgraded to 750cc?
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Reply #6 on: November 14, 2020, 10:08:29 am
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Reply #7 on: November 14, 2020, 12:54:12 pm
Looks like a Yamaha 650 Special II.
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Reply #8 on: November 14, 2020, 06:59:32 pm
If I was working in that firm or been anyhow involved it's creation I think I would need to shoot myself seeing this video. :)
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Reply #9 on: November 14, 2020, 07:57:10 pm
Probably looking at the new OHC 500 Bullet motor, after the factory adds a 86mm piston to it.  That may also soon be the new Himalayan 500 motor. But it would be nice to see a "standard" with the footpegs not in the gynecological position.
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Reply #10 on: November 14, 2020, 08:24:11 pm
Probably looking at the new OHC 500 Bullet motor, after the factory adds a 86mm piston to it.  That may also soon be the new Himalayan 500 motor. But it would be nice to see a "standard" with the footpegs not in the gynecological position.

86mm piston? Is it shorter stroke?
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Reply #11 on: November 14, 2020, 09:22:30 pm
They are calling their base model 350 the "Fireball".

How original. Nobody is using that name, are they?
20 "fire breathing" hp at the engine! Probably 14 or 15 at the wheel!

SOHC and a counterbalancer, and no power increase over the 1949 model with the impeccable styling of a 1979 Japanese cruiser ::).
Should fly right off the showroom floors!

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Reply #12 on: November 14, 2020, 10:11:44 pm
Definitely light blue and forest green would have been more suitable colours for what they call the "Fireball", why not directly rainbow colours.
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Reply #13 on: November 14, 2020, 11:22:44 pm
I see they've finally solved the problem of the Electra-X/Thunderbird side panels!

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Reply #14 on: November 15, 2020, 12:15:27 am
I see they've finally solved the problem of the Electra-X/Thunderbird side panels!

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Reply #15 on: November 15, 2020, 02:49:26 am
Re: Reply #10, Derottone:
By Axman88's sleuthing it's Bore/Stroke particulars are 72 mm x 85.8. According to my ancient TI-83, fitting an 86mm slug makes it right at 498cc. A "square" motor (86x86) has a better chance of spinning up into real power RPM range than a long stroker. That's what REs always done before - put a bigger slug in if you need a bigger engine. A two valve head isn't any obstacle to making real-world power either, just look at Ace's gleaming efforts. We are probably looking at the SOHC "homologized" 350/500(550?) single cylinder effort for RE. I'm wondering what the big roadblock was to adding in the 650's 6 speed gearbox. They had a blank sheet of paper, and that would have been a very nice sales feature indeed. It'll be interesting to see if RE "Hondas Out" and every motor becomes a one-off stand-alone platform. In looking at the exploded views of the new OHC "J" model & Himalayan, the cranks lie very close to the drive gears, so it may be difficult to add much stroke. Maybe that's why Hitchcocks just has a 460 big bore kit & not a stroker kit for the Himalayan. Anyway - the "650ish" left side engine case of the "J" model single says marketing has been hard at work to me.
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Reply #16 on: November 15, 2020, 06:56:01 am
Re: Reply #10, Derottone:
By Axman88's sleuthing it's Bore/Stroke particulars are 72 mm x 85.8. According to my ancient TI-83, fitting an 86mm slug makes it right at 498cc. A "square" motor (86x86) has a better chance of spinning up into real power RPM range than a long stroker. That's what REs always done before - put a bigger slug in if you need a bigger engine. A two valve head isn't any obstacle to making real-world power either, just look at Ace's gleaming efforts. We are probably looking at the SOHC "homologized" 350/500(550?) single cylinder effort for RE. I'm wondering what the big roadblock was to adding in the 650's 6 speed gearbox. They had a blank sheet of paper, and that would have been a very nice sales feature indeed. It'll be interesting to see if RE "Hondas Out" and every motor becomes a one-off stand-alone platform. In looking at the exploded views of the new OHC "J" model & Himalayan, the cranks lie very close to the drive gears, so it may be difficult to add much stroke. Maybe that's why Hitchcocks just has a 460 big bore kit & not a stroker kit for the Himalayan. Anyway - the "650ish" left side engine case of the "J" model single says marketing has been hard at work to me.

