Originally Posted by chris
I am definitely NOT a fettler either. I believe fettlers are people who need excuses to escape their other halves, so hide in the garage
. I want an outfit so I can spend more time on a bike with her indoors and my son, rather than riding solo on 2 wheels.
I've been offered the opportunity to live in the garage while my build is going on
It's a good day when Mr. Warthog agrees with me
Salt and performance wise I of the opinion that it's what you know and how you use it, not what you buy. I'm a bit anti-BMW from my days of thinking the badge was the answer to knowing naff all, but now on my fourth outfit, fifth BMW, I think I buy on what I know and performance to match how I use it. Dealing with salt and crud is about stoping it getting in, or making sure it can get out. The Bonneville has been close to re-wired on that score, the R1100R probably needed the same.
The lowest power outfit I ever rode was an MZ, all of 20 HP with a Velorex chair. A real laugh on a Sunday afternoon but the owner turns back when it's too windy to ride the M-62 from Hull and it won't go over 45! My Ural was a POS ('99 650, nothing like the 750's) but with probably less than 30 HP on days when both cylinders were working (few) I could break it just by running at full tilt for four hours. The R1100R/Charnwood at 80 HP I should have persevered with and not bought toys like a car tyre for the front, but not knowing enough to keep an "electric" bike going at seven years old it had to go. The Bonneville/Ural I thought was perfect at 60 HP until we got the dog. Two adults and 20 KG of Collie-Alsation and camping gear and it was getting a thrashing, annoying me by having to stay with the trucks on some roads etc. Having learned a lot about FI and electrics in the last six years I hope at 90 HP the K-bike is finally right.
This to me brings us back to the TBS/Bandit/CB1000 type outfits to me, but that's how I use it.