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Motorcycle Woes

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Bipolar, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    Not tempted by the newer Norton dominator SS?
  2. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    From a company which produces more bankruptcies than motorcycles and is now Indian? No thank you.
    And I say that as someone whose first big bike was a 650SS which I loved.

  3. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    India put together a lot of motorbikes, including KTMs

    I know the 200 dukes had problems, but modern motorcycles these days (like cars) are either A or A+ (debatable of course ;))
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2020
  4. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Do these count as modern if they still make them?

  5. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

  6. Bipolar

    Bipolar Well-Known Member

    That Norton would probably be a project to get to riding condition. I see a couple restored one near me
    that they are asking a lot for them.
  7. WillieJ

    WillieJ Well-Known Member

    Used to do that with an elderly Allegro estate. I assumed there was a missing gear tooth or 2 but could be wrong.
  8. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    There's a car company just round the corner from me that does something very similar - Alvis. https://www.thealviscarcompany.co.uk/
    Fun to walk past the showroom in front of their workshop (I hesitate to call it a "factory"), and we see quite a few of the cars about.
  9. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    No, it's definitely not a repro. An evolution, in the same way other vehicle makes are, but the Urals are still basically copies of the old wartime BMW, and the Ural has never gone out of production.
    I would call something like the new Bonny a modern reproduction - a totally new design wrapped in old style clothes.
  10. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    No price list on their website. Just had a hunt around google. Prices start at 250K. Might give it a miss but they are very nice.
  11. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    The Urals get a lot of hate online it seems.
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  12. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    A friend owns the BMW S1000RR, basically a 200 bhp sports bike capable of 200 mph, ABS, traction control and a pit limiter fitted :D

    I ditched sports bikes after I sold my R6 (that thing was insane!)

    I’m more for the classic and modern day 2 strokes now :)
  13. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Yes, they're not cheap. ;)
  14. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    I'll bet from the arse in the air, head down by the headlight brigade.
    Never ridden one, but vaguely knew a bloke who had one. Fun to see the looks on peoples' faces when he suddenly shot off backwards. Yes, they have a reverse gear.


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  15. John King

    John King Well-Known Member

    I have ridden one, not mine I hasten to add. They look like an early BMW, (designs were pinched after the war) but they have about as much similarity to a BMW motorcycle as a Rolls Royce has to a little grey Ferguson tractor (with less comfort). So any disparaging remarks about them are probably reasonably correct.
  16. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Of course they aren't like a modern Beemer. And at present, they are way over priced; a few years ago they were a sensible price for what they were, since the Americans got involved, prices have been rocketing. No surprise there.

  17. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    I’m not a fan, but I don’t really like side cars. I spent a lot of my time riding mx bikes like the CR, KX and YZ (proper off road bikes)

    Most field bikes (cheap £300 wrecks) would make it across but die soon after. I’d be interested what the Ural bike runs and looks like soon after...
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2020
  18. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    The build quality and finish reminds me of bikes made by Yamasaki :D
  19. retrofit

    retrofit Well-Known Member

    I take it back! Yamasaki look far better :p
  20. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    I sometimes find myself watching this guy and his wading test didn't go so well...

    The video you posted was possibly one he referred to.

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