Not unlikely S&S is already ready with the big bore kit and cam shafts, the only entity that may actually have an interest in doing anything to it. ;)

I can't do anything which is why I'm into different sort of barrels at this time. Not sure I would want to afford an another RE either. There is a limit to everything. We also have a baby boomer generation in Europe, there turn to do something. It better is profitable.
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Reply #17 on: November 15, 2020, 10:51:30 am
My guess is that they want the SOHC and counterbalancer for marketing purposes. It is good ad copy for the modern buyer who reads magazines.




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Reply #18 on: November 15, 2020, 11:13:23 am
It's what the emerging markets will definitely appreciate. The awful thing is that RE doesn't seem to have enough fantasy to come up with their own marketing scheme, it's a spine and ball less company.
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Reply #19 on: November 15, 2020, 11:53:09 am
It's what the emerging markets will definitely appreciate. The awful thing is that RE doesn't seem to have enough fantasy to come up with their own marketing scheme, it's a spine and ball less company.
They have no remaining design connection with their heritage. Only the names.
Their goal seems to be to try to take market share from the Japan companies by trying to become more like them, but wearing a retro costume. No longer any desire to be actually Royal Enfield anymore.
The 101 year old company with no real connection to their past, but still trying to leverage the name value.

Even stealing the Fireball name, for whatever value they can squeeze out of that.
They are a sad lot.
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Reply #20 on: November 15, 2020, 12:10:07 pm
Blimey! Cheer up fellas, soon be Christmas  :)


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Reply #21 on: November 15, 2020, 12:13:57 pm
Blimey! Cheer up fellas, soon be Christmas  :)

I've become atheist.  ::) ...maybe till Christmas I may find new faith.  :)
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Reply #22 on: November 15, 2020, 12:21:14 pm
How about:
Soon be time for Turkey- vegetarian
Soon be time for a pint - tea-total
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Reply #23 on: November 15, 2020, 12:47:20 pm
How about:
Soon be time for Turkey- vegetarian
Soon be time for a pint - tea-total
Maybe it won't happen - pessimist

Want to borrow my gun?  :D

 ;D ...so long I don't need one, the butcher's are still at work. For everything else there is knifes.
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Reply #24 on: November 15, 2020, 02:50:28 pm
   RE is no worse off that Hogly-Dawg, and at least they are still selling motorcycles that people want to buy. The 350 "J" motors are still an undersquare configuration, which is something. Markets change - note it's tough to find a decent flathead anymore! Both the Himalayan dual purpose and the new 650 twin street machine are jumping off the shelves. The Meteor looks to be mimicking the 650 a bit and may be an attempt to establish more brand identity that way, like the BSA "Power Egg" meme of the 60's. It looks like there is room to grow built into the cases, but we'll see. The Meteor motor looks more "Enfieldy" than the brilliant UJMish Himalayan 411 powerplant. If it does successfully grow to 500cc & find a home also in the Himalayan, that'll cut down on the number of different engines RE has to produce.
   RE doesn't create the market, they're reacting to it. Apparently their home market is the bulk of sales, so IF they read that one right they'll continue to grow. Meanwhile, I'll continue to polish & putt about on my new-to-me 1999, '40's era dinosaur with it's 50 year long supply line full of spares! - ACR -
   
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Reply #25 on: November 15, 2020, 03:55:11 pm
Of course they will succeed, the nordic commies are f@#$ed. They believe they can stop the world from spinning. And the EU doing it's best to stop it too, they want it electric and CO2 free combustion, every atom leaving the vehicle to be reported. In two years RE probably will be buying Ducati too relocating it to Turkmenistan, the EU doesn't have the guts to do anything other than demand and demand. If someone ships over something cheap they are welcome with open arms, more for the taxman. A nice way to rip off the local manufacturers and population who believes that they will buy much for their homegrown broccoli since they have been working so hard on it.  ::)

You  want to get rid of your money most efficiently as quickly as possible with ZERO return? Send it to Sweden.
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Reply #26 on: November 15, 2020, 05:32:42 pm
All well & good pontificating about Nordic Commie nation nefarious plots & schemes, those selfsame Allied/NATO not Axis sympathizing nations setting about 3 minutes missile flight across the Baltic from actual Red Communist Russians, but how does that advance the (at least vaguely) Royal Enfield related conversations here? Are you somehow stuck in the Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Finland Hell-on-Earth? Should we try to crowdfund an escape plan for you? Is railing against some Swedish Corporate Oligarchy going to facilitate that escape to a better place or get you on a re-education camp checklist? Or can we get back to more motorcycle-ish related business on topics that are possibly more productive?
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Reply #27 on: November 15, 2020, 06:48:12 pm
Well you tell me when Corona comes to a close that something productive can be done again? Once there is a wall around the Nordics so they can keep working on their exponential sustainability? I don't have much interest that it swaps over here too.

