Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Balsham, Cambridge, UK
Newbie Checking In
Came across this site through a Google search and promptly joined.
Name this end is Simon. I've been biking now for more years than I care to admit. Currently I am changing from a Ducati ST2 to the BMW K1200LTSE. A bit if a jump, but I see the K as a machine that will last me through until I can no longer get my leg over, so to speak After the test ride, getting back onthe Duke was like getting on a 125!!
I am married (2nd timer) with a teenage son who as yet shows no interest in 2 wheels, but that may change. My wife is doing her DAS and will take her test at the end of August. A shiny new Kawasaki ER-6F will be her first mount.
For myself, I started long ago with a Panther M120 coupled to a busmar double adult chair. What a beastie that was. I spent a long time messing around on 125's for commuting and couldn't be bogthered with anything bigger as it was unnecessary in London. My best friend (still is) and I built Triumphs for his road use and subsequent racing. He and I spent the mid 80's tearing round the UK racing circuits with the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club on an ex-IOM skinny wheeled outfit. Wow that was fun and we were very successful at it too. Happy memories of those days.
When I took my full licence in '86, I graduated to BMW and seemed to stay with the marque as I like the shaft drive (a lot less hassle than a chain). Did all my own spannering as that is half the fun of biking. Lots of touring round europe, rallies and so on. Cpmpleted the ACU/BMF National Rally several times and my wife wants to do it next year too. Lets hope it isn't cancelled due to lack of interest.
Other than Beemers, I have owned a Kawasaki W650 which for an old rocker like me was a trip back in time without the mechanical hassles. However, my wife (GF at the time) called it my "Wallace and Grommit" bike and wanted something a little more exciting. I was considering the K1200LT at the time, but a shiny Ducati ST2 caught my eye and so it came to live with me. Having spent my entire road biking life upright, the sports setting was difficult to get used too. great on the right roads, but commuting in London not so. The strain caused tendonitis in the elbows and wrists, so I didn't ride it as much. With the wife going through DAS I decided it was time to get upright again and as we want to do some touring together, a machine for the job is requried. If I want a spirited ride, then I can always borrow her ER (I hope).
Well thats a quick precis of my biking life thus far. Looking forward to reading more as this site seems to be a mine of useful info.
Cheers for now,