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I saw a New Black 06 Tiger in a local dealers here in Bristol. Had the sold sign on it for weeks, without any movement. I mentioned it to a sales guy who said it was sold with a deposit taken, but being put on the road in March 07 ready for the Spring !! fair play to the buyer, I would not be too happy with it sat in the showroom mind :bow:

Still looks better than the 07 that was parked near it. You realise how much Bike you get for your dosh at £7K :)

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Daft***** (the buyer)- he should realise how good the Tiger is in the winter and forget about waiting until spring. I could understand his approach if he was buying a Ducati 1098.

Riding through all seasons keeps you sharp - and I'm told it's statistically safer! You've even got heated grips included!

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Amen to that Jonny... Riding home tonight in extreme wind (who needs a gym to keep fit), it still made me grin - until I was almost blown into the side of an 18 wheeler! - had it been my previous Kawasaki I probably would have been... And the magazines say big, heavy bikes are bad...

Still amazes me how well me' bike comes up after a wash. It's filthy at the moment (what's the point of cleaning it when the weather has been so bad these last 2 weeks)...

Keeping sharp during winter? Agreed... Well 45,000 miles in the last 30 months and am still here.... gotta say something for riding in all weathers...
 

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You should ride 7 x 24 x 365! Nothing nicer that a dry crisp day in Jan or Feb when you can see the fields in Scotland 22 miles away :) . By the way that is from N Ireland.

No haze to spoil the view :-D

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That's the good thing about a Tiger,it still looks good when dirty and a jetwash brings it up nicely.Only problem I had last winter afteer riding in Wales was that road salt was everywhere and in some inaccessible places under the seat and on the electric gubbins.Anyway she still goes fine.Last year we rode on New Years Eve in perfect cold,dry conditions.I was certainlt glad of the heated grips that day.
 

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Maybe the buyer already has a bike on the road to punt in Spring when he takes delivery of his new pride and joy.

Either way I can't understand anyone not riding all seasons.
No queueing for a brew, and it's so much safer on the roads without the Power Rangers :)





Photos taken yesterday - still feels like Autumn up here yet !
 

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Great pics - I was out on mine today - my middle daughter insisted on a ride out and we had a laugh even in the rain.

I'd better clean it one of these days - I sprayed silicon all over the place a few weeks ago and all the cr*p has stuck to it admirably!

I still find it amazing how you can loon around on the Tiger in conditions which would make you feel very nervous on most bikes.

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Absolutely beautiful photography of winter riding in the Dales.

I was doing some riding yesterday in Reno where I keep a small garage and winter my bike. About 29 F but I have some heated clothing that works great. I was at the Brewery having a fish and chips with some pals and it started snowing. Snowing pretty good.

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By the time I got to south Reno there was about 1/2-1" of really icey accumulation on the road. Lucky there was lots of traffic and I was able to follow tire tracks in the snow. And luckily Virginia Street is a straight shot and the only turn I had to make was into the garage area. Luckily the snow was not sticking at the garage area where I had to make some turns and do some maneuvers on the bike.

I made it OK and snapped a couple of winter pics with my cell camera. Not very good photos but the snow was pretty. Once I got to the garage that is:





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i couldnt agree more about riding all year,i think i am going to have to get some heated grips they sound like a good investment,we have just got back from a the east coast today and it was cold but fantastic views just look at that sky for december in britain.









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Nice photos Mr.Marauder,
Good to see you're out and about on that mean looking yellow Tiger.
All the best for Christmas.
 

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I always smile when i read threads about all year round riding,i didn't learn to drive a car till my mid twenties so i rode 12 months of the year,rain,shine,6" of snow,to work every day,across Europe in mid winter,it taught me how to ride a bike and i'm greatfull for that but enjoy it!!!! your whistleing in the dark boys!!.

I do some tyre testing for a certain company,they have a launch the end of feb with a new tyre,will you scrub a pair in please and tell us what you think!!!yea the tyres are great the roads are C**P, it's more to do with survival than enjoyment.
 

