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Hi all,

I'm selling my 20" Madstad screen and winglets from my now sold 13 Plate CB500X.

It's the light smoke variety (and it really is light, did cut the glare off the concrete section of the M25 though, so that was an unexpected bonus), 6 months old and in pristine condition.

150 + P&P (will be Collect+ or MyHermes, buyers choice).

Yeah it did make a substantial difference with just the 16T, a much smoother ride all round.

Ironically weeks after doing this I've sold the bike and got an Africa Twin DCT.

On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: February 12, 2019, 07:16:13 PM »
*Originally Posted by Jonathan [+]
check out these beauties....

pretty sure they're old 5L oil containers

That reminds me of couriers on their CB500's with estate agents signs cut to shape for weather protection.

On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: February 12, 2019, 07:12:11 PM »
I can completely understand the muffs, I'm going to see how these go with rain protection - as I'm going to be a year round commuter in all weathers I will say no to nothing when it comes to comfort.

Have any of you ridden a DCT bike? Absolutely amazing (if you like it I guess, some will hate it I know).

I test road the 2018 model first and that definitely is a step on from the 2016 model as well. Couldn't afford one and I wasn't that upset, but the development progress is impressive. Whatever they do with the new one is 2020 will be brilliant I'm sure.

On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: February 12, 2019, 06:07:41 PM »
Yeah I agree, from the test ride with the stock ones and then this, it was astronomically different, couldn't believe it! These ones are the "storm" model I believe.

On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: February 12, 2019, 03:55:58 PM »
Right then, I've finally made a decision! In the end I didn't go with the GS (nice bike, but the engine is really vibey and I didn't like it's characteristics - I was riding a 40,000 mile example so maybe it wasn't in the best condition).

So what did I go for? An Africa Twin DCT - found a cracking second hand one with all the options I wanted (and more):

  • DCT (obviously)
  • MRA Vario Screen (needed!)
  • Upper and lower engine bars
  • Honda heated grips
  • Barkbuster hand guards (far better wind protection than the stock ones)
  • Centre stand
  • Side stand foot extender
  • Front and rear cameras (this is a weird one, nothing I'd ever thought of doing, but hey...I'll take it)

It came with full luggage but they've knocked money off for me not taking that - I am fitting a 52L topbox as that suits my needs better as a commuter (and needing to store kit in it at the other end).

On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: February 04, 2019, 08:34:43 AM »
Yeah I'm 6'2" so I'm more susceptible than most.

Realised I meant the 2018 model earlier, not the 2017 I think? The new one certainly was far far better for me. I've ridden and older one with an MRA Vario that worked really well. Even on the GS I reckon I'll need one.

The only bikes I've ridden where I've been fine are the R1200GT and the VFR-800X Crossrunner, but the latter is horrendously expensive to insure for me at the moment. I've also realised I'd like shaft drive with the mileage I'm going to be doing.

On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: February 04, 2019, 08:15:07 AM »
Hahahaha yeah that heated seat is really nice isn't it?

I think I'm actually going to go for an R1200GS in the end. The Tiger was great but it still sufferers from a lot of wind buffeting for me. I'll have to caveat that and say that it was significantly better on the 2017 models, but I can't afford one of them.

Suspension / Re: 2019 less front travel
« on: January 21, 2019, 11:10:18 AM »
Might have less front dive under breaking?

On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 14, 2019, 03:55:53 PM »
*Originally Posted by Jonathan [+]
A lot depends on the Life table data for that particular vehicle...back in the day you could insure a CB1000 for less than an RD 350LC...age was irrelevant...LCs tended to be ragged senseless everywhere, wrapped around trees on a daily basis and stolen for fun, so from an Insurer's point of view, a much higher risk.

Yup, I understand the logic of how it's just interesting to see how it plays out sometimes as this isn't what I'd remotely expect. The NC750X has the same story. Maybe the profile of the Tiger 800 rider is traditionally older and wiser and less accident prone so there are less claims, making it a better bike to go after.

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