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A new member of our two wheeled family
« on: May 15, 2014, 03:43:51 PM »
Today was the day that Dan could stop saying "I told you so" whenever I rued buying the Honda. I took the Transalp to Moto Mader dealership, handed over the keys and rode home on this beauty:

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The ride home wasn't as long as I was hoping for, as I got a late start out of the dealership and the sunlight was fading. Still, about an hour and a half on some lovely Swiss backroads gave me plenty of time to bond with the new bike  :inlove: 


So the plan was originally that I'd just get a 2nd F800GS. But then Dan started thinking: since *I* was the one who bought a bike that I didn't like, then *he* should get the choice of replacement bike. Then he started talking about the F800GS Adventure (Adventure!!!  :cromag: ) and he decided that he deserved this new bike. We're still discussing this....  :couch:  The current plan is just switch bikes every day on our trip through England - we'll see how that goes  :D


The new bike (referred to now as "The Red Bike") is so much smoother than the '09 ("The Grey Bike") - it's like night and day. The wind protection is great, the throttle response is perfect, the seat height comfortable... Dan's going to have a bit of fight for this one  :gdog:
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2014, 03:48:46 PM »
New bike!    :clap:   And that one IS a beauty.

I'm still surprised the Transalp  didn't work out since we keep hearing such great things about that bike. I guess not being able to get one builds the legend. It's kind of like the first time I finally tasted Coors and thought, "But this is just sour tasting water."
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2014, 04:13:43 PM »
 :thumbsup: Very nice!
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 04:58:42 PM »
Nice.  Go get it dirty.

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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2014, 05:15:49 PM »
Nice.  Go get it dirty.

And post up wonderful photos!

Enjoy!
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2014, 05:26:38 PM »
So is that the bike I get to ride if I come to visit...? :lol:

Oh... and congratulations.

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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2014, 05:57:51 PM »
Wow.  Honda compared to Coors beer.  You sure do know how to draw them out. 



Congrats and enjoy YOUR new ride. 
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2014, 06:34:58 PM »
 :augie: That is one purty bike, Mrs. DD. :inlove:

I can definitely see Dan's point of view, or, at least, I would be trying the same tactics.

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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2014, 06:40:07 PM »
There's GOTTA be a book in here somewhere.
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2014, 06:57:36 PM »
Beautiful ride, DD.  It looks like it's set up for a long road trip.

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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2014, 07:31:46 PM »
Love it! Congratulations!

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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2014, 08:41:07 PM »
Welcome back to the fold.
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2014, 08:47:48 PM »
What a nice step up!   8)
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2014, 10:00:40 PM »
Sexy Ride  :naughty:


Now go out and get dirty  ;D
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2014, 12:03:28 AM »
The set up - yeah, this thing is a wide load with the boxes on it  :redface:  Just watching the guy roll it out of the dealership's doors and I thought "will it even fit?!?!"  I'll have to keep that in mind (um, DAN will have to keep that in mind  ;) ) when threading past traffic...

Since Dan thought that he might have this bike he went all out with the BMW cases and GPS. The seat is stock, but pretty comfy. We have a bit of planning to do though, as our trip to England is in two weeks and the first service is at 1,000km. Looks like we'll be one of those "we had to get service during our trip!" stories. I just hope that we can find someone who will squeeze us in. This dealership didn't have any openings until July 2nd  :crazy: :nuts:
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2014, 05:53:02 AM »

I'm still surprised the Transalp  didn't work out since we keep hearing such great things about that bike.
Whut he said.

I don't remember reading about any dislikes you had about the Honda.

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« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2014, 06:33:18 AM »

I'm still surprised the Transalp  didn't work out since we keep hearing such great things about that bike.
Whut he said.

I don't remember reading about any dislikes you had about the Honda.

Okay, I will address the 800lb gorilla in the room. The Honda was a soul-less beast, akin to Coors beer, a Walmart blender, or a leaf rake. She wanted something that would cause a reaction-she wanted to feel something*. There I said it.

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*This also flies in the face of Chornbe's theory that "problems=soul". If that were true, the Honda would have some.
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2014, 07:13:18 AM »
At the start of you and motorcycles in Europe, I was surprised that you got a Honda. Now I'm just as surprised that the Honda didn't make the grade. :headscratch:
Great choice though. I have had lust for the F800s since they came out. :thumbsup:
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2014, 12:22:22 PM »
I don't remember reading about any dislikes you had about the Honda.

That's because I didn't say too much about it either way. It did its job, it was comfortable and it ran well enough. But as Max Wedge so eloquently put it, it was a soulless beast. And not just because its a Honda. You guys remember how much I loved my VFR, even storing it in the living for a year because I couldn't bear to sell it... 


But damn... Coors beer. I wouldn't say it was that bad. I just didn't love it.  :lol:
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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2014, 01:29:18 PM »
You do realise that it is left hand drive and thus illegal in the UK?
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« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2014, 01:38:23 PM »
You do realise that it is left hand drive and thus illegal in the UK?

I'm not afraid of the law  C:-)
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« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2014, 02:12:42 PM »
You do realise that it is left hand drive and thus illegal in the UK?

I'm not afraid of the law  C:-)

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Re: A new member of our two wheeled family
« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2014, 09:26:36 PM »
Well dang am I late to this party!  Congrats DD!   ;D
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