The 350 Engine looks ok. From what I read the idea is to sell it in Europe as it is, that means 350. If it's cheap enough it might become an interesting engine to be modded maybe to some higher revs than the UCE. What max size of bore will fit remains to be seen. Definitely more worthwhile modding engine than a chinese buy and throw model or a twin requiring deep pockets.

https://www.rideapart.com/news/453415/royal-enfield-meteor-european-launch-coming/

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Reply #28 on: November 15, 2020, 07:55:47 pm
Forgettabout the Meteor - What about that Kymco Adventure Scooter? Who knew about that Honda X-Adv? Now where did I put my defibrillator?

https://www.rideapart.com/news/454018/kymco-november-2020-announcement-teaser/

https://www.bikesrepublic.com/featured/kymco-to-release-a-honda-x-adv-challenger/

https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2020/11/11/2021-honda-x-adv-first-look-motorcycle-scooter-adv-hybrid/

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Reply #29 on: November 15, 2020, 08:21:16 pm
That are some awesome bikes! Can I borrow the defibrillator?  ::)
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Reply #30 on: November 15, 2020, 08:32:04 pm
I'd like to follow along on the "Adventure Scooter Performance Test" trail ride on a stone stock 80's or 90's era 200-250 dual purpose. Ear plugs would be a necessity to block out the whinging. For a defibrillator we always have the time honored "Hold this plug lead in your teeth, put your hand on the frame, hold reeel still whilst I kick 'Ol Betsy over a few times..." method. I'm guessing that after those scooters cartwheel into a sand wash spraying bits of colorful plastic around, it'll be time to go back to the Gila Bend Hilton and rethink the entire project...
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Reply #31 on: November 16, 2020, 06:05:47 am
I know for a fact that the thing to do when your Corona ends is to open up a Negra Modelo and have another ceviche taco - words to live by!

You are quite an optimist. Hopefully soon....
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Reply #32 on: November 16, 2020, 09:05:32 am
   RE doesn't create the market, they're reacting to it. Apparently their home market is the bulk of sales, so IF they read that one right they'll continue to grow. Meanwhile, I'll continue to polish & putt about on my new-to-me 1999, '40's era dinosaur with it's 50 year long supply line full of spares! - ACR -
 

So who or what does create the marekt? The market for vaccines and masks has grown to an unholy unnatural degree imho. I'm not a big fan of the create a problem so you can sell the solution method.
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Reply #33 on: November 16, 2020, 01:54:41 pm
So who or what does create the marekt? The market for vaccines and masks has grown to an unholy unnatural degree imho. I'm not a big fan of the create a problem so you can sell the solution method.

But many governments are, helped along by the commercial news media, of course.  ::)
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Reply #34 on: November 16, 2020, 04:20:03 pm
Meteor 350 launch video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbIpO3yMkyQ

Thanks for the tip, Warwick! Though I'm still put off by their shameless coopting of the well-known "Fireball" moniker for the entry-level submodels of their new Meteor line, that's a nice enough looking bike, I suppose. At least it still LOOKS like a motorcycle ought to my old eyes. And they really had to come up with SOMETHING to conform to the new and forthcoming stricter emissions regs, what with India having already basically leapfrogged BS5 straight into BS6 (comparable to EU6), with even tougher standards sure to come.

At the 2.7 Lakh (about $2,300) mentioned in that film, the Meteor should do well in its ultra-price-conscious home market against its slightly more costly new targeted competitor, the Honda CB350 H'Ness, which comes in at about 2.9 Lakh (about $2,600).

