Irish rider returning to biking !

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Matt Lemon, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. Matt Lemon

    Matt Lemon Guest


    I'm about to buy a bike after 5+ years of not having ridden at all. My last
    bike was a ZZR600 which I adored, it was comfortable on the commute and good
    enough for twisty turny roads :)

    I'm thinking of a Duke, 800ss, 1000ss or ST4. Does anyone have any comments
    on them or indeed suggestions for other makes and models that I should
    consider. It will be used for the 20mile commute into Dublin each day and
    weekend riding. It needs to be reasonable 2 up, I'm 6'2" and 13stone and
    the pillion is 5'2" 9St. Most riding would be just me though.

    My main reason for leaning towards Ducati is initially the looks but they
    also seem to be cheaper to insure and in Ireland, insurance is extortionate.
    Mentioning insurance, does anyone know if an insurer will count my car No
    Claim Bonus as I'm getting rid of the car ??


    Matt Lemon, Jan 13, 2004
  2. Matt Lemon

    Cane Guest

    My wife is from Dublin.
    Cane, Jan 13, 2004
  3. Matt Lemon

    Cane Guest

    You must look like a stick and a space hopper.
    Cane, Jan 13, 2004
  4. Matt Lemon

    Matt Lemon Guest

    Are they really that bad ?
    Matt Lemon, Jan 13, 2004
  5. Matt Lemon

    Matt Lemon Guest

    I see that yours is a ZX6. That's a bike that I would consider but when I
    bought my ZZR in 96, I also tried a ZX6 Ninja and it was quite a bit
    smaller, how would a 6'2" person be on one now ? The ZX9 or 12 would
    probably mean selling a kidney to insure it !
    Matt Lemon, Jan 13, 2004
  6. I see that yours is a ZX6. That's a bike that I would consider but when I
    You want a 2002 zx6r - a 636 carb engine and loads of room. The 2003
    zx6r is very small by comparison. Before that I had a cbr6 which was
    comfortable but not as large as the zx6r.

    I also have a VFR which is plenty big enough.

    I know a duke dealer who moans continually about people who buy
    ducatis from him to commute on and then bring them back every two
    weeks to fix something because (he says) they're not designed for
    riding in traffic and that's why they break. Personally I've never
    owned one.

    Steve Rawlinson, Jan 13, 2004
  7. You should see me at the moment...Space hopper is precisely the term
    that came to mind this morning - and that's just 5 months gone
    Power Grainger, Jan 13, 2004
  8. Matt Lemon

    flashgorman Guest

    What, orange with horns?
    flashgorman, Jan 13, 2004
  9. Matt Lemon

    Matt Lemon Guest

    Thanks for the info, a dealer near me has a 2nd hand zx6 so I think I'll go
    take a sit on it.
    Matt Lemon, Jan 13, 2004
  10. Matt Lemon

    darsy Guest


    it wasn't me

    darsy, Jan 13, 2004
  11. Have we met?!
    Power Grainger, Jan 13, 2004
  12. Matt Lemon

    flashgorman Guest

    <fx pulls hat down over eyes>
    flashgorman, Jan 13, 2004
  13. Matt Lemon

    Cane Guest

    Face it Claire, that's pretty accurate.
    Cane, Jan 13, 2004
  14. Matt Lemon

    Spete Guest

    Depending where you need to be in Dublin, Id say a small bike would be
    ideal, especially if it's City Centre. You need a bike that's easy to filter

    The older ZX6 is not that small by the way; I've had the (mis)fortune to
    ride Andrew's bike and I'm about 6'2" too. I thought it was just the right
    height for me, but then I bought a Firestorm :)

    As for insurance: indeed, you must be willing to sell some internals and
    limbs to insure.

    For buying bikes: may I suggest GP Motorcycles? I've bought a bike off them
    and have always had a good experience with them. They're located at the
    Centre side of Amiens Street.
    Spete, Jan 13, 2004
  15. That's why I think I must have met him! But i don't remember it if I
    did... (rohypnol?)
    Power Grainger, Jan 13, 2004
  16. Matt Lemon

    sweller Guest


    It helps if you count a throttle cable as a consumables, and you're not
    too picky when and where they're consumed.
    sweller, Jan 13, 2004
  17. Mine's OK. 24,000-odd miles, one well-publcised spark plug failure, and
    it's eaten a neutral light switch.

    That's it.
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 13, 2004
  18. The 800 is going to be smoother and sweeter than the 1000, but with less
    outright go, if that matters.

    The ST4 is much pore powerful a full-on sports tourer, but it will be
    much more expensive to run, especially come service time.

    My 750SS is one of the most rewarding bikes I've ever owned. Not the
    fastest, but you can use every single scrap of performance and handling.
    I love it to bits. I think everyone who's blagged a go on it has liked
    it, too.
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 13, 2004
  19. Matt Lemon

    Salad Dodger Guest


    I always had you pegged at around five-nine.
    | ___ Salad Dodger
    |/ \
    _/_____\_ GL1500SEV/CBR1100XXX/KH500A8/TS250C
    |_\_____/_| ..62661../..14297.../..3157./.19406
    (>|_|_|<) TPPFATUICG#7 DIAABTCOD#9 YTC#4 PM#5
    |__|_|__| BOTAFOT #70 BOTAFOF #09 two#11 WG*
    \ |^| / IbW#0 & KotIbW# BotTOS#6 GP#4
    \|^|/ ANORAK#17
    Salad Dodger, Jan 14, 2004
  20. Matt Lemon

    marina Guest

    No, that's me and Owen. Him: 6'2" and 10 stone. Me: 5'2" and 12 stone.

    Marina Mayes - Reading, UK. To email me remove XX from my address
    XV535 (sold), GPZ500S (promised), SR250 (in bits). BOTAFOT12, BOD#2, BOTAFOS#2.
    KotLBOD#s, KotLBOTAFOS#s,IMC#2, Tart#10-19, SR#3
    Original Sinergy - wicked T-shirts for a wicked world:
    I never give in to fear or blackmail; I always give in to temptation.
    "You're a national treasure" - porl, 18.1.03
    marina, Jan 14, 2004
Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.