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Old 22-10-2011, 06:41 PM
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Smile Winter Hack Suggestios Please

Hullo all, not been bobbing around the forums as much for a while due to spending a while in hospital and then having a baby daughter in July. Had to sell my Enfield at the start of the year too, so I'm looking for a hack to trundle back and to to work on and save a few bob on fuel.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what would make a good choice? I reckon no smaller than 500cc, shaft drive would be good ... something cheap and reliable ideally.

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Old 23-10-2011, 10:34 AM
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Got a klr650 coming in part x think it's got mot till June and the bloke is going to try and tax it for me be fore he swops his insurance .should have pics by wens evening .it's a mix match of panels but all their looking for 650ono
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Old 23-10-2011, 11:07 AM
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got a 89' kawasaki gpz500s up for grabs... 350, taxed and tested.
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Old 23-10-2011, 05:09 PM
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VT500, preferably ratted
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Old 23-10-2011, 05:58 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions and the replies folks

I like the look of the KLR - only downside is that its not a shafty (don't like buggering about with chains ). What're the engines like on them?

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Old 23-10-2011, 06:09 PM
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Big single thumper ment to be good for 60000 they sound like a bag of spaners on tick over but ride it right 40>50mpg so ime told.large fuel tank
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Old 23-10-2011, 09:02 PM
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Any good? shaft drive
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Old 23-10-2011, 11:33 PM
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VT500, preferably ratted
Have to agree, the VT's are hard to fall off, they seem to last forever and run with faults that would kill other bikes, plenty of spares and easy to repair as long as the engine still runs.

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You could always go for a Beemer. Not the most interesting but damn reliable due to zee efficiency off zee Germans.
More often than not you get a barn door on the front and heated grips.
Lots of older cheap ones on ebay and parts are a doddle too.
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Old 24-10-2011, 07:54 AM
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Kwak GT750.
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Old 24-10-2011, 08:01 AM
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There's a couple of Kwak GT550's on ebay, ignore the expensive one.....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Kawasaki-/...=p3286.c0.m282
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Old 24-10-2011, 08:26 AM
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I've got me a Honda Deauville, V twin 650 shaftie...ideal everyday bike, boring as fuck but does what it says on the tin...
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Old 24-10-2011, 11:52 AM
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There's a pretty cool GT550 rat type thing over on Brit Chopper for 400 sovs. Be just the ticket fo winter. He's got an ER5 up for 450 too.

Bargain!

He's got an ER5 up for 450 too.
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Old 24-10-2011, 05:36 PM
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Thanks for the replies folks

I have seen quite a few GT550s - including this one - but are they physically small bikes? They seem reliable enough by all accounts.
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Old 24-10-2011, 06:20 PM
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Kwak GT750.
Yes, they're good bikes, aren't they?
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Old 24-10-2011, 08:36 PM
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Thanks for the replies folks

I have seen quite a few GT550s - including this one - but are they physically small bikes? They seem reliable enough by all accounts.
depends how small / tall you are, I'm 6' 5" and could ride one ok, a gs650 or a gt750 is a better bet if yer tall though.
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Old 25-10-2011, 07:33 AM
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Thanks for the replies folks

I have seen quite a few GT550s - including this one - but are they physically small bikes? They seem reliable enough by all accounts.
i used to despatch on one, wouldn't touch another with a barge pole.

cdi terminals rot out for fun, front discs last about a week, rear muddy rusts thru just behind the seat and falls off.... i flogged it and got a GS850, loads better.
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Old 25-10-2011, 09:36 AM
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gs650 are good bus but 4 cyclinder.
Honda shafty twins are cracking motors with reasonable turn speed. Loads shafty versions dating back into 80's.
Kawasaki rot overnight but would still have 750 gt.
Shame your not into chains the cb500 is cracking run around or the pooper dreams my cb400a is great fun around town even under the illusion its burning coal
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Old 25-10-2011, 11:43 AM
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http://www.britchopper.co.uk/forum/v...p?f=41&t=32580

Nice GT750 chop for sale on there too for 750. Might be a bit small for you though?
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Old 25-10-2011, 06:04 PM
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Thanks folks, loads more ideas to consider now! I was keen on a GT 'til your post Rob - its good to hear about actual experiences as well as opinions though, bad as well as good.

SS2 - I like the look of that chop but it might be a bit small. My first proper bike was a Virago 535 and I always felt a bit too big for it
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Old 25-10-2011, 07:08 PM
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Nice GT750 chop for sale on there too for 750.
z550ltd not a gt750 mate, 16" rear wheel with chain drive & rear drum brake.
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Old 26-10-2011, 02:01 PM
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check out 'projects' on e.bay,sorry i don't know how to post the link' there's ashop in manchester selling a kwak gt.750 with tax and test fer 795.looks o.k.for the money.
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Old 26-10-2011, 04:01 PM
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ok its not taxed and tested, but this is a very very cheap 650 katana on gumtree, 4 cylinder (actually theyre something like 675cc) tidy shaft drive and a bit less than half what its actually worth, some interest from this from the guiys in the katana owners club and theyre notoriously choosy, but this seems a good deal.

http://www.adtrader.co.uk/yorkshire-...eg/5773474_112
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Old 26-10-2011, 04:18 PM
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ok its not taxed and tested, but this is a very very cheap 650 katana on gumtree, 4 cylinder (actually theyre something like 675cc) tidy shaft drive and a bit less than half what its actually worth, some interest from this from the guiys in the katana owners club and theyre notoriously choosy, but this seems a good deal.

http://www.adtrader.co.uk/yorkshire-...eg/5773474_112
I prefer the 650 to the 850 myself handles better and just as fast, 673cc iirc

I'd buy that unseen if it was further north. that a slabby front end on it?
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Old 27-10-2011, 07:39 AM
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check out 'projects' on e.bay,sorry i don't know how to post the link' there's ashop in manchester selling a kwak gt.750 with tax and test fer 795.looks o.k.for the money.
Sounds interesting Chedd, do you know what the seller is called? Can't seem to find it.

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Old 27-10-2011, 08:56 PM
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z550ltd not a gt750 mate, 16" rear wheel with chain drive & rear drum brake.
I sit corrected Knew there was a kwak on sale but couldn't be bothered to go check what it was so trusted to my obviously shite memory

Nice though. I'd be tempted by both if they were closer. oh and I didn't have a family determined to go to mickey mouse land
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Old 27-10-2011, 09:53 PM
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Still think my maxim is a good deal at 650, but then again I would, wouldn't I
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Sounds interesting Chedd, do you know what the seller is called? Can't seem to find it.

Ta very much
sorry bud can't remember, i'll go and have another look to see if i can find it.
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Old 28-10-2011, 01:27 PM
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Sounds interesting Chedd, do you know what the seller is called? Can't seem to find it.

Ta very much
have pm'd you the item no. and the guy's adress he's in chorley lancs,any good?
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Old 30-10-2011, 09:57 PM
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Nice one Chedd. Thanks very much for that

I've also found a 550 Zephyr just down the road from me - anyone had experience of one?
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