As for the film itself, while I can never tire of a watching a Welshman tear-assing around those byways and highways of Cymru (see: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcxcOWPcVIykzWG_lqWuRWg), it was sort of a peculiar location to choose for this launch film, otherwise so clearly intended for their Indian home market. Maybe Sid was just thereabouts anyhow. Also, was anyone else a bit distracted by something throughout his segment?...



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Reply #35 on: November 16, 2020, 04:24:27 pm
>>> So who or what does create the marekt? The market for vaccines and masks has grown to an unholy unnatural degree imho. I'm not a big fan of the create a problem so you can sell the solution method. <<<

It's pretty obvious that large Business interests (those guys with the money) hire Advertising firms to create & accentuate demand for products. Also, the Guys With Money have an outsize influence over Congressional Lawmakers, those folks that write the rules for the rest of us. This trend has existed for a very long time.

Practical examples include not being able to get to the airports by train or tram in most of the USA, not being able to purchase the lovely $20K AWD 45 - 60 MPG fuel sipping diesel cars sold by Ford/GM/Toyota/etc. in Europe whilst having utterly no issues buying a $60-80K $15 MPG diesel pickup or $40K hybrid.

Peoples needs & inclinations are guided via advertising, and now "social media", to maximize corporate profits. That's a long & hallowed American tradition. It's the Golden Rule in action: " Them what has the Gold makes the Rules".
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Reply #36 on: November 16, 2020, 04:27:19 pm
A bit distracted?!!!


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Reply #37 on: November 16, 2020, 04:30:37 pm
A Meteor for 2.7 Lakh/$2300 is pretty frugal. Even if it is $3500 here that'll help them fly off the shelves. Should be a big aftermarket speed part cottage industry springing up at those prices.
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Reply #38 on: November 16, 2020, 04:53:02 pm
A Meteor for 2.7 Lakh/$2300 is pretty frugal. Even if it is $3500 here that'll help them fly off the shelves. Should be a big aftermarket speed part cottage industry springing up at those prices.
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Reply #39 on: November 16, 2020, 06:16:38 pm
But many governments are, helped along by the commercial news media, of course.  ::)

 ::) ...can't say that I would have never done anything similar, but it might be a good idea to have a practicable solution in the backhand.
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Reply #40 on: November 16, 2020, 06:18:26 pm
A Meteor for 2.7 Lakh/$2300 is pretty frugal. Even if it is $3500 here that'll help them fly off the shelves. Should be a big aftermarket speed part cottage industry springing up at those prices.

Since France is going to get the Meteor indicates to me that it's became an emerging market.  ;)
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Reply #41 on: November 16, 2020, 06:46:17 pm
I liked France - the food was excellent everywhere and they drove on the CORRECT side of the macadamized roadways. They also have an inordinate fondness for the Pre-Unit Bullet there. The countryside has small & medium sized fields bordered by trees & hedgerows, maybe 10' - 20' wide, 12' - 20' tall. These serve to control wind evaporative moisture losses from the soil and provide wildlife habitat. I had zero food allergies or illnesses during our 2 weeks there, none. Until I got back to the good 'ol USA where Cheap food = Good food. They are doing something right.
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Reply #42 on: November 16, 2020, 06:59:19 pm
I know for a fact that the thing to do when your Corona ends is to open up a Negra Modelo and have another ceviche taco - words to live by!

Until that time comes I'm enjoying this one. Tastes better than the Fireball, not as sweet and with a flavour of coffee arabica instead of cinnamon.
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Reply #43 on: November 16, 2020, 07:23:06 pm
Seems a prudent time to imbibe a tasty & germ-killing mixture! I'd like to try the "Crystal Skull Onyx" myself, but the $55 per 750ml is off putting. I'm sticking with low-buck Armagnac and Bushmills for now.
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Reply #44 on: November 16, 2020, 08:22:31 pm
I liked France - the food was excellent everywhere and they drove on the CORRECT side of the macadamized roadways. They also have an inordinate fondness for the Pre-Unit Bullet there. The countryside has small & medium sized fields bordered by trees & hedgerows, maybe 10' - 20' wide, 12' - 20' tall. These serve to control wind evaporative moisture losses from the soil and provide wildlife habitat. I had zero food allergies or illnesses during our 2 weeks there, none. Until I got back to the good 'ol USA where Cheap food = Good food. They are doing something right.

