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General => Your Other Ride(s) => Topic started by: MikeScoot on August 30, 2020, 04:20:43 AM

Title: New (to me) CBR1000R
Post by: MikeScoot on August 30, 2020, 04:20:43 AM

    I came to the conclusion a couple of months ago that expecting my freshly restored XZ, 'Maxini' (VMax's little sister), to serve as a general purpose ride was not a good idea. Parts are too hard to get if something spits the dummy.
    Was about to go and check a 2019 GS500 with very minor damage when I thought to see what may have been in the 'too hard for today' basket at the local bike shops. Found a 2007 CBR1000R with a very minor coolant leak from the cyl. jacket. The shop let me pull the fairing off, grind back a previous repair and have a very good look at the leak. It's a small (2cm) hairline crack which is nearly invisible. So I bought the bike for a song and even got a helmet thrown-in so I could ride it the whole 1km home.
   The thing is in good condition and has been well taken care of. Also has some very expensive-looking suspension upgrades.

  Well, it didn't take more than two shakes of a dead lamb's tail to work out that the thing is probably no more practical as a general purpose bike than Maxini! Ha ha ha. So now I suppose I'll have to look for another bike to park next to the XZ and the CBR :-) :-) :-) :-) 

  The GS would have been a very practical bike but, with the CBR going for the same price (and saleable for twice that once I do a good fix on the leak), I got dazzled by the CBR. It's is a hell of a lot more bike and boogie for the same money!!!

  lolol My revised budget for a 'hack bike' might now get me a CT90 or similar! Ha Ha Ha
Title: Re: New (to me) CBR1000R
Post by: MikeScoot on August 16, 2021, 08:38:36 AM
Now have a good 'hack' bike. It's a 1998 Suzuki 'Freewind' 650 single cylinder enduro-type thingy. Motor is basically a DR650 motor but with a different head that sports 2x32mm carbs. Has a half-arsed "fairing' (lots of shiny bloody plastic) around the headlight and top of the plastic tank, and quite a lot of other plastic - but is basically a DR650 slightly adapted for 'adventure' riding (on and off-road use).

The XZ is certainly not forgotten. It sits there, patiently, until I get around to painstakingly removing the crappy paintwork I did off and getting it professionally sprayed.

In the meantime, the XF 650 Freewind Suzuki is a lot of fun and a pretty good 'allrounder'.