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Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2019, 10:36:09 PM »
*Originally Posted by Jonathan [+]
the perfect adv bike is a bit of a myth...it's a bit like shoes: you can play football in trainers and you can run around in football boots, but if you're committed to one particular sport, you need the proper footwear.

😁The prototype of polivalence is the duck. It flies, it swims and it runs!...but does everything bad!
The bikes are the same.

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Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« Reply #21 on: July 11, 2019, 10:46:37 PM »
Yes, the Honda is definitely not as well made as the BMW, though that doesn't necessarily mean it is less reliable or less value for money. I'm usually very good at looking after bikes (no winter use and things like ACF50) so I don't tend to see much in the way of rust.

Although I accept the F700 or F800 would probably be a better bike for me (and I could the 2019 X and RR kit will cost me more), there is something about the X that I really like and I've always been a Honda fan. I like the idea of an RR CBX because it is something different to the usual AT's and GS's. Maybe I'll be seduced by an AT or GS when I get the RR bike out of my system though!!


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Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2019, 09:01:27 AM »
*Originally Posted by Admin [+]
Official guidence from the DVLA says:

If you bought a vehicle in the UK but do not have a UK address

You need to:

  • take the full vehicle log book (V5C) from the seller (not just the new keeper slip)
  • send the permanent export section to DVLA
  • find out how to register the vehicle in the country youre taking it to

Thanks.
Still have an insurance issue. My insurance company (other here will work similar) doesn't accept a foreign licence number.
Must find one in uk that accepts a foreign customer.
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Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2019, 10:20:06 AM »
Must find one in uk that accepts a foreign customer.

You won't find one because UK law says you must have a permanent UK address to obtain any form of motoring insurance.

This is why exported vehicles are mainly transported on trailers when they leave the country.

I've previously used a company called Shiply which transport items around the country. There are companies on there that ship motorcycles, so maybe worth a look. I used them you transport a classic car from London to Scotland on a big transporter and it cost me 150. There's probably other companies out there as well who specialise in this sort of thing.

Something like that might be an idea and would probably be the same sort of cost.

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Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2019, 09:32:21 PM »
*Originally Posted by Admin [+]
You won't find one because UK law says you must have a permanent UK address to obtain any form of motoring insurance.

This is why exported vehicles are mainly transported on trailers when they leave the country.

I've previously used a company called Shiply which transport items around the country. There are companies on there that ship motorcycles, so maybe worth a look. I used them you transport a classic car from London to Scotland on a big transporter and it cost me 150. There's probably other companies out there as well who specialise in this sort of thing.

Something like that might be an idea and would probably be the same sort of cost.

What a pity.
The return trip was half of the fun. 
Crossing biscay gulf on a ferry to Santander, then through Asturias and mountains "picos da Europa" (what a beautiful country) to north Portugal.

Well, still considering it, but must go before brexit.

Thanks for your help.


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Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2019, 09:33:38 PM »
Hi guys,
Well, now that'done.
After selling my 500x to a new rider some weeks ago, i was looking around and trying to ride and test the options available, to avoid a wrong choice.
Tryed The Africa Twin, loved it, tried F800gs adventure, loved it, sat on a new T7, crazy about it, could't test anyR1200gs, but sat on, a bit intimidating but loved it. At each one I started to feel that the 500x is still a better option (if it was't a lousy suspension).
But, as I do not have any bike at my garage (except 2 scooters), i finally bought a second hand Africa Twin, low milage, that I bought today in UK.
Can't wait until it arrives. I will need some miles to get used to and improove my skills.
I will retur here. This a great forum with good interaction. I learned a lot.

Thanks mates.

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Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2019, 11:47:34 AM »
Definitely return with a review of your new bike once you get some miles on it. And good luck!

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Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2019, 07:15:17 PM »
For sure, I will be back with my first impressions.
Can't  wait until it arrives.
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Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« Reply #28 on: September 16, 2019, 10:55:25 PM »
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Hi folks,
Finally my "new" Africa Twin arrived after 3 long weeks of waiting to the truck return.
Last Saturday I picked it up and did a short trip (35 km) back home, in Highway, cruising cautiously and paying attention to every sound, every reaction. Tyre pressure on the low side. O visit to gas station to fill up and inflate tires. Then, after lunch did another, longer trip, 55 km of highway, plus 15 km of local roads, with sections of stone bricks, slippery, steep descent, sections of well paved winding road (all this two way) and just a short 200 meters of gravel, hard packed with loose sand, within family property. It was enough for the first drop. :027:! not a scratch. The front wheel slept sideways on a small groove and didn't even tried to grab it. too heavy.

My first impressions, in a short report are:
The motor is more powerful, more brutal, but pleasant. It was not a factor to change. The 48hp of the 500 twin are enough for my ridind needs (at least for now).
The suspensions are far better, more comfortable, mode compliant, but may be too soft. Not yet tuned for my weight (100 kg with gear on). May be will need a new set of higher rated springs. Let's see.
The ergonomics are perfect for my 62", long legs.

For worst, its weight. It is definitely more heavier, especially on low speed handling. But I expected that, so no surprise. It will take some time to get confidence. The average fuel consumption is also noticeably higher. 1,5 to 2 litres more per 100km.

The "new" bike is a 16 registered standard AT, crash bars, heated grips, aux led lights, Scott oiler, centre stand, top box+panniers, and almost new Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 set of tires. It had 5800 miles when arrived and not a single scratch. As new.
I bought it in UK, at CMCbikes Coleshill. All he buying process was dealt by phone and email. Their service was so professional and confidence inspiring that I didn't travel to see the bike. Just transferred the cash and hired a truck to transport the bike home.
A big thanks to Martin Swingewood and Russ Curwood. They were super. Highly recommend them.

Well, for now its all. Later I will return with some more impressions. Now will tune it for me and ride a lot before the winter arrives.

Cheers. :080:

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Re: Sold my bike. And now?
« Reply #29 on: September 16, 2019, 11:34:40 PM »
Some photos.

at the drop point...


with my safety system

 


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