You definitely want to have a good local food supply of un-tuned vegetables and meat. Except of Argentinian Steaks, those should be exported everywhere they can afford it. The commies over there must be doing something right too. A good Argentina Steak and couple of shorts of that "Republica" liqueur and you may feel as good as a global overlord including the rude awakening.  ;D
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Reply #45 on: November 16, 2020, 08:58:59 pm
Seems a prudent time to imbibe a tasty & germ-killing mixture! I'd like to try the "Crystal Skull Onyx" myself, but the $55 per 750ml is off putting. I'm sticking with low-buck Armagnac and Bushmills for now.

That Crystal Head hooch is from Dan Aykroyd's distillery, right? He was recently plugging it on Joe Rogan's podcast. A tad pricey for my taste, but he really talked it up as being some truly top-shelf brain damage worth the hit. But hey, if Bushmills and Armagnac are your "bargain" fallbacks, your liver's already being pampered by stuff a notch or three higher up the food chain than my default Clan MacGregor rotgut, which I basically buy just 'cause it matches the name of my sailboat's manufacturer, where I keep it on board for "anchor down time" along with apricot brandy that the wife enjoys and some kind of Mexican coffee liqueur all tucked neatly into a fancy little "Executive" brand portable travelling bar case kit from the late '50s or early '60s. Otherwise I rarely touch the harder stuff nowadays.
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Reply #46 on: November 17, 2020, 12:40:18 am
   Armagnac is a bit more fragrant than Cognac, goes well in a cuppa hot tea on a cold day. There are the wallet buster grades, then everyman grades for about $20-$25. The Bushmills is a nod to a fallen coworkers preference. Like yourself, my days of crawling wobbily thru the pine duff trying to find my keys and truck are far behind. But a little dollop in your tea on a cold day or occasional snifter whilst overlooking the garden of an evening never hurt anyone, eh?
   MacGregor certainly makes a nice user friendly ragboat; I'll bet Virginia provides some nice cruising weekends. Good on ya!

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Reply #47 on: November 17, 2020, 10:34:32 am
Are you somehow stuck in the Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Finland Hell-on-Earth? Should we try to crowdfund an escape plan for you? Is railing against some Swedish Corporate Oligarchy going to facilitate that escape to a better place or get you on a re-education camp checklist? Or can we get back to more motorcycle-ish related business on topics that are possibly more productive?

That's actually a good joke. Save your money. The only way I would enter the place is with an unconsealed shotgun backed with an small army of actual SS boots. Than again there is "NOTHiNG" in those places worth a cent.
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Reply #48 on: November 17, 2020, 04:38:50 pm
 Maybe via Danish Uber?  8)
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Reply #49 on: November 17, 2020, 05:02:29 pm
The Nimbus would need a world class tuning to make it and the Katana would need to be razor sharp.  ::)
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Reply #50 on: November 17, 2020, 05:24:18 pm
At the IOM Vintage race I met a nice couple that had ridden their Nimbus down from Sweden. It was truly impressive to see so many vintage bikes that were actually ridden to the event. A long way from the "Trailer Queen" strategy we use in the USA. One jocky-sized wag in full leathers was traveling on an old fully-faired 125cc Suzuki quasi-GP racer looking machine. The IOM roads (aka racecourse) are open most of the day during the event. That nimble wee beastie must have been a real joy to ride around the course. I was looking for a Grom or suchlike to rent, but no joy.
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Reply #51 on: November 17, 2020, 06:00:47 pm
Just don't give a Katana to any modern Swedish, they suffer from Stockholm syndrome and will land up cutting their own tits off. ::)
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Reply #52 on: November 17, 2020, 06:07:09 pm
"Ten thousand Swedes ran through the weeds, chased by one Norwegian..."

And I believe the Uber pilotess is Danish...modern?
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Reply #53 on: November 17, 2020, 06:12:54 pm
"Ten thousand Swedes ran through the weeds, chased by one Norwegian..."

And I believe the Uber pilotess is Danish...modern?

It's just a picture, it looks cool.   8)

Motor has no power and the Katana has no sharpness to it I bet.
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Reply #54 on: November 18, 2020, 10:28:39 am
...you would need an whole army of Nimbus riding, Katana swinging Ubers to fix the swedish Nobel society.  ;D
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