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I love this thread!! Sometimes I feel like I am the only one out there :cool:

At one point a while back someone suggested a whole forum for adverse condition riding so that we could all trade tips, etc.

I hadn't heard that bit from Jonny955 that it is statistically safer to ride all year. Jon, care to share a reference?

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You want a tip?? go and buy an Enduro bike and ride it in proper competion,no,i don't mean playing,get an ACU license and have a go,you'll learn more in a season and than a billion years rideing on the road.
 

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On 2006-12-19 11:11, winger wrote:
You want a tip?? go and buy an Enduro bike and ride it in proper competion,no,i don't mean playing,get an ACU license and have a go,you'll learn more in a season and than a billion years rideing on the road.
No doubt and I am sure I would have a good time as well. However, time and money have a way of intruding...

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The way i got round it, i stopped riding a road bike for ten years apart from holidays,when i bought one to ride to Spain or SoF came back sold it and and carried on raceing.
 

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Pigpen, it was either in a bike mag (article on insurance and why getting insured just for the 6 months of the summer was more than 50% premium) or I heard it from the IAM chaps when I did my assessment. Sorry I can't remember!

It makes sense - the skill level required to survive a winter is higher and there is less traffic generally plus your speeds are usually lower. It may have something to do with taking an attitude that your bike is transport rather than a toy - dunno.

I have no idea how this correlates to accident statistics but I have heard from a copper that they expect a higher number of accidents in the spring when all the 'Powerangers' jump on their ill-prepped missiles and forget that they are a little stale.

Can anyone else add to this?.

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Yep totally agree, I have a couple of police motorcycle mates, and they hate it in spring, they have to deal with a lot more bike accidents as soon as the weather warms up. And all the Rossi and pedrosa wannabees come out of hibernation.

I don’t know about anyone else but if I haven’t ridden my bike for a couple of weeks usually due to work commitments rather than the weather, I feel really rusty and ride very cautiously for a while until I feel ok, its a bit like having a sixth sense that just needs warming up.

So if your off the road for 6 months it must take ages to get back into the rythem, and I drive for a living!

I also didn’t pass my car test until I was 22 (1982), but I passed my bike test in 1978,I rode 30 miles to work every day in deep snow, and ***** weather, on everything from a garrelli tiger cross (50cc) to a CB750. Because I had to, but it was good experience for later life, and I went on to ride motocross, and cbr600 superstox.

But now I ride for pleasure not for pain, I ride because I choose to, if you want every ride to be a endurance test, that’s fine, also if you want to go out and enjoy the scenery, and not have to concentrate like mad on the road conditions, that’s fine as well.

We are all have different views, that’s what makes biking fun.
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On 2006-12-20 00:29, marauder2 wrote:

......now I ride for pleasure not for pain, I ride because I choose to, if you want every ride to be a endurance test, that’s fine, also if you want to go out and enjoy the scenery, and not have to concentrate like mad on the road conditions, that’s fine as well.
We are all have different views, that’s what makes biking fun.
Well said that man !! :wink: (even if you are from Yorkshire!) :wink:
 

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A merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone on this site, especially you mr neary (even if you are from Lancashire) :-D :-D


I have just got my new back tyre (another tourance) 2nd one in 14,000 miles, so at least I can fit that on xmas day instead of watching the usual suspects on telly.

£79.50 from moto tyres delivered in two days,top service.
 

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I have just got my new back tyre (another tourance) 2nd one in 14,000 miles, so at least I can fit that on Xmas day instead of watching the usual suspects on telly.

Now, is he telling the truth, or will he REALLY be changing a tyre on Xmas day :???: Is this dedication or what. Most mortals will be doing this to one degree or another... :-g

I am these days a fair weather rider, in so much not much pleasure on ice, in rain, uncomfortable. Having said that do I ever make up for it when I have the chance. Cannot wait for the Picos that are calling me in 5 months :-D
 
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